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Waiver Wire – Week 3

Alejandro Kirk, C, TOR (CBS: 24% rostered): Danny Jansen is currently mired in a 2-for-28 funk with no homers and RBI’s. The Jays will only tolerate his inability to hit for so long before Alejandro Kirk starts taking away at-bats. That time is fast approaching. It might have even arrived.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, TOR (CBS: 18% rostered): Tellez got off to a dreadful start, going 0-for-21. All that has changed and should be forgotten after the 8-for-19 run this past week. It’s time to make a move and get him active heading into Week Four.

Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK (CBS: 48% rostered): Jed Lowrie and the Oakland A’s have a special bond and a good one. The proof is in the pudding. Two homers, 12 RBI, and a .360 BA are all you need to know to get Lowrie in your active lineup next week.

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, PIT (CBS: 26% rostered): We know it is the Pirates and a rather offensive offense, but Frazier is hitting out of the leadoff slot and thus far is doing exactly what a leadoff bat should do. The 5/7 strikeout-to-walk rate guarantees he’ll score runs.

Jurickson Profar, 2B/OF, SDP (CBS: 27% rostered): Three games at 1B. Three games at 2B. Eleven games in the outfield. He’s doing exactly what was anticipated but for one small thing. He has currently walked 11 times in his first 49 at-bats and is sporting a .403 OBP. He has also swiped three bases. The combination of the roster flex, on-base skills, and speed makes Profar a great investment in all formats.

Josh Harrison, 2B/3B, WAS (CBS: 6% rostered): Harrison got off to a late start, getting caught up in the early-season Covid woes in Washington, but since being activated from the IL on April 12 has been on fire. He has gone 10-for-18 with a homer and five RBI and looks to be penciled in as the primary option at second base for the Nats. He’s doing exactly what is expected of former Pirate players. He’s excelling.

Leury Garcia, SS, CWS (CBS: 3% rostered): Now that Tim Anderson has returned from his stint on the 10-day IL, Garcia can return to his role of super-sub. Andrew Vaughn is struggling, both at the dish and in the field. Will Garcia be the short-term beneficiary of those struggles?

Adolis Garcia, OF, TEX (CBS: 2% rostered): in 2019 at Triple-A Memphis, Garcia slugged 32 homers in 491 at-bats. He also struck out 159 times. It’s a case of feast or famine, but with Ronald Guzman on the 10-day IL with a meniscus cartilage tear, Garcia could get a lengthy opportunity to flash that massive power potential for the Rangers.

Jarren Duran, OF, BOS (CBS: 9% rostered): Franchy Cordero and Hunter Renfroe simply aren’t getting it done. It’s only a matter of time before we see Jarren Duran getting the call. An early buy-in and bench stash are highly advised.

Scott Schebler, OF, LAA (CBS: not rostered): Okay, we were wrong on the Friday Podcast. It wasn’t the recently released Jon Jay taking over for the injured Dexter Fowler, it was Scott Schebler. Either way, it’s the type of roster move anticipated but far from preferred. In AL-only Leagues give Schebler a look. In any other format, wait for the eventual Joe Adell or Brandon Marsh promotion.

Maikel Franco, 3B, BAL (CBS: 29% rostered): In the RBI race at the “hot corner”, Franco is currently tied with Rafael Devers for second place with 14 RBI. Sustainable, probably not, but a potential 20-85 season is warranting a bit more love than what we are currently witnessing.

Ryan Weathers, SP/RP, SDP (CBS: 12% rostered): Weathers is off to a great start with the Padres. In 9 2/3 innings, he has allowed a scant three hits, four, walks only one earned run, and has chipped in with ten strikeouts. The injuries to Adrian Morejon and Dinelson Lamet have created an opportunity that Weathers has capitalized on and whether in a starting or middle-relief role, should hold solid value moving forward.

