Father’s Day is behind us, which means it’s firmly mid-June. There’s still a long way to go in the season, and no matter where they are in the league standings fantasy baseball owners can’t give up on 2019.
Here our five must-adds for the new week over at Bruno Boys.
Note: All stats, trends, etc. through action on June 16.
5. Jackie Bradley, OF, Boston Red Sox
Bradley’s numbers are not very good this year (.211/.307/.376 slash-line, seven home runs, 24 RBI, five stolen bases). But he has a seven-game hitting streak going, as he’s hitting .357 with two home runs, six RBI and two steals over that span.
Bradley’s BABIP (on the rise, now to .275) is low and below career norms, with a just above league average hard-hit rate (34.7) thus far.
At the very least, Bradley can be a legit contributor in home runs, runs scored and RBI and his batted ball fortune seems to correcting. Now’s the time to add him in mixed leagues.
Yahoo! Ownership: 25%
ESPN Ownership: 35.3%
4. A.J. Minter, RP, Atlanta Braves
Minter has an 8.36 ERA over 18 appearances for the Braves this season, albeit with three saves and 12.9 K/9 rate. Since being recalled from Triple-A last week, he has two holds in three appearances with a 4:2 K/BB ratio over three innings.
Luke Jackson seems to have a solid grip on the closer role for the Braves, with 10 saves and a 3.09 ERA right now. But he has allowed a run in five of his last six appearances (four in a row), so that grip could loosen and with Craig Kimbrel spoken for the Braves don’t have an immediate option outside of the trade market.
Minter is pretty much a speculative add right now. But he could be useful to fantasy owners without saves, and if he starts to gets those opportunities that’ll be a natural significant boost to his value.
Yahoo! Ownership: 23%
ESPN Ownership: 12.6%
3. Jorge Alfaro, C, Miami Marlins
Alfaro was part of Miami’s return in the J.T. Realmuto trade, and he has delivered solid production thus far (.270, nine home runs, 27 RBI, 21 runs scored, .763 OPS). Among catchers, he certainly deserves more attention from fantasy baseball owners.
Being part of a generally feeble Marlins’ offense hurts, but Alfaro has to be owned in far more leagues than he is a solid, consistent producer up to this point.
Yahoo! Ownership: 39%
ESPN Ownership: 34.6%
2. Taylor Rogers, RP, Minnesota Twins
Rogers seems to have taken over as Minnesota’s primary closer, with two saves during this past weekend’s series against the Kansas City Royals. He’s been up-and-down in recent weeks, but a 2.10 ERA and 11.4 K/9 puts him in line for high-leverage innings.
Blake Parker (nine saves) and a lesser extent Trevor May are on the periphery for save chances, and the Twins could alter their bullpen pecking order with a trade acquisition. But in the near-term, Rogers is the reliever for fantasy owners to own on one of the best teams in baseball.
Yahoo! Ownership: 48%
ESPN Ownership: 14.3%
1. Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners
The start to Seager’s 2019 season was delayed by a hand injury, and he’s hitting .218 (.712 OPS) with four home runs and 11 RBI over an even 100 plate appearances since returning in late May.
But three of those home runs, and nine of the RBI, have come in his last 11 games with multiple hits four times in that span.
Seager hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last seven full seasons, with more than 70 RBI in six of those. He may be starting to getting it going a little, at least in terms of power numbers, so this week may quickly become a low-water mark for his ownership rates.
Yahoo! Ownership: 18%
ESPN Ownership: 25.4%