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August 4, 2014 posted by Chuck Anderson

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap: No Names, Big Hits

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap:  No Names, Big Hits
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Danny Santana of Minnesota lit up White Sox pitching this weekend and has a 140 wRC+ in 211 plate appearances. A .401 BABIP is floating his ratios quite a bit, but he is showing surprising power from someone listed at 5’11”, 160 lbs. He has not hit for much power outside of his time in Rookie Ball but stole 30 bags last year. The Twins have little to lose by giving him the green light.

Tommy Medica of San Diego went a little nuts too, with 3 HR and 5 RBI in the last three games. He hit .296/.372/.582 last year in the Texas League (AA). He was not among the organization’s Baseball America Top Ten so some skepticism is prudent.

Anthony Rendon is fantasy’s #3 second baseman and #22 batter overall. There has been no BABIP spike and he increased his HR/FB distance by 20 feet. He is also an effective base stealer, with an 11/2 success ratio. Expect him to be drafted in the first three rounds next spring.

 

Jhonny Peralta is a nice bargain shortstop again. He hit his fifteenth home run Saturday and is more valuable in fantasy than Jean Segura, J.J Hardy, Andrelton Simmons, and Xander Bogaerts.

 

C.J. Wilson’s fastball did not break 90 mph as Tampa pounded him on Saturday.

 

Anibal Sanchez struck out twelve Rockies on Sunday. It was the first time he broke into double digits this year. He has made fifteen or more starts in seven seasons. In two of them his K/9 was over 9.0, in five he was under 8.0.

 

Josh Reddick’s OPS is over 1.000 since coming off the DL on July 22.

 

Edwin Jackson and Phil Hughes are the only two starting pitchers whose FIP is more than a run over their ERA. Moving to Minnesota helped Hughes keep the ball in the yard but he still allows line drives at the league’s fifth highest rate. Jackson tops that list, making it hard to recommend either hurler.

 

Since the All Star Break Cincinnati is the worst hitting team by far. Entering Sunday the Reds’ 33 runs were ten fewer than #29 Seattle. Their .527 OPS is over 60 points below the Mets’.

 

Increase your team’s strikeouts by grabbing Tampa’s middle reliever Brad Boxburger. His 2014 K/9 is 14.02, and it was over 10.0 in nearly all his professional stops. He backs it up with a 14.8% swinging strike rate.

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