Fantasy Baseball Tips: Brandon Belt, Nathan Eovaldi, Trevor Plouffe, more

      April 7, 2014 @ 12:28:04 PDT


Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Miami Marlins
Nate will be great

Have you read our Top Pickups list and Closer Depth Charts?

Come back after you're done. Either way, by then, Mark Trumbo and/or Brandon Belt may have hit another home run.

Trumbo has homered in four straight games, three coming at Coors Field. He digs his new home park, too. Expect more of the same with a BA drop-off, eventually.

Belt has clocked four homers of his own. I've been calling him a Better Eric Hosmer for much of this year. The fixing of his swing trigger has led to some fine results, and it's reasonable to expect 25 HR even if nothing else keeps up at a breakout level. There's a good chance his skills will click, though.

Other trips around the horn:

  • Grab Nathan Eovaldi. Now. One of my favorite breakout SP candidates is off to a hot start through two efforts. The triple-digit-fastball hurler has become more efficient with his secondary stuff. That's the "one skill away" type of improvement that will add more K's. And his home park ... perfect to help the post-hyper take a big leap.
  • The Minnesota Twins' Trevor Plouffe also has made some changes. He's hitting with more authority to the opposite field, which could help ease or eradicate the pull-or-perish approach he's been saddled with through his early career. He's shown plenty of power even with his flawed game, so maybe the 27-year-old can show some flashes that usually come with a hitter with his age and experience. Mixed leaguers: Take note.
  • Don't forget about Joel Hanrahan (elbow), who may factor into a saves picture this season. The New York Mets, who just lost Bobby Parnell to Tommy John surgery, are among the teams interested. If you have a pain-free stash spot on a deep team, he's a last-ditch option.
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