Canha has somewhat been an afterthought until this point in his career, but Oakland is where afterthoughts go to be redeemed. Though he hasn’t been playing everyday, Canha has gotten at bats at first base, and in the outfield.
After eight games he’s turned in a .324 average with one home run, and seven RBI. It seems now Bob Melvin has anointed Canha as an everyday player, and he should be seeing regular playing time in the outfield.
This has been a nice start, but is it something he can keep up? Over his minor league career Canha has two 20 home run seasons, a 13 home run season, and 6 homer season sandwiched in between. So, it looks like he’s at least in double-digit home run territory, and his .288 minor league average suggest he’ll hit for a decent average.
While Canha probably won’t win anyone a championship he could continue the roll he’s on, and have a useful season.
I’m sorta enamored with Tim Beckham. He seems to have been deemed a failed former first overall pick, but at 25 it seems he may have turned the corner. He’s batting .304 with two pinch-hit homers, and six RBI.
While he hasn’t received normal playing time he has gotten at least two plate appearances in the past six games. Fortunately for Beckham, his main competition for playing time is Logan Forsythe. The Logan Forsythe with a .235 career batting average, and 19 home runs in five season. Basically, it shouldn’t be a competition at all, but the team may not fully trust Beckham yet.
Also, Nick Franklin could be returning from an injury shortly which could interfere with Beckham’s playing time. While Franklin doesn’t hit for average, he does offer more power upside than Bekcham.
For now Beckham is a speculative add in deep, and dynasty leagues until the foreseeable future. Second base is a pretty weak position, and Beckham could eventually get shortstop eligibility. He could turn into something, maybe.
I’m going to keep this short. He’s only owned in 23.9 percent of ESPN leagues, please add him.
Though he recently failed the cinnamon challenge, Santiago has performed admirably for the Angels through two starts. So far he’s 1-1 with nine strikeouts, and a team leading 2.92 era.
Santiago doesn’t exactly have the best stuff, his fastball only averages 90.5 MPH, but he does have a pretty nice screwball.
He’s had a nice start, and his career era is only 3.51, Santiago could be useful in the right matchup.
Nelson is pretty seasoned for a 25-year-old after spending five years in the minors. Over that span Nelson boated a 3.12 era with 8.8 K/9.
In his first start Nelson went seven innings, struck out nine, and only allowed two hits in the win. Based on that start alone, and his decent track record Nelson is a worthy add.
Like Santiago, it’s hard to get behind starting Nelson each game, but if you have the spot available I’d rather go after him than Santiago.