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Thursday, August 25, 2011




AL ONLY

Kyle Seager 2B/3B, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Well, duh. It's no hyperbole to say that Seager might be the hottest hitter in the majors at this moment. The 23-year-old went 4-for-4 with three doubles against the Indians on Wednesday and is batting a cool .600 (15-for-25) over his last six games, pulling his batting average from .182 to .313 in the process. Seager isn't a big power guy, but his propensity for line drives should allow him to maintain a high batting average moving forward. While he obviously won't keep up this ridiculous pace, he's no fluke, either.

Hank Conger C, Angels (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The good news? The Angels finally came to their senses and brought Conger back from Triple-A Salt Lake last Thursday. The bad news? He has appeared in just one game thus far. As the kids on the internet say, facepalm. It's no secret that Mike Scioscia doesn't think Conger is up to snuff behind the plate, but it wouldn't take much for him to be an improvement offensively over Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson. If the Angels want to close the gap on the first-place Rangers, they may have no other choice but to play him more often down the stretch. It's a bit of a leap of faith, to be sure, but most in AL-only leagues should be willing to take the gamble.

NL ONLY

Ross Detwiler SP/RP, Nationals (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 1.2 percent)

Finally healthy, Detwiler is once again showing signs of why he was selected No. 6 overall in the 2007 draft. Since joining the Nationals' rotation on August 4, the 25-year-old southpaw has a solid 2.78 ERA and 16/8 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings over four starts. While his stand rate suggests that he has been a bit on the fortunate side, the most encouraging aspect of his turnaround has been his uptick in velocity. Detwiler is averaging 92.3 mph on his fastball this season, up from 89.7 mph in 2010. Things could get interesting in the Nats' rotation once Stephen Strasburg returns and Brad Peacock gets the call from the minors, but Detwiler should be safe.

Jordan Schafer OF, Astros (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Schafer, who was acquired from the Braves in the Michael Bourn deal last month, returned from the disabled list this week and figures to be the regular center fielder and leadoff man for the Astros moving forward. While he is batting just .244 this season, he is also making contact 84 percent of the time and has a line-drive percentage of 22.7 percent. There might be some room for growth there. At worst, you'll have a guy who is a pretty nice source for stolen bases down the stretch.


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D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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