Second Base, High End Spend
Javier Baez, $4,700
.000/.333/.000 with 0 HR in 2 at-bats
Make no mistake, the price for Baez is sky high at the moment. He’s been smashing the ball lately and the crazy part is he’s not even hitting lefties well yet, which has been his calling card through his career. His batting average is down at .105 but he’s making hard contact 50 percent of the time. Positive regression is on the way for Baez and that should be very scary to the rest of the league. We can likely only jam in one or two bats from Coors tonight. Baez is on the list as one to pay up for.
Also Consider – Ozzie Albies, $4,300
Ketel Marte, $3,100
The Diamondbacks are facing off against a lefty again tonight but Clayton Richard is good at inducing ground balls. He’s also getting hit hard so a player like Marte could find his way on base and pay off his price with his legs and getting driven in by players like Paul Goldschmidt. Marte is slashing well against lefties so far this season, hitting .286 with a .810 OPS and a .349 wOBA. He’s hitting the ball hard but he’s not getting the ball in the air often. Second base is a little odd in the middle class and I may either pay up or punt all the way down.
Also Consider – Howie Kendrick, $3,000
Joe Panik, $2,800
Angels starter Garrett Richards is a good pitcher and not one you’d want to pick on very often. Second base at the lower end is pretty gross tonight and Panik is about as low as we could reasonably go. He’s been smacking righty pitching so far in 2018 with a massive .379 average, 1.022 OPS, and a .448 wOBA. His hard hit rate is over 42 percent and he’s also hitting a fly ball or line drive almost 60 percent of the time. Panik likely isn’t going to have a massive game but he’s about the only option in this range.