Aaron Nola, PHI SP (66% ownership), FAAB Bid - $18 – The free agent pitching pool is scarce right now, and by scarce we mean difference makers. However, Nola could be that guy for you. Over 111 innings in 2016, Nola posted a 9.81 K/9 mark, while inducing groundballs at a 55.2-percent clip. He hasn’t been the same pitcher in terms of missing bats thus far in ’17, nor is he getting as many groundballs. That said, we saw him get grounders at a 52.4-percent clip during his last start, which shows us the light in terms of getting back to where he was last season. He’s been victimized by Citizens Bank Park this year, but has held opponents to a .288 road wOBA. Nola has SP2/3 potential and with a think player pool, he’s worth taking a shot on in all formats.
Brandon Crawford, SS SF (43% ownership), FAAB Bid - $7 – After two straight really successful offensive campaigns in 2015 and ’16, ’17 has been anything but. He’s been awful over the past two weeks going 9-for-44 (.205) and has notched a measly .291 wOBA on the year. But we have him here being picked up in virtually all formats, why is that? Crawford has excelled versus southpaws this year slashing .304/.370/.522, which is good for a .892 OPS but vs. RHP, he’s posted an OPS of just .629. Thing about it is, he’s making more hard contact versus righties (34.2%) than left-handers (30.2), which shows how unlucky he’s truly been. Crawford is a prime buy candidate at a shortstop position you can probably use an upgrade at if you don’t have one of the top guns.
Mitch Moreland, BOS 1B (22% ownership), FAAB Bid - $12 – Moreland is obviously not David Ortiz, but he has been a really good replacement. Over the last 30 days in particular he’s hitting .331 with seven homeruns and 21 RBI. He has raked vs. RHP this year, posting a .889 OPS and a .371 wOBA against them. He’s making 45.1-percent hard contact on the year which is a clear indication these numbers aren’t going to regress at all.
Mike Zunino, SEA C (21% ownership), FAAB Bid - $11 – Whatever Zunino is on we want, unless it makes our balls shrink of course. The once top pick/prospect has come on extremely strong lately, especially over the last 14 days as he’s hit .405 and driven in 18 runs which ties him with Gary Sanchez for the league lead over that span. The improvement seemingly started in May when he made just 6.3-percent soft contact while making hard contact 43.8-percent of the time. Catcher is definitely one of the more weak positions in baseball, so the addition of Zunino could make the difference going forward if he can continue to stroke the ball this way.