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Waiver Wire – Week of September 12

It’s crunch time, and every opportunity to secure at-bats and IP counts. The Reds have nine games on the schedule this week: four against the Pirates and five against the Cardinals. Miami, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and Toronto have eight scheduled games. Conversely, Boston, Baltimore, New York Yankees, Seattle, Colorado, Washington, and Milwaukee only have five-game schedules. The hot-hitting TJ Friedl and Jake Fraley should be part and parcel of your plans. Maximize your opportunities this week. In tight races, they can and quite often make a difference.

Cavan Biggio, 1B/2B/3B, TOR (CBS: 14% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): The Jays are playing eight games this coming week. Cavan Biggio will likely play in a fair share of them. Cavan Biggio has hit two homers in his past six games and plays all over the infield.

Lewis Brinson, OF, SFG (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Lewis Brinson hit home runs this week. Two on Monday against the Dodgers in one game, followed by a third a day later. In his next four games, he went 0-for-9 with four strikeouts. In NL-only formats, please give him a look but be very wary of the words of the great Peter Noone. “Second (maybe third) verse, same as the first.”

Hunter Brown, SP, HOU (CBS: 59% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): The talent-rich Astros called up Hunter Brown this week. With 134 strikeouts in only 106 IP and an excellent 2.55, he stepped up and tossed six shutout innings of three-hit ball against the Rangers. He’s looking at a two-start week with Oakland at home and Detroit on the road. Gimme, gimme, gimme! The rich get richer while the poor still swim in the Allegheny.

Alec Burleson, OF, STL (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Alec Burleson finally joins Nolan Gorman in St. Louis. The question now is how much playing time he will receive. Regular at-bats should be in the cards for the 23-year-old slugger until the return of Dylan Carlson from the thumb sprain that currently has him on the IL. After Carlson returns, all bets are off.

Alex Call, OF, WAS (CBS/ESPN: not rostered): Alex Call might not have the pedigree of some of the recent call-ups, but what he does bring to the table is a steady diet of quality at-bats. Two homers in his past three games should ensure plenty of future quality at-bats.

Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, MIA (20% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): Here’s a name that hasn’t been mentioned in a while and for good cause. Cooper hasn’t been able to stay on the field, dealing with injury-after-injury. Well, he’s healthy and enjoying a nice little run for the Marlins, going 9-for-23 with a homer in his past six games. It’s time to spend a couple of bucks hoping that streak continues.

Nate Eaton, 3B/OF, KCR (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Yes, he’s one-dimensional, but that one dimension can quickly gain you points. He stole bases on three consecutive days last week, and there are no red lights in Kansas City.

Eduardo Escobar, 2B/3B, NYM (CBS: 52% rostered, ESPN: 56% rostered): We finally have an Eduardo Escobar sighting in New York. It has been a long, tough first year, but a 12-for-24 run with a couple of bombs is cause to remind us of the great 2019 campaign in Arizona.

Oscar Gonzalez, OF, CLE (CBS: 34% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Gonzalez had a big game this week, swatting two home runs and driving in five runs against the Twins. The power hasn’t fully developed, but the 24-year-old has already shown the Indians enough that they parted company with Franmil Reyes. Hitting in the five-hole is a bonus.

Josh Jung, 3B, TEX (CBS: 40% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): We recommended a small bid on August 21, and it took a few weeks, but we finally have a Jung sighting in Texas. He has plenty of missed time over the past two seasons, and that solo home run in his first at-bat is the right way to get started.

Ryne Nelson, SP, ARZ (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Nelson’s run-inflated PCL numbers at Reno weren’t a precursor to his strong seven-innings of shutout ball against the Padres this past Monday. It’s a tough two-start week, with the Dodgers and Padres on the schedule, but both games are at home. He did already handle the Padres with ease in his debut. Can he repeat that performance this week?

Glenn Otto, SP, TEX (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Glenn Otto is enjoying an okay season. He’s sporting a 4.80 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 108 2/3 IP. Why does he get our recommendation this week? One reason and a straightforward one. He has a two-start week in Florida with the Marlins and Rays on the schedule.

Anibal Sanchez, SP, WAS (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Anibal Sanchez is living proof that it is possible for a Washington National starting pitcher to win a game this year. Hey, he’s actually won two. Over his past five games, against the Padres twice, Mariners, A’s, and Cards, he has allowed a total of five earned runs. Memories of that great 2013 campaign in Detroit are flooding back.

