One red-hot hitter not getting enough at-bats right now is Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava.
Nava has a very respectable .293 batting average at the moment and the journeyman has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy baseball owners this season. Nava may have only been used in 37 of the team’s 43 games, but he has been able to rack up an unbelievable 27 RBIs. The left-fielder is hitting.333 with Runners In Scoring Position and has a Slugging Percentage of .528 with men on.
The 30-year-old has received the start in left in two consecutive games. He certainly hasn’t disappointed with the extra playing time, as he has four hits, one home run, two runs, and three RBIs. Nava quickly showed the team what they were missing without the extra left-handed bat in their lineup.
Jonny Gomes has also been occupying left field in Boston at times, but Nava’s strong performance this week just may earn him a little more time in the outfield. Additionally, Gomes only has three hits in his last 25 at-bats and is sporting an embarrassing .187 average, so it may only be a matter of time until Nava is the everyday option in left.
For now, Nava isn’t seeing enough at-bats to deserve being started in weekly leagues, but that could quickly change. Keep an eye on this outfielder, because he seems primed to have a very strong second half of the fantasy season.