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Photo Credit: Keith Allison The fantasy stock report is a weekly article that will provide insight on particular hitters or pitchers whose stock is either rising or falling, based on recent performances. This week I’ll take a look at two hitters: Adam Lind and Vernon Wells. Bullish: Adam LindAdam Lind is batting .323, 5 HR, 3 R, and 14 RBI for the Toronto Blue Jays in 156 plate appearances this season. Besides the average, all of those numbers seem to be modest. If you look at Lind in the last 30 days, it’s a different story. He is currently 4th in wRC+ in the last 30 days among qualified batters. The top 5 reads as follows: Chris Davis, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Lind, and Domonic Brown. That’s a list of players who I want on my fantasy team. I know, Adam Lind hasn’t been fantasy relevant in two years! I initially thought it was going to be a lot longer, but if you go back to 2011, Adam hit 26 home runs and batted .251. From 2009-2011, Mr. Lind hit a total of 84 home runs. That’s some good power to find on the waiver wire, as he’s owned in only 14.5% of ESPN leagues. I looked into what Lind was doing differently this year. He’s striking out a career low 16% of the time and walking a career-high 13.5% of the time. So Adam is being more selective at the plate and it’s paying off. The five home runs have all came in the last 30 days and his ISO is a healthy .203. His BABIP is .362, so maybe a little less luck and he’s batting around .280. Lind bats 5th after power hitters Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Once Reyes is back in that lineup, I could see that lineup being a nightmare for opposing pitchers. Lind could have many plate appearances with RISP, as teams could elect to pitch around those two aggressive power hitters in front of him. Either way, the Blue Jays have found ways to get power out of aging hitters before and Lind is just 29 years old. Maybe he is just the next one to develop that power and success.Bearish: Vernon WellsVernon Wells is turning back into a pumpkin. Sure he’s almost matched his 2012 totals across the board, but why should we trust him going forward? Vernon is batting .250, 10 HR, 25 R, and 24 RBI. Excellent production from a player that nobody drafted, but now is the time to move on from him. Vernon’s BABIP of .250 is identical to batting average. I looked into his last 30 days production and he had 102 plate appearances. He is batting just .214, but still produced 4 home runs and 11 runs and 11 RBI. Wells is also 16th worst among qualified batters in wRC+ in the last 30 days. By comparison, Lind has a wRC+ of  195, while Vernon’s is 58.  His HR% isn’t anything unsustainable, but I suspect he will lose playing time with such a low average and the Yankees getting healthier. When Vernon does put the ball in play, he’s hitting infield fly balls at a 23.9% clip. Infield fly balls are almost always an out and are never considered a productive at-bat. Vernon hasn’t hit better than .230 since 2010. If you can convince a Yankee fan that his early-season production is a rejuvenation effort in the Bronx, then you deserve the fantasy championship this year. If you own him, don’t wait much longer to dump him. The clock already struck 12 and the 2013 version of Vernon Wells has already turned back into a pumpkin.Trevor SteelFollow Trevor on Twitter @trevorcsteelJoin our next chatPlayer page links courtesy of Razzball
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