Edmundo Sosa, 2B/SS/3B, PHI (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): He’s not a full-time regular, but he’s playing like he wants to be one. In the past week, Sosa has gone 7-for-12 with a pair of home runs and 5 RBI. Ride the hot streak for all it’s worth.

Louie Varland, SP, MIN (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): A solid debut (3 hits, one walk, two runs over 5 1/3 IP with 7 K’s against the Yankees) doesn’t guarantee a second kick-at-the-can, as Warland has discovered. He was sent back to Triple-A St. Paul, but Rocco Baldelli insists it isn’t the last we’ll see from him down the stretch. Spend a penny now rather than a dollar down the road.

Mark Vientos, 3B, NYM (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The Mets are pulling all the rabbits out of the proverbial hat, with Vientos being the most recent. A strong season down on the farm (24 HR in 378 AB) should be, at the very least, cause to see regular at-bats against southpaws.

David Villar, 1B/3B, SFG (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): It has been a good week for David Villar. He is splitting his time between First, Second, and Third Base this week. He has hit four homers and driven in seven runs. The Giants will find room somewhere to take advantage of his current hot streak.

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Jose LeClerc, RP, TEX (CBS/ESPN: 1% rostered): Jonathan Hernandez has been struggling, incurring losses in two-of-his-past-four outings. His hold on the ninth inning is currently tenuous at best. Jose Leclerc has pitched very well this year. Well enough for the Rangers to pick up his $6 million club option? That might be determined in the next three weeks, but for now, he’s pitching well enough to get save opportunities.

Dylan Floro, RP, MIA (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 8% rostered): Tanner Scott has been used multiple times in the 7’th inning lately. Dylan Floro saved a game against the Mets on Friday night. In a worst-case scenario, Floro has the lead role in a committee. In a best-case scenario, he owns the ninth-inning gig.

Sam Moll, RP, OAK (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered):  A.J. Puk has pitched very well this year in every situation except one, the closer role. In his last outing, he imploded to the tune of five earned runs in blowing yet another save opportunity. That would be his fifth blown save in nine chances. Moll and Domingo Acevedo are next up and should start seeing save opportunities immediately.

John Schreiber, RP, BOS (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): Schreiber has been the most consistent reliever in the Boston pen all season and is finally reaping some rather just rewards. When Tanner Houck hit the IL, Boston turned to Garett Whitlock. After a brief run as closer, Whitlock has gone two innings in each of his last two outings and been very unsuccessful, leaving Schreiber looking like the current go-to guy in the ninth inning. The three saves he has accumulated in his past six appearances confirm that fact.

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Waiver Wire – Week of September 5

Elvis Andrus, SS, CWS (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): The A’s released Andrus in mid-August, but it didn’t take long for him to find a new home and opportunity with Tim Anderson and now Leury Garcia finding their way to the IL. He has gone 11-for-29 in his past seven games with two home runs, seven RBI, and six runs scored. There is still some life left in that bat!

Kyle Bradish, SP, BAL (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Going back to July 29, Bradish has held the opposition to three-or-less earned runs in each of his past seven starts. In his past two starts, he has gone 8 and 7 innings against Houston and Cleveland, blanking them both while allowing only four hits. The slow start appears to be clearly in the rearview mirror.

Triston Casas, 1B, BOS (CBS: 27% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The season is a done deal in Boston, so it’s time to look to the future as Triston Casas gets called up. After missing nearly two months with an ankle injury, he returned in mid-July and has been on fire through the summer. The plus-power will be on display, as will the well-rounded skills that saw him post a .333 BA and .459 OBP in 90 August at-bats in August.

Yainer Diaz, C, HOU (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Dynasty League alert! It’s time to look at an off-the-radar type player that shouldn’t be. Diaz is currently 4’th in the Minors at his position with 25 home runs. He’s second in all of the Minors with 96 RBI. He’s only 23 years old. Yes, it’s the Astros, and he likely won’t inherit a ton of playing time down the stretch, but next year is a new year, and in Keeper/Dynasty Leagues, now is the time to get a leg up on the competition and find a home for Yanier Diaz.

TJ Friedl, OF, CIN (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Friedl has quietly been getting it done for the Reds. In his past six games, he has gone 9-for-21 with two homers and five RBI. Make that three homers, as he hit a solo shot in today’s game. Make that four home runs in his past seven games, as he hit a second solo shot today. He should see regular at-bats as the Reds play out the string.

