Dae-ho Lee is on a tear right now for the Seattle Mariners, warranting fantasy owners’ attention. Can he now be a waiver wire add?
Dae-ho Lee came over to the Seattle Mariners in the offseason after amassing 323 career HR between the Korean and Japanese pro leagues. His power was respected and well documented, but it remained to be seen how it would transition stateside.
The Mariners looked to platoon him with Adam Lind to begin the season and for the most part, that plan has gone well. But, now that Lee killing the ball versus lefties and righties, he has slowly began to earn a full-time role. He has started every game in June so far, and the results have been tremendous.
Over the last seven games, he has posted a .458/2 HR/7 RBI/1.188 OPS, line. He looks completely locked in at the plate and his power is legit. His current season line, .305/ 8 HR/20 RBI/.898 OPS, is certainly respectable over his first 100 plate appearances in the majors.
He does have swing and miss tendencies, 17 K and 4 BB, but his .300 BABIP looks to prove that his AVG has not been all on luck based. With Lee starting now while hot and with the middle of the Mariners lineup hitting on all cylinders, Lee has the potential to reap the rewards of hitting behind the boppers in front of him.
Fantasy owners in search of power or a solid contributor of counting stats, should have Lee at the top of list. His torrid stretch and supporting class make him an enticing add moving forward. Another encouraging sign for his fantasy value is that his, .350 AVG/4 HR versus RHP and .273/4 HR versus LHP, could go a long way in ensuring he keeps getting the playing time that he needs as well.
Fantasy owners should add Dae-ho Lee while he is on fire at the plate and with the Mariners are on their role. His power plays to all fields and it looks as though he is finally getting his legs under him versus MLB caliber pitching. Make the move.