Finding young players to help your team is crucial in fantasy baseball, especially if your league is a keeper league.
A guy like Eric Hosmer could be considered more valuable than David Ortiz or Paul Konerko just because of his age.
But, the young guys need to perform at a high level too. Here are five guys who are doing just that, and might be worth a look if you need some waiver-wire help.
- Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City Royals (52% owned) – Hosmer burst onto the scene for the Royals this season. He’s displayed promising home run potential, hitting three in 74 at-bats so far. As he continues to adjust to the big leagues, he should continue to improve.
- Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians (53%) – Brantley has been a big reason for the Indians’ resurgence this season. He’s hitting .286 with four home runs and 23 RBI so far. He’s also a threat on the base paths, with seven swipes already.
- Mark Trumbo, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (22%) – Trumbo’s average is pretty low (.245), but his power numbers are outstanding. He’s hit eight home runs this year and has driven in 24 runs. He also has four stolen bases, not a bad total for a first baseman.
- Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee Brewers (41%) – Lucroy had a decent 2010, playing in over 70 games. But this year, the Brewers catcher job is his alone, and he’s making the most of it. He’s hitting .321 and has shown decent power numbers for a catcher (five home runs, 22 RBI). With catchers like Joe Mauer and Buster Posey on the DL, Lucroy might be worth a look.
- Logan Morrison, OF, Florida Marlins (59%) – Morrison is another player who made his debut in 2010, playing in 62 games. But this year, he should start to have real fantasy value. Despite missing some time with an injury earlier in the season, Morrison is hitting .320 with six home runs and 17 RBI in just over 100 at-bats.