Romy Gonzalez, 2B, CWS (CBS/ESPN: not rostered): Romy Gonzalez had my attention after posting a 24/24 season in 2021 between Double and Triple-A. With Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson finding their way to the 10-day IL, he now has the WhiteSox attention. He got the call mid-August and is starting to heat up, going 7-for-16 in his past four games and hitting his first home run Saturday. The combination of power and speed, now that he’s finally getting the opportunity to play warrants our attention in deeper Leagues.

Dean Kremer, SP, BAL (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 18% rostered): Two Baltimore Oriole starters in the weekly Waiver Wire? Who would have to thunk it? We’ve seen 16 starts (89 1/3 IP) from Kremer this year, and he’s currently sitting with a 3.22 ERA. In his past four starts against Oakland, Houston, Boston, and Toronto, he has allowed six earned runs in 26 IP. Why is he rostered at only 32% in CBS Leagues?

Joey Meneses, 1B/OF, WAS (CBS: 39% rostered, ESPN: 19% rostered): Meneses has slowed down since that hot start but is still playing pretty solid baseball. He has gone 9-for-27 with one homer, 6 RBI, and six runs scored in his past six games. Solid production is in store as we head into the home stretch.

Cody Morris, SP, CLE (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Morris got the call Friday and, like many others before him, struggled badly in his debut. There are two main reasons to remain interested. First and foremost, he struck out 39 batters this year in 21 1/3 IP. Secondly, Zach Plesac is done for the season after breaking his hand and punching the mound after giving up a home run. It’s time to toss a mulligan in the direction of Morris for that poor first start.

Spencer Steer, 2B, CIN (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Steer was acquired by the Reds from the Twins in the deal that sent Tyle Mahle to the Twins. In 427 at-bats between Double and Triple-A, the 24-year-old slugged 23 homers and 30 doubles and sported a very solid .364 OBP. The injury-riddled Reds should give Steer plenty of opportunities to flash that power in September.

Michael Toglia, 1B, COL (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): He’s a big man with plenty of miss in his swing and miss game (149 K’s in 429 AB), but when he doesn’t miss the ball tends to go a long, long way. The proof is the 30 homers he launched in 429 at-bats down on the farm this season.

Ken Waldichuk, SP, OAK (CBS: 19% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): The debut was just okay, but Waldichuk did manage to strike out six batters in 4 2/3 innings, which shouldn’t come as a shock considering down on the farm he struck out 137 in 95 IP. Better days are ahead for the 24-year-old southpaw.

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Waiver Wire – Week of August 29

Corbin Carroll, OF, ARZ (CBS: 43% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Since being promoted to Triple-A Reno, Carroll is tearing it up to the tune of 7 homers, 11 SB, and a stellar .408 OBP in only 129 at-bats. He appears to be ready for the next step. Are the Diamondbacks?

Cade Cavalli, SP, WAS (CBS: 24% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): Cavalli’s debut was far from stellar, but at the same time, it wasn’t a total disaster. He did manage to strike out six over 4 1/3 innings. He gets a mulligan on that first start from me and an opportunity to prove himself this week against the A’s.

Robbie Grossman, OF, ATL (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 35% rostered): The nightmare that was his season in Detroit has largely been forgotten with the trade to the Braves and a fresh start. In his past 43 at-bats, Grossman has hit two homers, driven in 9 runs, and swiped a base. He is also looking at holding a regular spot in the batting order moving into September. Sneaky off-the-radar production is at hand.

Gunnar Henderson, SS, BAL (CBS: 31% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Much like Corbin Carroll, will the O’s promote their top prospect, Gunnar Henderson? At least they are hunting for a wildcard spot. At the same time, a year is a year is a year. The odds are better than Corbin Carroll, but it’s still far from being a done deal that we see Henderson plying his trade in Baltimore this September.

Ha-seong Kim, 2B/SS/3B, SDP (CBS: 28% rostered, ESPN: 12% rostered): Playing all over the infield, mainly at shortstop, filling in for Tatis Jr., Kim has enjoyed a solid season and recently has even found his way into some at-bats at the top-of-the-order. He’s amassed seven homers, 49 RBI, scored 47 runs, and stolen nine bases with a .334 OBP this year, which is a solid campaign for a player that didn’t have a job breaking camp last spring. He will own the shortstop gig for not only the balance of this year but also moving forward into 2023, and in deeper Leagues should continue to be an asset.

