Quick Hits, 1st Basemen to Add for your Stretch Run
First Base is not as good as it has been the past few years, whether it’s players not living up to expectations or the depth just not being there, First base is worse this year than any year in recent memory. At least, it seems that way
Derek Dietrich 47% Owned.
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Dietrich has quietly had a good season on a terrible Marlin team. He currently sports a .288 average with 11 home runs and 32 RBI with 51 runs scored. He bats most of his games leadoff, allowing for a good amount of runs scored. First base is usually a power position, but Dietrich gives you a good average and counting stats with a tiny bit of power. His eligibility makes him an attractive option also
Jake Bauers 16% Owned
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Bauers has mostly been batting in the 3 spot for the surprisingly competent Tampa Bay Rays. He is one of those guys who won’t give you a lot of one stat, but will spread the stats around. Coming off multi-hit games in 3 of his last 4 games, Bauers might be heating up. Overall since being called up, he is batting, 258 with 5 home runs, 18 RBI, and 2 SB. Probably not worthy of a spot in a 12 team league just yet, Bauers is still a guy to monitor as the season goes on.
Josh Bell 45% Owned.
Bell has not shown the power he did last season, but the power outbreak was unexpected. He profiled as a hitter who would hit for average with 15 HR type power. Like Bauers, he’s batting in a lucrative spot, seeing most of his time in the cleanup spot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a little more power from Bell in the 2nd Half. Regardless, the RBI and average are there. On the season he is batting .261 with 46 RBI and 48 runs scored. The power is keeping him ignored in a lot of leagues right now, but he still has the pedigree as a top prospect and could have a big Second Half.
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