by Will Overton
Sometimes the best way to approach things on the waiver wire is to look for the hottest players and ride out the streak. Ideally you want a long-term option, but sometimes there just aren’t any available. With just over six weeks left in the season the hot player may be the long-term player and there is no time to waste to wait for someone else to come around (instead just hopping from hot hand to hot hand).
We’ll even do the work for you here at RotoProfessor and tell you who out there is streaking. Here are some of the hottest bats available in a majority of fantasy baseball leagues at the moment. I’ll give my take on their value and the possibility that their hot streak can last. Let’s get to work:
Paulo Orlando – OF, Kansas City Royals: The Kansas City Royals have fallen off this season and there aren’t many positives, but Orlando is one and he’s never been hotter than right now. He has multiple hits in six of his last 10 games and for the month of August he is hitting .418 while flexing a little power (a pair of HR in his last 10 games). More legitimate is his speed where he has swiped three bases in these last 10 games, bringing him to 10 for the season. We know the Royals like running and Orlando could see the green light a fair amount. It’s also extremely beneficial that he’s being used as the leadoff hitter recently. He won’t likely stay this hot, but he could continue to be useful to fantasy teams for the remainder of the season.
Erick Aybar – SS, Atlanta Braves: Erick Aybar is reaching base a lot this August, hitting .333. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games and while he isn’t taking many walks, his average can be impactful to fantasy owners. The problem is his impact isn’t very far reaching, even while he has been going well. Since the Braves offense is so bad, Aybar isn’t scoring a ton of runs nor is he driving them in and he also doesn’t have the speed he used to have either. Aybar is definitely red hot right now, but his value is still somewhat limited.
Jorge Polanco – SS/3B, Minnesota Twins: If I am looking for a shortstop swinging a hot bat I think I lean more towards Polanco then I do Aybar. Polanco is also hitting .333 in August and is starting to climb higher in the batting order for the Twins. He has just one HR and two SB in the big leagues, but he has some potential in both areas and I can see him as a 15/15 guy one day. He is hitting just as well as Aybar, but there is more upside here and the Twins offense is a bit better than the Braves.
Eddie Rosario – 3B/OF, Minnesota Twins: I touted Rosario a fair amount in the preseason, and while he started the season slowly he is showing some of the potential I liked so much. Rosario is hitting .353 this month and has 3 HR in the last two weeks. He should be rising up the batting order in due time and at 24 there is still a lot of potential. Let’s not forget that he finished last season with double digits in HR and SB and it’s still possible for him to reach that again despite the slow start. Rosario should be good for a little power and as he climbs up the order he’ll start getting more run production as well.
Jorge Soler – OF, Chicago Cubs: We all know this 24-year old has upside, but he hasn’t made good on it just yet. Still, he has these flashes where he gets hot and gets everyone’s hopes up. Soler may be in the middle of one of those right now as he has 3 HR in his last five games started now and is 11 for his last 29 at the plate. The power has always been the biggest draw and it’s nice to see it coming out in full force right now. This may last only a couple of weeks (or maybe even a couple of days), but Soler could rack up a fair amount of HR before the bat goes cold again.