Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: How Long Can Eric Thames Keep This Up?


Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: How Long Can Eric Thames Keep This Up?
  1. Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: How Long Can Eric Thames Keep This Up?
    nesn.com
    Need proof that paying attention late in fantasy baseball drafts pays off? Allow us to present Eric Thames. Revered as... Read More…
    Baseball

Need proof that paying attention late in fantasy baseball drafts pays off? Allow us to present Eric Thames.

Revered as a near-deity in Korea, the Milwaukee Brewers slugger has picked up right where he left off in America, blasting a major league-best seven home runs through Wednesday while boasting a batting average above .400. Not too bad for a guy with an average draft position of 213 in Yahoo! leagues.

But diamonds in the rough don’t grow on trees, and there are plenty of notable names whose early-season struggles continued this week. Here are six players whose stock has risen or fallen in the past few days.

STOCK UP Eric Thames, 1B/OF, Milwaukee Brewers. The Korean legend launched an incredible six home runs over a five-day span from Thursday to Monday and has a 1.459 OPS (!!) through 14 games. That’s obviously not sustainable through a full season (we think), but he’s also hitting .408 and has struck out just twice in his last seven games, a good sign that his power surge might not be fluke. Thames is paying off handsomely for those who rolled the dice on draft day.

Luis Severino, SP/RP, New York Yankees. Is Severino finally realizing his potential? The 23-year-old was a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week, and he delivered Tuesday with another dynamic start, allowing three runs but striking out 10 over eight innings. Walks have been an issue for Severino in the past, but he has just one in his last two outings to go along with 21 Ks. He’s owned in 64 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so get him on your squad if he’s still available.

Jason Vargas, SP, Kansas City Royals. Few pitchers in all of baseball are enjoying greater success than Vargas, who’s 3-0 and hasn’t allowed a run in two straight starts. Vargas’ track record (career 4.11 ERA) and an easy schedule (starts against San Francisco and Oakland) suggest he’s due for a regression, but the left-hander has another favorable matchup in the Chicago White Sox next time out, so keep getting while the getting’s good.

STOCK DOWN Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays need a solid year out of Bautista to fill Edwin Encarnacion’s void, and so far, they’re not getting it. The 36-year-old is hitless with five strikeouts in his last three games, dropping his average to .118 on the season with 18 whiffs. More concerning: He still hasn’t homered in 14 contests. He’ll break out of his slump eventual, but the power dip is concerning.

Blake Treinen, RP, Washington Nationals. Treinen’s run as Washington’s closer might be coming to an end. He’s allowed at least one run in half of his eight appearances this season, ballooning his ERA to 7.11 with a 2.53 WHIP. The Nationals have other options, namely Shawn Kelley and 24-year-old Koda Glover, so it might be time to pull the plug on Treinen.

Edinson Volquez, SP, Kansas City Royals. Volquez looks pretty far removed from his strong 2015 campaign. He lasted just three innings in his last outing, getting touched for four earned runs while walking four to give him 10 runs allowed in his last three starts. The veteran right-hander is showing obvious signs of decline and probably shouldn’t be on mixed-league rosters.

Click for our

Thumbnail photo via …

  1. Former Pitcher Dennis Eckersley Sounds Off On Red Sox, Orioles Incident

    NESN.com - MLB
    04.26 / 23:21 nesn.com
    The Boston Red Sox open a 9-game homestand on Wednesday night and all eyes are on the Baltimore Orioles when... Read More…
  2. Dyson says he’s ready to return to Rangers’ bullpen

    Star-Telegram -TexasRangers
    04.26 / 23:20 star-telegram.com
    Right-hander Sam Dyson could be activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday after two rehab appearances this week, but he won’t be pitching in high-leverage situations for the Texas Rangers. … Click to Continue »…
  3. Rangers tap Martinez to start Friday vs. Angels

    Star-Telegram -TexasRangers
    04.26 / 23:20 star-telegram.com
    Right-hander Nick Martinez earned another spot start Friday at Globe Life Park against the Los Angeles Angels, but it could be his last for a some time. A.J. Griffin, another … Click to Continue…
  4. One day after losing grandmother, Santiago looks to lead Twins to sweep of Rangers

    StarTribune.com-Twins
    04.26 / 23:19 startribune.com
    Twins lefthander Hector Santiago lost his grandmother on Tuesday but wanted to pitch tonight. Minnesota is going for a three-game sweep over the…
  5. For Tigers’ Greene, ‘stuff is there,’ but not results

    DetroitNews-Tigers
    04.26 / 23:17 detroitnews.com
    Right-handed reliever Shane Greene remains a…
  6. Lessons learned in Korea play well for Adduci, Thames

