Leave a comment

Waiver Wire – Week of June 27

Chris Archer, SP, MIN (CBS: 14% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): Chris Archer is currently sporting an excellent 3.14 ERA in his first year in the “Twin Cities.” The problem hasn’t been the quality. It has been the quantity. He has gone five innings in three-of-his-past five starts, winning two of those outings. Let’s hope for more of the same moving forward.

Diego Castillo, 2B/SS, PIT (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): He hasn’t quite worked his way into full-time at-bats, but he’s drawing close. When you hit four homers in your past six games, that time must be drawing very near.

Corbin Carroll, OF, ARZ (CBS:26% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Carroll is enjoying a huge year at Double-A Amarillo. 16 homers, 39 RBI, 20-of-23 in stolen bases, and a 1.073 OPS in 227 at-bats leave the 21-year-old with very little left to prove down on the farm. Is the time growing close when we see Carroll joining Alek Thomas in the DBack outfield?

Michael Chavis, 1B/2B, PIT (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Very quietly, Michael Chavis is enjoying a solid season. He sits in the Top-10 at Second Base with eight homers (two in the past week) and is tied for 16’th in RBI (25) with Jose Altuve. In deeper leagues, he’s proving to be a solid addition to your middle-infield slot.

Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, MIA (CBS: 38% rostered, ESPN: 19% rostered): The oft-injured Cooper enjoyed a fine week, going 7-for-24 with a homer and six RBI. On the season, he has posted an excellent .311 BA combined with a .378 OBP. In deeper Leagues, that level of production should have our attention.

Darick Hall, 1B, PHI (CBS: not rostered, ESPN: not rostered): It looks like the Phillies are bringing up Mickey Moniak to help fill the vacancy created by the thumb injury suffered by Bryce Harper on Saturday. Should the Phillies decide that they need a boost in the power numbers, Hall has the potential to deliver. In 269 at-bats at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Hall has hit 19 homers, driven in 65 runs, and is sporting a respectable .268 BA. Don’t be surprised if we see him getting the call sooner rather than later.

Edward Olivares, OF, KCR (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The Royals activated Olivares on Friday, and he returned from his right quad strain in fine form mashing two homers. Let’s hope this is a sign that he plans to pick up right where he left off before the early May injury.

Mickey Moniak, OF, PHI (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Mickey Moniak looked to have a job breaking camp, broke his hand in the last spring Training game, and struggled upon his return. After going 15-for-48 with three home runs at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hehas gotten the call to help fill the void created by the Bryce Harper injury. I am expecting better results this go-round.

Dylan Moore, 2B/SS/OF, SEA (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The diagnosis is in, and Ty France is looking at a Grade Two flexor strain and likely lengthy IL stint. Dylan Moore and his ten thefts in only 91 at-bats are expected to see a boost in playing time.

Isaac Paredes, 2B/3B, TBR (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 8% rostered): Paredes is on a tear, blasting five homers in his past three games, including a three-homer outing against the Yankees on Tuesday. That brings him to ten homers this year in only 95 at-bats. I wonder if the Tigers are regretting the trade for Austin Meadows and a competitive pick at the beginning of April?

Josh H. Smith, SS, TEX (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The Rangers have determined that Ezequiel Duran requires more seasoning down on the farm and has turned to Smith to try and fill the void at Third Base. He brings a little pop, a little speed, solid strike zone skills, and most importantly, an opportunity to play everyday.

Tyrone Taylor, OF, MIL (CBS:11% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): If there was any doubt about his playing time opportunities, the injury to Hunter Renfroe removes that doubt. He has hit three homers and driven in seven runs this week also helps.

Keegan Thompson, SP, CHC (CBS: 50% rostered, ESPN: 36% rostered): I had my doubts, but thus far, Thompson has proven me wrong. He’s currently sporting an excellent 3.10 ERA with seven wins and heading into a two-start week against Seattle and Minnesota. It’s time to find a home for Keegan Thompson.

Tyler Wells, SP, BAL (CBS: 26% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): In his past six starts, Wells has allowed eight earned runs and has won his last three outings. He’s sporting a 3.34 ERA on the season. He’s rostered in only 26% of the Leagues at CBS. There is an opportunity, including a two-start week against Cincinnati and Boston. It’s time to take advantage of this opportunity.

Closer Report

Felix Bautista, RP, BAL (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Jorge Lopez has been lights out and is in no danger of losing the closer’s gig in Baltimore. The question is, do the O’s shop him at the trade deadline? I believe there’s a good chance that occurs, and a handcuff with Bautista, who has two saves, nine holds, and a stellar 1.52 ERA, provides a solid insurance policy should Lopez be traded.

