a 2009 AL Pickups: A look at 5 game changing Players in the AL
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Top 5 A.L. Waiver-Wire Acquisitions for 4/20 - 4/26

(All stats include week of 4/20 through 4/26)

 

 

  • Mike Lowell (Red Sox)

> Weekly stats: .435 (10-for-23), 4 runs, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs

Without a doubt, Mike Lowell is the hottest waiver-wire out there. In his past 5 games, Lowell has 10 hits, 4 doubles, a whopping 11 RBIs, and a 1.240 OPS. He's ranked second in the American League with 22 RBIs on the year and is currently hitting .324 (22-for-68 through 17 games). His only blemish during the week was the 5:0 K:BB ratio. Other than that, the 35-year old is on fire! Before this week, Lowell was owned in 32% of leagues. He is now owned in 61.7% of leagues, a jump of 29.7%. If you're lucky, he's still out there within the free agents.

 

  • Josh Anderson (Tigers)

> Weekly stats: .375 (6-for-16), 4 runs, 2 RBIs, 4 stolen bases

Obviously, Josh Anderson's main threat is his speed. He had 4 steals this week in just 5 games, and 6 on the year (14 games). He's had a lot of playing time in Chicago in left field, and he's had a hit in every game since April 13 th. Right now, he's hitting for average, stealing A LOT of bases, and even scoring a good amount of runs. He's pretty valuable in any fantasy league and he's surely available, owned in just 2.3% of leagues. I would take my chances now, before the early-season streak starts to stagnate.


  • Mark Teahen (Royals)

> Weekly stats: .400 (8-for-20), 2 runs, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 stolen base

Mark Teahen came in for the injured third baseman Alex Gordon. Since filling the spot, Teahen is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Just this week, Teahen hit in seven straight games with a homer and 4 RBIs. He also hit 2 doubles, walked twice, struck out just once, and even stole a base. He's only owned in about 6% of leagues, so he's there if you want him.

 

  • Kurt Suzuki (Athletics)

>Weekly stats: .522 (8-for-15), 2 runs, 1 home run, 7 RBIs

Suzuki is opened up the 2009 season nicely, hitting .333 on the year through 15 games. This past week has been all Suzuki as he's driven in 7 RBIs on 1 homer and 2 doubles, totaling 8 hits in just 4 games. A great catcher option in shallow leagues, and even a hesitating starting catcher in a mixed, 12-team league. He does have quite a few off-days, but when he's in, he's hitting like an all-star. His signs of power and RBI potential are definitely there, and rising at that.. His ownership has also risen, but just a merely 7%; but he's still only owned in 10% of leagues. If you're weak in the backstop area, he's the best prospect amongst the young crowd of catchers.

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  • Coco Crisp (Royals)

> Weekly stats: .333 (8-for-24), 7 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 stolen bases

Coco Crisp is just starting to warm up this week. He started the season off with just 8 hits and no steals in 12 games. Since then, Crisp matched those 8 hits with 8 hits in five games, added 2 steals, and scored 7 times. He was originally drafted in most leagues, I'm sure, and was taken for his stealing and run-scoring abilities. But don't be surprised if he's in your free agent pile, as he's now only owned in 74.3% of leagues. He has a weekly drop of about 7%, but that should change really soon as long as he can keep producing runs and steals.

 

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Honorable mention: Alberto Callaspo (Royals)- .360 (9-for-25), 1 run, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 doubles, no strikeouts, 2 walks. He has 9-game hit streak and is 14-for-32 (.438) during that span. He also ranks 5 th in A.L. in batting average.

 

By Tony Falcioni
MLBcenter.com Staff Writer


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