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Francisco Arcia (C, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups


BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 8% of leagues

ANALYSIS: The Angels trading Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros before the deadline came as a bit of a surprise. Not only was it an inter-division trade, but Maldonado was coming off of a Gold Glove season and seemed to be a solid member of the Angels. Nonetheless, with Maldonado moved, Los Angeles called up Francisco Arcia. The rookie has looked strong during his short time in the majors and should have an opportunity to shine going forward.

In just four games, Arcia has hit .500 with two home runs, 10 RBI and three runs scored. His batting average is incredibly impressive while two home runs in four games is nothing to scoff at. Arcia ranked tied for 10th among catchers with 10 RBI during the month of July.

Arcia was just a .244 hitter in minors with 25 home runs, 220 RBI and 17 stolen bases over 12 seasons. There is a chance that his hot start becomes a fluke and he ends up falling back to the norm. However, we have seen plenty of no-name players turn into fantasy stars; Max Muncy being the latest case this season.

Even if he does end up regressing, Arcia is worth picking up while he is swinging a hot bat. With the Angels out of contention, there is a chance the team gives him a chance to prove why he deserves a roster spot. Arcia is not necessarily a safe add, but he is on an impressive streak, making him viable in 12-man leagues.


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