Tanner Rainey, RP, WAS (CBS: 33% rostered, ESPN: 12% rostered): I know it hasn’t been a stellar campaign for Rainey, but he has the job in Washington with nary a challenger in sight. It’s worth a look to see if you’re playing in one of the 67% of the Leagues at CBS, where he is currently sitting in the FA pool.

Lou Trivino, RP, OAK (CBS: 17% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): After yesterday’s two-inning save, combined with AJ Puk’s struggles, Trivino has moved back into a role of prominence in the A’s bullpen. Is this a ringing endorsement? Definitely not, but until the return of Dany Jimenez, he’s likely to get more opportunities to close out games in Oakland.

Leave a comment

Closer Report Update

An update has been made to the fantasy closer report. It can be found here.

Leave a comment

Waiver Wire – Week of June 20

Orlando Arcia, 2B/OF, ATL (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): In a rather freak incident, Ozzie Albies broke his left foot and was immediately placed on the 60-day IL. Orlando Arcia has been given the first opportunity to fill the rather massive hole in the Braves lineup and thus far has delivered, going 7-for-16 with a pair of homers in his first four games. Those numbers are far from sustainable, but he did hit as many as 15 homers as a member of the Brewers and will be given every opportunity to hold down the fort until Albies returns.

Jonah Bride, 3B, OAK (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Kevin Smith simply didn’t get it done so he was dispatched to Triple-A, with the A’s giving Jonah Bride the first shot at filling the vacancy. He doesn’t hit for a ton of power, might steal but a base or two, but what he does do rather successfully, and something Smith didn’t, is get on-base. He managed to compile a 20/19 K/BB rate at two levels down on the farm. In deeper OBP formats, he’s worthy of a small bid this week.

Cade Cavalli, SP, WAS (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Cavalli really struggled to start the 2022 campaign but appears to have righted the ship. In each of four of his past five starts, he has allowed only one earned run. Don’t expect the Nationals to leave him in the Minors all year.

Ezequiel Duran, 2B, TEX (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): We mentioned Duran a couple of weeks ago as a player that had the potential to parlay success into a full-time role. Since his callup, he has hit a pair of homers, swiped a couple of bases, and posted a .840 OPS. The strikeout rate is concerning, but as a 23-year-old with no experience over Double-A, he’s holding his own and deserving a bit more attention.

Luis Gonzalez, OF, SFG (CBS: 15% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Gonzalez has now moved to the top-of-the-order for the Giants and has stolen seven bases in only 147 at-bats. He’s also getting on-base at a solid .367 clip. The Giants have plenty of moving parts, but Gonzalez is quickly distancing himself from the outfield competition in San Francisco.  

Ivan Herrera, C, STL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Yadier Molina is dealing with right knee inflammation and is likely out for 3-to-4 weeks, prompting the Cardinals to give the “catcher-of-the-future” Ivan Herrera the call. The 22-year-old backstop hasn’t reached the lofty prospect status of some of his peers, but that doesn’t mean we should be discounting his skill set. He’s coming off a 17-home run campaign at Double-a Springfield and this year in 110 at-bats has posted a .388 OBP at Triple-A Memphis. As a #2 catcher in two-catcher sets, he’s worthy of a small bid. In Dynasty Leagues, a whole lot more.

Nomar Mazara, OF, SDP (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The injuries continue to mount, and with Wil Myers dealing with a knee injury and on the IL for likely 4-to-6 weeks, Mazara has moved into a full-time role in the outfield. So far so good, but he better hit as Esteury Ruiz is looking over his shoulder.

James McCann, C, NYM (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): McCann is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left wrist. He should be ready to roll sometime in the next couple of weeks and in two-catcher sets should prove to be a decent upgrade on that second catcher.

Luis Patino, SP, TBR (CBS: 21% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): The 22-year-old Patino is currently working his way back from a left oblique strain that has kept him sidelined since early April. He’s looking at a return towards the end of the month and whether his role is defined as a starter or bulk-type reliever, those high strikeout rates will be valuable.

Liover Peguero, SS, PIT (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The Pirates finally made a move and called up a shortstop! It’s probably not the shortstop we were expecting to get the call but nonetheless a player that shouldn’t be ignored. In 226 at-bats at Double-A, Peguero stole 14 bases. Last year he was 28-of-33 on the basepaths. He’s still very much a work in progress, but if you feel the need for speed, could be just what the Doctor ordered.

