Leury Garcia

One of the fantasy baseball surprises this season should be Chicago White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Even though he is only owned in 20% of CBS Fantasy Baseball pools and is started in only 6% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball pools, you may want to consider putting him on to your team if there is a spot available.

Even though Garcia only had 308 at bats with the White Sox and Texas Rangers from 2013-2016, heading into the 2017 season, the White Sox should be satisfied with what they have seen. In 145 at bats, Garcia is batting a respectable .276 with six home runs and 17 runs batted in. Garcia also has 22 runs, 40 hits, seven doubles, one triple, four stolen bases, .325 on base percentage and .462 slugging percentage.

Garcia needs to be highly praised for his improvement offensively. Three years ago, he only batted .166 in the same number of at bats as he had so far in 2017.

Also, be aware that the White Sox actually have three outfielders with the last name of Garcia. If Avisail Garcia, is available in your fantasy pool, by all means pick him up. The native of Anzoategui, Venezuela is batting an excellent .331 with eight home runs and 37 runs batted in. Just make sure you don’t pick up Willy Garcia of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, who only has one home run and six runs batted in during 41 at bats.

My other words of advice this week is to consider adding a Colorado Rockies pitcher. Normally I would advise all of you not to because the Rockies pitch in the biggest hitter’s friendly baseball park in Major League Baseball. However, Rockies manager Bud Black has helped the Rockies only give up 228 runs this season (the sixth least in the National League after giving up the second most in 2017).

The best Rockies pitcher at the moment is Antonio Senzatela, who should not just be considered as the National League Rookie of the Year, but the National League Cy Young Award winner as well. Senzatela is the co-leader in the National League at the moment in wins (seven, tied with Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw) and his 3.19 earned run average is the eighth best in the National League. Remember, his ERA would be about one run lower if he would be pitching in the majority of other Major League Baseball parks.