Five hitters to scoop up, if available 

July, 8, 2011
Fantasy owners are generally a reactive bunch, and if a player they didn't invest a high draft pick in or trade for struggles over an extended period of time, they'll move on. In many cases, that's a mistake. It's a looooong season and like all human beings, baseball players will have good days and bad, good stretches and bad. Occasionally I look at ESPN's most dropped list and marvel at the potential stars being parted with. Each week I can find a few players I'd certainly make room for.

This blog entry is about the hitters who are not owned in 100 percent of leagues, but I predict they will be by season's end. Let's say 85 percent is the current ownership benchmark. This doesn't make them superstars necessarily -- though in some cases the potential for stardom is realistic -- but certainly helpful statistically for our purposes.

[+] EnlargeLogan Morrison
Tim Heitman/US PresswireLogan Morrison is a much better hitter than his .262 batting average indicates.
Logan Morrison, OF, Florida Marlins (84.9 percent): Yes, I fully admit that back in March I was skeptical that the sweet-swinging Morrison would produce enough power to help mixed-league owners. The lure of a .300 batting average wasn't enough. Now Morrison has 12 home runs -- after hitting two as a rookie in nearly the same number of at-bats -- and the batting average lure remains. He is on pace for 22 home runs, which would certainly satiate most of us. I understand why he was dropped in many leagues, as Morrison first served a disabled-list stint for sprained foot ligaments and then hit .200 over 100 June at-bats. It seemed the team's mess of a manager/hitting coach situation and constant losing was taking a toll on him. He's not hitting any better in July, but I'm buying a big second half. As in, I think he hits .320 or so with pop. He's certainly talented enough to do so.