Are you in the market for a fresh young pitcher or hitter, which can hopefully give your fantasy baseball team an initial boost?
Are you currently dwelling in the basement of your league wondering how your perfect draft went so horribly wrong?
Well don’t worry, that’s why we’re here.
I want to take a quick look at three newbies—specifically Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall— from around the league that perhaps might help your team, even if it is for a temporary stint.
Also remember, that a lot of these players can be put on your Dynasty and Keeper radars, as potential long-term considerations, and also remember that if you ARE dead last in your league, you don’t have to give up—there will be plenty of second chance fantasy baseball leagues beginning sooner than you think.
Alex Presley – Outfield – Pirates: The Pirates have re-called Presley in the wake of Jose Tabata’s injury (quadriceps) and will see some regular playing time for AT LEAST the next 15 to 20 days, and perhaps longer.
Look the kid was hitting .336/.389/.500 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 75 games this season at Triple-A level, and you could certainly do much worse on the waiver wire right now.
He offers speed, a bit of power, and is a potential fantasy baseball breakout player waiting to happen.
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Chris Heisley – Outfield – Reds:
Heisley keeps making good on every opportunity that Dusty Baker gives him, and he is definitely a player you want to keep an eye on moving forward.
I wouldn’t so much recommend grabbing him just yet, unless you have a slumping player on the bench you’d like to replace, but you have to understand why he is being mentioned.
Jonny Gomes, the guy’s job who Heisley is basically going after, is primarily used against lefties. But Gomes is only hitting .213, and hasn't offered a ton of offense for the Reds this season.
The option other in the field—Fred Lewis—hasn’t done jack either, and Baker is looking for change.
The Reds are going to do whatever it takes to remain competitive, and Heisley may be a piece of that puzzle, so put him on your watch list or grab him now if you can fit him in.
Lonnie Chisenhall – Third base – Indians: Well if you still haven’t heard by now, Chisenhall has been called up, and started out quite nicely going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored in his MLB debut earlier this week.
Chisenhall is currently locked in as the everyday starter at third, as Manny Acta is doing whatever he can to jump start his staggered offense.
Chisenhall was hitting .265/.352/.427 with seven home runs and 44 RBI in 65 games while in Triple-A Columbus, and could be a nice compliment to your lineup.
For now, though, consider him an AL only option for at least another week, to see what he does as the primary offensive threat against righties for the Indians.
If he continues to excel, you can think of him as a great waiver wire option in mixed leagues.