Friday, July 6, 2012

San Diego Padres - Fantasy Fillers

Hitters:
Sure the Padres are last in runs scored and Slugging %, but they still do provide fantasy owners with multiple options to add to their roster.  Yasmani Grandal (11% owned Yahoo) has 6 hits in his first 6 games and 4 of them have gone for home runs!  Obviously no one can hit at that pace but Grandal is a career .313 minor league hitter and that should translate to a +.300 major league avg.  Any catcher that bats above .300 has a ton of fantasy value and most don't have the power that Grandal has shown.
Another bat worth owning on the Padres is Chase Headley (53%).  Last season he hit .289 but drove in just 44 runs.  This year in just 82 games, Headley has driven in 42 and has nearly matched last seasons BB total (52) and run total (43).  Headley does it both home (.267) and away (.275) and against righties (.272) and lefties (.268).  With Carlos Quentin (55%) in the lineup Headley has a greater chance of producing runs.  Let's see how long the Friars hold onto Quentin or if they get a nice package in return come the trade deadline. 

Carlos Quentin is another guy who can provide fantasy owners with a ton of pop and run production.  He hit a total of 50 HRs the past 2 seasons with the White Sox and has already hit 7 long balls in just 29 games and 97 ABs this season. 

San Diego can also provide fantasy owners with some middle infield help in Alexi Amarista (7%).  The Venezuelan has sprayed the ball all of the field this season with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs and 4 HRs in just 97 ABs.  The only downside to his potential is the .317 OBP (just 4 walks all season).  His minor league stats prove that he is a +.280 MLB hitter with gap power that leads to a ton of doubles and triples.  He won't strike out a lot due to his aggressiveness at the plate and could swipe 20+ bags if he ever hits some singles. 

Pitchers:
The Padres starting rotation is a mess right now.  Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard are the only Padres starters worth owning at the moment.  The bullpen hasn't provided owners with the nice options we have been accustomed to seeing in San Diego outside of Huston Street (79%). 

One guy to look for later in the season when he gets called back up is Brian Boxberger. He was the 4th player in the Mat Latos for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal deal.  He has over 240 Ks in his minor league career in just over 180 innings pitched!  He has MUCH better control than his 7 walks in 6.1 Major League innings suggest.

Fantasy Fillers
AL East - Boston Red Sox
AL Central - Cleveland Indians
AL West - Oakland Athletics
NL East - New York Mets
NL Central - Pittsburgh Pirates

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