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Time to pick up these undervalued hitters

By Al Melchior | Data Analyst

In Tuesday's News & Notes segment of Fantasy Baseball Today, Adam Aizer, Scott White and I each made our cases for whom we thought was the most underowned hitter in Fantasy. I went with Lorenzo Cain, as his 21 percent ownership rate in leagues is too low for a player who is already delivering a high batting average and everyday at-bats with more power possibly to come. Though he has just one home run and three doubles in 81 at-bats, Cain smacked 16 homers in his lone full season in Triple-A in 2011, and he belted seven more with the Royals in 61 games the following season.

Two players whom I also considered for the segment were Corey Dickerson and Omar Infante, both of whom are owned in fewer than 40 percent of our leagues. Dickerson may not play much in the near future, given the roster crunch created when Michael Cuddyer was activated from the disabled list, but he is still a worthy stash, even in some standard mixed leagues. Dickerson has hit exceedingly well in limited playing time (.344/.371/.688), and should Charlie Blackmon cool off considerably or Carlos Gonzalez need a DL stint for his knee tendinitis, he could find the regular playing time he needs to be worthy of an active roster spot.

Infante is currently on the DL with back inflammation, but since it's hard to find Infante's potential for production on waivers in deeper formats, he should be stashed in any mixed league that is deeper than 12 teams. It may not be long before Infante returns, and he could be an upgrade over Brett Lawrie, Emilio Bonifacio and Dustin Ackley, particularly in points leagues. He can be an asset due to his potential for a high batting average and ultra-low strikeout rate.

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