Low-Owned Players with Emerging Roles
1. Harrison Bader 11% Owned.
Photo: Chris Lee St.Louis Post Dispatch.
Harrison Bader has carved himself out an everyday role in the outfield with the St. Louis Cardinals ever since Tommy Pham was shipped off to Tampa Bay. Since taking over on August 1st as the Primary Center Fielder, Bader has hit .325 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI with a .550 slugging and 10 runs scored. Add to that 3 stolen bases and the numbers are impressive. Mainly kept in as one of the best defenders in baseball this year, Bader has really impressed with the bat. Of course, this is a small sample size of 43 plate appearances, but he is one year removed from hitting 20 home runs in Memphis. His Power/Speed threat and age makes him an interesting target in dynasty leagues. If you are in a 5 OF league or you need steals in a ROTO league, he might be someone to pick up for the last month and a half of this years season.
2. Franmil Reyes 8% owned.
(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Franmil Reyes has shown he has power, hitting 9 home runs in 140 plate appearances. He, unlike Bader, still needs some work though. The strikeout rate is unacceptable hovering above 30%. The Padres have nothing to play for, however, and there seems to be no reason not to throw Reyes out there to see what he can do and if he is in their future plans. Initially hitting well when getting recalled back up on the 5th of August, He had 3 home runs and 2 doubles in the matter of 4 games batting in the 7th spot. Since being moved up to the 4th spot, he hasn’t gotten a hit in 4 games dating back to the 10th. However, his power at least warrants a spot on your watch list going forward, especially if he continues to hit in the cleanup role.
3. Danny Jansen 22% Owned.
When I was doing my “Unknown Prospect” series, Danny Jansen was one person I wrote about last year, as he batted .323 between 3 minor league levels. He continued his success here in 2018 with a .275 average in Buffalo, Toronto’s AAA affiliate. He recently got the phone call all Minor Leaguers wait for and should make the most of it. He went 2 for 3 in his first Major League game. With Russell Martin playing third, Jansen should see the majority of the starts behind the dish. With the catcher landscape being so blah, with lackluster performances from guys like Wilco and Buster Posey, this is possibly the guy that can help you the most this season.
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