It is that time of year when the vultures begin to circle. They act like they are your best friend, just out for your team’s best interest, but all the while, they are plotting and planning on how to pry your most valuable assets away from you. I am not here to judge, though. I am here to help both vulture and prey, alike. For the vultures, here are the top 3 buy low Dynasty League prospects that you should be zeroing in on, and for the prey, these are the guys that you should be holding close to your vest:
Lewis Brinson TEX, OF – Brinson is off to a good, but not great start in his first 20 games at Double-A this season, slashing .284/.325/.486, with 2 homers, and 4 steals. These numbers don’t present your typical buy low scenario, but he is coming off a season where he put up a 1.004 OPS, and finished the year in Triple-A slashing .433/.541/.567 in 37 PA. Nomar Mazara is also getting all the hype right now. Point being, Brinson owners might be getting an itchy trigger finger, ready to cash this trade chip in at a reasonable price. He got off to a “slow” start last April, as well, slashing .275/.359/.435, with 2 homers, and 4 steals. Plus, his K% is all the way down to 12.5% this season, which has been a weakness of his in the past. And he is still just 21 years old. There is almost no doubt Brinson is about to turn it up another notch any moment now.
Derek Fisher HOU, OF – Many people were not all that high on Fisher to begin with, so now that he is off to a slow start at Double-A, slashing .200/.340/.388, with 3 homers, and 2 steals, you might be able steal Fisher away from his owner for a song. Although, I wouldn’t literally offer a song, because you likely suck at singing. His K% has improved slightly, his BB% is way up, and his ISO is about the same as last season. The biggest difference is his BABIP, which has dropped all the way down to .237 this season. In other words, he has simply been unlucky so far, and luck has a way of evening out.
Tim Anderson CHW, SS – I’m not going to sugarcoat it, Anderson has been awful to start the year, and there isn’t anything to point to in his underlying stats to say he is bound to turn it around. This is just a gut call based on anecdotal evidence and belief in his raw talent. Anderson missed about a week earlier this season with a sprained wrist, and he was ice cold upon his return. He has recently shown signs of life, though, putting up a .292 batting average in the last seven days. Considering the natural hitting ability he displayed in the past, my bet is that the further away he gets from that wrist injury, the better he will hit. And with Jimmy Rollins not doing much of anything at the Major League level, we might see Anderson take over the White Sox SS job sooner rather than later.
By Michael Halpern
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