At this point in the season, mixed league free agent lists are filled with veterans that have failed to produce to this point. However, it’s a long season and some of those veterans that were tossed aside are starting to turn the corner.
Jorge Posada – It’s been a very rough season so far for Posada. He started out hitting for power, but that was about it. He hit only .132/.244/.397 in April and eventually took himself out of the lineup when Joe Girardi demoted him to the nine-spot in the batting order. Posada was also dealing with issues at home, as his son has needed surgery. However, as he has worked past these issues, he has started to swing the bat much better. His .391/.431/.543 line this month has been the result of a line drive rate that has gone from 12-percent in April to 17-percent in May and 24-percent so far in June.
While I didn’t endorse Posada before the season and I still wouldn’t trust him as any team’s one and only option at catcher, there is certainly more upside to his game than what he showed in the season’s first two months.
Look for .260/.340 with 5-7 home runs the rest of the way
Ty Wigginton – Every year, Ty Wigginton teases fantasy GM’s with a power surge that makes him look like a potential 30 home run bat. Since May 1st, Wigginton has hit .281 with seven home runs. Both his power output and playing time are trending up and he is eligible at 1B/2B/3B/OF in Yahoo leagues. He’s only 34% owned, so if he’s available on your wire, get him now, or miss his 2011 power streak.
Look for .260/.315 with 12-15 home runs the rest of the way.
Marco Scutaro – His slow start mixed with a hot start by Jed Lowrie led to some playing-time issues. Then, Scutaro hit the DL. Now, it’s Lowrie who’s hurt and Scutaro who’s on fire. With a .375/.423/.521 line since returning from the DL, Scutaro has gone from an afterthought to someone who should be owned in most 14-plus team leagues and should be filling in for 10-team leagues who need a quick fix at SS. Obviously, he won’t stay this hot forever, but there is plenty of reason to believe he can be a steady bat for the rest of the season.
Look for .280/.345 with a few HR/SB and a nice amount of runs scored the rest of the way.