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MLB Fantasy Fixer-Uppers June 4th
What a brutal week for injuries. Bryce Harper, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford are among the big name players to land on the disabled list this week. Others like Stephen Strasburg and Brandon Phillips are also hurting and missing time though a DL stint does not seem likely. While the fill-ins for most of these players might not intrigue many there is one in LA who is worth noting.Yasiel Puig has been called up from AA ball to make his major league debut Monday night. I really want to talk more about him so let's get right into the waiver wire finds for this week.
Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (69% owned ESPN leagues)
First, let's start with the pronunciation. All together now. Ya-seal Pweeg. It is a name you are going to want to remember because this 22-year-old is a beast. So much so that I am going to refer to him as Man Bear Puig. In one and a quarter seasons in the low minors Puig has put up a line of .328/.405/.611. Those are huge numbers. While he will see better pitching in the pros than he does at Chattanooga this raw talent looks to be for real. As with any young player there will be growing pains and he will most likely be demoted once Kemp and/or Crawford come back but h is worth a pick up in the short run or even worth stashing on your roster if you are in a keeper/dynasty league. Pick him up now while you can, he was added in 67% of leagues in the past day.
Luke Gregerson, RP, San Diego Padres (48% owned)
San Diego placed closer Huston Street on the DL this weekend which means Gregerson will now be called upon for ninth inning duties. He has the stuff to not only hold down the job, but to excel at it. His strikeouts are down a little this year at 6.7/9 but he is not allowing many baserunners and is sporting a cool 0.66 WHIP. The Padres have been playing surprisingly well of late so the save chances should be there. Street has put up underwhelming numbers this year and is oft-injured. Couple that with the fact he may be a trade candidate as the deadline nears and it only enhances Gregerson's value. I think he is not only worth a grab now, but that he will be worth the roster spot the rest of the season.
Jason Vargas, SP, Los Angeles Angels (46% owned)
If you read my weekly power rankings on Monday you would know I am very high on Vargas right now. If you don't, well, you should. Please? Anyway, Vargas had a tremendous month of May winning five of his six starts and allowing a mere 11 runs Not too shabby considering the Angels haven''t exactly been piling up the wins of late. Vargas has a good shot at securing another W this week when the Angels play host to the Chicago Cubs. If you think back to last year he had a solid season with Seattle and is a safe bet to duplicate those numbers this year. If the Angels offense ever wakes up, he could even surpass them.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland A's (35% owned)
Now most people won't get too excited about the prospect of adding a player who is batting just .176 on the year but Reddick was dealing with an injured wrist most of that time. It is easy to forget that he clubbed 32 home runs just last season. That isn't an easy feat playing half of your games in O.Co. While the wrist woes have followed him throughout his career, deploying him in your fantasy lineup is well worth the risk. When healthy Reddick is a serious power threat and he plays on a good Oakland team. The poor output so far this season may keep the novice owner away. That is why you should add Reddick now and reap the rewards later.
Nick Franklin, SS/2B, Seattle Mariners (14% owned)
OK, so maybe he isn't 2nd base eligible in ESPN leagues. Yet. That should change within a week as he has been playing there since his call up last week. Franklin was putting up impressive numbers in his first full year in AAA driving in 20 and scoring 28 runs in 39 games. While the PCL is not the best indicator to predict power little Nicky did blast his first two professional home runs in the same game last week. Seattle's middle infield has been atrocious all year and with the demotion of Dustin Ackley, Franklin's spot in the lineup appears secure. He can also provide some stolen bases as he has topped double digit steals in each of the last three seasons. The first round pick is still available in most leagues.