Hey RotoBaller! It’s mid-April and week 4 of the MLB season is already here. The offenses are heating up along with the weather and we’re looking at that Top Hitter Streamers and Starts for Fantasy Baseball Week 4 – April 17th to April 23rd. For those new to this series, our Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups column each week will identify hitters with good matchups and be considered as waiver wire streamers ahead of Sunday night’s waiver wire runs for weekly league transactions.
Fantasy teams are built by draft, but some may argue that leagues are won by in-season management. Last week I recommended Garrett Mitchell, Logan O’Hoppe, Alec Burleson and Adam Frazier. Some of the recommended hitters from last week’s article delivered solid fantasy production in week 4. Today we’re going to review potential hitters to stream in week 4. Let’s see which hitters made the list this week.
We look at some hitters playing in most games and have cheap matchups to help you get off to a quick start early in the year. As always, be sure to check out the rest of our fantasy baseball streamer content after reading this article!
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Which Teams Offer the Most Streaming Value?
12 teams will play seven games between Monday 17th April and Sunday 23rd April. These teams are:
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- Red Sox
Between those 12 lineups, there’s plenty to like for fantasy purposes, and the Pirates will have three games at hitter-friendly Coors Field. The Angels have seven games of plus matchups against the Red Sox, Yankees and Royals. Yankees southpaw Nestor Cortes presents the Angels’ toughest week 4 matchup. The Dodgers, Pirates and Rockies have solid schedules and there should be plenty of opportunities to stream between these 12 teams.
We have some games in the most hitter friendly stadiums, Coors Field, Great American Ballpark, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Petco Park. Fantasy managers should try to launch and stream hitters from the Cardinals, Brewers, Padres, Red Sox, and Angels. Here are those matchups:
- PIT@COL, April 17-April 19
- ATL @SD, 17-19 April
- TB@CIN, 17.-19. April
- LAA@BOS, April 17
- MIN @BOS, April 18th – April 20th
- LAA @NYY April 18-20
- TOR@NYY, April 21-April 23
That means the Rays get three games at Great American Ballpark, the Angels get one, and the Twins get three games at the fenway, where the ball seems to have been flying out of the yard recently. The Pirates will open Week 4 with three games at Coors Field, while the Braves visit Petco Field, where teams have hit the third most homers (27) this season while Yankee Stadium has allowed the most long balls (29).
The Twins, Rangers and Rays have six games of favorable matchups this week. Streamers between three teams that are less than 50% in the roster can be used this week, such as: Logan O’Hoppe, Zach Neto, Josh Jung, Michael Taylor, Harold Ramirez and Taylor Walls.
- MIN@BOS, April 18-April 20
- WHAT@MIN 21-23 April
- TB@CIN, 17.-19. April
- CWS@TB, 21.-23. April
- TEX@KC, 17-19 April
- OAK@TEX, 21.-23. April
Week 4 Fantasy Baseball Hitter Streamers
Edouard Julien, Minnesota twins (10% in roster)
Called up to the big leagues, Julien made his MLB debut on April 12. Since his promotion, he has led for the Twins against right-handers. The 23-year-old hits .200 (2-for-10) with a home run, two carries and a three-game walk.
Minnesota has six plus matchup games against the Red Sox and Nationals. Julien batted .303/.443/.491 in Double-A in 2022 with 17 home runs and 19 steals. Before his promotion, he hit .290 (9 of 31) with two homers, four RBI and a stolen base with Triple-A St. Paul. Julien has benefits and a cheap schedule, making it a solid week 4 streaming option.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 13, 2023
Logan O’Hoppe, Los Angeles Angels (54% roster)
I recommended O’Hoppe last week and in week 4 he’s doing well again at the wells. O’Hoppe is starting to heat up at the plate and has conceded a hit in four of the last five games. Overall, he’s cut .231/.279/.564 with four home runs, 11 RBI and five carries in 11 games in 2023. The 23-year-old has started 11 of the Angels’ 13 games and his strong start should buy him game time, even if Max Stassi (hip) returns from the injured list.
This week, the Angels have a favorable seven-game schedule against the Red Sox, Yankees and Royals. Fantasy managers looking for production in the catcher position should try adding O’Hoppe in all league formats.
Zach Neto, Los Angeles Angels (8% roster)
Neto was signed by the Angels on Saturday, replacing David Fletcher, the team’s starting shortstop. He has gone .444/.559/.815 with three homers and three stolen bases in seven games at Double-A Rocket City.
