Owned in fewer than 50% of league polled
SP Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics
Moustakas not a lost cause
Hopefully, you didn't give up too soon. A strained neck contributed to his early-season woes, as the twinge probably threw off his delivery. While the long ball continues to plague him (four allowed on May 6, when he started openly complaining about his neck), he's cut his walk rate and raised his punchout frequency significantly in May. He's notching the first-pitch strike more often, too.
Parker, at least in the immediate future, won't return to being the K-laden arm he was in the minors, pre-Tommy John surgery, but the total package, including an above-average swinging-strike percentage, remains an alluring piece to own. Not to mention he plays home games in Oaktown.
3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
It's a trust thing, considering his .176 average and doggish struggles, but this is the point of year when many get impatient, and stashes to wait out volatile commodities can pay off.
ESPN's Keith Law pointed to Moose, who's once again popping up a ton of pitches, exhibiting a longer swing stride and a more dragging path through the zone. (Insider subscription required.) Moustakas has cut down on analyzing his swing, at least via technology and micromanagement; he's continuing to work with hitting coach Jack Maloof via a tangible method inside the cages.
Maybe comfort is all the Greek needs. The 20 taters he clouted last year remain in play with the potential of an "A-ha!" moment. The desperate can't afford to pass up a chance at an overwhelmingly positive regression for a shaky position.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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