Last week’s list looked a little ho-hum, but Robert Gsellman turned out to be quite the name as it now looks like he can get save chances in New York. Also, have you seen what Max Muncy has done? He’s up to 10 home runs and still available in nearly 50% of CBS Leagues. There are a bunch of interesting names, ok, perhaps not Lonnie Chisenhall for you to make your selection.
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Jaime Barria, SP, LAA (CBS: 35% owned): The up-and-down season of Jaime Barria is about to be once again on the upside. Shohei Ohtani will be on the DL for at least a month, attempting to mend the Grade Two UCL Sprain, creating an opportunity for the 21-year-old righty. Barria has actually posted better numbers in the Angels rotation than in the Minors this year. Let’s hope this trend continues.
Jake Bauers, OF, TB (CBS: 18% owned): Bauers has two huge things working in his favor. He can get on base (.361 career OBP in the Minors) and the Rays DFA’d Brad Miller, creating an opportunity. Will he hit for a ton of power? Probably not, as his high in the Minors was 14 in 2016. He could be a solid producer in the speed game, having stolen 20 bases last season. Does a first base type with speed potential remind us of anyone?
Diego Castillo, RP, TB (CBS: 1% owned): Castillo was promoted on Wednesday from Triple-A Durham, and hopes to build on that stellar 1.025 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 26 1/3 IP in Tampa. No one has stepped up and laid claim to the closer gig since the Alex Colome trade to Seattle, so why not toss a dart in Castillo’s direction?
Lonnie Chisenhall, OF, CLE (CBS: 6% owned): I don’t get it, but the Tribe continues to be enamored by Chisenhall. His best season was in 2014 when he hit 13 homers and drove in 59 runs. If the middlin’ power production helps, go get him, as we know that “Tito” will be rolling him out in right field day after day after day after day.
Dylan Covey, SP, CWS (CBS: 8% owned): On June 3 against the Brewers, Covey went five innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, and no earned runs. He struck out seven. Move ahead to June 8 against Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox in Fenway, and he tosses six innings of three-hit ball, again allowing no earned runs, strikes out seven and walks away win the victory. Two-in-a-row makes for a streak and the need to give Covey a good look in deeper formats.
Erick Fedde, SP, WAS (CBS: 5% owned): It’s that time of the year when Stephen Strasburg inevitably finds his way to the DL, and once more he doesn’t disappoint. Shoulder inflammation could keep him on the sidelines for upwards of a month and the Nats are most likely to turn to Syracuse for relief. The relative mediocrity at Triple-A Syracuse includes the likes of Tommy Milone, Austin Voth, and Erick Fedde. I’ll roll the dice on Fedde, who currently appears to be the best of the worst.
Robert Gsellman, RP, NYM (CBS: 25% owned): Just last week, we mentioned that Gsellman had moved into the setup role for the Mets. This week, Jeurys Familia hits the 10-day DL with a sore shoulder and Gsellman is thrust into the closer role. It’s likely to be a short stay, but a save is a save is a save.
Alen Hanson, 2B/OF, SFG (CBS: 17% owned): The glove has limitations, but the bat sure doesn’t. Since being activated off of the DL on June 2, he’s 7-for-13 with a homer, five RBI, and six runs scored. It’s still a tough gig finding at-bats for Hanson, but the Giants will find a way as long as he continues to tear the cover off the ball.
Yoshi Hirano, RP, ARZ (CBS: 7% owned): Very quietly, Yoshi Hirano is having a great year in the desert. He’s now up to 12 holds, while striking out a batter-per-inning, and posting a great 1.67 ERA. The former Orix Buffaloes closer is showing off that splitter in a very successful fashion.
Kevin McCarthy, RP, KC (CBS: unowned): I think it’s fairly apparent that the Royals will be sellers at the deadline and Kelvin Herrera is likely to be on the move. That leaves the Royals with McCarthy as the best bet in a rather tepid Royals pen. A cheap bid and stash could prove to be a prudent investment as we approach the trade deadline.
Max Muncy, 1B/3B/OF, LAD (CBS: 54% owned): I mentioned Muncy last week on the Podcast, but for whatever reason (and I’m going with a brain cramp) I failed to give the 27-year-old his due accolades in the Sunday Waiver Wire. He has hit four homers in seven games in June. Toss in another four from May 19 to the end of the month. He’s now up to eleven; oops make that twelve on the year.
Hector Rondon, RP, HOU (CBS: 4% owned): The on-going love/hate relationship with A.J. Hinch and Ken Giles is once again off. Giles has been hit hard in three-of-his-last five outings, so it’s rather self-explanatory. Hector Rondon as the option to close isn’t. Escaping the stellar bullpen management skills of Joe Maddon seems to have given Rodon and that 1.57 ERA a new lease on life. Saves on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday puts him solidly in the driver’s seat moving forward. The question is, “For how long?”
Justus Sheffield, SP, NYY (CBS: 14% owned): A.J. Cole, Jonathan Loaisiga, Chance Adams, Luis Cessa, and Erik Swanson all have one thing in common. They aren’t Justus Sheffield. Someone(s) are going to be taking Masahiro Tanaka’s spot in the rotation for the next while, so why not skip to the chase and buy the eventual winner. Bid cheap on Sheffield, exercise some patience, and leave the rest for your League mates to fight over.
Joakim Soria, RP, CWS (CBS: 23% owned): Joakim Soria had the job and lost it to Nate Jones who then handed it back to Joakim Soria. Soria has now had saves in four consecutive outings. Does anyone believe that there isn’t a good chance that Jones will be closing a month from now?
Steven Wright, SP, BOS (CBS: 28% owned): In his first start of the season, Tuesday against the Tigers, he tossed seven innings of two-hit shutout ball with 3 walks and six strikeouts. Drew Pomeranz is still likely several weeks away from a return, as he deals with left biceps tendinitis, making Wright the likely candidate to continue filling in. It’s just a shame that the wright stuff is still wrong.