We are heavy on first basemen and outfielders in this week’s series on streaming hitters. I have really struggled in recent weeks to get my desired players for FAAB bidding in most of my leagues, so I hope to hit on some of these players tonight. I hope your seasons are going well and that you had a terrific July 4th weekend. It’s hard to believe the season is already half over.
Shallow 10 Teams (50% rostered or less)
Luke Voit, San Diego Padres 1B/DH (36% rostered, 7.5 grade)
Voit is a pure power play; you’re not getting steals here, but you are also not getting a batting average that will kill your team. Josh predicts a 1.7/4/4.7/0/.271 week for Voit, and that 1.7 number for home runs is one of the highest I have seen in the projection charts for a player rostered this little. Voit already has more barrels this year (25) than he had all of last year; he’s 96th percentile for barrel percentage. His walk rate is an all-time high of 12% but the strikeout rate is also a robust 33.2%. He has warts, but so does every player in this range. Voit should not be on the waiver wire right now. A modest price for potential big power.
Nathaniel Lowe, Texas Rangers, 1B (49% rostered, 4.1 grade)
I know the grade is a little low (see what I did there), but we have to like what we have seen from Lowe this year. He’s hitting .281 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI while finally getting daily at-bats. Check out this line since June 1st: nine homers, 21 RBI, while hitting .308. I would way rather take a chance on someone like Lowe than wait for another player, say Joey Votto, to heat up. A modest bid could yield you dividends while other players are satisfied with their 1B situation. Take a look at him tonight. Josh predicts a .7/2.6/2.5/.2/.239 week for Lowe.
Standard 12 Teams (30% or less)
Daniel Vogelbach, Pittsburgh Pirates 1B/DH (30% rostered, 5.8 grade)
Much gets made of Vogelbach’s size, but let me tell you something: he can hot, and he’s been doing it at every level, dating back to the days I saw him play A ball in Kane County, Illinois. Vogelbach is getting a chance for everyday at-bats right now with Pittsburgh, and their patience with him is paying off: he’s hitting .385 in July with a home run and five RBI. What I like about Vogelbach too is that he will take a walk: 13.3% walk rate and his strikeout rate is a modest 24.1%. This means he puts the ball in play more often than many and is on base, which helps his chances of scoring runs for your team. Josh predicts a 1.2/3.4/3.7/0/.259 week for Vogelbach.
Rafael Ortega, Chicago Cubs, OF (30% rostered, 5.0 grade)
Ortega is a 31-year-old veteran getting substantial playing time on the Cubs right now. Very quietly he has chipped in with four home runs and seven steals, hitting .260 with 24 runs scored. Raise your hand if you knew he was in the top 10% of the league in walk percentage at 12.7%. Like Vogelbach, he whiffs at a lower rate than most hitters (20.7%) and has an OBP of .353. Josh likes a .6/2.8/2.3/.7/.250 week for Ortega. If you are anything like me and need outfield help desperately, give Ortega a look tonight.
Deep 15 Teams (15% or less)
Jorge Alfaro, San Diego Padres, C/OF (17% rostered, 5.2 score)
It’s shocking to me that Alfaro isn’t rostered in more leagues, especially with the catcher eligibility and the dearth of good options to play in that spot. Alfaro has been hitting the cover off the baseball until a recent cold stretch this week. In June, he hit .309 with four home runs and 14 RBI, and has that sneaky dual eligibility. Keep in mind with the NL using the DH now, he has several pathways to playing time, especially with the scary injury to Jurickson Profar this week. Think about adding Alfaro this week. Josh sees a .9/2.5/2.5/.2/.289 week for him.
Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds, OF (14% rostered, 3.7 score)
It kills me to admit this, but I believe in truth above all. I drafted Senzel late in many leagues, and as injuries, both to himself and other players on my team mounted, I cut him. Well, the joke is on me. Senzel is healthy, playing daily, and has hit .387 with two home runs, six RBI, and five runs scored in July. He’s also got five stolen bases in the ledger too, so he could easily be a double-digit home run and stolen base guy. So don’t be a dope like me. Grab Senzel tonight if you need outfield help.
Teams with “Easy” Matchups: knowing there is no such thing as an “easy” matchup in MLB
Houston@ Los Angeles Angels, vs. Oakland
Miami vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Philadelphia
Pittsburgh @ Miami, @ Colorado
Seattle @ Washington, @ Texas
Toronto vs. Philadelphia, vs. Kansas City
Teams with eight games: Chicago White sox, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City
Teams with seven games: Atlanta, Boston, Colorado, Miami, New York Mets, Pittsburgh, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Texas
Teams with six games: Arizona, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York Yankees, Oakland, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Washington
Teams with five games: Baltimore, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers