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SP Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox
Fantasy owners who pick up this southpaw would have to be willing to live with the fact that he toes the line because of his iffy control (4.3 BB/9). The defense behind Santiago is inconsistent, occasionally awful, too.
He seems to be demonstrating that he's more cut out for the rotation than the bullpen, however. Santiago's numbers as a starter this season and overall in the bigs are considerably better than his marks as a reliever. Contrary to what one would expect, the differences include his K/9.
Now that Jake Peavy is in Beantown, the ChiSox have no reason to remove Santiago from the rotation for the rest of the season. This 25-year-old's diverse arsenal is made to start, and in such a role is where he was pretty successful as a minor leaguer. He's a better mixed league supplement than fantasy owners have realized.
C Jason Castro, Houston Astros
Few seem to have been willing to trust the numbers (a .265 average and 13 home runs in 340 at-bats) that Castro has put up in his breakthrough campaign. Until recently, that is. Fact: The 26-year-old is a top-10 fantasy backstop in mixed leagues through four months.
This isn't a suggestion to drop a disappointing Matt Wieters for this guy, but in a 12-team, one-catcher league or any two-catcher setup, Castro has been one of the most dependable options from month to month. Momentum picked up following his Wednesday performance: 3-for-4, with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs. Are you still hanging on to Miguel Montero, by chance?
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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