JT Brubaker, SP, PIT (CBS: 12% rostered): Up until recently, my fondest memory of “Brubaker” was the 1980 gem starring Robert Redford. That has now changed. Three starts into the 2021 campaign, JT Brubaker has two wins under his belt and is sporting a 1.76 ERA. He’s also struck out 18 in 15 1/3 IP. The sinker/slider combo has been working in full force to start the 2021 campaign.

Spencer Howard, SP, PHI (CBS: 20% rostered): Matt Moore is currently sporting a 9.82 ERA after three starts and is coming off a five-walk performance Saturday against the Cards in which he couldn’t get through three innings. The Phillies must be looking at “Plan B”. Spencer Howard had back issues in the Spring and is currently working out of the pen, but that could change oh so quickly. In deeper Leagues, it wouldn’t hurt to find room for Howard on your reserve roster.

Taylor Widener, SP, ARZ (CBS: 28% rostered): In two of his three starts he has blanked the Padres and Nationals. That counts. For those that exercised patience, the memory of that disastrous 2019 season is fading quickly.

Jake Junis, SP, KCR (CBS: 22% rostered): The key to success for Junis will be keeping the ball in the park, something he hasn’t been successful doing in the past. So far, so good. Toss in the fact that he has the Rays, Tigers, and Pirates next up on the schedule and you have to like his chances for at least short-term success.

Danny Duffy, SP, KCR (CBS: 42% rostered): We’ve seen streaks where Duffy is definitely warranting a rotation slot and this is currently one of them. In his two starts, he has gone six-innings in both allowing only a total of one earned run. Get him going while the going is good!

Lou Trivino, RP, OAK (CBS: 43% rostered): Remember when Jake Diekman, Sergio Romo, and J.B. Wendelken were all part and parcel of the closer committee in Oakland? The committee has now evolved into a single closer and surprise surprise, Lou Trivino has emerged with the ninth-inning gig. Trivino has now reeled off a string of six consecutive scoreless outings, including back-to-back saves this week against the DBacks and Tigers. It’s time to find room for him on your Fantasy squad.

Yimi Garcia, RP, MIA (CBS: 50% rostered): Since taking over for Anthony Bass, Garcia has in five appearances totally shut down the opposition. He also has two wins and three saves on his resume in those five appearances. That is called “job security” and Yimi Garcia has a ton of it right now. 

Rafael Dolis, RP, TOR (CBS: 17% rostered): Remember when Rafael Dolis was an afterthought for saves in a loaded Jays bullpen? Injuries to Julian Merryweather and Jordan Romano in the past week have once again thrust the 33-year-old sinkerball specialist into the ninth-inning role in Toronto. We’ve seen success as recently as last year when Dolis reeled off a string of five saves, seven holds, and a stellar 1.50 ERA. Expect more of the same in 2021.

Taylor Rogers, RP, MIN (CBS: 36% rostered): Alex Colome is off to a poor start, sporting a 5.68 ERA. Taylor Rogers is yet to allow an earned run in five appearances. Unless Colome ups his game and quickly at that, expect Rogers to start garnering save opportunities in Minnesota.  

J.B. Bukauskas, RP, ARZ (CBS: 5% rostered): The DBacks have called up Bukauskas from the alternative site. The combination of Stefan Crichton, Kevin Ginkel, Yoan Lopez, and the currently injured Joakim Soria has been less than awe-inspiring in the early going. Bukauskas could quickly work his way into a role of prominence in the Arizona bullpen and spending a couple of bucks now could save you a few more than that down the road.

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Waiver Wire – Week 2

Wilson Ramos, C, DET (CBS: 30% rostered): 2020 was far from a banner year for the veteran backstop, but thus far in 2021 Ramos is returning to form and wielding a hot stick with three homers. Mid-teens power with a solid BA is there for the taking.

