Fantasy Baseball: Look for rookie calls to improve your roster

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Rookie calls are all the rage late in the fantasy baseball season. We open the year eager for the shiny new toys, and we close the season in exactly the same way once the rosters expand in September.

The impact of even one good hitter this late in the game can be huge, but unless you’re playing in goalkeeper or dynasty form, save yourself the annoyance and let your opponents fight for the high-profile kids, like Vaughn Grissom and Oneil Cruz. You can get just as big of an impact for a fraction of the price by investing in 30-year-old first baseman Joey Meneses.

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For those of you who make your best impression of an owl and yell, “Who?”: Meneses is a career minor leaguer who languished in Double-A and Triple-A for several years, but he finally gets a chance after the Nationals loaded most of their selection talent on the trade TBEN.

Joey Meneses
Joey Meneses
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He got off to a slow start in early August, but eventually found himself on an 11-game hit streak and a regular in the starting lineup. He currently has a .328/.355/.550 slash with eight doubles, seven home runs, 18 RBIs and 21 runs over just 138 at bats and should be encouraging fantasy fouls everywhere.

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The immediate question on most people’s minds is, if he’s so valuable, why hasn’t he been in the majors before? It’s a great question that unfortunately can only be answered at this point with another question: Who cares? Hot dogs are delicious, but we don’t care how they’re made, right?

What we do know is that Meneses has about three weeks left to continue with his .221 ISO and his .379 BABIP. Maybe some luck is involved, but right now luck is just as good as being talented.

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If you are looking for power, go to your waiver and check Meneses availability. He doesn’t strike out a ton and the Nationals knock him near the top of the ranking regardless of their opponent’s pitcher. Don’t worry about his past or his future. You only need it for now.

Howard Bender is head of content at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8pm. Visit FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy baseball advice.