Fantasy Baseball 2011: Weekend Warriors

Eric Hosmer - The Kila Ka’aihue experiment lasted just over a month before the Royals decided to start its future. Hosmer who is the head of a very deep pool of talent in the Kansas City farm system will make his Major League debut tonight against the Athletics. The third pick from the 2008 Amateur Draft was raking in Triple-A Omaha, with a .439BA, .525 OBP, 3HR and 15RBI in 26 games. In keeper and dynasty leagues Hosmer is likely owned, but in 12 team mixed leagues I would grab him immediately. Yes, you want him going against Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross on Saturday and Sunday, but I see potential for the rest of 2011 in your standard mixed league. When the first big prospect gets called up that’s how I officially know it’s summer, so I would like to thank Mr. Hosmer for reminding me of that.

Dustin Mosely – A journeyman right hander who figures it out late into his career once he stats pitching for the Padres? It’s a story we have seen before, but the truth be told Mosely has been as consistent as any other starter to begin the season. Through six starts Mosely has posted a 1.63 ERA and a 1.03 and has found Petco Park like many other starters to be pitchers heaven. With the Diamondbacks in town on Saturday night trust Mosely as Arizona has a bunch if free swingers who rarely make contact. Owned in 8.2% of ESPN standard leagues, Mosely is a must add if you need pitching help for this weekend.

Doug Fister – Sticking with the theme of underwhelming starters, just like in 2010 Fister had a very good April. Fister who was the hottest pickup around this time last season, is getting everyones blood pressure up with his 2.70 ERA. His second half flop was disappointing a season ago, but isn’t it possible that Twisted Fister is a first half of the season pitcher? Fister clearly benefits from Safeco Field but after a strong performance at Fenway hopefully he makse this a road show as well. The White Sox are in Seattle on Saturday and Chicago as a team has a .236 BA and it’s also dominated by right handed batters working to Fisters advantage.

James McDonald – McDonald was a fantasy sleeper for many this season, but his first four outings brought the hype down and McDonald to the waiver wire. McDonald had off-season shoulder surgery so the slow start should have been expected, but he’s rounding into form with two strong performances vs. the Padres and Giants. Allowing nine hits and two runs in his last two starts, the hype machine that is McDonald should be coming back to life. Throw him out their against the anemic Astros lineup on Sunday before he’s a must add on Monday morning.

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