Esteury Ruiz, 2B, SDP (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Has there been any one single player in the Minors that has been as dominating as Esteury Ruiz this season? In 180 at-bats at Double-A San Antonio, he mashed 9 homers, swiped 37 bases, and posted a 1.085 OPS. The Padres moved him to Triple-A El Paso and he has responded by slugging four homers, stealing 9 bases, and posting a 1.360 OPS in 40 at-bats. Those are video game-type numbers. He’s currently not on the Padres’ 40-man roster but that could change rather quickly.

Closer Report

Kendall Graveman, RP, CWS (CBS: 41% rostered, ESPN: 16% rostered): Liam Hendriks is spending at least the next 3-to-4 weeks on the IL, dealing with a right forearm strain and Kendall Graveman will be asked to fill the closer role in the interim. He has big shoes to fill, but it’s not his first exposure as a closer, having saved 10 games in 2021 as a Mariner. The injuries are seemingly never-ending this season on the South Side.

Jose Leclerc, RP, TEX (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Leclerc has now completed his rehab and rejoins the Rangers pen. Joe Barlow has done a solid job in the ninth and is in no immediate danger of losing his job, but at one time Leclerc did own the “closer of the future” tag and is worth a small bid and stash if you have the room in Keeper and Dynasty formats.

Eli Morgan, RP, CLE (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): No, Emmanuel Clase is not in any danger of losing his job. It’s simply a case of Morgan performing incredibly well in a setup role and posting great numbers. He’s currently sporting a 39/5 K/BB ratio, 1.71 ERA, and minuscule .54 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings. As the starting pitching gets tougher and tougher to find, relievers like Morgan with high K rates and great peripherals become more and more alluring.

Leave a comment

Updated Closer Report

An update has been made to the fantasy closer report. It can be found here.

Leave a comment

Updated Closer Report

An update has been made to the fantasy closer report. It can be found here.

Leave a comment

Updated Closer Report

An update has been made to the fantasy closer report. It can be found here.

Leave a comment

Waiver Wire – Week of June 13th

Brayan Bello, SP, BOS (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The Red Sox are very quickly running out of starters and that situation is magnified with Nathan Eovaldi now dealing with a hip issue. Could they turn to their top prospect, Brayan Bello? The combined results this year between Double and Triple-A have been outstanding, especially the 84 strikeouts in only 62 IP.

Jon Berti, 2B/3B/OF, MIA (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): The roster flexibility should have our attention, but it’s not void of some solid skills. Berti is currently tied for eighth with 11 stolen bases and is sporting a .382 OBP in 93 at-bats. He’s the perfect reserve bat for those craving the need for speed.

Alex Faedo, SP, DET (CBS: 25% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): The underlying stats scream regression, but Faedo is still showing up every fifth day and pitching well. Until that changes, get him rostered and rolling.

Oscar Gonzalez, OF, CLE (CBS: 19% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): We mentioned his hot start last week and he simply continues to rake. This week he’s gone 12-for-24 with four RBI bringing his BA up to an off-the-charts .417 entering Sunday’s play. We’re still waiting for that first home run, but it will come.

Cole Irvin, SP, OAK (CBS: 48% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): In ten starts he has gone at least five innings in all of them. He’s keeping the ball in the park and not giving up an inordinate number of walks.  The low strikeout rates are a concern, but in these troubling times looks to be a decent option as a back-end type starter.  

Alex Kirilloff, 1B/OF, MIN (CBS: 33% rostered, ESPN: 20% rostered): The Twins demoted Kirilloff on May 14 and since then he has been tearing it up down on the farm to the tune of 8 homers, 25 RBI, and 1.060 OPS in 117 at-bats at Triple-A St. Paul. It’s about time he made the trek across town and found his way back to the Twins’ active roster.

Casey Lawrence, SP, TOR (CBS: not rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Yusei Kikuchi has had an up and down season, with more downs than ups of late. Could the Jays turn to the 34-year-old Lawrence? You betcha and for good cause. He’s currently leading the International League with eight wins and a 1.77 ERA. With Grayson Rodriguez on the IL, the next closest in the ERA race is Jason Alexander who is currently at 2.64. Why not toss a dart in deeper formats?

Francisco Mejia, C, TBR (CBS: 17% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Mike Zunino has found his way to the IL with left shoulder inflammation, an opportunity for Mejia to get an increased workload and build on the solid 2021 campaign.

