This week focuses on a young starting pitcher making a name for himself and up and coming outfielder in the minor leagues who already has 15 home runs. Who could they be?
Starting Pitchers in Focus: Mike Leake
In his first six starts, he is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA. In 42 and 2/3 innings pitched, he has only allowed 32 hits and has a WHIP of 1.20. Opponents have a batting average of .224 against him and he has pitched at least 6 2/3 innings in every start. Only owned in 20 percent of ESPN leagues, if available any Fantasy owner should put in a claim immediately.
Over his last three starts he has allowed a grand total of two earned runs. During that stretch, he is 3-0 and has lowered his ERA from 6.15 to 3.54. In his last 20 1/3 innings pitched, Olsen has struck out 20 hitters. Only available in 16 percent of ESPN leagues, Fantasy Owners should scoop him up.
Position Players: Infielders:
SS Mike Aviles is having a good start to his season in Kansas City. He is hitting .429 with five RBI and five runs scored. He has an OPS of 1.107. Only owned in 5 percent of ESPN leagues and 26 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, Fantasy Owners looking for another middle infielder should consider adding Aviles.
SS Starlin Castro had an amazing start to his career. In his first major league game, he went 2-for-5 and had one home run and six RBI. He is the hot commodity for this week's waiver wire. If available and Fantasy owner would love to add him to their team.
Over his last t10 games 1B/3B Troy Glaus is playing very well for Atlanta. He has one home run and 10 RBI. His batting average is .450 and has an OPS of .964. Owned in only 9 percent of ESPN leagues, when healthy, he is a huge Fantasy performer.
Position Players: Outfielders:
OF Nate Schierholtz is off to a good start in San Francisco. He is hitting .35, with one home run and five RBI. He has an OPS of .938 and has scored 15 runs. Currently owned in 6 percentof ESPN leagues, Fantasy Owners looking for a No. 5 outfielder should pick him up for Week Seven.
OF Fred Lewis has hit in 10 of his last 11 games and is playing extremely well in Toronto. Over his last 11 games, he is hitting .429 with two home runs and 11 RBI. He has scored eight runs and has an OPS of 1.095. Only owned in 8 percent of ESPN leagues and 14 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, he is a recommended pick for Week Seven.
Those who know who OF Mike Stanton is will definitely be rewarded upon his arrival to the Major leagues. In 28 games in the Double-A he has 15 home runs, 33 RBI and has scored 28 runs. He has an OPS of 1.336 and is hitting .340. It is only a matter of time until he is called up by the Florida Marlins and be a recommended pick up in mixed leagues.
Catcher: John Buck
Over his last 11 games Buck has been playing very well. During that span, Buck is hitting .344 with four home runs and seven RBI. He has scored eight runs and has an OPS of 1.188. He has been on fire since playing every day and should be worth using as a low end No. 1 catcher for Week Seven.
By John Arias, columnist at Fantasy Baseball Maniaxs