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Under the Radar - AL/NL Only Leagues
Nate Springfield | Wednesday September 19th, 2012
Brantly would be an upgrade from most team's current catchers. (US Presswire)
Brantly would be an upgrade from most team's current catchers. (US Presswire)
Each week, Baseball Press provides some "under the radar" fantasy players for AL-only leagues, NL-only leagues, and mixed leagues. We'll review the diamonds in the rough on the waiver wire that might help you boost your fantasy team in 2012.

This week's AL/NL-only waiver wire pickups features players who can provide some early season help to owners in need of stopgaps and youngsters with upside.  Whether your fantasy team needs home runs, steals, or strikeouts, or even if you're just chasing wins, this mix of players has you covered.

* Owned percentages via Yahoo!

AL-Only Players
Jason Bourgeois - OF, Kansas City Royals (1% owned)
Jason Bourgeois has seen an increase in playing time over the Royals' past two series, due to an injury to starting center fielder Lorenzo Cain.  The former second round pick has bounced between the big league club and Triple-A Omaha this year, where he hit only .243 with seven stolen bases over 222 at-bats.  The stolen base potential is what makes Bourgeois worth picking up, having swiped a total of 31 bases last year in 252 major league plate appearances.  Even if he is not consistently starting for the rest of the season, one game played by Bourgeois could net two or three stolen bases, which can make a huge difference in a rotisserie  league this late in the season.

Martin Perez - RP/SP, Texas Rangers (1% owne
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Martin Perez was recalled at the beginning of September from Triple-A Round Rock to add depth to the Rangers bullpen, but now he will replace Scott Feldman in the starting rotation for the remainder of the season.  Even though his minor league numbers were not outstanding - a 4.25 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 69 K in 127 IP - he has looked very good at the major league level this season, posting a 2.60 ERA with nine strikeouts over 17-plus innings as a starter.  At only 21-years-old, Perez has been ranked as a Top-25 prospect overall twice by Baseball America, indicating he has high ceiling potential, which we may see in his last two or three starts of the 2012 season.

NL-Only Players

Rob Brantly - C, Miami Marlins (1% owned)
A former third round draft pick from the University of California Riverside, Rob Brantly made his major league debut on August 14, and soon took over as the Marlins everyday catcher.  Brantly came to Miami from Detroit, along with Jacob Turner and another minor league player, in the trade that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers.  Brantly has not shown much pop at the plate over his three minor league seasons, but has improved his batting average every year, posting a .298/.340/.412 triple-slash line between Double and Triple-A this season.  He should start the majority of the remaining games for the Fish, and expect his batting average to settle around .300 by the end of the season. 

Kevin Correia - SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (4% owned)

Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia had a stellar start to his 2012 campaign, maintaining a 3.47 ERA over his first six starts, but in his next start, the wheels fell off.  From mid-May until the end of July, Correia's ERA has hovered around the 4.50 mark.  Also during that time,  the team has bounced him between the bullpen and the rotation, hoping something will click for him in order to turn his season around.  Over his last three starts, he has turned that corner, allowing only four earned runs over 19 innings pitched, striking out nine and walking only five.  His final three starts of the season are scheduled to fall against the Astros, Mets, and the Braves.  All of these starts should be favorable match-ups considering the weak offenses the Astros and Mets offer, and the Braves will more than likely be resting most starters in preparation for the post season during their series.
Nate SpringfieldNate Springfield joined the Baseball Press crew for the 2010 season and hosts the site's podcast. His love for the game has grown thanks to fantasy baseball, with a specialty in NL-only auction leagues. You can contact him at nate@baseballpress.com or follow him on Twitter @NateSpringfield.