2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Father’s Day Edition

by Tyler Gettmann
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire
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Credit: Arturo Pardavila III

As I come off of having my first Father’s Day as an official father, I often wonder the sacrifices MLB players make by being away from their families. I know they are making so much money, but being a father is so much more than that. Spending time with your children is just as important.

Many major leaguers have the opportunity to bring their children to the ballpark before games whether home or away to spend time there. Most of the players that I can think of off the top of my head that do this on a frequent basis are Prince Fielder, Matt Holliday and David Ortiz.

Adam LaRoche created quite the controversy beginning this year about bringing his kid in the clubhouse. The White Sox team president told him his son was not allowed in the clubhouse anymore, which ultimately made LaRoche leave the team. In tribute to Father’s Day, here are a few fathers in the majors that are worth picking up this week.

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Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, Kansas City Royals (ESPN: 23.8% ownership)

Morales is the father of Hanely and Kendrys Jr. with his wife Yarley. He also has an older daughter from a previous relationship named Andrea.

Entering Tuesday night, Morales is riding an eight game hitting streak. Morales is mainly hitting as a DH for the Royals as Hosmer secures the first base position. During the eight-game hitting streak, he has a pair of homeruns, scoring eight runs and 10 RBIs.

Morales certainly had a rocky start to begin the season, but I believe he has turned it around. During March and April he batted .226. During May he batted .163 and so far in June he is hitting .322. As a fantasy owner obviously you want him to keep this numbers up and not have a fluke celebration injury at home plate again.

Howie Kendrick, 2B/3B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN: 14.2% ownership)

Kendrick and his wife, Jody, have two sons, Owen and Tyson.

Somehow and someway the Dodgers are getting Kendrick into their lineup. What is really helping Kendrick this year is his versatility on the field. I have not seen this side of Kendrick before. During his long tenure as an Angel, I was so used to seeing him just at second base. He now is able to play second, third, outfield and an occasional first base.

In the last two weeks, Kendrick’s overall average has grown by 22 points. In the last seven days, he is hitting .421, with one homerun, seven runs and two RBIs. With the summer in LA heating up, so is Kendrick.

Mitch Moreland, 1B, Texas Rangers (ESPN: 11.7% ownership)

Moreland has a three-year-old son named Crue with his wife Susannah.

With Prince Fielder struggling this year, the Rangers are fine with having to alternate Moreland at the first base position. Obviously in the AL, Moreland has opportunities to hit in the DH position as well. Another big bonus is how well the Rangers are playing as a team, not to mention the Rangers have a great hitting ballpark.

In 2015, Moreland played the last half of the season with a fractured foot. My fear is that his injury will return, but as long as he is in the lineup he is being productive. With the amount of hot hitters the Rangers are having, Moreland should continue to hit at the lower part of the order. In the eighth hole, he had his best success batting .370 with four homeruns, six runs and six RBIs.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

May your waiver wire pickups lead you to fantasy glory!

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