Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Oakland Athletics (CBS: 2 per cent owned, ESPN: unowned): Alcantara appears to be headed for a utility role initially, but that stolen base potential (26 in 234 at-bats at Triple-A) is intriguing, especially if he can work his way into regular at-bats in the second half.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (CBS: 3 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): Where’s OsWaldo? He’s now that little (or not so little) Ray of sunshine in Tampa Bay. A change of scenery can’t hurt?
Ryan Buchter, RP, San Diego Padres (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: 4 per cent): My last reminder. Fernando Rodney will not be closing games for the Padres in the second half. Buying in early will save you a good chunk of your FAAB down the road.
Adonis Garcia, 3B, Atlanta Braves (CBS: 12 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): How can one pass on a power hitter with the first name Adonis? Garcia is starting to heat up, with two homers and seven RBI in his past four games and in deeper Leagues is a viable option at the hot corner.
Yulieski Gourriel, 3B, Free Agent (CBS/ESPN: not available): The former Cuban star has been declared a free agent by MLB and is currently making his rounds displaying his skills. It is entirely possibly that he will both sign and play this season and that power/speed combination could prove to be an asset for the stretch run.
Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto Blue Jays (CBS: per cent owned, ESPN: per cent) Marcus Stroman continues to struggle and Aaron Sanchez is probably heading to the bullpen at some point in the second half. Hutchison is currently sporting a 2.99 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 81 1/3 IP at Triple-A Buffalo and could be part and parcel to the Jays plans in the not-so-distant future.
Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets (CBS: 11 per cent owned, ESPN: 4 per cent): The on-base skills combined with both moderate power and speed potential will make Nimmo a popular choice in deeper and single League formats this weekend. Finding Nimmo could be a very popular plan this weekend.
Seung-hwan Oh, RP, St. Louis Cardinals (CBS: 37 per cent owned, ESPN: 22 per cent): Mike Matheny finally ran out of patience with Trevor Rosenthal and has gone to a closer-by-committee. Oh has to be considered the early favourite with his stellar career closing in Asia on his resume, but Kevin Siegrist can’t be ruled out of the mix.
Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants (CBS: 26 per cent owned, ESPN: 17 per cent): Since returning from his most recent DL stint on June 14, Pagan is 16-for-45 with one homer, 11 RBI, nine runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases. When healthy, Pagan is a solid play. Now, can he stay healthy?
Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets (CBS: 53 per cent owned, ESPN: 11 per cent): Reyes is returning home, and looks to be moving into a super-utility role in New York. He’s also looking to be the lead off bat for the Mets. If you’re feeling the need for speed, Reyes has the potential to fill that need rather solidly.
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Colorado Rockies (CBS: 23 per cent owned, ESPN: 17 per cent): Three homers in the past week, and five in the month of June, make for an interesting option in deeper Leagues.
Cameron Rupp, C, Philadelphia Phillies (CBS: 15 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): After an abysmal start to the 2016 campaign, Rupp has very quietly turned it around, and a strong June in which he has hit five homers with a stellar .972 OPS, is more than worthy of consideration as a second catcher in two catcher formats.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees (CBS: 42 per cent owned, ESPN: 18 per cent): Can anyone remember when Mark Teixeira was considered worthy of a Waiver Wire mention? Me neither.