If your SS situation isn’t looking too good, then here are a few waiver wire free agent pickups and sleepers that you may want to consider adding to your team.
Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers: 16% (SS)
A repeat SS pickup offender, Andrus and his measly 16% ownership percentage in mixed 12 team yahoo public leagues is absolutely absurd. And when you consider Andrus is owned in less leagues than guys like Khalil Greene (26%), Orlando Cabrera (29%), Edgar Renteria, and even Mike Aviles and Yunel Escobar, you begin to wonder if fantasy baseball managers have completely lost their minds, or if they are completely oblivious to this 20 year old rookie shortstop in Texas. Either way, Andrus and his 2 homeruns, 4 stolen bases, 3 triples, 10 runs scored, 5 rbi, and .311 batting average in May is enough to convince me that he is extremely underappreciated in fantasy leagues. If you need SS help at all, or are even just looking for a backup SS, consider giving Mr. Elvis Andrus the call.
Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays: 41% (SS/OF)
Normally a utility player at several positions for the Rays, Zobrist will nearly be guaranteed everyday playing time in the wake of injuries to Akinori Iwamura and Jason Bartlett. Boasting above average power, Zobrist and his 8 homeruns, 24 RBIs, 19 runs scored, 10 doubles, 4 stolen bases, and .287 batting average through his first 108 at bats this season, is sure to help fantasy teams in June.
Cristian Guzman – Washington Nationals: 44% (SS)
The table setter for the Nationals is quietly going unnoticed in Washington. With a .348 batting average and 27 runs scored through his first 155 at bats during April and May, Guzman is a solid shortstop option for fantasy teams looking for a fill in spot starter. Guzman won’t provide the high stolen base totals like in past years, but he should be good for a batting average around .300 while tallying a high amount of runs scored as the leadoff hitter for the Nationals.
Emmanuel Burriss – San Francisco Giants: 6% (SS/2B)
Speed is the name of the game for Burriss, as he has already tallied 11 stolen bases through his first 151 at bats this season. Equipped with the full time starting 2B job in San Francisco, Burriss is a solid 2B/SS combo add for any fantasy team looking for stolen bases.
Reid Brignac – Tampa Bay Rays: 1% (SS)
With Akinori Iwamura and Jason Bartlett out with injuries, the Rays called up their top hitting middle infield prospect in Brignac. He should see a significant amount of playing time during the month of June, with everyday starts likely between SS and 2B. As goes the life of many young prospects, you surely cannot trust them but you also never know when they just might break out. Reid Brignac is the classic example, as he has the potential to tally 4 homeruns, 12 runs scored, 10 rbi, 2 stolen bases, and a .290 batting average during June if he can find his stroke at the plate.
Diory Hernandez – Atlanta Braves: 0% (SS)
If you are in the deepest of leagues and are looking for a sure bet who will be available in your league, then Hernandez may be your guy. With a mid-May call-up, Hernandez could potentially steal the starting SS job away from the struggling Yunel Escobar, if he can get off to a solid start at the plate. Hernandez is coming off of his Triple-A stats of 11 runs scored, 20 RBIs, 12 doubles, 5 stolen bases and a .355 batting average through 110 at bats to begin the season. At 0% owned, Hernandez is a deep SS sleeper with potential.