With the fantasy baseball season in full swing, here is my latest list of free went pickups for small leagues:
Small Leagues: 8-10 man leagues
C Miguel Olivo, SEA – Olivo has really picked it up since returning from the DL with a groin injury. He has amassed 6 hits, 1 home run, and 5 RBI in his last six games alone.
1B David Cooper, TOR – Cooper has already crushed 2 homers this month and is really benefiting from the increase in playing time in the country to the north.
SS Everth Cabrera, SD – Cabrera has given the Padres some much-needed speed at the bottom of their lineup. Cabrera may only be hitting .275 through his first 18 games this year, but the 25-year old will only get better as he begins to adjust to the major league fastball. He has amazingly gone 5 of his last 7 with 2 doubles and a homer.
OF Jordan Schaffer, HOU – Schaffer is healthy after missing a handful of games with a mystery illness. The centerfielder has a very flat swing through the strike-zone and is not afraid to try to steal a base on the base path.
OF Ben Revere, MIN – The speedster has really improved since being called up from Triple-A Rochester last month. Revere has raised his average above .300 (.307) and his game-changing speed has already helped him steal two bases and score 7 runs in June.
SP Clay Buchholz, BOS – Buchholz threw the third complete game, no-hitter in his career on Thursday night. “Buch” blanked Baltimore for nine innings, as the Orioles only amassed four hits throughout the entire game. Buchholz has seen his ERA drop to an almost manageable 5.77, but it is impressive nonetheless considering that his ERA started at 15.75 after getting beat up for 7 runs in his first start against Detroit. Buchholz may not have the ideal numbers of a fantasy ace, but his recent performance has shown that he has gotten his control over his pitches back. He will never be a true fantasy ace, but he can easily be a number four or five pitcher in smaller leagues.
SP Dillon Gee, NYM – Gee has only allowed 8 runs over his last four starts, going 2-0 over that span. Gee has pitched at least 6 innings in each of those games as well and has really secured a spot in the surprisingly strong Mets’ rotation.
RP Ernesto Frieri, LAA – The Angels brought in the veteran reliever in May to contend for the closer spot with closer Scott Downs. However, Frieri has pitched so well since coming to the City of Angles, he completely stole Downs’ job. Frieri has converted all four of his save opportunities since being with the team and even more impressive, is the fact that he has yet to allow a run with the team in just over 14 innings of work.