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Fantasy Baseball Category Analysis: Josh Staumont, Casey Mize, Nick Madrigal

May 28, 2021
Fantasy Baseball MLB Stat Analysis with Josh Staumont

Josh Staumont is the man in KC since taking over as the full-time closer.

As injuries around the league continue to mount, more and more fantasy players are looking to the waiver wire to fill their roster needs. Luckily for you, there are more than a few overlooked players out there that will help you right the ship.

Continuing with my weekly series, I’ve highlighted 12 players who can help you in at least one of the ten major categories. These undervalued players are currently owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, which will likely change soon. I’ve seen more than a handful of players increase from single digits to over 60 percent rostered in just a matter of days, so it’s better to act quickly.

Many of these guys will help you in more ways than one, but their primary contributions will come in the category under which they are listed. Don’t wait to add these studs or you’ll be kicking yourself as you fall deeper in the standings.

(On a side note, I selected three Garcia’s for this week’s article and I feel that deserves pointing out.)

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Stolen Bases

Jurickson Profar (2B/OF – SD): 32%
Profar is up to eight stolen bags on the season, including three this past week. With so many guys in and out of the lineup, Profar has carved out a nice everyday role for himself in San Diego. He has been able to hit well from both sides of the dish and has also scored a ton of runs recently. Profar has been much more productive at the plate than Tommy Pham so even if the Padres get back to full strength, I doubt they take Profar out of the lineup. Pick him up now if you lack speed on the bases.

Runs

Kike Hernandez (2B/SS/OF – BOS): 34%
Hernandez was dropped in a number of leagues after he was sent to the IL but has been back atop the Red Sox lineup for the past seven out of eight games. In that span, he has scored six runs and is now up to 25 in only 145 at-bats. He won’t contribute much in other categories other than the occasional home run, but as long as Alex Cora keeps penciling him in the leadoff spot, expect the heavy dose of runs to continue. Take advantage of the leagues where he was dropped and add him now if you need runs.

Batting Average

Nick Madrigal (2B – CWS): 43%
No one puts the ball in play quite like Nick Madrigal. Watching him tie the ball game in the eighth inning against the Yankees last week was a thing of beauty. With two strikes Madrigal literally threw his arms out to tap a ball that was two feet outside and basically in the dirt, into right field for a game-tying knock. His two-strike approach is off-the-charts good and he never looks overmatched. His average on the year sits at .301 backed by a pristine 6 percent K rate. Madrigal hit .340 last season and is almost a lock to hit over .300 again. If your batting average is lacking, claim the talented second baseman now.

Home Runs

Danny Santana (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF – BOS): 28%
Santana is back and he’s slugging like he did in the first half of 2019. He’s only been active for four games but he’s already clubbed two homers, a triple, and stolen a base. In the minors this year before his call-up, Santana mashed three homers and three doubles over eight games. He also hit over .400 during that span and even stole a base. The power-speed combination he possesses is always a hot commodity in fantasy leagues and the fact that he qualifies at every position other than catcher is even more of a bonus. Pick up Santana now and hope he can keep the strikeouts in check.

Keston Hiura (2B/1B): 49%
Hiura’s baaaack! Are you guys as excited as I am? Well, maybe not for all the strikeouts, but I sure am ready for those 30 bombs that were promised to us! He crushed the ball in his short stint down on the farm, but he also struck out a ton, too. Even with all the strikeouts, Hiura could/should still put up some decent power numbers. He was dealing with a lot of emotional family issues early in the season and hopefully, now things are better and he’s able to focus more on his craft.

We saw what he was capable of in the past and now fantasy players can only hope to see that return. I say pick him up in all the leagues he was dropped in and take a chance on the young slugging first baseman. Just keep him on the bench until he proves himself.

RBI

Avisail Garcia (OF – MIL): 34%
There are a number of players you could choose from for this category, but I’m going with Garcia. The hulking right fielder has knocked in 25 runs this season so far and has looked rather consistent at the plate recently. He’s on pace for 85 RBIs, and he’s also hitting home runs (eight) and stealing bases (four). With the Brewers’ lineup finally back to full strength, look for Garcia to start on most days and drive in a healthy amount of runs.

ERA

Luis Garcia (SP/RP – HOU): 27%
Are you kidding me?! My guy did it again. This time he out-dueled Trevor Bauer and shut down the defending champs, ending their eight-game winning streak. Garcia held the lefty dominant lineup to one unearned run over six strong innings. He now maintains a sterling 2.93 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP to go along with a fantastic 29 percent K rate. For the first time this year he made it up to 100 pitches and has been a reliable starting piece for the Astros all season long. There are some discussions of what role he’ll end up in once all of Houston’s starters are healthy, but for now, he’s worth adding to your roster.

Saves

Josh Staumont (RP – KC): 48%
Staumont is the man in KC since taking over as the full-time closer. His control is still under question, but there’s no denying his five for five in save opportunities this season. The tall righty easily possesses the best stuff out of the Royals’ pen and should continue to work in the ninth for the majority of the season. He’s usually good for at least a strikeout per inning and is currently your best bet at adding saves to your roster.

Michael Fulmer (SP/RP – DET): 42%
Fulmer is another option to earn you saves. Detroits’ wins are few and far between these days though, so unless you’re desperate, you may be best suited to leave him on the watch list for now.

WHIP

Casey Mize (SP – DET): 47%
Mize has been nothing but spectacular over his last five games – all of which were quality starts. During that stretch, Detroit’s prized possession went 32 innings while only giving up eight runs (2.25 ERA), 16 hits, and 13 walks (.91 WHIP). He also struck out 26 while only allowing one home run. His signature split-finger is producing positive results but it’s Mize’s cutter/slider that’s been doing the heavy lifting. Thrown 24 percent of the time, Mize’s slider has induced a 30% whiff rate and a .174 batting average. A true test will come this Friday against the Yankees, but even if Mize doesn’t continue his quality start streak, he should be good for a great WHIP all season long.

Wins

Tony Gonsolin (SP/RP – LAD): 41%
I’m picking up Gonsolin anywhere he is available. He still has two rehab starts on the books, but if you wait there is a good chance you’ll miss out on a potential ace. He’ll likely be on a pitch count to start but eventually, the Dodgers will let the young starter loose where wins will come in abundance. Over 86.2 major league innings, Gonsolin has produced a 2.60 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts. Stash Gonsolin now and reap the rewards later on.

Strikeouts

Deivi Garcia (SP – NYY): 12%
Garcia will join the Yankees rotation this weekend replacing the injured Corey Kluber, who is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks. He has had an up and down season so far in triple-A, but I’m willing to take the gamble on the young right-hander. Garcia has been walking his fair share of batters but is also striking out hitters with ease (12.1 K/9). Last season he averaged nearly a K per inning and has shown the ability throughout his professional career to miss bats. His other numbers may be a bit of a rollercoaster ride, but the strikeouts will always be there. Roll the dice on the Yankees’ phenom and play the matchups.

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