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Deep Pickups 6/19: Hitters

by Nick Nelson
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Jake Marisnick - OF, MIA

One of the dynamic talents acquired from Toronto in the 2012 blockbuster headlined by Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, Marisnick has long been considered one of the better outfield prospects in baseball. Now, with Christian Yelich on the disabled list, he'll get a chance to prove that last year's rocky debut was only a speed bump.

In his first taste of the big leagues, Marisnick hit just .183/.231/.248 in 40 games as a 22-year-old, displaying poor plate discipline (27/6 K/BB) and almost no power (4 XBH in 118 PA). Controlling the strike zone has certainly been an issue for him at times while coming up through the minors, but he has always demonstrated solid pop.

His main asset, however, is speed, and that's the reason fantasy owners in deeper leagues should consider giving him a spin. In 444 minor-league games, Marisnick has gone 112-for-142 on steal attempts, and this season he had already swiped 17 bags in 67 games at Triple-A before being called up.

Of course, the outfielder's ability to steal bases will only come into play if he gets on base, and right now that's the big question. Outside of the SB proclivity, he wasn't having a great campaign in Triple-A, but his 710 OPS was mostly attributable to a slow start -- he's been red-hot since mid-May, with a .326 average and 854 OPS in his last 25 games before the call-up. So far with the Marlins, as he's 5-for-14 (.357) with two steals already in three games.

Hopefully he can keep riding that hot bat while playing regularly over there next couple weeks, which could open up the door for him to stick around and remain in the lineup once Yelich returns. At the very least, he figures to be a good short-term stolen base fix.

Brad Snyder - 1B, TEX

As a 32-year-old non-prospect with almost no MLB experience, Snyder is hardly the prototypical first base starter for a club with championship aspirations. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Rangers -- with little to fall back on at first in the wake of Mitch Moreland's major ankle injury -- are playing the hot hand.

To be sure, Snyder was toasty as could be in Triple-A. The slugger was batting .284/.350/.573 with 18 homers and 51 RBI in 61 games for Round Rock, and had been hitting .364 with a 1122 OPS in his past 23 games.

Texas is gambling that Snyder's smoking lumber can translate to the big leagues, where he's been unable to find sustained traction in his 12-year pro career, despite being a first-round pick (18th overall) back in 2003.

Dominating Triple-A is nothing new for the lefty-swinging first baseman. He has played 803 career games at the highest level of the minors and has hit .288/.351/.507 there with 122 homers. He has also been a surprisingly effective stolen base threat for a first baseman, with 146 career steals in the minors, including 80 at Triple-A.

Initially, Snyder has performed well in this latest (and perhaps last) big-league opportunity. He has shown good plate discipline, with six strikeouts against four walks, and he hit his first MLB home run on Sunday as part of a 2-for-3 effort.

He's hitting in a good lineup, he was crushing in the minors, and he's going to get a fairly long leash, so Snyder is worthy of a look in deep leagues even if he's awfully old for a rookie.

Nick Nelson
Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter @NickNelsonMN.