The Angels have seven games of plus matchups against the Red Sox, Yankees and Royals. Neto finished 8th in his MLB debut on Saturday, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. The Angels selected Neto with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft. Neto has a lot of potential and with the favorable schedule, fantasy managers can stream the 22-year-old in all league formats.
The Angels called up infielder Zach Neto, making the No. 82 MLB nominee the first recruit of 2022 to reach The Show.
The No. 13 overall finished .444/.559/.815 with the Double-A in 7 games @trashpandas.
Full scouting report: https://t.co/KKFOYhq7En pic.twitter.com/ZA3M2VYM2N
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 15, 2023
Harold Ramirez, Tampa Bay Rays (12% roster)
Ramirez is starting to heat up at the plate, hitting .500 (7 of 14) in his last four games with one home run and five RBI. The Rays have three games at the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark and three at home against the White Sox. Ramirez has seen an increase in playing time with Jose Siri (hamstring) on the injury list.
Tampa Bay has two touch matchups against Reds ace Nick Lodolo and White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease. The 28-year-old continues to deliver a hot punch to the heart of the Order for one of the best offenses in the leagues. Ramirez is available in most leagues and should deliver a solid fantasy production as a streamer in week 4.
Spencer Steer, Cincinnati Reds (13% roster)
Steer is starting to heat up on the record, amassing a hit in four of his last six games, including posting multi-hit efforts in three. The 25-year-old is posting .298/.400/.511 with two homers, six RBI, eight runs and a stolen base in 14 games in 2023. He has reduced strikeouts and increased his walk percentage. Steers K% is down from 24.1% in 2022 to 14% in 2023, while its BB% is up from 10.2% to 14%.
Cincinnati has seven games, including three at home, with Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Drew Rasmussen being the only tough matchup the Reds have in the coming week. Steer scores mid-run for a strong offense from the Reds, who have 22 runs in their last three games. Fantasy managers looking for a streamer on third base or in the corner can use Steer as a Week 4 option.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates (55% roster)
Hayes was recently dropped in many leagues after a slow start in 2023. The 26-year-old is averaging 1.82/.237/.309 with one home run, four RBI and six runs scored in 14 games in 2023. It’s finally showing signs of life on the plate. The 26-year-old has scored once and stolen two bases in three of his last four contests. He continues to make solid contact, as evidenced by his 44.4% percentage of badly hit players in 2023.
Pittsburgh has a favorable Week 4 schedule with three games at hitter-friendly Coors Field and four at home against the Reds. Cincinnati ace Nick Lodolo presents the Pirates’ toughest matchup this week. Hayes is starting to heat up along with the weather and is available in a reasonable number of leagues. He’s getting over his rough patch and should soon start releasing a solid fantasy production. If Hayes is available, now is an excellent time to pick him up and start the former top prospect in Week 4.
All my homies love Ke’Bryan Hayes leadoff things pic.twitter.com/jZ1UHPjKJE
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 15, 2023
Trevor Larnach, Minnesota twins (15% in roster)
Larnach is posting .255/.344/.364 with one home run, nine RBI and six runs in 15 games in 2023. He’s been in a slump lately, hitting .077 (1 in 13), but he’s a good bet to hit back. This week, the 26-year-old has a favorable schedule against the Red Sox and the Nationals.
Larnach should be in the lineup daily as the twins need to avoid any left-handers in the coming week. He scores at the top of the order and should have a shot at releasing a solid fantasy production. He’s hitting .313 with a homer and seven RBI on the street and could have a big run against the Red Sox at hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Available in a reasonable number of leagues, Larnach is something that fantasy managers should consider streaming in week 4.
A healthy Trevor Larnach is a problem.
— Ted (@tlschwerz) April 10, 2023
Other hitter streamers to consider
- Taylor Walls, 2B/3B/SS- Tampa Bay Rays (2% Estimated)
- Elehuris Montero, 1B/3B- Colorado Rockies (12% list)
- Ji Hwan Bae, OV – Pittsburgh Pirates (21% list)
- Geraldo Perdomo, 3B/SS- Arizona Diamondbacks (27% List)
- Josh Rojas, 2B/3B- Arizona Diamondbacks (53% list)
- Williams Flores 1B/2B/3B– San Francisco Giants (18% of players)
That’s it for week 4 hitter streamers; come back next for week 5!
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