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Aledmys Diaz (SS, TOR) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 19% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz certainly has not recaptured the form he showed as a rookie in 2016 (obviously if he had, his ownership rate would not be microscopic), but he has bounced back in terms of power. The Blue Jays’ shortstop has 14 homers this year in just 300 plate appearances, with four of them coming in his last 11 games.

While he only hit seven home runs for the Cardinals last season, Diaz did have 17 bombs for St. Louis in 2016. While Diaz's .264 batting average is not good, he does have a horrible .260 BABIP for the season. Considering that he has a career-best 32.9% hard hit ball rate and 18.1% line drive rate, look for more luck from Diaz for the remainder of the season.

Diaz will play every day for as long as Lourdes Gurriel is on the disabled list and is worth consideration in AL-only formats. He is worth a look as a starter as a middle infielder until Gurriel returns.

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