Who are the hottest pickups in fantasy baseball leagues? Can you trust them on your fantasy baseball teams?
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Logan Forsythe, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres
- Last 14: .396 BA, 11 R, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB in 57 PA
Tim covered the Friars' 25-year-old infielder in the Friday edition of Diamond Market and espoused on the right-handed hitter's developing power.
San Diego, one of the league's hottest teams (even on offense - seriously), probably won't be able to come up with an excuse to keep Forsythe's lumber out of the lineup as this campaign draws to a close.
Kyle Kendrick, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
- Last 6: 5 W, 1.49 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 33 K in 42 1/3 IP
This right-hander was an entrant a couple of weeks ago, and perhaps part of the reason for his rapid resurfacing is his outing against the Houston Astros, scheduled for Saturday. Mostly, however, it's because Kendrick, 28, has been pitching out of his gourd.
Tim covered the basic reasons that Kendrick has been a thoroughly improved hurler in the second half of 2012. He's thrown strikes 69 percent of the time during this hot stretch. The opposition's less frequent contact and trouble squaring up on his pitches has fueled this run.
If Kendrick loses some aggressiveness, or batters begin to discover a better plan of attack - or both - the good times will end. You can't know when that'll be, though.
Norichika Aoki, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
- Last 16: .344 BA, 14 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 SB in 74 PA
Aoki is a repeat offender in the top 10. Fantasy owners seem to label him "expendable" when he's not hitting well, but they (or others in their leagues) have come back when he picks it up again. Much of this might be a lack of familiarity, or a lack of faith considering the performance of other batters recently imported from Asia.
The left-handed hitter has come up with some big hits lately to drive in runs for the surging Brew Crew. The leadoff man isn't in position to do that frequently, but he should be making it clear that he's worth holding until this campaign ends.
A.J. Griffin, SP, Oakland Athletics
- Last 3: 3 W, 0.89 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 18 K in 20 1/3 IP
Tim has been a man on a mission, but apparently he isn't succeeding. Only you can prevent forest fires ... and make these moves.
We're three starts into Griffin's return from the disabled list, and the 23-year-old righty picked up right where he left off. His .238 BABIP and 86.5 LOB percentage seem unfair, but his 4.82 K/BB is putting him in a good position, regardless.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals
- Last 7: .394 BA, 5 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 SB in 35 PA
Lo-Cain has been sizzling for a little more than a week. Thank goodness, since he's missed virtually the entire first half and hasn't been completely dependable since returning.
But alas, roto players' timing couldn't be much worse. Cain suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring on Thursday. He could miss the rest of the season, or close to it.
A few risky but rolling pitchers up ahead....
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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