It’s still only two weeks into the season so it’s tough to tell if people are just starting off hot or they are for real. But you might as well take a shot on someone who’s tearing it up and hope for the best all season long.
This past week, injuries have hit some teams really hard. Jacoby Ellsbury looks to be out for awhile with his shoulder, Brian Wilson is headed for his 2nd Tommy John, Chris Young just hit the DL with a contusion in his shoulder, and Michael Morse is out at least 6 weeks with back issues.
Here’s some guys who can help out in the short term and could potentially be impact players all season.
J.D. Martinez, HOU OF – He started off the season on a 9 game hitting streak, but that was broken last night against Strasburg. However, he is hitting .333 with 3 bombs and 10 RBI’s. I know Houston’s offense is atrocious, but so far Martinez has been very productive for them. I don’t think he will be valuable all year long, but I would definitely ride his hot bat right now.
Cody Ross, BOS OF – I think Ross is the biggest benefactor of Ellsbury’s injury. He should receive regular playing time even when Crawford returns soon. Ross was unreal with the Giants in 2010 during the playoffs so you know that he definitely has potential. He only has 2 home runs this year, but he is hitting .273 and has 8 RBI’s. I think he will definitely be an impact power source over this next month.
Barry Zito, SF SP – It’s been 10 years since Zito won 23 games and the AL Cy Young for the Athletics, but he’s been just as dominate so far this season. He’s currently 2-0 with 8 K’s in 16 innings with a complete game shutout under his belt. With Lincecum struggling bad so far this year, Zito and Cain have been the Giants’ top two guys. They have a chance to compete in the NL West and I would definitely give this veteran lefty a shot on my squad.
Lance Lynn, STL SP – After coming out of the bullpen for the latter half of 2011, Lynn has gotten his full chance to be a part of the Cards rotation. So far he has taken full advantage and is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts in just 12 innings. He has only walked 3 guy so far and St. Louis seems to be doing pretty solid without Albert. Lynn and Lohse are anchoring this staff currently and Lynn could easily be a quality starter this year.
Trevor Bauer, ARZ SP – This is just a gut feeling here. If you saw our preseason predictions, this my pick for NL Rookie of the Year. He is currently carving up Double A ball, and his opportunity in the bigs may be coming soon. Josh Collmenter has been absolutely brutal so far in his two starts, and Kirk Gibson is giving him one more shot, but hasn’t guaranteed anything after that. Bauer was the 3rd pick in last year’s draft out of UCLA, and once he gets the call, he will be a top pick-up. Keeper league members should definitely may want to grab him now and beat the rush.
Hello Waiver Wire
It’s still tough to tell who is droppable in the middle of April, but here’s a list of guys that I think are safe to put in the free agent pool as of now.
Albert Pujols (LAA) and TIm Lincecum (SF) JUST KIDDING! GOT YAAA. But here it really is.
Ryan Raburn (DET), Brandon Belt (SF), Mitch Moreland (TEX), J.P. Arencibia (TOR), Francisco Liriano (MIN), Marrk Melancon (BOS)