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The Daily Duel: Green Light for Hamilton

Kevin Payne

Kevin Payne

Kevin has worked for Rotowire just under a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. He hosts the RotoWire SiriusXM show every Wednesday and Friday and you can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.

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Teams continue to call up players in this weeks Newbies section. Its important to track everyone returning or making debuts in their respective lineups, as they could make for sneaky plays in tournament formats if your opponents aren't keeping track of them.

Newbies

Billy Hamilton, CIN, $3200 Owners who drafted and held onto Hamilton all season probably wont get their value out of him but that doesnt mean he wont have some value for daily players. Hamilton has a ton of speed, going 75-for-90 on stolen base attempts at Triple-A Louisville before his promotion. His trouble has been getting on base, although he showed much better discipline since the All-Star break. He is probably only going to pick up a start or two each week, so make sure hes in the Reds lineup before you consider using him.

Value Players Looking To Rebound

Here are some players who have seen their value drop significantly due to poor production in the season thus far. You might be surprised at some of the names and how much their stock has fallen. That being said, for most of these players there is either a track record of success or enough pedigree that they should be able to turn their season around sooner rather than later. As a result, they should provide good value in the near future.

Kendrys Morales, SEA, $2400 Im not sure what has happened to Morales since August 1, as he only has one home run and his OPS has dropped 50 points. Thats the bad news. The good news is that Morales has been streaky this season month-by-month and could heat up and finish the season strong. Here are how his monthly splits have gone for OPS:

  • April - .738
  • May - .983
  • June - .571
  • July - .941
  • August - .655

As you can see hes a cheap option with potential; just wait a game or two until he shows signs of life at the plate.

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, $3500 Its been a tough season for Stanton who once again missed time due to injury and has had to endure playing for arguably the worst team in the league. His .831 OPS isnt terrible but is low considering what was expected out of him this season. Oddly, the best situations to use him this season have been when hes at home (1.067 OPS) and against left-handed pitching (.908 OPS).

On Fire

These players have been some of the hottest hitters in the league recently. They are worth considering putting into the lineup regardless of the price they cost. Hot streaks do not always last, but there is no reason to sit a player down if he is smoking the ball.

Mitch Moreland, TEX, $2700 Moreland quietly has been one of the better power bats in the Rangers lineup hitting 22 homers this season, third on the team behind Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. Over the last two weeks, Moreland has only gone 10-for-39 (.256) but five of those hits have been home runs. He hasnt shown any drastic home/away splits, but he faired better against right-handed pitching (151 OPS points higher than left-handed pitching).

Brian Dozier, MIN, $3600 Can someone explain to me how it is Dozier has become a power hitter this season? In the past four seasons (three in the minors) he hit 17 dingers total. Hes been arguably the Twins hottest hitter as of late (with Justin Morneau traded and Joe Mauer on the DL) going 8-for-29 with four home runs. Even more impressive for his season-long numbers is that his home OPS (.780) is better than his road OPS (.725). While the Twins are running out a makeshift lineup these days, Dozier hitting in the top third should find him a few extra at-bats each week.

Coco Crisp, OAK, $3600 Just once Id like to see what Crisp could do if he stayed healthy and got 600 plate appearances. He reached 583 plate appearances a couple of seasons ago and finished with eight home runs and 49 stolen bases. Over the past two seasons, hes slowed down a little with the steals but has seen a spike in his home run totals. In the past two weeks hes gone 18-for-53 (.340) with 15 runs and seven home runs. Ride him while hes hot and semi-healthy.

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