Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire (Jul. 23rd)

This kid swings a big bat in Pittsburgh.

If your team is in need of a boost, we suggest taking a gander at the fantasy players listed below. These guys are absolutely on fire and are available in most standard leagues. Don’t wait too long as these guys are bound to be snatched up by week’s end.

Gordon Beckham, CWS, 3B/2B (82): Beckham was a great sleeper choice coming into the year, but was dropped by the majority of his fantasy owners after a disastrous second half.However, it seems that his sophomore slump may be behind him as he boasts a .466 AVG and has racked up 6 RBI since the second half began.

Drew Stubbs, CIN, OF (54): Despite the fact that Stubbs has started the second half mired in a mini-slump, he has the potential to produce at any moment. His rare power/speed combo make him that much more attractive to owners looking to add a valuable piece.

Geovany Soto, CHC, C (80): Soto is the definition of a streaky hitter. When it’s going good, it’s going great, but when he’s in a slide, it is absolutely horrific, and that’s the reason why he’s floating on more waiver wires these days. If your catching slot is a revolving door like mine, use him this week while he’s hot and I’ll nab you another gem in next week’s addition. His four homers in five days are all the reasoning fantasy owners need.

No more munchies for the skinny Soto.

Pedro Alvarez, PIT, 3B (22): The highly touted Pittsburgh prospect was a bit of a let down upon his call-up as he had a tough time adjusting to major league pitching. Now that Alvarez has seemed to find his stroke, he’s beginning to live up the hype that originally accompanied him upon his promotion. Alvarez had back-to-back two-homer games this week.

Starlin Castro, CHC, SS (36): In his first week as a pro, Castro absolutely dazzled both at the plate and on the field and quickly displayed why the Cubs showed no hesitancy in calling him up. After being mired in  a long slump, the Cubs shook up the line-up and have since inserted Castro into the # 2 hole where he seems to be much more comfortable and boasts a .470 average since the break.

Andres Torres, SF, OF (52): Torres has come out of the gates raking in the second half. As long as he’s producing like this, the Giants are going to have to find a way to keep his bat in the lineup, which means fantasy owners should take full advantage.

Honorable Mention: Brian Roberts, BAL (64), 2B; Jeff Keppinger, HOU, 2B/3B/SS (26); Jason Bartlett, TAM, SS (63); Jonny Gomes, CIN, OF (63)

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