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By Chris Dionne
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Hello Lester’s Legend Readers,
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I’m guest posting here again from http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com to discuss 6 hitters you can snag off the waiver wire today that could give you a big second half.  All these guys have ownership rates of less that 25% in Yahoo leagues.  This is not a ranking, the order is random.  As with my other posts here, see the link at the bottom for a bonus two pitchers on this list.  Look for the Waiver Wire hitters next week.
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Kevin Kiermaier – Kiermaier has come up very hot for the Rays this year.  He’s somehow still only owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues.  He is clearly not as good as he’s been playing.  As of this writing, he has 8 home runs on the year.  He is not a power hitter.  He had 15 total homeruns in 4 years of minor league play.   He is more of a slap/contact hitter.  What he does have in speed.  It may have not come through yet, but in 34 AAA games this year, he stole 11 bases.  Pick him up as a cheap source of speed for you down the line.  And if his hot streak continues, it’s a bonus.
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Stephen Drew - Yes, I’m recommending Steven Drew.  He had a horrible start when he first signed.  He looked rusty in his first moth of at bats.  But, he’s stepped it up since then, and has been hitting of late.  In the last week he’s hit 2 home runs and is hitting almost .300.  The Red Sox offense looks like it mat be heating up, and if Drew heats up at the same time, he could make a solid fantasy run in the next few weeks.
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Arismendy Alcantara – Alcantara has been hot since his call up.  He’s laying himself into regular playing time and now looks like he may be here to stay.  He has 2 homeruns , 4 steal, and a .255 average since his call up.  Yes, there’s some luck involved here, but plenty of skills.  In 89 AAA games this year he hit 10 home runs, stole 21 bases, and hit over .300.  Snag him now and ride as long as you can.  He can fill a tough to fill middle infield spot for you team in most leagues.
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CJ Cron – After a strange demotion to AAA a few days ago, Cron looks to be back up and should be the DH for the Angels going forward.  He’s never been a stud prospect, but has power.  He’s hit 9 homers in just under 60 games this year.   That’s a pace that actually looks close to sustainable.  He has the power to hit 10 homers the rest of the season.  He also hits in a really good Angels lineup.  He could rack up RBI in the second half.  Power is hard to find on the waiver wire, and Cron has hit.  He’s worth the gamble.
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Travis d’Arnaud– Travis is back and catching everyday (almost) for the Mets.  There are a few things to like about him.  He was a top prospect with a history of hitting in the minors.  He has been hot of late, with a OPS just under .800 in July so far.  And most interesting, he’s been hitting in the middle of the Mets lineup.  The Mets are not exactly a stud lineup, but batting in the middle of any lineup, you’ll fall into solid counting stats.  He could be a sneaky top 10 catchers the second half of the season.
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Javier Baez – This one is possibly a stretch as he’s not even in the league yet, but there’s big power potential here.  The Cubs recently DFA’d Darwin Barney, have Alcantara playing a lot of centerfield and Bonifacio playing a lot of second.  Bonifacio is likely to be traded before the deadline.  This will open up a second base spot for Baez.  He still has a lot of swing in miss in him, but a ton of power to go with it.  He has the potential to hit 10 homers in the last 2 months of the season.  How many middle infielders can do that for your team?
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If you’ve watched much baseball you’ve hear someone state that a player will be what he is “On the back of his baseball card”. But what does the back of the baseball card really say about a player?? What does it say about the player tomorrow? And, What what will that baseball card say at the end of the year?
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At Back of the Baseball Card I take a look at what the “back of the baseball card” really says about a player and how that can help your daily, yearly, and dynasty leagues.
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By Chris Dionne
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I’m guest posting here again from http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com to discuss 6 starting pitchers you can snag off the waiver wire today that could give you a big second half.  All these guys have ownership rates of less that 25% in Yahoo leagues.  This is not a ranking, the order is random.  As with my other posts here, see the link at the bottom for a bonus two pitchers on this list.  Look for the Waiver Wire hitters next week.
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Brandon McCarthy – I’m a big fan of Brandon McCarthy this year.  His secondary numbers point to a much better pitcher than his stats show.   His FIP is way less than his ERA.  He has a great groundball rate and has given up what looks like, an unlucky amount of home runs.  He’s a better pitcher than his ERA shows.  He just moved to a tough stadium to play in, but he was in one before as well.  If his numbers regress positively as they should, he could be a 3.50 ERA for the Yankees, with a handful or more wins.  Run and grab him now.