Renato Nunez, 1B, DET (CBS: 3% rostered): Miguel Cabrera has hit the 10-day IL with a left biceps strain and the Tigers have called up former Oriole slugger Renato Nunez to fill his spot on the roster. There is no doubt that Nunez can hit for power. Coming off a 30-homer campaign in 2019, he slugged 12 homers in 195 at-bats last year. The Orioles loss could very well prove to be the Tigers’ gain.

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, MIL (CBS: 9% rostered): Shaw is off to a great start in his return to Milwaukee going 7-for-24 with a home run and seven RBI. The trade of Orlando Arcia should secure regular playing time for the veteran corner infielder.

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS (CBS: 4% rostered): Josh Bell is currently on the 10-day IL, creating an opportunity for the veteran Zimmerman, and he has responded in fine form going 8-for-17 at the dish. Until the return of Bell, expect Zimmerman to garner a steady diet of at-bats in the National lineup.

Zach McKinstry, 2B, LAD (CBS: 7% rostered): Mookie Betts is dealing with lower back stiffness, so the Dodgers have turned to McKinstry to fill the void and successfully at that. The role served in fine form by Enrique Hernandez is McKinstry’s to own, and if the early results are any indication, he will do just fine in a super-sub type capacity.

Brendan Rodgers, 2B, COL (CBS: 27% rostered): Rodgers is getting close to a return from the hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since mid-March. The early-season success of Ryan McMahon limits his opportunities to third base, but he should get that opportunity with Josh Fuentes off to a middling start.

Luis Urias, 2B/SS/3B MIL (CBS: 11% rostered): The trade of Orlando Arcia has created an opportunity for Urias at shortstop for the Brewers and full-time at-bats combined with the multi-position eligibility could prove to be an asset assuming he turns around an anemic start.

Ha-seong Kim, SS, SDP (CBS: 38% rostered): The ability to work him into the North American game slowly ended with the Fernando Tatis Jr. injury. Saturday night, Kim flashed some of his power recording his first MLB homer. Until the return of Tatis Jr. Kim should be looking at everyday at-bats and the opportunity to show off that power/speed combo that made him a star in Korea.

Tyler Naquin, OF, CIN (CBS: 50% rostered): Tyler Naquin is off to a simply amazing start, leading or near-the-top of most of the hitting categories with 5 homers, 14 RBI, and a 1.364 OPS. Just remember that it’s going to get really crowded with Nick Senzel, Jesse Winker, Nick Castellanos, Shogo Akiyama, and Naquin all fighting for at-bats in the Reds outfield. A bid is worthy, just make it a cautious bid as what one sees as value today can change very quickly.

Lane Thomas, OF, STL (CBS: 1% rostered): Tyler O’Neill was pulled from Saturday’s game with right groin tightness and promptly place on the 10-day IL this morning. The Cards are turning to Lane Thomas to fill the void. The power/speed potential from Thomas could prove to be a solid short-term asset. If not, there’s always Austin Dean as a fallback option.

Jo Adell, OF, LAA (CBS: 30% rostered): It has now been confirmed that Dexter Fowler suffered a torn ACL and will be lost to the Angels for the balance of 2021. Joe Maddon has been quoted that for now, the Angels will roll out Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas to fill the void, but that can’t be any more than a stopgap measure. Adding either Adell or Brandon Marsh (11% rostered) this week could save you a few bucks when the eventual call-up occurs…..and it will.

Johnny Cueto, SP, SFG (CBS: 29% rostered): That funky delivery has Cueto off to a great start. After two games he is sporting a 2.51 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3. IP. The combination of the hot start and three starts over the next two weeks makes for a most intriguing streaming and possibly more type option.

Joe Ross, SP, WAS (CBS: 18% rostered): The potential has never been in dispute, only his ability to stay on the field. Ross got out-of-the-gate strong, tossing five shutout innings against the powerful Dodger offense. Maybe, just maybe, we will see both health and that potential come to the fore in 2021.

