Fantasy Baseball Pickups: May 14th

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Fantasy baseball season is well underway. I’ve selected some players who currently may be available in your league, but will not be for long. Each player is about 50% owned in Yahoo leagues, but that number should be higher and will rise in the near future.

 

PIT Josh Harrison (2B, 3B, OF)  (66% Owned in Y! leagues) – Last year was a breakout year for Harrison, but the beginning of this year has not gone so well.  Hitting below .200, he was demoted to the bottom third of the order, and possibly dropped in many competitive leagues. He’s back up to hitting top-2 in the order and has a HR, SB, 3 R, and 3 RBI in his last 3 games while hitting .500 in that span. We hope this is a sign of things to come, and his position flexibility makes him a good option for a pickup.

PHI Aaron Harang (SP) (63%) – The 37-year-old hasn’t had a WHIP better than 1.34 since 2007, and as a pitcher on the Phillies, nobody expected him to be even close to a decent fantasy option. He’s proving the doubters wrong. After tossing eight innings of shutout ball today, he owns a 2.03 ERA and 0.98 WHIP on the year with a 37/10 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 inning. He’s lasted at least 6 innings in all eight of his starts this year. His WHIP won’t stay under 1.00 all year, and he wont get much run support, but he’s proving to be a good fantasy option.

BAL Jimmy Paredes (3B) (48%) – Not much was expected out of the 26-year-old coming into the season. He’s responded well though and sports a .364/.391/.659 batting line so far this year with 5 HRs, 18 RBIs and 16 Rs in 88 at-bats this year. He’s hitting second and third in the order and is currently on a 12-game hitting streak. Pick him up if you need help at 3B.

COL John Axford (RP) (48%) – Axford is the closer now in Colorado. Don’t expect a great WHIP but he still gets about a K per inning. Sure, he doesn’t pitch in the most friendly ballpark, but every full-time closer should be owned.

TB Jake McGee (RP) (65%) – McGee should be coming off the DL any day now. Brad Boxberger has filled in well as Tampa’s closer, so McGee may be eased back into things. But McGee was great as the closer last year, with a 1.89 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 90 Ks in 71.1 innings. Pick him up if he is available. He still has a DL-tag, so if you have a DL spot, you can leave him there until he regains the closer role.

NYM Noah Syndergaard (SP) (59%) / CWS Carlos Rodon (RP) (51%) – Two of the top pitching prospects were not guaranteed starting spots at the beginning of the year. Now Syndergaard has been called up, and Rodon has been promoted to the rotation. They both should be owned in all competitive leagues. Rodon starts tomorrow and Syndergaard takes the mound on Sunday.

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