One of the most rewarding parts of fantasy baseball; if not the most rewarding part of all, is finding that one player off the waiver wire who comes in and really tears it up. Forseeing a future for that player before anyone else in the league does, or if you’re really good–anyone else in any league.
I’ll tell you what; as much as I’m kicking my own ass for cutting Cliff Lee in favor of Brian Bannister at this point (4-0, 0.28 ERA, .103 BA against), Carlos Quentin has been a real song of joy for me.
People forget about Quentin quickly and easily. He’s only 25 years old, so he is still right in line to be the young superstar of the ChiSox if he breaks out this year. He’s hitting .300 with 7 home runs this month (he’s also been plunked 6 times on the year, a league leading stat at this point). The thing is he was supposed to do this. He was drafted high, has the body of Adonis, and was the #1 rated prospect in the Dbacks minor league system a few years ago before he got hurt.
Glad he’s part of my bunch.