Astute fantasy owners know all too well how important it is to get the top prospects once they make the jump from Triple-A to the majors. The last two years have seen two of the best players in baseball start the year in the minors and then dominate the majors once they earned their promotions.
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LaPorta has a chance to make an impact right away, but he might not even be the best free agent pickup for Week 5. Below is a list of free agent pickups you should be considering as we enter the second full month of this marathon season:
LaPorta's promotion gives hope to the big three who remain in the minors. Atlanta's Hanson had another stellar outing this week, earning his first win at Triple-A Gwinnett while striking out nine in six scoreless innings. Hanson is ready to be a force in Atlanta if the Braves would just give him the chance as he's now struck out 38 with only nine walks in 26.2 innings, while posting a stellar 1.69 ERA
Wieters is hitting only .259 at Triple-A Norfolk, but he also has 11 walks and an on-base percentage of .371. The Orioles will keep him down at Triple-A until at least June 1, when he no longer is a super-two player after 2011. And Price remains at Triple-A Durham, where he's 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20.2 IP.
Stay active this week on the waiver wire because this mixed bag of prospects and veterans has something for every fantasy team.