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Fantasy Baseball Fallers: Cody Bellinger, Mitch Garver, Maikel Garcia, Andrew Vaughn

Fantasy Baseball Fallers: Cody Bellinger, Mitch Garver, Maikel Garcia, Andrew Vaughn

We have made it to the fourth week of the MLB season. There were some awe-inspiring performances. As usual, there were some great and rough performances to dig into. This weekly column will help highlight hot and cold players/risers and fallers for fantasy purposes.

Some players are already rostered in many places so trades may be in order. Other players may be widely available, making a potential waiver wire claim in the cards. I will highlight some known and lesser-known players this week. So let’s see some of the fallers for fantasy baseball Week 4 (4/8-4/14).

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Fantasy Baseball Fallers: Week 4

Cody Bellinger (1B, OF – CHC) 

Cody Bellinger signed late in spring training and has yet to appear comfortable at the plate. This past week, Bellinger picked up two singles for a .087 batting average. He only struck out 19.2% of the time, but he also had just a 3.6% walk rate. Bellinger did not collect a barrel last week to go with a 21.1% hard-hit rate. Bellinger also had a -25 wRC+ as he struggled through the week. Bellinger will likely get things going eventually. For now, though, he looks off at the plate.

Mitch Garver (C – SEA)

Mitch Garver sat with a back injury early in the season and has not looked right at the plate since. This past week, he collected two singles and zero RBIs while striking out 37.5% of the time. He did not collect a barrel this past week but did have a 41.7% hard-hit rate, which is something to appreciate. He likely had no barrels due to a 50% ground ball rate, which must change quickly. The back may still bother Garver. He may need more time out of the Mariners lineup as well as fantasy lineups.

Maikel Garcia (3B, SS – KC) 

Maikel Garcia came out of spring swinging a hot bat, which quickly quieted down. Garcia hit safely in one of his six games this past week with two singles. He managed two stolen bases, scored three runs and scored three RBIs, so he was not a complete dud. Garcia struck out 28.6% of the time, which was high for him, but an 11.1% barrel rate and 38.9% hard-hit rate leaves some hope. Hopefully, Garcia turns things around quickly or he may be moved out of the leadoff spot, lessoning his fantasy value.

Andrew Vaughn (1B – CWS) 

Andrew Vaughn hit safely in three out of six games with four hits, including two doubles last week. He only drove in one while scoring two runs, thanks mainly to a bad White Sox offense. Vaughn barreled the ball only 6.7% of the time, with a 33.3% hard-hit rate and an even worse 32% strikeout rate. Vaughn only had a 68% contact rate and a 15.1% SwStr rate, which helped diminish his production. It will be very tough for Vaughn to have a big season as he’s stuck on a horrible White Sox lineup.

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