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Wade Miley – Wade Miley is having a better season than you think he is.  His ERA sits at 4.18 and he’s striking out close out a batter per inning, while pitching for a bad team in a bad ballpark.  Admittedly not exciting numbers, but there’s some bad luck in there.  His XFIP on the year sits a 3.31 as he’s been unlucky with his balls in play and home run percentage.  He has the possibility of posting a 3.50 era and close to a strikeout per nine in the second half.  That’s a great pickup of waivers for the second half.
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Rubby De La Rosa – This is my biggest reach on the list.  The Red Sox seem determined to get this guy in the rotation, and after some deadline deals, I think they will have a spot for him.  He has decent numbers on the year in limited action.  I’m not basing this on number though, this is about stuff.  De La Rosa has great stuff.  He continues to have issues with walks, and his strikeout rate has yet to be what it should be, but the stuff is there.  He may not be an instant pickup now, but keep an eye on him.  He could put together a stud second half seemingly out of the blue.
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Jake Odorizzi – Odorizzi was on the back end of most prospect list coming into the season.  He had a rough start when he was called up, but has been hot of late.  His ERA is a hair over 4 and his FIP is about half a run lower.  5 of his last 7 starts have been quality starts, and the two that weren’t were only for his 5.1 and 5.2 innings pitched.  He also has a crazy good strikeout rate this year, over 10 per nine innings.  This is higher than his minor league stats, so it’s likely to come down, but he should be able to maintain a 7-8 strikeouts per 9.  He’s a sneaky bet for value in the second half.
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Matt Shoemaker – Shoemaker has a 4.38 ERA on the year and is 7-2 in just over 63 innings since his call up.  That’s a decent back end pitcher.  His secondary numbers point to a better pitcher than that.  His FIP sits at 3.78 on the year due to some bad luck on his balls in play.    If he can pitch to his FIP in the second half, combined with his almost a strikeout per nine and you have a great waiver pickup.
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Drew Hutchison – I’ve gone back and forth on recommending Hutchison this year.  I like the strikeout potential he has, but I’m always weary of young guys blowing up.  As a waiver grab, he’s worth the risk.  He has the potential for a strikeout per inning in the second half.  He also plays on Toronto, so he should be a good bet for wins.  He will have a blow up or two in the second half, and he may be a guy that I sit against the top offences.  But he has the ability to be a 9k per 9, 3.80, 6-8 win guy in the second half.
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For two more bonus hitters, visit my website at
http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com/p/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html
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If you’ve watched much baseball you’ve hear someone state that a player will be what he is “On the back of his baseball card”. But what does the back of the baseball card really say about a player?? What does it say about the player tomorrow? And, What what will that baseball card say at the end of the year?
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At Back of the Baseball Card I take a look at what the “back of the baseball card” really says about a player and how that can help your daily, yearly, and dynasty leagues.
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C.J. Cron
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Here’s another look at some players that are are heating up that could be worth a look on your fantasy baseball team.
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C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels
Cron doesn’t play every day, but in his past nine games he’s hitting .333 with six runs, five home runs and eight RBI.
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Brandon Guyer, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
In his past 12 games Guyer is hitting .273 with 10 runs.
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Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City Royals
Infante is hitting .252 on the year with 41 RBI. In his past nine games he’s hitting ..303 with four runs, a HR, seven RBI and a pair of steals.
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James Jones, OF, Seattle Mariners
Jones is hitting .295 on the year with 33 runs and 17 stolen bases. In the past 19 games he’s hitting .326 with 16 runs and 11 stolen bases.
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Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Kiermaier is hitting .308 on the season. In his past seven games he’s hitting .333 with three home runs and six RBI.
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James Loney, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays
Loney is hitting .314 in his past 12 games with five runs, two HRs and nine RBI. On the year he’s hitting .281 with 33 runs and 42 RBI.
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Logan Morrison, 1B, Seattle Mariners 
Morrison is hitting .284 in his past 19 games with eight runs, four home runs and 12 RBI.
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Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox
Viciedo is hitting just .245 on the year and .250 during his past 15 games, but he has scored 11 runs with four home runs and eight RBI. On the year he has 39 runs, nine HRs and 29 RBI.
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Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners
Zunino is hitting just .223 with 32 runs, 12 home runs and 32 RBI on the year, but in his past nine games he’s hitting .243 with eight runs, four home runs and nine RBI.
