Should You Snatch Up Alejandro De Aza?

Apr 19, 2012


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By Brandon Berg
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Alejandro De Aza, at age 28, is running out of chances of sticking in the MLB. Fortunately for him, he is making the most of his recent opportunity.
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However, is he worth owning at this point? Why should you take a shot on a guy that has never played in more than 54 games in one season?
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De Aza does a couple things very well and it’s a shame he hasn’t been given an opportunity to show off his skills on a more regular basis. Bottom line: De Aza is fast and he finds a way to get on base.
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He was very effective last year after getting a call up from the White Sox Triple-A farm team. He hit four dingers, had 23 RBI, swiped 12 bags and had an average of .329 in just 54 games. His BABIP was .404, but he has shown throughout his minor and major league career that he can hit at least .280 any given year when shown the opportunity.
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If he had played a full season, his line would look something like 15 HR, 70 RBI, 36 SB and around a .300 average. I think the White Sox are finally seeing him as an everyday player this year, allowing him to play in 11 games thus far.
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Not only that, but he is showing us some power we never knew he had by knocking three balls out of the park so far, driving in six runs. Obviously De Aza isn’t going to be near the league leaders in home runs, but 15-20 homers this year is very realistic.
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If you pick up De Aza, you would be getting some pop to go along with speed and inheriting a .233 average that should transform into .280 by season’s end.
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The biggest concern with De Aza is his ability to stick in the majors, never having played a full season in the bigs previously. His intangibles such as base stealing, high contact rate and ability to draw walks for an inexperienced player should not only keep him in the majors, but allow him to stay in the starting lineup for much of the season.
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But wait, there’s more. If your league counts extra base hits or triples as a category, through 11 games, De Aza has two, with one recently being ruled an error on Delmon Young.
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In most leagues, outfield talent can be scarce on the waiver wire. Given his history, De Aza could easily not stick and be sent to the bench or Triple-A, but for the first time, he’s been given a shot to start out the season and while his average is hurting, history also indicates he will turn that around. As long as he is getting the chance to play every day, De Aza is worth every bit of that waiver claim/add.
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He is owned is 32.3 % of ESPN leagues, but is coming off at a fairly quick rate. Now is your chance to snatch him off the wire.
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