August 14, 2022, 1:35 pm
I’m sitting by the lake at a friend’s cottage as I start this piece, and I really can’t believe the summer is slowly starting to fade away. I have seen a slight, but noticeable, change in the color of the leaves here. The reds and yellows are starting to paint their way across the green canvas of trees, the summer heat is not what it was even a week ago, and preseason football is underway. This can only mean one thing: the fall is coming, and with it the end of the baseball and fantasy season.
Our time left with the MLB season is now roughly seven weeks. Most trade deadlines have passed, and now we are stuck with what the Fantasy Gods (and our league mates) have left on the waiver wire. In super competitive leagues, it isn’t much. However, there is always value on the wire and today I’m going to look at a few hitters that you should consider adding. I’m away right now so this article won’t be quite as long as usual, but I’m always available on Twitter, should anyone have questions.
Grisham was dropped in most leagues earlier this season and it’s hard to blame people, as he batted .190 through the first half of the year. He has since shown improvement, as he has gone 10-for-36 since August 1st with five home runs. He also has a 210 wRC+ and .722 slugging in that that time frame, with a sustainable .294 BABIP in the process.
THE BAT X has him projected for five homers, four steals, and 39 R+RBI with a .230 average the rest of the way. He should have a ton of value if he can produce in that range. He likely won’t keep up his crazy HR pace from the past couple of weeks, but he should be added regardless while he is seeing the ball this well.
Hoerner continues to be available in way too many leagues despite pretty consistent value this season, with seven home runs, 12 steals and a .297 average. He did have a bit of a slower month of July than you would have liked (.258, two HR, four SB) but he has rebounded by hitting .324 over the first 10 games of August. It can’t be understated how valuable his positional eligibility (2B, SS) is, as the second base slot is notoriously hard to find value in.
Currently available in more than half of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, Hoerner is one of the rare sources of a strong batting average mixed in with extras, and specifically stolen bases. I’d be adding wherever available in 12-team leagues and deeper.
Diaz has quietly been putting up numbers going back more than a month now. Since July 1st, he has gone 34-for-110 (.309) with seven home runs and 37 R+RBI. The thing about Diaz is that he has always produced when given the opportunity, and that is exactly what he has been doing in the middle of a loaded Astros lineup.
The best part about Diaz arguably isn’t even his production. It’s his versatility. The only place you can’t put him is the catcher slot (and I suppose the pitching ones as well if we’re getting technical) so he makes for an ideal add to help you plug in holes down the stretch, as there are bound to be off-days for many star players as the season winds down.