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Fantasy Baseball: Players to Avoid on the Waiver Wire

Everybody is looking for a player to add that is going to help their team right away. Below are some players that might show up on waivers or a trade situation and why the brakes should be pumped.

Trey Mancini, OF/1B, Baltimore Orioles

Mancini is a strong power hitter that has yet to reach 25 home runs in a season. However, on the brink of a career year, he is on pace to hit almost 50 home runs. Mancini changed his launch angle which has helped reduce his high ground ball rate but is still hitting over 40 percent of balls onto the ground. Mancini has not improved the rate of hard-hit balls though. The ground balls are reason enough to pump the brakes on Mancini.

Expect Mancini to even out his numbers by seasons end but for now, he is a strong sell high candidate.

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Ryon Healy, 1B/3B, Seattle Mariners

Healy came out of the gate fast and was worth an add-in March, but followed with a disastrous April. He has been making less contact even though he is swinging at more pitches in the strike zone. This has resulted in him striking out at least once in almost every game since April first. On top of that Healy is without a hit in his last 14 at-bats.

It’s clear why the brakes are being pumped here. This is an awful slump to be in and it should be expected that he breaks out of it but don’t expect him to return to his March form.

Delino DeShields, OF, Texas Rangers

DeShields low batting average of .209 is his biggest concern. Through his nine hits, he has seven singles, one double, and one home run. He has however been on base an extra eight times by walking and has taken advantage of a high on-base percentage. As a speedster, all DeShields needs are opportunities on base and had six stolen bases and seven runs scored. He has an amazing eye at the plate and is swinging less outside the zone and more in the zone.

DeShields is currently ranked seventh in fantasy points but only owned in 5.4 percent of ESPN leagues. He won’t make a top 10 outfielder but see if he can keep putting up good numbers before picking him up.

 

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