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Waiver Wire – Week 9

Jorge Alfaro, C, MIA (CBS: 21% rostered): Alfaro returned this week after being out five weeks with a hamstring strain. He should get the bulk of the playing time moving forward. As recently as 2019 he hit 18 homers, making him worthy of a roster spot in two-catcher sets.

Cesar Hernandez, 2B, CLE (CBS: 38% rostered): The 27 runs scored has him ranked ninth at his position. The six homers tied for sixth. The BA is a rather tepid .215. It’s not unreasonable to expect at least a handful of stolen bases based on his past performance. It’s time to find a home for Cesar Hernandez in your middle-infield slot.

Brad Miller, 3B/OF, PHI (CBS: 19% rostered): Bryce Harper will be out at least another week and Miller will fill that void. Upon the return of Harper, the Phillies will find room in their lineup for a bat that has produced five homers, 14 RBI, and 3 stolen bases to go along with a .296 BA in 98 at-bats.

Edward Olivares, OF, KCR (CBS: 2% rostered): Hot off the press! Olivares has been called up and is making his 2021 debut today. He has been tearing it up at Triple-A with five homers, seven thefts, and a .395 BA. Let’s hope the Royals give the kid an ample opportunity to flash that five-category skill set.

Seth Brown, OF, OAK (CBS: 23% rostered): Seth Brown is on the right side of a platoon with Stephen Piscotty, and based on the results thus far by Piscotty is likely to stay in that situation indefinitely. The BA will never be great, but the pure power (8 HR and 21 RBI) should have your attention.  

Cristian Pache, OF, ATL (CBS: 20% rostered): Cristian Pache is at Triple-A Gwinnett on a rehab assignment with his return to the Braves right around the corner. Currently, Ender Inciarte and Guillermo Heredia are occupying two-of-the-three Atlanta outfield slots. There will be opportunities for Pache upon his return from the 10-day IL.

Jesus Sanchez, OF, MIA (CBS: 21% rostered): Adam Duvall has hit nine homers but is sporting a .213 BA and .257 OBP. Corey Dickerson has one homer and 11 RBI in 160 at-bats. The Marlins need a bit more production from their outfield than they are currently receiving to support that outstanding pitching. Meanwhile, down on the farm, Jesus Sanchez is tearing it up with 7 homers, 21 RBI, and an outstanding .415 BA. It’s just about time the Marlins got on the phone and get Sanchez on the big-league roster.

Bryse Wilson, SP, ATL (6% rostered): Mike Siroka is officially finished for the year. By the time Huascar Ynoa returns from the IL, after breaking his pitching hand, most of the season could be completed. The Braves still need a fifth starter to round out their rotation and coming off two solid outings against the Jays and Pirates, Wilson has to be the current favorite to win that job.

Vladimir Gutierrez, SP, CIN (CBS: 6% rostered): In a bit of a surprising move, the Reds called up Gutierrez and he held the Cubs to only one run and two hits over five innings. He will remain in the rotation taking the spot of the injured Jeff Hoffman and has the Phillies up next followed by the Brewers and Rockies at home in a two-start week. That’s a pretty good series of matchups for the young Reds hurler.

Vince Velasquez, SP, PHI (CBS: 29% rostered): In three starts in the month of May, Velasquez has allowed a total of three earned runs. Yes, we have been tortured repeatedly over the years with that unfulfilled potential but maybe it’s time for us to finally believe? He’s sporting a 2.95 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 IP as he heads not a two-start week against the Reds and Nats. It’s time to see if that great May can be sustained into June.

Jackson Kowar, SP, KCR (CBS: 10% rostered): Will Jackson Kowar be the next young Royals starter to get the call? I’m betting on the answer to that question being yes. In five starts at Triple-A Omaha, he has five wins and 36 strikeouts in 26 2/3 IP. He has allowed a total of three earned runs over those five starts resulting in an amazing 1.01 ERA. That’s a lot to like, especially when you toss in the fact that Danny Duffy will be out with a left flexor strain and is yet to resume a throwing program.

Kyle Zimmer, RP, KCR (CBS: 6% rostered): Josh Staumont just cemented his role as the Royals closer and lo and behold winds up on the 10-day IL with a sprained left knee. Zimmer appears to have vaulted into the mix for saves and could in fact be the principal go-to guy until the return of Staumont. It’s worthy of a small bid to find out.

Keynan Middleton, RP, SEA (CBS: 6% rostered): Kendall Graveman hit the 10-day IL this past week and the Mariners turned to Middleton and he rewarded them with a shaky but successful save. The M’s know what they have in Rafael Montero and it wasn’t good enough to keep Kendall Graveman from getting the gig, so why not give Middleton the opportunity until Graveman returns.

Carlos Estevez, RP, COL (CBS: 1% rostered): The Daniel Bard magic is wearing off as evident by the 5.00 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. Don’t be surprised if the Rockies start turning to Carlos Estevez for relief. He has now amassed a nice little run of seven consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run and chipped in with two saves and a hold during that span.  

Lucas Sims, RP, CIN (CBS: 19% rostered): The Reds bullpen has been a mess right out of the gate, but lately, Sims seems to be turning things around. He managed two saves last week, one in which he had to bail out a struggling Amir Garrett. It’s a risky play but his recent success has to put him in line for that next save opportunity in Cinci.

Paul Fry, RP, BAL (CBS: 6% rostered): Cesar Valdez is beginning to scuffle a bit and Brandon Hyde the O’s Manager announced at the beginning of the week that the closer role could be a group effort moving forward. Fry has been the most consistent arm in the O’s pen thus far and has to be included in that mix for saves moving forward.

Daniel Hudson, RP, WAS (CBS: 20% rostered): Hudson has very quietly been on a roll. The string of nine consecutive holds dating back to May 8, was finally broken last night, but don’t let that dissuade you from giving Hudson a look this week. Brad Hand has been far from dominant this year and any further struggles could see Hudson working his way back into the mix for saves in Washington.

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