On Monday, the Milton Bradley era in Seattleland ended, as the board game man received the dreaded DFA. Oh, and Ryan Langerhans got the boot too, but he is probably used to it by now. With a team going nowhere and an offense struggling yet again to score runs, might as well see if they have anyone younger who might provide a jolt to the lineup. A pair of outfielders received the call, let’s see if they have any fantasy potential in deeper leagues.
Mike Wilson, OF | 2% Owned
Wilson is not exactly a prospect, as he is already 27 years old and has received Triple-A each season since 2009. He has excellent power, as he has posted at least a .200 ISO at 7 of his 9 minor league stops (excluding his 10 at-bats in the rookie league in 2007). Last year, he hit 25 home runs in just 392 at-bats, and he had swatted 4 over the fence in his 63 at-bats at Triple-A this year before getting the call. He also has some speed, as he stole 13 bases last year and has posted consistently above average Spd scores. The problem, of course, is his ability to make contact, or lack thereof. He has typically hovered around a 65% contact rate, which is 200 strikeout territory over a full season. His BB% has been up and down so it is difficult to predict what he may do during his time with the Mariners. AL-Only owners in need of at-bats and some power might as well take a chance here, though he has little chance of helping your batting average.
Carlos Peguero, OF | 1% Owned
Peguero is 24, so unlike Wilson, could be considered a prospect based solely on his age. He also has some solid power potential, though he hasn’t been as impressive as Wilson in that department. He has some speed as well, but his base stealing skills clearly need some major work, as he has been successful just 28 times in 53 attempts for a pathetic 53% rate. Like Wilson again, Peguero has significant trouble putting the bat on the ball. His contact rates have also hovered around 65%, but at least Wilson’s had improved during his last two Triple-A stints. Throw in a below average walk rate, and it is tough to expect any value here. If I were to gamble, I would prefer Wilson, but it is doubtful either of the two will be surprising contributors to fantasy teams.
Mike Podhorzer is the 2015 Fantasy Sports Writers Association Baseball Writer of the Year. He produces player projections using his own forecasting system and is the author of the eBook Projecting X 2.0: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance, which teaches you how to project players yourself. His projections helped him win the inaugural 2013 Tout Wars mixed draft league. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikePodhorzer and contact him via email.