Week 14 Fantasy Baseball Stock Report

Welcome to the Week 13 Fantasy Baseball Stock Report. Let’s take a look at some players whose fantasy stock is on the rise, and some whose stock is on the fall.

WEEK 14 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK REPORT

WEEK FOURTEEN PLAYERS’ STOCK ON THE RISE:

Gerardo Parra, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Parra is doing a lot to shed the “fourth outfielder” label he was stuck with when he played with the Arizona Diamondbacks. While getting increased playing time due to injuries to both Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez, Parra is slashing .309/.344/.496 with nine home runs (one shy of tying a career high), 41 runs scored, 29 RBI, and six stolen bases.

He could lose some playing time once Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez are fully healthy, but he has definitely earned semi-regular plate appearances at the very least. Don’t expect the batting average to stick (his BABIP is currently about twenty points higher than his career mark), or the power. We haven’t seen this kind of power from Parra in his professional career, minors or majors. However, it is possible that he has “found his power stroke” as he has entered his prime years. He is hitting more fly balls and less ground balls than he ever has in his career, leading to a HR/FB% that is about 5% higher than his career percentage. This is not a drastic increase, and the fact that he has changed his batted ball profile might suggest that he could in fact finish with 15-18 home runs.

Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Angels\

Hindsight is always 20/20, but looking back, it is evident that the Miami Marlins rushed Heaney to the majors too soon. After being rocked for a 5.83 ERA in a brief stint with the big league club last year, the Marlins shipped Heaney off to the Dodgers in the offseason, who then shipped him off to the Angels. He has looked fantastic in four starts for the Angels so far, posting a 1.32 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP with a 23:4 K:BB ratio in 27.1 innings.

The Angels are a team that is on the uptick, and if Heaney can consistently provide consistent, quality innings, he will stick in the rotation that has seen the likes of Hector Santiago be its most consistent member this season.

C.J. Cron, 1B/DH, Los Angeles Angels

Another Angel, Cron has been raking since his call up on June 29. In the ten games since, he is slashing .459/.462/.865 with four home runs, seven runs scored, and 12 RBI. He’s bound to come back down to Earth, as his .520 BABIP is a bit ridiculous. That’s not to mention a K% of 23.1% and a BB% of 2.6%. However, he is most likely going to be the Angels’ everyday DH going forward, which is a good situation to be in, what with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hitting in front of you and all.

Jim Johnson, RP, Atlanta Braves

With Jason Grilli reportedly out for the season with a ruptured Achilles’, Jim Johnson is in line to take over the closing duties in Atlanta. While he has been shaky in recent years (despite saving 101 games over two seasons in Baltimore from 2012-13), he has been relatively decent so far in 2015. He owns a 2.09 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 44 appearances for the Braves, but has already blown three saves in eight chances. He’s not going to put up gaudy strikeout numbers, but he should at least have a decent save total going forward.

Also keep an eye on:

Melky Cabrera, OF, Chicago White Sox

Jarrod Dyson, OF, Kansas City Royals

John Jaso, C/DH, Tampa Bay Rays

Kyle Gibson, SP, Minnesota Twins

Kyle Hendricks, SP, Chicago Cubs

Taylor Jungmann, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

WEEK FOURTEEN PLAYERS’ STOCK ON THE FALL:

Chris Carter, 1B/DH, Houston Astros

The amount of strikeouts Carter puts up, plus the amount of power he has, makes him an extremely streaky player. Currently, he’s on a very, very bad streak. Since June 4, Carter is slashing .153/.284/.351 over 134 PAs. Granted, he has five home runs in that span, but the sheer lack of production everywhere else almost cancels those out. Frankly, even with the power potential, it’s hard to make an argument to own Carter in any but the deepest leagues at this point.

Ian Kennedy, SP, San Diego Padres

Up until his last outing, Ian Kennedy had been pitching well as of late. He had not given up more than three runs in any of his previous seven outings, and had a 37:9 K:BB ratio. But the problem that has plagued him all year reared its ugly head during his last outing on July 10: home runs. He gave up back-to-back bombs to Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre in the fourth inning, and was chased away after recording just one out in the next inning. He has given up more home runs (20) than he has recorded starts (16), and has six multi-homer outings. This volatility makes him hard to trust in shallower leagues, and he should only be played against good matchups.

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals

“Moose”, as of late, hasn’t been playing like an All-Star, despite being selected to the AL squad. He got off to a great start, but over the past month, Moustakas has slowed down considerably, and is batting just .241 in that span (compared to a .297 AVG on the season). He is still putting up excellent strikeout and walk rates, and he is still batting near the top of a great Royals lineup, so he should pick it up soon.

Also keep an eye on:

Luis Valbuena, 2B/3B, Houston Astros

Justin Turner, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Andrelton Simmons, SS, Atlanta Braves

Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Mike Pelfrey, SP, Minnesota Twins

Miguel Gonzalez, SP, Baltimore Orioles