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Here we have a list of middle infielders worthy of adding to your Fantasy Baseball roster. They are listed in order from most owned to most widely available.
- DJ LeMahieu (COL-2B) gets two points for hitting out of the two hole and claiming Coors Field as his home. He gets another point for an AVG/OBP of .339/.394 on the season. Another two points for three home runs and five steals. There you have more points than Adam Jones (BAL-OF), who is quite pleased with his new and improved strikeout rate of 13.8 percent, versus his career average 19 percent. I’d like the old Adam Jones back please.
- Javier Baez (CHC-2B/SS) was moved over to third base at Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, which may be due to Jorge Soler (CHC-OF) hitting the disabled list with an ankle injury, and the Cubbies need to use Kris Bryant (CHC-3B) in the outfield in the coming weeks. Baez is hitting .325 at Triple-A, with seven home runs, six steals, 26 RBIs and 18 runs scored. He has improved his strikeout rate by almost five percent from last season at that level. This is not to say that the current 24.1 percent will be anywhere near acceptable at the major league level, but it is progress in the right direction at least. The Cubs will need a designated hitter when they face Detroit next week, so expect a call up for Baez or prospect Kyle Schwarber, by that time.
- Luis Valbuena (HOU-2B/3B/MI/CI) is tied with Hanley Ramirez (BOS-SS/OF) for more home runs than any other middle infielder this season. His AVG/OBP of .196/.266 could single-handedly wreck your season if added to a roster with Chris Davis (BAL-1B), or Pedro Alvarez (PIT-3B) on it.
- Matt Duffy – SFG – 2B/3B/MI/CI has an AVG/OBP of .270/.313, with three home runs, a stolen base, and 22 runs batted in over 126 plate appearances so far this season. Duffy is likely to keep the third base job, and gets extra love in Fantasyland because he is eligible to play both corner infield positions. His 22.5 percent strike out rate is a bit alarming, but because he has decent patience at the plate, his average and on base percentages are not horribly affected by it.
- Johnny Giavotella (LAA-SS) hit his second home run of the season Wednesday, and has 47 hits in 53 games so far this season with an AVG/OBP of .285/.337. Jack of most trades, master of none, in April, Giavotella earned an AVG/OBP of .317/.380, but that fell off the cliff in May when he hit .239/.290. The 27-year-old has yet to prove he can succeed at the major league level, but all hope is not lost, yet.
- Cory Spangenburg (SD-2B) skipped Triple-A completely last season when he was called up by the Padres last September. In his first 65 major league at bats, Spangenburg earned an AVG/OBP of .290/.313, with two home runs, nine RBIs, four stolen bases and seven runs scored. He has all but stolen the second base job from Jed Gyorko (SD-2B), who now only gets the nod against left-handed pitchers.
- Nick Ahmed (AZ-SS) is only batting .221 on the season, but over the past two weeks, Ahmed has shown significant improvement, hitting .304 with three home runs, six RBIs, a stolen base, and 11 runs scored. He is pretty much available across the board, so if no other player on this list is available, go ahead and take a shot on Ahmed.