Gerardo Parra and Mark Melancon: Deep League Waiver Wire

When searching each week for those under-owned gems for deep league use, it reminds me how bad I feel for those Only-leaguers dealing with an injury. Your replacement options are throw up inducing and you’re basically flipping a coin between two hitters that get five at-bats a week. That is no fun! Though the first player discussed below is most certainly owned in all NL-Only leagues, he should be available in deeper mixed leagues and would therefore be worth a look.

Gerardo Parra, OF | 3% Owned

The injury to Willie Bloomquist opened up the opportunity for Parra to reclaim full-time left field duties in Arizona. The 24-year old has a little bit of power and some speed, but we are still looking at upside of just about 10 home runs and 15 steals if playing a full season. Though he has only made contact at about a league average rate for the D-Backs, he has shown much better ability in the minors. Interestingly, Parra has only accumulated 36 at-bats at the Triple-A level, so maybe it is not so surprising that his contact ability has waned during his short career. With a ground ball tilt and a history of above league average BABIPs, he has the potential to hit .300 all year if that strike out rate does come down.

Mark Melancon, RP | 2% Owned

Face it, Brandon Lyon sucks. I know that on the surface this has not been so obvious, with ERAs of 3.12 in 2010 and 2.86 in 2009, but his xFIP has never dropped below 4.06. He has already blown two saves and you cannot expect a pitcher with the quality of his stuff to continue benefiting from such good fortune. Enter Mark Melancon. With solid strikeout rates, good control and ground ball rates consistently above 50% in the minors, this is a potentially elite skill set. With Wilton Lopez on the DL, Melancon has become the primary set-up man for the ‘Stros. Middle relievers have real value in Only leagues, so even if he does remain just a set-up man, he should be worth a FAAB bid. The upside of course is that Lyon continues to stink and Melancon takes over the closer gig and holds it the rest of the year as one of the better stoppers in the game.

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Mike Podhorzer produces player projections using his own forecasting system and is the author of the eBook Projecting X: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance, which teaches you how to project players yourself. His projections helped him win the inaugural 2013 Tout Wars mixed draft league. He also sells beautiful photos through his online gallery, Pod's Pics. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikePodhorzer and contact him via email.

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  1. Toz says:

    Mike – I enjoy these write-ups because they truly are directed toward deeper leagues. Over at our blog, we do Friday and Monday free agent write-ups as well.

    One concern to keep an eye on with Melancon is the number of games and number of innings. To say he has been used frequently might be understating it a bit. I agree that he is likely first in line to take over the job if/when Lyon loses it, but it is something to keep an eye on in the longer term.

    Thanks for the nice work.

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  2. bp says:

    I like Fulchino in the houston pen as well.

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