While the season might be winding down, the waiver wire this week if full of great names. As guys are getting hurt and being shut down for the season, owners need to act fast. We hope we’ve presented some great names that can help you teams.
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Nick Anderson, RP, TAM (CBS: 13% owned)
Anderson was looking to be the favorite to gain the closer role in Miami until being dealt to the Rays at the trade deadline. Since arriving in Tampa Bay, he’s made seven appearances, all one-inning stints, and has allowed one hit, no walks and struck out 17. That is not a typo, folks! Kevin Cash does have a history of rolling with the hot-hand, so it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Anderson to work his way into the mix for saves.
Randy Arozarena, OF, STL (CBS: 5% owned)
Ten homers, 16 stolen bases, and a great .435 OBP will get you a promotion to the big league club. Does it parlay itself into a regular job? The verdict is still out, but until the return of Jose Martinez at the end of the month, Arozarena will get every opportunity to prove he deserves to be penciled into that everyday lineup in September.
Luis Arraez, SS/2B/3B/OF, MIN (CBS: 35% owned)
The kid can flat out hit. Ask Jonathan Schoop, who is now solidly buried on the bench. The question will be can he provide even moderate power or speed numbers to complement that outstanding hit tool. Short-term, he’ll score a ton of runs and provide outstanding BA/OBP numbers in that high powered Twins offense. We’ll worry about the long-term in the off-season.
Dylan Carlson, OF, STL (CBS: 6% owned)
When you have made Rich Wilson’s “Hot Prospect” report not once, but twice this year, there is a reason and a very good one at that. The soon-to-be 21-year-old has amassed a 21 homer, 18 stolen bases, .367 OBP season and has just recently been promoted to Triple-A. It’s worth a quick look to see if he’s owned in your Dynasty/Keeper League. If not, change that right smartly!
Emmanuel Clase, RP, TEX (CBS: 1% owned)
Here’s a player that should have your attention in deep keeper formats. The 21-year-old Clase skipped Triple-A, making the move straight from Double-A Frisco to the Rangers bullpen. He posted a 3.35 ERA at Double-A with an attention getting 39/8 K/BB. He also was 11-of-13 closing out games while allowing only one homer. The only thing standing between Clase and the setup role in 2020 is the $2.5 mill option the Rangers have on Shawn Kelley.
Tony Gonsolin, SP, LAD (CBS: 11% owned)
We mentioned Gonsolin last week and lo and behold after the very successful one-and-done, he’s getting the call today to start against the Braves. Dustin May has been moved into the bullpen. Julio Urias is currently serving a suspension for the next 15 games. If you ignored our recommendations last week, don’t make it two weeks in a row.
Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA (CBS: 6% owned)
Fernandez has been out since the beginning of May, dealing with shoulder issues. He’s looking at a return this coming Saturday against the Jays, a favorable matchup. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that “King Felix” is only 33 years-old.
Daniel Hudson, RP, WAS (CBS: 4% owned)
I was all set to mention Sean Doolittle’s recent struggles when it was announced this morning that the Gnats have placed him on the 10-day IL with right knee tendinitis. There is no shortage of options, but that trade with the Jays for Daniel Hudson is looking to be a very good one right about now. Hunter Strickland, the ageless wonder Fernando Rodney, and recently signed Greg Holland all have the potential to be options, but for now, we’ll stick with Hudson as “Plan A”.
Corban Joseph, 1B, OAK (CBS: unowned)
It looks like Jurickson Profar’s days of being an everyday player in 2019 have ground to a halt. The A’s have turned second base over to the 30-year-old journeyman Joseph. He hit 13 homers with an off-the-charts .371 BA at Triple-A Las Vegas, but it is Vegas so take those results with the usual grain of salt. Joseph will occupy the good side of a platoon, making him worth a look in AL-only and deep Mixed Leagues.
Francisco Mejia, C, SD (CBS: 40% owned)
Since the beginning of August, Mejia has gone 19-for-36 with a pair of homers and four RBI. He has also posted a rather solid 1.358 OPS. He’s on a tear and looking to establish his #1 status behind the dish for the Padres moving into 2020.
Ivan Nova, SP, CWS (CBS: 37% owned)
I don’t know how, but Ivan Nova has all of a sudden become very Fantasy relevant. In his past five starts, he’s allowed a total of two earned runs. He has tossed two complete games during his current hot streak and lowered his ERA from 5.86 to 4.51. At some point, Nova will come down to earth, but it doesn’t appear to be any time soon.
Dillon Peters, SP, LAA (CBS: 29% owned)
The former Marlin has now reeled off three consecutive quality starts in which he has struck out 19 over 19 2/3 IP. He has also allowed but a scant two free passes. Peters has found the West coast to his liking.
Brett Phillips, OF, KC (CBS: 2% owned)
Phillips has demonstrated that he can hit for power and steal bases, but the hit tool has never fully developed and he still strikes out a ton. On a positive note, the Royals have DFA’d speedster Billy Hamilton, so they are prepared to give Phillips a good look and plenty of at-bats as we head into September.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA (CBS: 37% owned)
Seager has turned a very disappointing season around in a hurry. Six homers, nope he just smacked another one, making it seven long balls since the calendar flipped over into August. If you’re looking for a hot corner-infielder, he’s your guy!
Logan Webb, SP, SF (CBS: 7% owned)
The 22-year-old Webb started his 2019 in Rookie Ball, and after climbing through four levels and with just one start at Triple-A under his belt, made his MLB debut Saturday. It was a success, as he limited the DBacks to one-earned run over five innings while striking out seven in gaining his first MLB victory. He’s young and relatively unproven, but the upside trumps the risk at this juncture of the season.
Mike Yastrzemski, OF, SF (CBS: 39% owned)
We mentioned “Yaz” back in Week 17 as he was starting to heat up. He has moved it up a notch and is currently on fire. He has gone 16-for-55 in August, with seven of those 16 hits leaving the yard, including a three-homer day last week against the DBacks. It might be time to join the 39% of players that have found a home for him on their roster.
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