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Spring has finally sprung! The wind is thawing, the grass is greening, and America’s Past-time is back and in full-swing. I hope your first week is going well for you, if it is not I have two pieces of advice:

1. Don’t panic! There’s a whole season ahead!
2. Keep checking back here at Fantasy Six Pack for all of your season-long advice!

Starting with this article. Each week I will highlight three hitters and three pitchers that are owned in a significantly low amount of leagues that I believe could help you in your lineup. I’ll try to hover around the 30% ownership margin but occasionally if there is someone I cannot believe isn’t owned in more leagues I might include someone closer to 50% ownership. Just trying to find some hidden gems for you guys, this time last year both Yordano Ventura and Corey Kluber were owned in less than 50% of ESPN Leagues so you never know who you might find.

Waiver Wire Targets

In the Batter’s Box

Credit: Shinya Suzuki

Credit: Shinya Suzuki

Carlos Beltran (OF – NYY) 29% owned in ESPN – If you have made the mistake of drafting too much speed for your outfield and not enough power then Beltran should be able to help you out. He’s a bit of a slow starter as April is the month in which he has hit the fewest of his career home runs at 56, but give him some time and if he stays healthy he should enjoy the very hitter’s friendly atmosphere that is Yankee Stadium. He clubbed 15 home runs and knocked in 49 RBIs in pinstripes while only playing in 109 games, adjusted for 162 games that would give you 23 home runs and 73 RBI. The season before in 2013 he hit 24 home runs while only playing in 145 games. He is getting older and you run the risk of dealing with late scratches but he is still a disciplined and effective hitter with power upside.

Dalton Pompey (OF – TOR) 13% owned – This dynamic starting centerfielder for the Blue Jays is currently batting sixth to seventh in the Jays’ lineup but over time could see him rise to the number two spot in that order because of his speed. Last season in the minors he stole 43 bases across all three tiers and 113 games. That’s a blistering pace of base stealing, and he did it on all three levels of the minor league system! He is a great addition to your lineup that can give you plenty of bags, but if he can work his way up in the batting order than he could also contribute an exorbitant amount of runs hitting in front of Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, and Jose Bautista. All of whom have the capabilities of knocking him in, he just needs to get on base and stay on base to do it but he sported a .317/.392/.469 line as he was running through the minors last season.

Avisail Garcia (OF – CWS) – 17% owned – This spring Garcia slashed an impressive .368/.429/.421 and seems to have carried that success over to the real season because he is currently batting .500 for the White Sox. Over his parts of four seasons in the league he has hit for a line of .275/.317.412 and is hitting in the heart of a robust lineup. He is a good bet to hit for average and looks healthy to start this year. He could be someone that could bring your team a nice average balance if you have someone like Chris Davis or Mark Trumbo.

From The Mound

Carlos Martinez (SP/RP – STL) 14% owned – In his final spring game on April 2, Martinez struck out five and gave up three hits over six shutout innings to bring his spring to a close with a 2-0 record and a 2.86 ERA while striking out 21 batters over 22 innings. He also made a relief appearance in the Cardinals’ season opener against the Cubs, pitching one clean inning with a K and the hold credit. He is slated to be the Cardinals’ fifth starter and has a top defense in the league backing him up. The Cardinals have a knack for developing young talent especially when it comes to pitchers and Martinez fits that mold perfectly. He has a powerful fastball but he is not overly reliant on it and he is poised to fill the void left by Jaime Garcia’s recurring shoulder issues. He is a likable sleeper at the start of this 2015 season.

Credit: Keith Allison

Credit: Keith Allison

Joakim Soria (RP – DET) 27% owned– Joe Nathan went down with an injury that ha shim on the 15-day DL if not longer, finally giving fantasy owners the excuse they needed to pick up Joakim Soria. As the closer for the Rangers for the first half of last year Soria put up solid numbers, compiling a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and an absurd 11.3/9IP K-rate, all while racking up 17 saves. He experienced some regression, though, when he was traded to Detroit and was demoted to setup man, but he had a strong spring and is on a lineup that is poised to present him with many save opportunities until Nathan comes back. He needs to be owned in all formats and leagues, let alone in more than 30 percent!



Jason Hammel (SP – CHC) 6% owned – He struggled after his trade to Oakland last year but Hammel excelled while he was with the Cubs last year and I expect him to do much of the same this year. He posted an average 3.60 ERA in spring training with a 1.15 WHIP but had a spectacular 17:3 K:BB ratio. I would expect him to always have a better than average WHIP and K:BB but he sill struggle just a little with his ERA as he does hold a career 4.60 ERA over nine years, but 3 of those were in Colorado and two were pitching in the American League East so you have to like his move back to the National League where he was able to keep his Era under 3.00 for the first time of his career during the first half of last season. Good pitching is contagious and pitching behind the likes of Jon Lester and Jake Arrietta should help him out. Although I would wait to add him until Sunday or Monday because he faces the Rockies in Denver on Saturday.

 

About Michael Seng

The only thing Michael loves more than playing fantasy baseball is talking about fantasy baseball! An avid New York Yankees fan and baseball enthusiast, Michael has compiled an impressive fantasy baseball record over the years. Got a question? Michael would be happy to answer it via email or on Twitter @MichaelS_F6P.

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