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Under the Radar - NL-Only (Week 24)
Nate Springfield | Saturday September 11th, 2010
The steals will come for Boni. (AP)
The steals will come for Boni. (AP)
Emilio Bonifacio
Boni is getting on base so the steals will come.  (AP)

Each week Baseball Press will be providing some Under the Radar fantasy players for NL-Only Leagues, AL-Only Leagues and Mixed Leagues. These articles will be dedicated to finding those diamonds in the rough on the waiver wire that will either be a short term or long term replacement to an injury or struggling player on your fantasy team.

These articles will be dedicated to finding those diamonds in the rough on the waiver wire that will either be a short term or long term replacement to an injury or struggling player on your fantasy team.





Nick Hundley - C, San Diego Padres (Yahoo! 3%, CBS 8%)
Even though Yorvit Torrealba has some impressive numbers, it appears the Padres are going to use Hundley as their every day guy down this important stretch now they are in the thick of it for the NL West/Wildcard Playoff Birth.  Hundley has more power upside than Torrealba and even though the average is clearly lower, this late in the game you have to take the risk on collecting counting numbers and almost ignoring the lower average that Hundley brings.  Remember we are looking for at-bats and he has them.

Emilio Bonifacio - 3B/SS/OF, Florida Marlins (Yahoo! 2%, CBS 4%)
Besides almost taking Logan Morrison 's face off in the on-deck circle, Boni is making noise in other ways while in the batters box.  Since he has started to see regular playing time in late July he has raised his average from a meek .227 to a robust .302.  Probably known best as a speedster - which he is - he is also learning how to drive the ball at the plate as well.  So far in September his slugging percentage is hovering around .625.  Even though he made a big name for himself at the beginning of the 2009 season and then kind of just drifted out of the fantasy baseball world, at a young 25 years old, he could be an impact player in the years to come because you know once he figures out how to consistently reach base the steals are going to add up pretty quick.

Melvin Mora - 1B/2B/3B, Colorado Rockies (Yahoo! 2%, CBS 5%)
I hate to sound like a broken record, but opportunity and at-bats is what it is all about this time of year.  Mora has pretty much filled the role of the struggling and now injured on the DL Ian Stewart.  He does not have a ton of upside, but can show some power and hits for a decent average.  Besides the at-bats, the best thing Mora has going for him is the hot line-up that he is hitting in.  The Rockies are making their now routine late season surge and hitting is contagious.  If Mora catches the bug he could be a huge contributor down the stretch with the flexibility he has position wise, especially in a daily league.


Ryan Spilborghs - OF, Colorado Rockies (Yahoo! 1%, CBS 3%)
Spilborghs is another Rockie that just likes to hit late in the season.  He has been a "sleeper" or better on draft day the past few years because the last thing we remember about him is hitting the ball well late in the season.  So far in 2010 he seems to be holding true to form.  He hasn't shown much power yet and is still getting shuffled in and out in the outfield but he has hit safely in his 6 of his 8 September games and has reached base safely in 7 of those.  If you are rostering a guy now that you are "waiting" to make a late season surge you'd be better of having that guy be Spilborghs, go get him before it is too late.

James McDonald - SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Yahoo! 2%, CBS 16%)

Do you like high strike out pitchers that have two start weeks?  Well look no further than this guy.  In his 8 starts this year he has collected 45 strike outs.  Quick math will tell you that is just over five and a half K's per start.  This week he will be getting the Mets and Diamondbacks.  These two teams that can put a hurting on a pitcher's ERA and WHIP, but they can also pad his strike out totals.  With counting stats meaning more than anything else right now you have to go with a guy that could potentially grab you 15 strike outs and just maybe pull out a win. 
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.