Many young players are stepping up their games going into the second month of the season. While some of these players are being noticed, some of them are being bypassed on the fantasy baseball waiver wire. Keep an eye out for young up and coming players to add to your team because not only can they carry huge potential, they also don’t suffer the nagging injuries that some of the grizzled vets in the league do. You would be best served to plug one of these guys into your fantasy baseball lineup before someone else does.
Brian Matusz – (SP) Baltimore Orioles
Matusz put up some solid numbers in the AL East last season and at age 24 he should still be improving. He has been on the disabled list, but it looks like he is going to return in a couple weeks. He has become somewhat of a forgotten man on fantasy rosters, but don’t let that stop you from grabbing him for your fantasy baseball team. Look for him to start putting up Zach Britton-like numbers with a few more strikeouts each outing.
Justin Smoak – (1B) Seattle Mariners
Smoak struggled so mightily last season that he went undrafted in many fantasy baseball leagues. He also changed from a hitters park to a pitchers park in SafeCo Field, so that didn’t bode well for his prospects heading into this season either. However, Smoak hasn’t had trouble with either of those problems posting a .302/.408/.571 slash line that would make any owner salivate, but he is going unnoticed in many leagues because of the depth at the first base position. Don’t let Smoak slip through your fingers if you have a chance to grab him.
Luke Scott – (1B/OF) Baltimore Orioles
Scott has always been known as one of the streakiest hitters in the game. He has struggled to get out of the blocks this season, but he has had a pretty good past week with a couple homers and a solid string of hits. Owners might as well hitch their wagons to Scott while he’s hot and then drop him when he gets cold again.
Cameron Maybin –(OF) San Diego Padres
Maybin has been one of the few Padres producing at all on offense. He has the potential to be a 10-HR, 20-SB kind of producer if given the opportunity. His 14 runs scored leaves a little to be desired from a top of the order guy, but once some of the other Padres start hitting he should start scoring more runs. He should also start walking and driving the ball more once he gets used to the regular playing time.