Third Base, High End Spend
Miguel Sano, $3,900
I’m not sure I’d go with a full on Twins stack but one of the big power bats that needs to be discussed is Miguel Sano. His bat has cooled off a little since the first week of the season but the power potential is among the highest in the league. So far in his career, San has a great record against the four-seam fastball. He’s kind of in the same boat as Dozier, he’s just a little more unpredictable. He strikes out a ton and that can always be a little scary. You don’t get points when you can’t put the ball in play. So far in 2018, San has a 43.8 flyable and hard contact rate. Combining that with Giolito’s lack of strikeouts should make for a good day.
Also Consider – Anthony Rendon, $3,800
Luis Valbuena, $2,900
.100/.182/.300 with 1 HR in 20 at-bats
It might be a rare time that Luis Valbuena makes this article but he could fit in a lineup nicely this evening. He draws Royals starter Ian Kennedy, who has been flirting with disaster so far this season. Kennedy has a sparkling ERA and WHIP but is also only generating ground balls around 20 percent of the time so far this year. He’s also giving up hard contact a whopping 46.7 percent of the time. This matches his rate from last year, which was over 40 percent. Last year, he pitched to a 5.38 ERA with those numbers and it’s only a matter of time before things catch up with him. Valbunea is at the perfect price point to make a profit on it this evening.
Also Consider – Evan Longoria, $2,500
Ryan Schimpf, $2,500
There’s not much to chase here other than a cheap home run. If you believe that Ian Kennedy is still a bad pitcher who has just had a good couple starts, Schimpf has power to spare. He’s got a floor of zero because he strikes out so much. However, he could be a great source of cheap power to load up in other spots. Schimpf is likely a better GPP play than a cash play.