Matt Manning, SP, DET (CBS: 42% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): Since coming off the IL on August 2, Manning has tossed three quality starts in five outings and allowed a total of only eight earned runs. He’s making up for lost time in a hurry. Of the three young arms in Detroit, who had Matt Manning is the only one to finish the season in the Tigers rotation likely?

Garrett Mitchell, OF, MIL (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The name of the game is speed, and there’s plenty of it. Tyrone Taylor has been struggling lately, providing an opportunity for Mitchell to potentially be more than just a role player off the bench. Even if he doesn’t find his way into full-time at-bats, the stolen bases potential (17-for-18 in 251 AB over three levels down on the farm) should have our attention.

Albert Pujols, 1B, STL (CBS: 28% rostered, ESPN: 20%): I never thought I’d make mention of future HOF’er Albert Pujols on the Waiver Wire, especially with his career winding down. All it took was six homers in his last 34 at-bats. This now leaves him seven homers short of 700 for his career. Who isn’t rooting for Albert Pujols to wrap up an amazing career by getting to 700 home runs?

Trevor Rogers, SP, MIA (CBS: 43% rostered, ESPN: 51% rostered): The 24-year-old southpaw has endured a dreadful sophomore season, but his recent six-inning gem while rehabbing at Triple-A Jacksonville is attention-getting. When you toss six innings of no-hit ball with only one walk to go along with 12 punchouts, it should get our attention and the Marlins. A return to their rotation could very well be in the cards for Rogers.

Kodai Senga, SP, FA (CBS/ESPN: not rostered): If your League allows for International players to be signed in-season, spend a couple of bucks on Kodai Senga. An out-clause in his agreement with the SoftBank Hawks could be cause for one of the elite NPB starters to look at MLB for the 2023 campaign. In six-of-his-past seven seasons, he has posted a sub-3 ERA, and, in his career, he holds an excellent 2.62 ERA with better than a strikeout-per-inning. The mid-90s fastball combined with a great forkball could propel Senga into a highly sought-after 30-year-old rookie for 2023.

Drew Waters, OF, KCR (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): There have never been questions about the tools. He has plenty. The question is will he hit enough to display those tools? The Braves didn’t believe he would. The Royals still do. A small bid will give you the first opportunity to see the early returns.

Closer Report

Brandon Hughes, CHC (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): That flicker of hope that was Wick closing is fading quickly as he has struggled of late, allowing runs in four of his past six outings. The fact that he got toasted to the tune of four runs, three earned, in 1/3 of an inning last night doesn’t help his cause. Next up for the Cubbies is 26-year-old southpaw Brandon Hughes. Proceed with caution but proceed.

Rafael Montero, HOU (CBS: 34% rostered, ESPN: 16% rostered): Ryan Pressly has found his way to the 15-day IL with neck spasms, opening the door for Montero to slide into the ninth-inning role. With eight saves already on his resume this year and great peripherals, Montero is more than qualified to get the job done until the return of Pressly.

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Waiver Wire – Week of August 22

C.J. Abrams, WAS (CBS: 39% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): The Nats have placed Luis Garcia on the 10-day IL with a left groin strain and will turn to Abrams to fill the void. He’s still a work in progress, but he will run in the rebuilding Washington offense. Let’s hope it won’t be back to Triple-A Rochester.

Brett Baty, 3B, NYM (CBS: 53% rostered, ESPN: 18% rostered): Eduardo Escobar finds his way to the IL with a left oblique strain, and the playoff-bound Mets have turned to top-prospect Brett Baty. Hitting a homer in your second big league at-bat is a great way to get out of the gate.  Escobar has had a disappointing 2022 campaign, leaving the door open for Baty to make his stay in New York more than just temporary.

Oswaldo Cabrera, 2B, NYY (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Where’s (Os)Waldo? He’s hanging out in the Bronx, attempting to spark the Yankees out of their doldrums. Is he an everyday player moving forward? Only time will tell, but the fantasy-friendly skills (8 HR/10 SB in only 180 Triple-A AB) should not be ignored.

Roansy Contreras, SP, PIT (CBS: 31% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Dear Pittsburgh Pirates: You can manage a young player’s workload and still have him on your MLB roster. Thanks, The 14 remaining members of the Pirates fan club.

