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Waiver Wire – Week of May 30th

Roansy Contreras, SP, PIT (CBS: 40% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): Contreras got the call this week and in his starting debut against the Rockies, held them in check over five strong shutout innings of three hit, two walk ball. One game down, a whole career ahead for us to enjoy.

Yonathan Daza, OF, COL (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Daza has quietly gone 7-for-17 in four starts this week. We haven’t seen much power or speed thus far, but in 2019 at Triple-A he did hit 11 homers and stole 12 bases in 387 at-bats. The Rockies have seven games at home this coming week making for a perfect opportunity to get Daza rostered and active.

Erick Fedde, SP, WAS (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): I know, it’s Erick Fedde, but he’s off to a great start allowing two-or-fewer runs in seven-of-his-nine starts. It’s hard to argue with those results. Get him rostered and active before Rich Wilson scoops you!

Michael Harris, OF, ATL (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The Braves, in a surprising move, have called up their top prospect Michael Harris.  The on-going struggles of Adam Duvall, combined with the great skill set demonstrated by Harris down on the farm could mean we are witnessing a changing of the guard in Atlanta. Rich shares his thoughts, “Harris has plenty of tools with good bat speed and can really fly.  When he was drafted in 2019, the concern was his approach and propensity to expand the strike zone.  He did ok in his debut in 2019 but excelled in 2021.  He spent the entire season in High-A, showing excellent strike zone awareness striking out 18% of the time while walking 8% of the time. He showed his speed and pop as he stole 27 bags while hitting 14 home runs.” 

Danny Jansen, C, TOR (CBS: 26% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): Jansen has gone 5-for-18 with three home runs in his past five games. Whatever is motivating him (Gabriel Moreno comes to mind), it’s a welcome sign for the Jays and their surprising mediocre offense.

Caleb Kilian, SP, CHC (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): In nine starts at Triple-A Iowa, Kilian is sporting a 2.06 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 39 1/3 IP. In deeper and NL-only Leagues a pre-emptive stash could save you a buck or two when he gets the call, and that time is quickly arriving.

Evan Longoria, 3B, SFG (CBS: 18% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The surgically repaired finger that kept Longoria on the sidelines until early-May appears to be clearly in the rear-view mirror. A three-homer week (make that four with todays three-run shot) is all the proof one requires. If you’re searching for a replacement for Anthony Rendon or Kris Bryant, Longoria should be at the top-of-the-list.

Nate Lowe, 1B, TEX (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 36% rostered): Lowe started the season strong, disappeared for three weeks in May, and has now reappeared going 12-for-30 since May 17 with two home runs. If you walked away during his extended slump, it’s time to revisit that decision.

Jorge Mateo, OF/SS, BAL (CBS: 36% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): Mateo is up to 12 stolen bases on the year, good for a tie for second with Harrison Bader. He’s not just a one-trick pony, as the 12 extra base hits in 149 at-bats will attest. He’s still very much a work-in-progress, as the 46/6 K/BB ratio makes very clear, but if for nothing other than the stolen base potential should be rostered and active in all formats.

Cal Mitchell, OF, PIT (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The 23-year-old Mitchell has now gone 5-for-17 since getting the call at the beginning of the week. That 25+ home run potential and handful of stolen bases from a young lefthanded bat is definitely worthy of our attention and FAAB this evening.

Mickey Moniak, OF, PHI (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Remember Mickey Moniak? He was set to break camp on the big-league roster and then fractured his right hand in the last game of Spring Training. The hand has now healed, and he’s currently gone 11-for-28 with a home run and six RBI on his rehab stint. The combination of Odubel Herrera, Roman Quinn, and Matt Vierling have been far from dominating in Moniak’s absence, so don’t be at all surprised if the Phillies move Moniak into the centerfield gig as soon as he’s ready to roll. That time is drawing near.

Christopher Morel, OF, CHC (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Since getting the call mid-May, the young outfielder has been on a tear. Two homers, three thefts, and a great .972 OPS in your first 35 at-bats is definitely a tear. The Morel of the story is don’t ignore high potential young players on poor teams.

Rougned Odor, 2B/3B, BAL (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): He can still drive them out of the park, as evident by the two-home run eight RBI week, but the 36/5 K/BB ratio makes it painfully clear the approach hasn’t changed. Know your parameters!

Christian Vazquez, C, BOS (CBS: 34% rostered, ESPN: 43% rostered): A slow April in which he batted .217 with one homer and four RBI, turned around dramatically in May, where he has produced an outstanding .343 BA with 15 RBI. He’s currently driven in 19 runs, good for fifth overall at his position. Drafted as a #2 Catcher in two-catcher formats, he’s producing like a #1 Catcher and should be generating a lot more interest than currently is being shown.

Closer Report

Ken Giles, RP, SEA (CBS: 12 rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Giles is now at Triple-A Tacoma knocking the rust off and could be arriving in Seattle as early as this coming week. The combination of Paul Sewald, Andres Munoz, and Diego Castillo have yet to produce an everyday ninth-inning option. Don’t be at all surprised if Giles immediately moves into at the very least a job share as closer.

Cole Sulser, RP, MIA (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The Marlins bullpen is a mess and if not for Boston, is arguably the worst bullpen in baseball. The current “best” option appears to be Cole Sulser, who successfully converted a save opportunity this week against Atlanta. Sulser is worthy of a small bid in the hope that he can make it two saves in-a-row.

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