Wednesday MLB Pickups
Most owners are in the market for a catcher. Even if you have a good one, he doesn’t play more than five days per week. And if you’re in a two-catcher league, you can never have enough. That leads us to this week’s top adds:
1. Yasmani Grandal, C, Padres: Grandal is a 23-year-old prospect that was hitting .335 with six homers in 56 Triple-A games this season. He got called up on Saturday and hit two homers from each side of the plate that night.
2. Jair Jurrjens, SP, Braves: After a lengthy demotion to the minors, Jurrjens is back. In three starts since rejoining the rotation, he’s 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA.
3. Jim Thome, DH, Orioles: What can rejuvenate Thome’s season? A move to the American League where he can be the designated hitter, of course. Remember that Thome hit 15 homers in limited playing time last season.
4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates: Third base is getting deeper and deeper, but Alvarez still deserves a look. We can stomach his strikeouts and .234 average because of his elite power potential. As a prospect, many observers suggested that Alvarez would be a consistent 35-homer kind of player.