In deeper fantasy baseball leagues, finding useful batters on the waiver wire can be a very difficult task. With most popular free agent choices already owned, owners in deeper or AL/NL-only leagues often have to dig at even less popular batters for fantasy production. Here's a look at five batters owned in less than 10% of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues* who are worth adding for Week 23.
Statistics*: 42/160 H/AB, 22 R, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 1 SB, .263 AVG
A good-hitting catcher can sometimes make the difference in leagues and Iannetta could be that player for owners in deeper leagues. Hitting .309 with five home runs and 14 RBIs since the All-Star break, his better batting in the second half of the season has made him a viable option in deeper leagues.
Statistics: 118/383 H/AB, 40 R, 4 HR, 41 RBI, 6 SB, .308 AVG
Prior to a couple hitless outings against the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, Pacheco had a 14-game hit streak going for him. A rookie with a recent track record of scoring runs, he has benefited from the Rockies deciding to not call up top prospect Nolan Arenado, giving him regular at-bats at third base. This makes Pacheco a possible contributor in deeper leagues for the rest of the season.
Statistics: 35/143 H/AB, 16 R, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB, .245 AVG
Since returning from the minors, Parmelee has played very well for the Twins. With a .371 batting average, three homers, and nine RBIs in nine games, he looks to have finally transitioned some of his great Triple-A numbers to the majors. While it's very unlikely he'll keep this production up, particularly on a struggling team like the Twins, his production could be useful as an AL-only fantasy option.
2B/3B/SS/OF Donovan Solano, Miami Marlins (3% owned)
Statistics: 58/199 H/AB, 18 R, 0 HR, 18 RBI, 7 SB, .291 AVG
Starting all over the field for the Marlins, Solano is a speedy hitter with little pop in his bat. Despite the lack of home run power, his recent asset has come from the high number of hits he's collected, getting a hit in 18 of his last 20 games. Especially when he gets starts as the No. 2 hitter in the lineup, Solano is a versatile NL-only option who is particularly useful for his speed and consistent contact with the ball.
2B Brock Holt, Pittsburgh Pirates (0% owned)
Statistics: 8/20 H/AB, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .400 AVG
With Neil Walker hurting with a back injury and shortstop Clint Barmes sometimes needing a day off, Holt has come up from Triple-A Indianapolis as a September call-up. In his first major league action, Holt has already been impressive in a small sample size, including a four-hit game against the Houston Astros. A pickup that could see some regular playing time depending on the health and play of other infielders, he could be a top minor leaguer who produces for NL-only fantasy owners with his numbers in the majors.
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues and player statistics accurate as of September 7, 2012. H/AB: Hits/At Bats, R: Runs Scored, HR: Home Runs, RBI: Runs Batted In, SB: Stolen Bases, AVG: Batting Average.
Chris Iannetta 2012 Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports
Jordan Pacheco News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Chris Parmelee Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Donovan Solano Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Brock Holt Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Who's Hot, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball
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Austin Chang is a lifelong baseball fan, San Francisco Giants supporter, and fantasy baseball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 70% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.
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