Jake Fraley, OF, CIN (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): We mentioned liking Jake Fraley as an option back at the beginning of August. Over the past seven games, he has gone 9-for-29 with three homers and five RBI. Nothing has changed. He is still an under-rostered option that we like.

Stone Garrett, OF, ARZ (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Garrett was enjoying an excellent campaign at Triple-A Reno, slugging 28 home runs and chipping in with 15 stolen bases in 389 at-bats. The potential short-term outfield help for your Fantasy squad is most intriguing. Looking to the longer term, Daulton Varsho, Alek Thomas, and Corbin Carroll have the inside track in filling out the DBacks outfield, leaving Garrett and Jake McCarthy fighting for the fourth outfielder and DH roles.  

Tommy Henry, SP, ARZ (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Three of Henry’s first four starts have proven to be solid efforts, making it high time to give the DBacks 25-year-old southpaw a look. If he can keep the free passes under control, there could be something there. Toss a dart, and a small one at that, in his direction in deeper formats.

Josh Jung, 3B, TEX (CBS: 23% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The highly anticipated return of Josh Jung has done nothing to diminish his highly touted status as a potential star. He has gone 21-for-62 with eight home runs, 22 RBI, and a .414 OBP at Triple-A Round Rock. Could a promotion be right around the corner? It’s worth a small bid this week to find out.

Shea Langeliers, C, OAK (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): The highly touted prospect got the call this week and should be in a backup catcher/DH role and a solid asset down the stretch. The defense is ready to go, and the 19 homers in 353 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas is a pretty good indicator that the bat is as well.

Manny Margot, OF, TBR (CBS: 26% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): Manny Margot was activated off the 60-day IL yesterday. The solid speed with a smattering of home run clout and solid strike zone skills awaits those that invest some of that remaining FAAB this weekend.

Mike Moustakas, 1B/3B, CIN (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): It has been a challenging past couple of seasons for “Moose” as the slugger has struggled to stay healthy and on the field, but the left rotator cuff injury suffered by Joey Votto (that will sideline him for the balance of the 2022 season) will give him an opportunity for everyday at-bats.

Sheldon Neuse, 1B/2B/3B, OAK (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The A’s are cleaning house, releasing Elvis Andrus, which has created an opportunity for the 27-year-old Neuse. He did manage to slug 27 homers as recently as the 2019 season and could prove to be an asset in deep formats down the stretch.

Luis Patino, SP, TBR (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): A solid outing against the Royals this week finds Luis Patino again packing his bags for Triple-A Durham. It should be a short stay.

David Peterson, SP, NYM (CBS: 34% rostered, ESPN: 17% rostered): David Peterson has been in and out of the Mets rotation most of the year, posting a 3.44 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 83 2/3 IP. The injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker make for solid odds that he’ll be a regular part of the rotation and a valuable #4/5 type starter heading into September.

Harold Ramirez, 1B/OF, TBR (CBS: 26% rostered, ESPN: 12% rostered): The wheels are decent; he can hit the odd one out of the park and has shown a solid ability to work the strike zone. He’s also hitting in the cleanup slot today. As a right-handed platoon-type bat, he should get plenty of opportunities on a team that loves to play the numbers game.

Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, DET (CBS: 35% rostered, ESPN: 61% rostered): ERod has been out since mid-May dealing with a rib injury and personal issues. He’s looking at a return to the Tigers rotation today against the Angels. The strikeout-per-inning potential should have our attention.

Mike Soroka. SP, ATL (CBS: 41% rostered, ESPN: 11% rostered): Remember Mike Soroka? He hasn’t pitched in Atlanta since 2020, but he was very good at his craft when he did. Staying healthy has proven his Achilles heel, but he’s now on a rehab assignment and getting close to a return. The potential for a #2/3 type starter on a team that will provide him with offensive support should be cause for parting with some of that precious FAAB.

Closer Report

Luis Garcia, RP, SDP (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Do you remember when Robert Suarez was the favorite to break camp in San Diego with the closer gig? How about Taylor Rogers riding into town to save the day? Josh Hader had to be the answer, right? Wrong! The Padres are now looking at 35-year-old righthander Luis Garcia and converted starter Nick Martinez to hold down the fort until Hader returns to form. Let’s hope that it occurs sooner than later for our sake and the Padres.

