Is there reason to believe that the Nats second sacker's offensive breakout might soon slow?
It’s impossible to watch enough baseball to be intimately familiar with all major-league hitters or major-league pitchers. Most of us have specific teams that we follow or players who we try to watch most nights, but Major League Baseball has umpteen dozen players with whom we’re familiar only through their stat line.
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Orlando Arcia sounds more like a destination resort than a baseball player but here we are.
The Situation: Milwaukee has gone from having one of the worst systems in baseball just a few short years ago to having one of the very best in baseball. On Tuesday, we’ll get to see one of the very best in that system: shortstop Orlando Arcia.
Background: The Brewers gave Arcia $95,000 in the fall of 2011 to procure his services out of Venezuela; a modest—but not insignificant—amount of money. The following year he impressed in the Dominican Summer League, but he didn’t get a chance to build on it after breaking his ankle in spring training, costing him all of the 2012 season. After two pedestrian offensive years in Low and High-A in 2013 and 2014, Arcia took a massive step forward in 2015, hitting .307/.347/.453 in Double-A Biloxi. The 2016 season hasn’t been as impressive, but he has hit a respectable .268/.320/.404 in the friendly confines of the PCL for Colorado Springs, and the Brewers believe he’s ready to show off his talents at the major league level.
Can the Jays lefty remain a valuable fantasy starter down the stretch, or is it time to jump ship?
It’s been almost 12 months to the day since J.A. Happ joined the Pittsburgh Pirates and genuflected at the feet of pitching coach Ray Searage. The mythology surrounding Searage conveniently ignores the hurlers who weren’t fixed—or, perhaps, were too far gone—but it’s undeniable that Searage has worked a few miracles in his professional career.
J.P. recommends a handful of widely available players who could help your fantasy squad down the stretch.
Here at The Buyer’s Guide, we routinely talk about established players, their fantasy trade value, and whether owners should buy, sell, or hold. As in-season trades die down in late July and early August, it’s perhaps more helpful to scour the waiver wire for help.
Very few players make the sort of progress that this Padre has at his age, but does that mean you shouldn't buy into his breakout?
The world had forgotten about Wil Myers because patience is notoriously non-existent in fantasy baseball. Owners throw away historically consistent producers for flash-in-the-pan hot streaks every year. I join a random ESPN public league each year—I also enjoy flipping the difficulty mode on FIFA16 from professional to beginner from time to time so I can win by a dozen-plus goals—and someone dropped David Price after his early struggles. That’s obviously an extreme example of what I’m talking about; however, any serious fantasy player will be well acquainted with the impulse to make knee-jerk decisions based solely upon hot streaks.
The Giants first baseman does something less often than every qualified hitter, and it might help him sustain his first-half success.
Brandon Belt has been a fantasy darling for years, ever since he hit .289/.360/.481 with 17 homers for the San Francisco Giants in 2013. Injuries and a lack of premium power, perhaps due to his home park, have kept him from being a top-end fantasy first baseman. That’s even true this season—Belt is only the 16th-ranked first baseman in ESPN leagues—but it’s impossible to ignore his impressive .301/.406/.523 slash line and wonder if his true fantasy value exceeds what the normal algorithms indicate.