Aaron Sanchez, SP, SFG (CBS: 9% rostered): Five innings of six-hit one-run ball with four strikeouts in his debut against the Padres is a fairly good indicator that the off-season shoulder surgery was a success. Sanchez is looking at facing off against Reds and Marlins in a two-start week making for a solid early streaming opportunity.

Deivi Garcia, SP NYY (CBS: 28% rostered): Domingo German has struggled in both of his 2021 starts and with the Yankees not needing a fifth starter in the immediate future has been dispatched to the alternate site. The question is will the Yankees call up German or give Deivi Garcia the next opportunity? After his great Spring, Deivi Garcia should be in the mix as a replacement. A cheap early speculative bid could reap some solid future rewards.

Huascar Ynoa, SP, ATL (CBS: 8% rostered): The 22-year-old righty went five strong shutout innings on the road against the Nationals in a surprise double-header start. The successful spot-start from the soon-to-be 23-year-old could very easily lead to a larger role in the Braves pitching plans moving forward.

Brent Honeywell, SP, TAM (CBS: 11% rostered): The string of injuries incurred by Brent Honeywell is too long to list and cost Honeywell the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons. A return to the mound and his MLB debut is within sight as he takes to the hill as the opener today against the Yankees. Based on his injury-riddled past the Rays will take their time working him back into a starting role, but it is the eventual goal.

Emmanuel Clase, RP, CLE (CBS: 29% rostered): As we mentioned last week, “the Indians are clearly counting on Clase this season and the early string of 100 mph fastballs are a good sign he’s up to the task.” Toss in a win and save in his first three appearances, all clean innings, and Clase’s spot in the bullpen-by-committee in Cleveland is now firmly entrenched.

Corey Knebel, RP, LAD (CBS: 24% rostered): The Dodgers are taking a cautious approach with incumbent closer Kenley Jansen and will be limiting his workload in 2021. This creates opportunities and the early results indicate that Corey Knebel has returned to his pre-TJS form with the fastball ticking upwards into the high-90’s. In his first four appearances, he has yet to allow a hit and has six strikeouts in 3 1/3 IP to go along with a pair of saves. Double-digit saves should be in the cards in 2021.

Yimi Garcia, RP, MIA (CBS: 20% rostered): The Anthony Bass experiment as the go-to guy in the ninth for the Marlins appears to be drawing to a rapid conclusion. In 2 1/3 IP Bass has allowed seven hits and six earned runs. Garcia converted his first save opportunity Saturday in an uneventful three up/three down ninth against the Mets and has to be considered the favorite for saves moving forward.

Kendall Graveman, RP, SEA (CBS: 3% rostered): Rafael Montero has now blown two saves in his first four appearances. Kendall Graveman in four-innings has yet to allow a run. The leash is getting shorter in Seattle. A dollar bid this week could save you significant FAAB down the road should Montero continue to struggle.

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Waiver Wire – Week 1

Omar Narvaez, C, MIL (CBS: 37% rostered): 2020 was a total disaster, but the Brewers exercised patience and Narvaez has rewarded that patience with a strong Spring and a 3-for-8 start to the regular season. He did hit 22 homers in that 2019 breakout campaign.

Max Stassi, C, LAA (CBS: 26% rostered): The concerns about his surgically repaired hip appear to be put to rest. As a #2 catcher in two-catcher formats, the former Astros prospect has double-digit power potential and a decent, at least decent for his position, batting average.

Jazz Chisholm, 2B, MIA (CBS: 34% rostered): He broke camp with the job at second base. The big question mark is will he hit enough to garner steady playing time and flash the speed that saw him swipe two bases on Saturday. So far, so good.

Geraldo Perdomo, SS, ARZ (CBS: 6% rostered): Knee inflammation has sent Nick Ahmed to the 10-day IL and the DBacks have turned to the 21-year-old Perdomo in what is an early glimpse of the future. Those 50 stolen bases in his first 618 at-bats in the Minors is worthy of our attention in very deep and AL-Only Leagues.

