As you scour the waiver wire today for a couple potential guys to help your fantasy baseball team throughout the next week, one guy you should look to target is San Francisco Giants’ backup catcher Hector Sanchez.
That’s right, I’m suggesting that you go pick up a backup catcher.
With Brandon Belt out for what looks like at least six weeks, the Giants may get tired of cycling through their utility players at first base.
If the Giants don’t look to go outside the organization for a short-term replacement, they could promote Angel Villalona from Double-A. but the most likely scenario could be to simply play Buster Posey at first base most of the time.
That would mean a serious bump in playing time for the 24-year old Sanchez.
While he does have some contact issues that likely make last year’s .248 the high end of expectations average-wise, he has some power, and in two-catcher leagues that might be enough to warrant a spot by itself.
He currently boasts only a .236/.262/.400 line with a pair of homers, but has already driven in 16 runs in only 55 at bats. More impressively he is hitting .333 with an .842 OPS with runners in scoring position.
There isn’t a ton of upside here, but there is a little and if you need to upgrade your second catcher in deep or NL-only formats, Sanchez is a guy who makes sense.
Other Potential Pickups (Must be owned in less than 35 percent of ESPN Leagues to qualify)
Tyler Moore, Washington Nationals, (0 percent owned)
With Adam LaRoche now on the DL, Moore has been promoted and could be in store for a good run of playing time over the next couple of weeks.
The 27-year old Moore is a power-only guy with a ton of swing-and-miss in his game, and really isn’t well suited for much more than a short-term stopgap.
Zach Walters is another guy that could see increased playing time, but he basically has the same skill set as Moore with three more years to mature, giving him a touch more upside.
Neither player warrants a pickup as a regular in most formats, although those desperate for power could take a short-term flyer on Moore, who has a pair of homers this season in only 33 at bats.