“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau
Dan Uggla will be out for at least the next 3 weeks and possibly as long as a month. So if you were using his power numbers at second base or middle infield, I will give you available replacements and team needs will dictate who to add from the Waiver Wire. Each of these four players could offer value in deeper leagues in different categories depending on your needs.
Jedd Gyorko – 2B – Padres (28.5% ESPN, 26% Yahoo)
2013 Stats: 82 G, 41 R, 12 HR, 33 RBI, 1 SB, 249/301/425
Last 14 Days: 9 G, 4 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 226/273/677
- If it is power you need, then Gyorko is the perfect replacement for Uggla. As a matter of fact, he will be better for your team’s batting average. Do not let that 226 average over the last two weeks scare you, his BAbip during that time is 190 which is 100 points lower than his career BAbip of 292.
- Gyorko is batting fourth today in Colorado against a left handed starting pitcher which may be foreshadowing for the Padres down the stretch with Quentin on the DL again.
Gordon Beckham – 2B – White Sox (21.2% ESPN, 12% Yahoo)
2013 Stats: 65 G, 30 R, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 5 SB, 300/352/412
Last 14 Days: 13 G, 10 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 277/393/426
- As a contrast to Gyorko, a more power and speed combo player to add is Beckham. After the disappointment of the last two seasons, Beckham seems to be bouncing back in 2013. And with the steals, has been much more aggressive on the bases. The White Sox are going to play their youth and see what they have for 2014 so Beckham will get a look batting second. With Beckham, it has not been a question of talent, but if he could put it together.
DJ LeMahieu – 2B – Rockies (3.8% ESPN, 4% Yahoo)
2013 Stats: 76 G, 26 R, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 14 SB, 278/316/370
Last 14 Days: 11 G, 6 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB, 318/340/455
- LeMahieu may be a sneaky play going forward. He is 6’4” and may be growing into his power phase, which in Colorado is never a bad thing. Plus, he can definitely steal a base. He can hit for a decent average and even though there is a spike in his average over the last two weeks, it is in line with his career BAbip. He is better against the breaking ball and off-speed pitches, so if he improves on hitting fastballs, LeMahieu could see a power spike.
Scooter Gennett – 2B – Brewers (.3% ESPN, 2% Yahoo)
2013 Stats: 26 G, 9 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, 284/324/552
Last 14 Days: 7 G, 5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB, 429/455/1000
- If the above players are not available, then Gennett may be the last shot to replace Uggla. After being in a time share earlier in the year with Rickie Weeks, he is back up probably to play for the rest of 2013. He is on a hot streak right now and cannot sustain the batting average from the last 7 games. He was hitting 280 in AAA so it is probably apt to adjust his major league average going forward to around 260. Gennett has also hit more home runs in the majors than the minors.
- Going forward, Gennett may be a good play while he is hot, but it will be interesting to see what he does after teams adjust to him going forward. On a positive note, even though he has not stolen bases with the Brewers, he did steal 10 in 79 games while in AAA.
Given the choice, I prefer Gyorko if he is available in your league but each player can help teams in a different way, so choose wisely.
Greg Jewett is a staff writer for RotoAnalysis. Follow him on Twitter @Gjewett9 and all season long at RotoAnalysis.com.
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