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Here’s another look at some players that are are heating up that could be worth a look on your fantasy baseball team.
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Billy Butler, DH, Kansas City Royals
After a slow start, Butler is hitting .295 since the start of May with 19 runs and 23 RBI. He doesn’t provide any power, but he’s solid in those three categories.
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Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Houston Astros
Carter has hit 10 home runs since the start of May and has 13 on the year. He’ll drag your batting average down, but he’ll give you some pop.
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Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City Royals
Infante is hitting .367 during his current seven-game hitting streak with nine runs and nine RBI.
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Jordy Mercer, SS/2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Mercer is hitting .310 in his past 14 games with 12 runs, three home runs and 10 RBI. He has the added value of playing both middle infield positions.
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Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
Owings is hitting .318 in 14 games this month with eight runs, three home runs and 10 RBI.
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Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals
Span is hitting .276 with 28 runs, eight RBI and six stolen bases since the start of May.
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Kolten Wong
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Here’s another look at some players that are are heating up that could be worth a look on your fantasy baseball team.
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Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals
Cain is hitting .325 with 11 runs, 15 RBI and six stolen bases. In his past 14 games he’s hitting .340 with eight RBI and four stolen bases.
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Adam Dunn, 1B, Chicago White Sox
Dunn is hitting just .238, but he does have three home runs and 11 RBI in his past 13 games. He has 23 RBI on the year.
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Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers
Reynolds is hitting .217, but he does have 12 home runs and 25 RBI. In his past eight games he’s hitting .281 with four home runs and 10 RBI.
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Michael Saunders, OF, Seattle Mariners
Saunders is hitting .276 with 24 runs and 20 RBI. In May he’s hitting .321 with 17 runs and 17 RBI. He doesn’t provide many home runs or stolen bases, but he’s producing in three categories.
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Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
Wong is hitting .276 with 11 runs, 11 RBI and eight stolen bases. He’s hitting .356 in May with six runs, six RBI and five SBs in 11 games.
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Juan Francisco
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Here’s another look at some players that are off to fast starts that could be worth a look on your fantasy baseball team.
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Collin Cowgill, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Cowgill is hitting .316 with 15 runs. He has scored eight runs in the past 10 games that he recorded an at-bat.
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Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays
Francisco is hitting .291 with 16 runs, six home runs and 17 RBI on the year and has nine runs and 11 RBI in his past 11 games. Having positional eligibility at both corner infield positions adds to his value and versatility.
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Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland Indians
Gomes is hitting .269 with 18 runs, six home runs and 17 RBI. In his past nine games he’s hitting .314 with nine runs, three home runs and nine RBI.
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A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Pollock is hitting .280 with 15 runs, four home runs, nine RBI and five stolen bases. In his past eight games he’s hitting .357 with all five of his stolen bases.
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Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners
Smoak is hitting just .234, but he has six home runs and 26 RBI on the year. In his past 13 games he’s hitting .245 with seven runs, three home runs and 11 RBI. He can give you some pop if you can stomach his average.
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Omar Infante Royals
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Here’s another look at some players that are off to fast starts that could be worth a look on your fantasy baseball team.
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Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
Escobar has a hit in 16 of the past 20 games and scored 12 runs in the past 14 games. He has also swiped four bases in the past 18 games.
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Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City Royals
Infante is hitting .279 with 17 RBI. He has knocked in 15 runs in his past 13 games.
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James Loney, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays
Loney is hitting .292 with 10 runs and 15 RBI. He’s not a power guy, but he can contribute in those three categories.
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Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Peralta is hitting just .193, but he does have six home runs. He’s a desperation play if you’re in need of HRs.
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Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ruiz is hitting .296 with 18 runs. In his past six games he’s 11 for 22 with eight runs and seven RBI.
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Miami Marlins
Saltalamacchia is hitting .257, but he has a .388 on-base percentage. He has four home runs on the year. Salty is worth considering in leagues that use OBP as a category.
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Marcus Semien, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox
Semien is a batting average risk by hitting .230, but he has 18 runs, 15 RBI and three stolen bases. In his past nine games he’s hitting .316 with nine runs and 10 RBI. Having dual position eligibility adds to Semien’s value.
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Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota Twins
Suzuki is hitting .305 with 19 RBI. He has 10 RBI in his past five games.
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Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox
Viciedo is hitting .354 on the year. In his past 15 games he’s hitting .393 with nine runs and six RBI.
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