    DetroitNews-Tigers
    04.26 / 23:17 detroitnews.com
    Jim Adduci and Eric Thames have traveled a similar road back to the major…
  7. Live blog: Tigers vs. Mariners

    DetroitNews-Tigers
    04.26 / 23:17 detroitnews.com
    Follow along here for live updates as the Tigers take on the Mariners at Comerica…
  8. Schmuck: Same as it ever was, Orioles off to better start than the pundits

    Baltimoresun-Baseball
    04.26 / 23:17 baltimoresun.com
    The O's are somehow getting the job done despite a struggling offense and an injured ace and…
  9. Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday vs. Rays

    Baltimoresun-Baseball
    04.26 / 23:17 baltimoresun.com
    First pitch, broadcast info, starting pitchers, lineups and what to watch in the Orioles' game against the…
  10. Orioles notes: Activation imminent for Joey Rickard; routine day off for J.J. Hardy

    Baltimoresun-Baseball
    04.26 / 23:17 baltimoresun.com
    Outfielder Joey Rickard is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday, a move that would give the Orioles their full complement of bench players back but could shorten the pitching staff in the…
  11. Orioles' Jonathan Schoop's physical maturation stands out as power continues to show

    Baltimoresun-Baseball
    04.26 / 23:17 baltimoresun.com
    In recalling his earliest memories of Jonathan Schoop - and how far he has come since then - manager Buck Showalter remembers being struck by the second baseman's…
  12. Jackson carving out platoon role in CF

    Fantasy.scout.com - American League (AL)
    04.26 / 23:10 fantasy.scout.com
    An under-the-radar acquisition this off-season is making some noise with the Cleveland Indians to start off the 2017 season. The IBI's John Alfes has the latest regarding Austin…
  13. Francona's Thoughts: April 26 vs. Astros

    Fantasy.scout.com - American League (AL)
    04.26 / 23:10 fantasy.scout.com
    Manager Terry Francona talked about Austin Jackson, Brandon Guyer, Houston's dangerous batting order, Jose Ramirez and more prior to Wednesday's first pitch between the Cleveland Indians and Houston…
  14. Softball Region X tournament Information

    Gosmcpioneers.com - Baseball
    04.26 / 23:09 gosmcpioneers.com
      2017 Pioneers Apr 19, 2017 2017 Region X Softball conference Tournament will take place April 21-23 at USC Salkehatchie- Allendale campus in Allendale, SC   The tournament Seeding's are as follows: 1…
  15. Yankees expect Didi Gregorius back ‘sometime in the next series’

    Yardbarker.com - Baseball
    04.26 / 22:58 yardbarker.com
    A right shoulder injury landed New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on the disabled list. At the time, he was said to be out the entire month of April.That timeline has held fairly true. According to Eric Boland of Newsday Sports, Gregorius will play Wednesday night in a rehab game and will join the Yankees “sometime in the next series,” which will be played against the Baltimore Orioles. Manager Joe Girardi confirmed the news.The 27-year-old originally left Team…
  16. Clay Buchholz apologized to Phillies for getting hurt

    Yardbarker.com - Baseball
    04.26 / 22:58 yardbarker.com
    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Clay Buchholz recently suffered a potential season-ending injury to his throwing arm, and he apparently feels some sense of responsibility for it.Buchholz spoke to the media on Wednesday and said that he apologized to general manager Matt Klentak and others on the team for getting injured, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. The 32-year-old Buchholz tore the flexor tendon in his right forearm and is expected to miss three to five months after undergoing surgery.…
  17. Report: Adrian Beltre not close to return to Rangers

    Yardbarker.com - Baseball
    04.26 / 22:58 yardbarker.com
    Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre does not sound close to a return to the field.According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Beltre is still not working out on the field and is not progressing in his recovery from a calf injury. Beltre suffered the injury before the season and had a setback about two weeks ago. His continued slow recovery is bad news for the Rangers, who are off to a slower-than-expected start at…
  18. Thames has 1 of Brewers’ 14 hits, hurt in win over Reds

    Wjtv.com - Baseball
    04.26 / 22:57 wjtv.com
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames put a brief scare into the Milwaukee Brewers. Baseball’s biggest surprise so far this season says he will be fi&…
  19. Hernandez, Haniger go on DL for Mariners

    Wjtv.com - Baseball
    04.26 / 22:57 wjtv.com
    DETROIT (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have put Felix Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after he lasted j…
  20. Garcias homer to help Quintana, White Sox top Royals, 5-2

    Wjtv.com - Baseball
    04.26 / 22:57 wjtv.com
    CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia homered to back run-starved starter Jose Quintana and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas C…