Cedric Mullins, OF, BAL (CBS: 7% rostered): Mullins needed a solid start and going 4-for-8 out-of-the-gate certainly qualifies. Hitting in the leadoff spot for the O’s could be the ticket to 80+ runs scored with 20 stolen bases.

Robbie Grossman, OF, DET (CBS: 6% rostered): Some might say that a 0-for-3 start after the first two games isn’t worth noting, but when it comes with six walks (two more than the team total) it should have your attention. It should have a lot of your attention if you play in a league that uses OBP instead of BA. A player with 15-15 potential, 80+ runs scored, and a .360 OBP is currently not rostered in 94% of the Leagues at CBS.  

Jonathan India, 3B, CIN (CBS: 35% rostered): The Reds seem committed to using Eugenio Suarez at shortstop and that bodes well for Jonathan India. He parlayed a hot Spring into the full-time gig at the keystone corner and if Suarez can handle the defense at shortstop, India could be a great option both short and long-term for your Fantasy squads.

Justin Upton, OF, LAA (CBS: 48% rostered): He already has his first homer of the year in the books, and full-time at-bats are a lock. In his last full season, 2018, Upton hit 30 homers. If he can stay healthy there is no reason those results can’t be duplicated.  

Kyle Isbel, OF, KCR (CBS: 10% rostered): The strong Spring that saw him break camp as the starting right fielder has continued in the early going. A 5-for-9 start with three runs scored and an equal number of RBI should garner the attention of those playing in even shallow 10 and 12-team formats.

Tyler O’Neill, OF, STL (CBS: 34% rostered): There’s plenty of miss in O’Neill’s swing and miss game but when he does get a hold of one, which could be frequently, it will go a long way.

Miguel Cabrera, UT, DET (CBS: 31% rostered): The great career is winding down but when healthy there are still 25 homers and 80 RBI in the bat.

Yermin Mercedes, UT, CWS (CBS: 5% rostered): The record for the longest streak of consecutive hits to start a season has changed hands. Chris Stynes, who had a seven-game streak back in 1997, has now taken a back seat to Yermin Mercedes and that amazing 8-for-8 start. If he is eligible at Catcher, those additional DH at-bats could provide sneaky value. Mercedes did enjoy a 23 HR, 80 RBI season in 2019 between Double and Triple-A.

Anthony DeSclafani, SP, SF (CBS: 12% rostered): After a great spring that saw DeSclafani post a 2.79 ERA with 12 strikeouts over 9 2/3 IP, it is time to see if the move to the coast will bear fruit. DeSclafani is looking at a two-start week. The first start against the Padres is a tad concerning but the Rockies at home in the second start carries a lot more appeal.

Chris Flexen, SP, SEA (CBS: 5% rostered): In 21 starts for the Doosan Bears last year, Flexen posted a 3.01 ERA with 132 strikeouts in 116 1/3 IP and opened the door to a spot in the Mariners rotation. If that first start with Seattle is any indication, the former Met could enjoy his time on the west coast.

Logan Webb, SP, SFG (CBS: 46% rostered): It wasn’t a stellar 2021 debut but 5 1/3 innings of seven-hit ball with five strikeouts can’t be labeled a disappointment.

Tanner Houck, SP, BOS (CBS: 23% rostered): In his 2021 debut, Houck struck out eight Orioles over five innings. He struggled a bit over his last two innings, but a rematch against the O’s this week could give him and your Fantasy team the opportunity to pad those strikeout numbers.

Matt Moore, SP, PHI (CBS: 13% rostered): It looks like the former Ray will have his hands full in his return to MLB with the Mets and Braves on the schedule in a two-start week. There are easier ways to be welcomed back to MLB. Buying in a week early and stashing him on your reserve roster is the prudent course to steer.

