This fantasy baseball season one team that has been a pleasant surprise has been the Cleveland Indians. In 2012, the team was 68-94 and finished fourth in the American League Central. This season, however, the team has played much better. They are already 63-56 and on the verge of making a serious playoff run.
One of the team’s young sticks that has been on hot lately has been C Yan Gomes.
All-Star catcher, Carlos Santana, has been spending some time at the DH spot, which has helped the team get Gomes steady action behind the plate. The team also designated Mark Reynolds for assignment and decided to use Jason Giambi (.181 batting average) less moving forward. It seems like they are just paving the way for the kid to get into the game.
In 52 games this season, Gomes has an impressive .310 batting average. He has bashed eight home runs, including two long balls in his last 10 games. He has also racked up 28 RBIs on the year and seemingly come up with big hit time after time despite the lack of everyday at-bats.
Manager Terry Francona moved Gomes into the six-spot Monday night because he is playing so well. He finished the game 1-for-3. It is unclear if he will stay in the lineup longterm, but it is at least promising to see Gomes get at-bats in the heart of the order. This could be the beginning of the catcher getting some serious playing time in Cleveland.
YG has played 50 of his 52 games behind the plate this season, but the 26-year-old is still eligible at first base in the majority of fantasy formats. As the fantasy playoffs approach, finding guys that can stay healthy and field multiple positions is the key to winning a title.
Gomes won’t be worth adding in eight-man formats, but consider him a viable waiver wire option in any league with over 10 owners. I think Francona has finally given up on his aging veterans and is ready to give the young guys a chance.