Last Friday was epic to say the least. It’s not very often that the top two prospects in the minor leagues both get the call on the same night. But amidst the hoopla of these two guys, a handful of players have emerged since then as well. Crazy to believe that we are already in May, and now is the time where decisions need to be made. You have to go with your gut when selling high or buying low, and be willing to cut some of your favorite players if their slumps are continuing. Fantasy owners undergo a lot of stress so hopefully some of these additions will benefit you.
Pedro Alvarez, PIT 3B
This top pick out of Vanderbilt had an absolute brutal season last year to say the least. He was sent down to minors at one point, and Pitt signed Casey McGeehee in the offseason to play some 3rd. Fortunately for the organization, it looks like Pedro has figured it out. He has hit safely in 6 out of the last 8 games, and had multiple hits in 5 of those games. He has 6 home runs on the season, and has hit one on both Monday and Tuesday. I see him continuing this hot streak and anchoring the Pittsburgh offense.
Chris Davis, BAL 1B
Davis has always had potential, but just never lived up to it in Texas. Now, the Orioles are starting to reep the benefits. In the last 8 days, Davis has hit 4 bombs and drove in 9 runs. Baltimore has been surprisingly solid so far this season, and if they are going to make noise, they need continued production from Davis. He is also 3B eligible, so if you are a Longoria owner, Davis and Alvarez are both potential players who will fill the void.
Jose Altuve, HOU 2B
Because he plays for the Astros, Altuve has gotten absolutely no love from the media. If they would just take a look at his numbers, he easily should be the starting 2nd basemen for the NL All-Star team right now. He just came off of a 14-27 streak and his average currently sits at .367. He has scored 16 runs and drove in 10. At 5’5″, Altuve plays extremely tough for his size and I see that aggressiveness making him a valuable player this season.
Jake Westbrook, STL SP
Dave Duncan seriously has the magic touch. If any pitcher is having trouble, send him to St. Louis and he will become exceptional once again. Westbrook has been Duncan’s last prodigy and this season he has been dominant. He is now 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA. He has struck out 15, but walked 7. Overall though, the Cardinals have been extremely successful this season, and it looks like Westbrook is back to his old ways.
Drew Smyly, DET SP
This rookie was a longshot to make the rotation, but it looks like he is now here to stay. Through his first 4 starts, Smyly is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 22 strikeouts. If this lefty would have gotten some run support, he could easily have 3 wins right now. With Scherzer struggling and Fister still hurt, Smyly has been a pleasant surprise in Detroit this season and I see continued success out of him.
Andy Pettite, NYY SP
Just a quick little information here. Looks like Andy will be up for the Yankees in about a week, so if you have room on your roster and need pitching, feel free to stash him. He hasn’t been brilliant in his starts so far this year, but I mean, it’s the Yankees and Pettite has been great there his whole career. He’s definitely worth a flier.
Hello Waiver Wire!
Trust me, I know how hard it is to cut players who you really like. Those decisions are always the toughest to make, but now is the time to start letting them loose. Your bold predictions to your buddies are not always going to come true so it’s better to cut your losses now.
John Danks – CWS SP, Kyle Farnsworth – TB RP (Transferred to 60 day DL), Delmon Young – DET OF (Restricted List), Ryan Roberts – ARZ 3B, Paul Goldschmidt – ARZ 1B, Mat Gamel – MIL 1B (Torn ACL), Adam Lind TOR 1B