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Waiver Wire – Week of August 15

Kerry Carpenter, OF, DET (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Carpenter was called up on Wednesday after coming out of nowhere to post 30 homers this year between Double and Triple-A. He’s off to a slow start in Detroit, but the Tigers should give the 24-year-old a long leash as they look to audition players for the 2023 campaign.  

Paul DeJong, SS, STL (CBS: 28% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): He’s now up to four homers in 14 games since being recalled at the end of July. There’s short-term value in that power production.

Vaughn Grissom, SS, ATL (CBS: 54% rostered, ESPN: 21% rostered): The return of Ozzie Albies is still at least 2-to-3 weeks down the road so the Braves have decided to give the 21-year-old Grissom an audition. So far, it’s been an outstanding audition, as he has gone 7-for-18 with two home runs and a stolen base. Grissom slugged 14 homers and stole 27 bases at High and Double-A this year. The Braves found gold with Michael Harris. Could they repeat that success with Vaughn Grissom?

DL Hall, SP BAL (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Hall can be a top-of-the-rotation starter, but as we saw in his debut Saturday against the Rays, he walked three in 3 1/3 IP. Know your parameters!!

Joey Meneses, 1B, WAS (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): In a journey that started way back in the DSL in 2011, 30-year-old Joey Meneses has finally made it to the show. Not only has he arrived, but he’s also mashing with five homers in his first 31 at-bats. This qualifies as one of the feel-good stories of the year.

Franmil Reyes, OF, CHC (CBS: 45% rostered, ESPN: 51% rostered): What’s the worst that can happen by taking a chance on the former Guardian slugger? It doesn’t work out, and you move on to the next available masher.

Austin Voth, SP, BAL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): I remember when we avoided all Baltimore starters, which wasn’t very long ago. I especially remember the trials and tribulations of Austin Voth when he came up with the Nationals. Voth has now tossed three consecutive solid outings, winning the last two. A small bid will get you a firsthand opportunity to see if he can bring his win-streak to three.

LaMonte Wade, OF, SFG (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Wade has gone 5-for-13 with three homers in his past six games. If he keeps this up, my “steak and liquor” wager with Rich Wilson could be seriously jeopardized.

Mitch White, SP, TOR (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The Jays are tiring of Yusei Kikuchi’s ongoing struggles. Is White the answer? Only time will tell, but the Jays look prepared to allow him to be a regular in their rotation. In deeper and AL-only Leagues, he should be on the radar.

Closer Report

Matt Bush, RP, MIL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Taylor Rogers has struggled to stay healthy, and what once was thought of as an after-thought in the Brewers bullpen, Matt Bush has been very quietly getting the job done. With two saves in the past week, Bush is gaining the Brewers’ trust, and with Rogers currently out of the picture, they could be looking at more save opportunities in the immediate future.

Carl Edwards, Jr., RP, WAS (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Edwards Jr. has bounced from team to team over the past several years, generally in a setup capacity but in the relatively thin Nat’s bullpen and with two saves in the past week, is staking his claim as the closer-of-choice down the stretch.

Brusdar Graterol, RP, LAD (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Graterol was enjoying a great 2022 campaign which included three saves, all accumulated in the two weeks leading up to his stint on the IL for shoulder inflammation. He is currently on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City and should be ready to return to the Dodgers pen by the end of this coming week. Craig Kimbrel insurance is one premium we should be prepared to pay.

James Karinchak, RP, CLE (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): A “blast from the past” has returned to the Guardians bullpen with a vengeance.  Karinchak got the call at the beginning of July and allowed three runs in his first two outings before settling in and tossing a string of 12 consecutive shutout appearances. In his past 13 2/3 innings, he has struck out 25, only allowing five walks. That gaudy strikeout rate and holds potential make Karinchak a solid acquisition in all formats.

Blake Treinen, RP, LAD (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 22% rostered): A nagging shoulder issue has kept Treinen on the shelf since mid-April, but he’s on the mend and currently rehabbing along with Brusdar Graterol at Triple-A. Any semblance to the reliever that has amassed 79 career saves, including 38 with the A’s back in 2018, will go a long way in solidifying the Dodgers bullpen.

Garrett Whitlock, SP/RP, BOS (CBS: 46% rostered, ESPN: 47% rostered): Poor Tanner Houck. He finally nails down the closer gig and is sent to the IL with lower back inflammation. Until his return, it appears that Garrett Whitlock is the front-runner to work the ninth inning, but don’t rule out John Schreiber from working his way into the mix for saves in Beantown.