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Waiver Wire – Week 22

Keibert Ruiz, C, WAS (CBS: 18% rostered): One of the two prizes in the deadline deal with the Dodgers, the other being Josiah Gray, is expected to get the call on Monday. Keibert Ruiz has enjoyed a monster year down on the farm with 21 homers, 59 RBI, a .310 BA, and .377 OBP in only 284 at-bats. It’s going to be a lot of fun for Nat’s fans watching Josiah Gray tossing to Keibert Ruiz for years to come.

Brad Miller, 1B/2B/3B/OF, PHI (CBS: 8% rostered): Rhys Hoskins season has come to an end courtesy of a torn lower abdomen and the Phillies will look to Brad Miller to man first base in his absence. He’s no Rhys Hoskins but with 13 homers in only 252 at-bat this season should adequately fill the gap in the strong Phillies lineup in September.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, 1B/3B/OF, PIT (CBS: 2% rostered): Yeah, he has been a disappointment over the past two years, but lately he’s found some life with the Pirates. Tsutsugo has gone deep four times in limited at-bats since being picked up by the Pirates. A strong finish and he could be playing ball in North America next year instead of returning to Japan.

Ian Happ, 2B/OF, CHC (CBS: 33% rostered): It hasn’t been a great year for the 27-year-old Happ, but a pair of homers this week brings him to `16 on the season. If you can handle the BA hit, there could be some relatively cheap power waiting.

Edmundo Sosa, 2B/SS/3B, STL (CBS: 1% rostered): The ongoing back problems currently suffered by Paul DeJong have created a temporary opportunity for Sosa and so far, so good. The multiple position eligibility combined with the great wheels (two triples Saturday against the Pirates) makes Sosa a solid acquisition in deeper leagues.  

Emmanuel Rivera, 3B, KCR (CBS: 1% rostered): The absence of Adaberto Mondesi has created an opportunity in the Royals infield and so far Nicky Lopez is getting it done. Will Emmanuel Rivera be the next to enjoy success?

Rafael Ortega, OF, CHC (CBS: 39% rostered): He’s finding his way into the dismantled Cubs lineup and principally hitting out of the lead off slot. Steady at-bats gives him the opportunity to flash both power and speed, and in 192 at-bats this year has done exactly that, hitting eight homers and an equal number of stolen bases. This makes for an intriguing option in deeper Leagues as he should see regular playing time down the stretch.

Connor Joe, OF, COL (CBS: 28% rostered): We mentioned Joe a couple of weeks back and he hasn’t disappointed. He continues to pound the ball and pile up the countables, hi-lited by a grand slam Wednesday against the Cubbies. It’s time for Fantasy owners to be buying that extra cup of Joe!

Leody Taveras, OF TEX (CBS: 8% rostered): The Rangers called up Taveras at the beginning of the week and to say he’s struggling might be an understatement. He’s currently 0-for-16 with 8 strikeouts but does have one theft. Why mention him? He had a decent year at Round Rock and there’s hope we’ll see better days down the stretch and potentially a repeat of the seven thefts we saw last September.

Edward Cabrera, SP, MIA (CBS: 38% rostered): One of the last highly touted rookies to likely get the call this year, Cabrera made his debut this week and kept the Nationals off the board for six innings before stumbling and allowing a pair of homers in the seventh. ECab is looking at a two-start week against the Mets and Phillies and is a must own and roster. If you saved some of that precious FAAB, now is the time to part with it. 

Glenn Otto, SP, TEX (CBS: 4% rostered): The Rangers turned to recently acquired Glenn Otto this week and he didn’t disappoint, tossing five innings of two-hit shutout ball with no walks and seven strikeouts against the Astros. Acquired from the Yankees in the Joey Gallo deadline deal, Otto has enjoyed a great year down on the farm. In 95 2/3 innings split between Double and Triple-A he posted a 3.20 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and an off-the-charts 134 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings. If the MLB debut didn’t get your attention, those Minor League numbers should. In the event that you don’t have the remaining FAAB to jump into the ECab sweepstakes, Glenn Otto could prove to be a great consolation prize.

Kyle Freeland, SP, COL (CBS: 31% rostered): Since the break, Freeland has started eight games and recorded six quality starts. In the other two outings he went five innings. In his past three starts he has allowed a total of five earned runs over 19 innings and recorded 23 strikeouts. Pitching in Colorado takes him off the radar but right now it shouldn’t.

Carlos Estevez, RP, COL (CBS: 2% rostered): It was an amazing story and quite the run by Daniel Bard, but that run has now come to fruition. The Rockies have turned over the ninth-inning reigns to Carlos Estevez and on Saturday he recorded his first save since May 24. There should be more to come in September.

Andrew Kittredge, RP, TBR (CBS: 28% rostered): He only has four saves and a handful of holds, but don’t ignore the rest of the program. Kittredge is currently sporting a 1.32 ERA, .90 WHIP, and 67 strikeouts in 61 1/3 IP. Those numbers count!

Paul Sewald, RP, SEA (CBS: 41% rostered): It’s still a bullpen-by-committee in Seattle, but there is no doubt that Sewald is at the head of that committee. The stuff is absolutely filthy as the 72 strikeouts in 44 1/3 IP will attest. Toss in the eight wins, seven saves and great peripherals and Sewald becomes a must-own in all formats.

Adam Ottavino, RP, BOS (CBS: 18% rostered): Matt Barnes struggles have finally prompted the Red Sox to make a move and they are hoping that Adam Ottavino proves to be the answer. With saves on both Friday and Saturday there is no doubt as to who currently owns the ninth inning in Beantown.

Garrett Whitlock, RP, BOS (CBS: 18% rostered): Now that Adam Ottavino has moved into the closer role, guess who next-in-line in Boston for saves?  Yes, rookie Garrett Whitlock, and for good cause. In 63 IP he has one save, 13 holds, an ERA of 1.57 and a 1.07 WHIP. Toss in the 71 strikeouts and there’s a good reason he has now moved into the setup role in Boston.

Sergio Romo, RP, OAK (CBS: 2% rostered): The A’s have determined that it’s time to give incumbent closer Lou Trivino a break. Jake Diekman and Andrew Chafin will also be included in the mix for saves, but as it currently stands, Sergio Romo should get the bulk of the save opportunities until the potential return of incumbent Trivino.

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