The baseball regular season, and thus, the fantasy baseball season, is already 1/3 of the way done. It’s hard to believe, when it feels like opening day was just last week.
After two months of the season, there have been a ton of injuries and disappointments from the original fantasy baseball league draft. Almost every owner is going to have some holes to fill. How do you fill them? Here are five players who are available in the majority of fantasy baseball leagues that can help your team the next four months.
Marco Scutaro (2B/SS, Colorado Rockies)
If you are a solid top of the lineup hitter in the Denver air, you should definitely be considered as a decent pickup. Some wrote off Scutaro, but he is a solid infielder who has been a proven hitter for average. The bonus this season is that he is also stealing bases, and is on pace to have a career high in that category.
Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, Cleveland Indians)
Last year, Chisenhall was considered by many to be a one of the top upcoming prospects. When he was called up, he wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t great either. His second stint recently started in Cleveland, and he looks much improved. He is striking out less, walking more, and he continues to show power and speed. With Jack Hanahan on the DL, Chisenhall will get chances to improve and play every day as well.
Tim Collins (RP, Kansas City Royals)
When a pitcher is all of 5’7” and pitching relief for the Royals, it’s easy to get overlooked. The middle innings reliever is striking out people left and right, while not sacrificing his control. Owned in less than 5% of all leagues, the lefty is a solid pickup in deep leagues looking for some strikeouts, vulture wins and a low ERA.
Trevor Bauer (SP, Arizona Diamondbacks)
The new pitching prospect most fantasy baseball owners have on their minds is none other than Trevor Bauer. The eccentric right-hander from UCLA is rumored to be a call up in the near future for the Diamondbacks. He is not owned in many fantasy baseball leagues right now, and it is a gamble, but he could have Tim Lincecum-type impact immediately. His unorthodox delivery and amazing stuff will make him particularly difficult to hit as teams face him for the very first time.
AJ Burnett (SP, Pittsburgh Pirates)
Remember Burnett? The often underachieving New York Yankees pitcher was shipped to Pittsburgh in the offseason. He is a pitcher who is very prone to that terrible outing, but he can also have terrific ones as well. Recently, he has been having more of the latter. If you throw out his 2.2 IP, 12 ER outing against St. Louis in May, Burnett has been an above average pitcher. His last five starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA. Don’t be afraid to pick up the righty just because of his old reputation.