Dr. Roto: Replacing An Injured Mike Trout

Daily Dr. Roto — May 30, 2017

Deep Sea Diving

With Mike Trout out for the next 6 to 8 weeks with thumb surgery, Fantasy owners are going to be scouring the waiver wire for any semblance of help that they can find to replace Trout’s numbers. The only problem is that no one player can do what Trout does! Replacing him might take 2 or 3 guys, which won’t be easy to find.

Trout owners might wish to consider the same strategy that I recommended to Starling Marte owners: Trade Trout now to a team that is atop the standings of your league. Teams in the middle of the pack won’t take a chance on Trout. Teams at the bottom of the pack have either stopped paying attention, or they are playing for next year. Only a team at the top of the standings will give you anything for Trout. Your job is to convince them to part with 2 or 3 guys who are helping them now for Trout who will assist them from July 15 onward.

If you can’t trade Trout, let’s take a look at some possibilities off your league’s waiver wire. Some of these names are going to be ugly, but in deeper leagues, there are very few choices available this time of year.

Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar — I am pretty sure that Pillar is taken in your league, but if he is surprisingly available, grab him right now as a Trout fill-in. Pillar is a nice mix of power and speed (minus the RBIs since he bats leadoff) that can help defray the huge hit from losing Trout.

Padres OF Hunter Renfroe — Renfroe won’t give you any speed or much batting average, but he could give you some of the power you lose with Trout being out. Renfroe has 10 HR now and has the upside potential of hitting 25+ this season. Fantasy owners hate rostering Padres, so there is a chance he could be available in your league.

Twins OF Max Kepler — Kepler has been a slight disappointment thus far, but his skill set dictates that he should give Fantasy owners “Trout-light” statistics. If Kepler can get on a hot streak, 15/15 would not be shocked over the rest of this season.

Brewers OF Hernan Perez — Ryan Braun’s injury should open the door for Perez to take advantage and come in and provide some terrific speed and batting average for Fantasy owners. He won’t hit for Trout’s power in the least, but he might keep you afloat in stolen bases and runs scored.

Cardinals OF Tommy Pham — Don’t laugh, but Pham is playing so well that the Cardinals felt comfortable enough to send Randall Grichuk to the minor leagues to work on correcting his swing. Pham doesn’t do much of anything well, but he doesn’t kill you either. In fact, in deeper leagues (15 teams or more), he might be the only player on this list available in your league. As long as he is in the starting lineup, Pham will be effective.

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