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June 3, 2013 posted by Dan Stack

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 9)

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 9)
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Now that we’ve hit June, this will be the time where we see a flurry of call-ups as teams both need a jolt of youth and energy while also trying to avoid “Super 2” status.

While some mentioned below have already gotten the call, the list will grow when guys like Wil Myers and Zack Wheeler eventually get their auditions.

Domonic Brown: Philadelphia Phillies

I think it’s safe to say that Brown has officially broken out.

Brown is making a mockery of major league pitching and has been sizzling hot of late. There is perhaps no hotter hitter in baseball right now.

Brown is putting it all together this year after years of teasing us with his raw talent. In his last ten games, Brown is 16-37 with a staggering eight home runs and 16 RBI’s. Brown now ranks first in the NL in home runs.

Brown will look to keep it going with match-ups against the Marlins (Tom Koehler, Ricky Nolasco and Jacob Turner) at home before traveling to Milwaukee (Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, Marco Estrada and Kyle Lohse) to end the week.

Anibal Sanchez: Detroit Tigers

Aside from a few hiccups in two out of his last three starts, Sanchez has been an anchor in the Tigers’ rotation.

For the year, Sanchez has an excellent ERA (2.79) to go along with 89 strikeouts (third in the AL). Sanchez has become a mainstay in fantasy lineups and this week he should be a stellar play with two home match-ups against the Rays and the Indians.

 

Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez: Los Angeles Dodgers

Ramirez is expected to return early this week as he overcomes a hamstring injury he suffered a few weeks ago. The plan calls for Ramirez to play at least one more rehab game on Monday with the Dodgers activating him on Tuesday.

Ramirez has a lot of ground to make up for, but fantasy owners have few options but to insert Ramirez into lineups right away with shortstop such a barren wasteland.

Ramirez will have seven games at home this week featuring match-ups with San Diego (Eric Stults, Andrew Cashner and Jason Marquis) and Atlanta (Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, Kris Medlen and Mike Minor).

Justin Masterson: Cleveland Indians

Masterson has seemingly put last year’s disasters behind him and has become a reliable pitcher once again.

At 8-3 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, Masterson has regained the trust of fantasy GMs. He is a solid play with two starts (@ New York Yankees, @Detroit) this week. Masterson can tell us a lot about himself if he can have a solid week with two difficult match-ups on the docket.

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Yasiel Puig: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers couldn’t wait anymore to promote Puig. Puig is on his way to Los Angeles fter tearing up spring training and then assaulting Double-A pitching. This prospect has all the makings of being a beast.

Puig is raw and will likely need time to adjust to the speed of the majors. Make no mistake, though, Puig has all the tools to succeed in this league and is a must-add off the waiver wire. Puig should feel some comfort at the plate with seven games at home (check Ramirez above for exact match-ups).

Andy Pettitte: New York Yankees

Pettitte is another player set to come off the DL. Pettitte, who suffered a strained trapezius muscle in his last start on May 16, will be thrown back into the fire.

With two solid match-ups (vs. Cleveland, @Seattle), Pettitte is a player worth riding with this week as there are not many viable two-start options this week.

Mark Teixeira: New York Yankees

Continuing with the theme of injured stars coming back, Teixeira is another player who is just getting caught up to speed.

Teixeira has gotten off to a rocky start so far, going 1-9 in his first three games. Teixeira is normally a slow starter, but the Yankees can’t have him get off to a rough start if they have any idea of staying in contention for first place.

With the start he is off too, fantasy players have to be judicious about how they plan to use Teixeira this week. That said, Teixeira does have a full slate of games this week with match-ups against Cleveland (Justin Masterson, Scott Kazmir and Corey Kluber) at home and Seattle (Aaron Harang, Jeremy Bonderman, Joe Saunders and Felix Hernandez) on the road.

 

Michael Wacha, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Michael Wacha, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Michael Wacha: St. Louis Cardinals

Perhaps the hottest pitcher pick-up off the waiver wire has been the Cardinals’ newest wunderkid Michael Wacha.

Wacha was fantastic in his debut on May 30 against the Royals. He went seven innings and allowed just one run on a mere two hits while  striking out six.

Wacha was simply awesome in spring training and he’ll be in the spotlight this week when he makes two starts (vs. Arizona, @Cincinnati). The upside is strong with Wacha and, as such, he is a recommended start this week.

Nick Franklin: Seattle Mariners

Franklin is another rookie call-up making a splash in his debut.

Franklin has had a so-so week, going 4-17, but two of his hits went for home runs. Again, Franklin becomes a wanted man with shortstop such a weak position. Franklin is definitely worth a speculative add.

This week the Mariners will be home for a full slate of games against the White Sox (John Danks, Jake Peavy and Dylan Axelrod) and Yankees (Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and David Phelps).

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Justin Grimm: Texas Rangers

Grimm is not the sexiest of pitchers out there (5-3, 3.93 ERA), but he is at least serviceable.

Grimm is still allowing too many base runners (1.44 WHIP) and he is definitely bordering on a path towards regression. If Grimm could make it through this week when he makes two road starts (@Boston, @Toronto), then people might begin to start trusting him.

My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at FantasyPros911.com, BleacherReport.com, Mets360.com, GiantsFootballBlog.com and WeAreDePaul.com. I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.
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