Gabriel Moreno, C, TOR (CBS: 49% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): Danny Jansen has found his way to the IL with a fractured right pinkie giving top-prospect Moreno the opportunity to make his MLB debut. The power has yet to appear, but down on the farm he was hitting to a .380 OBP. Expect 2-to-3 starts weekly backing up the hot-hitting Alejandro Kirk until the return of Jansen. In ReDraft Leagues pay for what he is, not who he eventually becomes.

Andre Pallante, SP, STL (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): After starting the season in a long-relief role, the Cards are stretching out Pallante and thus far the results have been outstanding as evident by that outstanding 1.04 ERA. He’s young and still very much a work in progress but if he can keep the walks down makes for an intriguing option in deeper Leagues.

Ryan Pepiot, SP, LAD (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The injury to Walker Buehler means the Dodgers will be looking for innings and very quickly at that. Pepiot held his own in an earlier promotion and is likely to be getting a second opportunity. He has posted a 1.77 ERA and struck out 55 in 40 2/3 IP in eight starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City, numbers that will surely have the Dodgers’ attention.

Victor Reyes, OF, DET (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The Tigers are hoping that the return of Reyes after a pair of quad issues that limited him to only 24 at-bats this year, will spark some life in the worst offense in the game. They immediately inserted him into the leadoff spot, and he responded with a 3-for-4 day. It’s a small step, albeit a very good one.

Lane Thomas, OF, WAS (CBS: 17% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): Thomas went 7-for-20 with seven runs scored this week and has now found a home at the top-of-the-order hitting in front of Juan Soto and Josh Bell. We mentioned last week that “better days were ahead.” It appears that they have now arrived.

Tyler Wells, SP, BAL (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 10.0% rostered): The Orioles “ace” is quietly enjoying a solid season. In 12 starts Wells has allowed more than two earned runs only three times. In deeper formats that has value.

Closer Report

Seranthony Dominguez, RP, PHI (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The string of scoreless outings continues to grow and is now up to thirteen. Toss in the fact that Corey Knebel experienced shoulder soreness while warming up Saturday and didn’t pitch, and it’s time to get Dominguez rostered.

Daniel Hudson, RP, LAD (CBS: 28% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): Craig Kimbrel is working on his mechanics and with two saves, two losses, and seven earned runs allowed in his past six outings, there appears to be more work required. Hudson is now up to five saves on the season, three of which have occurred in his past five outings. Some Hudson insurance could pay off in a big way.

Michael King, RP, NYY (CBS: 37% rostered, ESPN: 29% rostered): The slew of recent pitching injuries are making it tougher and tougher to find starters, so why not look to a reliever with great strikeout rates? King fits the bill, with those 44 strikeouts in 33 IP. Until the return of Aroldis Chapman, he’s also moved into the setup role and is amassing holds on a consistent basis.

Leave a comment

Updated Closer Report

An update has been made to the fantasy closer report. It can be found here.

Leave a comment

Waiver Wire – Week of June 6

Ezequiel Duran, TEX (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Brad Miller has hit the 10-day IL with a sore hip and in a surprising move, the Rangers called up the 23-year-old Duran straight from Double-A. Any success and the youngster could parlay this injury replacement into a full-time gig. The power/speed potential is most intriguing, especially at the “hot corner.”

Jarren Duran, OF, BOS (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Duran got the call to replace Jackie Bradley Jr. who is on paternity leave. He has gone 3-for-9 in his two starts this weekend hitting at the top-of-the-order and hasn’t looked out of place. It’s worth a small bid to find out if Boston will leave him manning right field when Bradley returns.

Kyle Farmer, SS, CIN (CBS: 37% rostered, ESPN: 26% rostered): The veteran Farmer is quietly enjoying a very good season. He’s currently sitting with 30 RBI, good for third overall at shortstop. He’s definitely deserving of a lot more love than the current 37% he’s receiving at CBS.

Luis Garcia, 2B, WAS (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Alcides Escobar has enjoyed a long career but it’s time for Washington to look to the future. Escobar isn’t it. Garcia was tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A Rochester with 8 homers, 32 RBI, and a great .368 OBP. The future has arrived. We’re betting it’s here to stay!  

Oscar Gonzalez, OF, CLE (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Gonzalez mashed 31 homers in 478 at-bats last year at two levels down on the farm. Since his promotion on May 26, we haven’t seen the power, but he has gone 12-for-33 and appears to be the Guardians’ choice for the everyday role in right field. Don’t worry. The power will come.