Jake McGee, RP, SFG (CBS: 52% rostered): McGee broke camp with the job and is off to a great start with two clean innings, three strikeouts, and a save under his belt. The going is good, so go get him!

Alex Reyes, RP, STL (CBS: 41% rostered): Have no doubts that the Cardinals want Jordan Hicks closing out games for them, but he will be eased back into games until deemed ready to resume the ninth-inning role. This isn’t a surprise. What is surprising is that the Cards are going to hand the ball off to Alex Reyes instead of Giovanny Gallegos. Maybe, if even temporarily, Reyes has found his niche in the game.

Bryan Garcia, RP, DET (CBS: 6% rostered): The Tigers are off to a hot start, with a pair of victories, both presenting save opportunities, and both successfully converted. The first save went to Gregory Soto (34% rostered), the second to Bryan Garcia. Until someone falters it looks like a committee situation, so a Garcia/Soto handcuff makes for a solid approach.  

Cesar Valdez, RP, BAL (CBS: 7% rostered): Two opportunities, two successful saves are now in the books. Many thought that Tanner Scott (29% rostered) would get the first shot. It appears that we thought wrong but being on the safe side and getting both Valdez and Scott rostered is a solid approach.

Joely Rodriguez, RP, TEX (CBS: 3% rostered): There are three things separating Joely Rodriguez from saves in Texas. Matt Bush, Ian Kennedy, and a sprained ankle. He’s slated for a mid-April return and once healthy could find himself very quickly in a position to challenge for saves in the decimated Texas bullpen. 

Emmanuel Clase, RP, CLE (CBS: 17% rostered): The Indians are clearly counting on Clase this season and the early string of 100 mph fastballs are a good sign he’s up to the task. He’s currently penciled in for the 7’th/8’th inning but don’t be shocked to see the odd save opportunity for the flame-throwing righty.

David Bednar, RP, PIT (CBS: 3% rostered): Kyle Crick is on the IL with Covid-19 IL. How long will he be lost to the Pirates is unclear, but what is clear is that it moves David Bednar one notch upwards in the pecking order for saves in Pittsburgh. In 8 2/3 innings this spring he struck out 18 while allowing only one walk and no earned runs. He pitched a clean two-strikeout effort in his 2021 debut. Rich Rodriguez’s job is not currently in jeopardy, but those gaudy strikeout totals should hold value in both AL-only and leagues counting holds.

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2021 Top 100 Prospects

Every year we work through each team’s Top 15 prospects and then go through the lengthy process of coming up with the best of the best – The Top 100 Prospects in the game.

They are now available and can be found here for your review.

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2021 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospects

The Rangers minor league system continues to be primarily a high-risk, high-reward collection of players.  Sure, there is Sam Huff and Josh Jung who both are likely major leaguers (Huff appeared in 10 games last season).  But exciting players are headlined by Leody Taveras, Maximo Acosta, and LuisAngel Acuna.  All three are incredibly athletic with huge upside. 

Taveras made his Major League debut last season and looked good.  He has double-plus speed and should develop good power as he matures.  Acosta has all the tools to be a star, but he’s still a teenager as is Acuna.   They both should be owned in all Dynasty Leagues.

The pitching depth is solid with Cole Winn and Hans Crouse both having Major League talent.  However, both have a long way to go and don’t have the profile that would suggest front-of-the-rotation upside.

In summary, it’s a solid system with some players that could become stars.  But high-risk, high-reward player acquisition policies take patience and flexibility to know when to add veterans to round out the team.

  1. Leody Taveras (OF)
  2. Josh Jung (3B)
  3. Maximo Acosta (SS)
  4. LuisAngel Acuna (SS)
  5. Sam Huff (C)
  6. Justin Foscue (2B)
  7. Cole Winn (RHP)
  8. Hans Crouse (RHP)
  9. Anderson Tejeda (SS)
  10. Osleivis Basabe (SS)

The remaining five can be seen here.