The ball is flying out of the ballpark early in the season at a record pace. The Colorado Rockies have barely been at home and it's not even the summer, but there's a chance the MLB record for most home runs in a season that was set only two years ago could be broken.
I have always preached that we can't panic early in the season, but if you're already trailing by a lot in the home run category, it may be time to start proposing trades. The waiver wire is another avenue to find cheap power, and there are a few options for this week.
Arizona Diamondbacks First Baseman Christian Walker -- Walker is capitalizing on regular playing time due to infielder Jake Lamb's injury, as he is hitting .300 with six home runs, 11 RBIs and has chipped in with two stolen bases. The 28-year-old has never been able to stick at the major league level, but he's always displayed power in the minor leagues. The Diamondbacks are going to keep playing Walker, which is great news for fantasy owners. This is someone who should give owners who need power an immediate boost.
Kansas City Royals Infielder Hunter Dozier -- Another option for fantasy owners who need power is Dozier. The 27-year-old has five home runs through his first 17 games while also hitting .279. It's not often we have two players sitting on the waiver wire at under 40 percent owned who will not only help in the power category, but will also provide a decent batting average. If choosing between the two, I may give the edge to Dozier as he is eligible at first base and third base.
Philadelphia Phillies Infielder Scott Kingery -- This is more of a quick fix, as Kingery is only playing due to a hamstring injury to starting shortstop Jean Segura. However, hamstring injuries could linger and the recent play of Kingery could find him in the lineup more often even if it is at different positions. Kingery is on fire, as he is hitting better than .400 with two home runs. Kingery is also eligible at third base, shortstop and outfield, which is fantasy gold. Again, this may just be a short-term option, so don't go crazy with your free-agent budget.
Texas Rangers Starting Pitcher Mike Minor -- Starting pitchers who not only pitch deep into games but also racks up strikeouts are hard to find. If there's a chance to acquire a pitcher like that, we need to pounce which is why Minor should be a hot commodity. The left-hander has pitched at least seven innings in three straight starts, including a complete game shutout April 16. During his last three starts, Minor has allowed just two earned runs while striking out 19. Fantasy owners who need a boost for their pitching staff or just lost Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell should look to add Minor.