The Detroit Tigers have what is arguably the best lineup in baseball, actually it really isn’t close. Nick Castellanos, the seventh or eight hitter in the order, has gotten off to a somewhat slow start, but he has a chance to thrive in this offense.
To date, Castellanos is batting .298 with a home run, and only five RBI. He’s actually currently in the midst of a nine game hitting streak.
On another note, Castellano’s only hit 35 homers in 410 minor league games so you probably won’t get much power from him, but his average should hold up. Think about Castellanos if you need a third basemen or corner infielder help.
Headley is another interesting option, and one I’d probably rather own than Castellanos. Headley’s start hasn’t been too great, but he’s got two homers, and nine RBI to his name.
Solid numbers, and you could do worse, but Headley also plays in a great ballpark which should lead to his second season with 20 home runs in his career.
Right now he’s only owned in 23.8 percent of ESPN leagues, and now is the time to strike before he heats up.
I’m about three years too early on the Yonder Alonso breakout, but it seems to be finally happening. Alonso is very similar to James Loney in that he offers below-average power for a first basemen, but he can post a great average, and RBI.
Currently Alonso is slashing .360/1/7, and I don’t think he can keep up this average, but .315 is a real possibility. Also, he currently bats fifth in the order, and with Justin Upton and Matt Kemp in front of him there is 70 RBI potential.
Alonso isn’t a bad investment, but just don’t expect many homers.
Changing course to pitching, there are a lot of options worth adding if you are short on saves. None of these guys are the current closer, but could find themselves in save situations sooner rather than later.
Also, Tony Watson picked up a two innings save, you’re going to need to move now if you want him.
While the rest of the Brewers rotation struggles, Nelson continues to impress during his first full season in the majors. On Wednesday he allowed one run in eight winnings with five strikeouts, and only three hits allowed.
The ball may be ready to drop on Nelson, and if you are going to need to move sooner rather than later to add him. Other owners may just be starting to catch wind of his success.