Caleb Kilian, SP, CHC (CBS: 15% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): As we mentioned last week, his time was coming, and lo and behold it arrived. Kilian made his debut Saturday allowing three hits, two walks, and three earned runs over five innings against a very good St. Louis offense. He has pitched well down on the farm and after this solid debut could be looking at calling the Cubs rotation home for the long haul.

Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, KCR (CBS: 30% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Carlos Santana has hit two homers, driven in ten runs, and is sporting a .161 BA in 124 at-bats. Vinnie Pasquantino, at Triple-A Omaha, has hit 15 homers, driven in 53 runs, and is sporting a .284 BA in 183 at-bats. It’s time for the Royals to move forward and promote one of the most exciting young bats in the game.

Konnor Pilkington, SP, CLE (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Now stretched out, Pilkington is coming off a solid five innings against the Royals and his first MLB win. For those streaming pitchers, he has a two-start week coming up against Texas and Oakland. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Travis Swaggerty, OF, PIT (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): In a surprising move, the Pirates have promoted top-prospect Travis Swaggerty. After missing most of last year with a dislocated shoulder and subsequent surgery, the Pirates have moved rather quickly, but he’s earned it with a great start at Triple-A. The power/speed potential combined with the solid on-base skills makes Swaggerty an intriguing option in deeper Leagues.

Michael A. Taylor, OF, KCR (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The Royals activated Taylor this week after a two-week absence due to a positive Covid-19 test and he should slide back into a full-time role in the Royals outfield. It’s been a struggle for the veteran outfield in 2022 but he did produce 12 home runs and 14 thefts in 2021. As an injury replacement in deeper Leagues, he’s worthy of our attention.

Lane Thomas, OF, WAS (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Yes, that three-homer game caught our attention, as it should have caught yours, but maybe it’s more than a one-and-done. Thomas has gone 6-for-20 in his past six games with four walks and appears to have turned a corner. Better days are ahead.

Closer Report

Jason Adam, RP, TBR (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Every pitcher in the Rays bullpen gets save opportunities. It’s a rule. It also helps when you’re sporting a 0.83 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 29/7 in 21 2/3 IP.

Seranthony Dominguez, RP, PHI (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The last time Dominguez allowed an earned run was on May 3, with his string of scoreless appearances now up to eleven. Corey Knebel has been getting roughed up of late, allowing earned runs in two-of-his-past-three outings. Could there be save opportunities in Dominguez’s future?

Luis Garcia, RP, SDP (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Taylor Rogers put together a string of three consecutive losses in which he allowed eight runs scored. His job isn’t currently in jeopardy, but a few more outings like we’ve recently witnessed, and it will be. Garcia is clearly the setup guy in the Padres pen and is now up to ten holds with a great 2.53 ERA. If you’re looking for some Rogers insurance, he’s your man!

Ryan Helsley, RP, STL (CBS: 52% rostered, ESPN: 28% rostered): Is it still a committee in the Cards bullpen? It appears that Ryan Helsley is getting the bulk of the save opportunities and for good cause. When you’re posting a 30/5 K/BB ratio, three saves, and a 0.42 ERA you should be getting plenty of opportunities.

Tanner Houck, RP, BOS (CBS: 29% rostered, ESPN: 25% rostered): It appears that the Sox could be willing to give Houck a shot at closing out games, and why not? The Boston bullpen is the worst in the game. Hopefully, Houck can bring some stability to a bullpen that needs plenty of it.

Ian Kennedy, RP, ARZ (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Mark Melancon is struggling and lost his sixth game of the season last night against the Pirates. He’s currently sporting an 11/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 6.87 ERA. It’s time for Ian Kennedy to be moved, if even only temporarily, into the ninth-inning role in Arizona.

Colin Poche, RP, TBR (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Some pitchers actually get multiple opportunities to close out games in Tampa Bay. Colin Poche is one of those relievers, recording three saves in his past five appearances. How long will this continue? Based on the Rays bullpen usage, not long, but take what you can get when the getting’s good.

A.J. Puk, RP, OAK (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Just when I had my HOF ballot completed for Dany Jimenez, a few chinks have shown up in what was an invincible armor. Namely, his last three outings in which he allowed a combined eight earned runs. Can he right the ship? If not, former top prospect A.J. Puk is having a great season and is waiting in the wings.

Leave a comment

Updated Closer Report

An update has been made to the fantasy closer report. It can be found here.