Welcome to Juan Soto time. The young 19-year-old got the call Sunday and while he only got a pinch-hit opportunity, should get plenty of chances with Howard Kendricks hitting the DL and Victor Robles still working his way back from injury. The question, of course, is he ready? We’ve laid eyes on him many times over the past two years and while we love the talent, it would be a remarkable feat for him to excel at such a young age and very limited time above Low-A. If you read our Hot Prospects weekly article, he’s been a mainstay on it since Week 1, so the talent is there, BUT…the approach is not and he could indeed struggle. That said, sometimes uber-talented guys defy the odds.
Also on our waiver wire list is Dennis Santana, the young Dodgers right-handed pitcher. We introduced our readers to him a couple of weeks ago and based on the imploding Dodgers pitching staff, could get the call soon.
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Johan Camargo, SS/3B, ATL (CBS: 7% owned): The Jose Bautista experiment has drawn to a close, with the Braves releasing him today. Camargo looks to be the go-to guy at the hot corner until either a trade or the Braves deem Austin Riley is ready to roll.
J.D. Davis, 3B, HOU (CBS: 3% owned): It would appear that there were some lessons learned from his last audition at the beginning of April. He has been absolutely tearing it up down on the farm and in his past ten games is 16-for-39 with a homer and 12 RBI. The month of May has been better for Evan Gattis. Is it enough to hold off the hard-charging Davis?
Jarrod Dyson, OF, ARZ (CBS: 8% owned): The fractured left thumb suffered by A.J. Pollock has thrust Dyson back into a full-time role for at least the next month. If you feel “the need for speed”, look no further than Jarrod Dyson.
Sam Gaviglio, SP, TOR (CBS: 2% owned): The 90 mph fastball isn’t going to overwhelm anyone, but the finesse righty mixes his pitches well and until the return of Marcus Stroman and/or Jaime Garcia, will see a turn in the Jays rotation every five days.
Garrett Hampson, 2B, COL (CBS: 3% owned): DJ LeMahieu is dealing with a slight fracture in his left wrist and a sprained thumb. It’s going to be at least several weeks before we see him back in the lineup. Hampson has now moved to Triple-A and even if he doesn’t get the call to fill in for LeMahieu, he’s now 19-for-21 stealing bases and should definitely be on the radar in deep keeper formats.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B, PIT (CBS: 43% owned): Harrison was activated off of the DL today, and promptly inserted at the top of the Pirates order. It’s worth a quick look to see if the power/speed combo he brings to the table is sitting on your League Waiver Wire.
Andrew Heaney, SP, LAA (CBS: 43% owned): Since blowing up to the tune of seven earned runs against the Giants on April 20, Heaney has reeled off a most impressive string of five starts. He has allowed a total of five earned runs during this streak and gone six-plus innings in four of those five starts. It’s time to be buying!
Guillermo Heredia, OF, SEA (CBS: 1% owned): The 80-game suspension of Robinson Cano has required some changes in the Mariner lineup. Notably, Dee Gordon looks to be returning to Second Base, with Heredia sliding into more of a full-time role in center field. Full-time at-bats and probably fairly cheap at-bats should have your attention.
Nate Jones, RP, CWS (CBS: 21% owned): Back-to-back outings. Back-to-back saves. It would appear that Nate Jones has finally latched onto the ninth inning gig on the South Side, and we’re betting that he holds onto it.
Austin Meadows, OF, PIT (CBS: 32% owned): Starling Marte hits the 10-day DL with a strained right oblique and top-prospect Meadows gets the call. The eight stolen bases in nine attempts at Triple-A Indianapolis is a pretty good indication of what he’ll bring to the Pirates. Just be a bit cautious in your bidding, as when Marte returns, the two corner outfield slots are manned by Gregory Polanco and Corey Dickerson. Playing time could be tough to find in a healthy Pirate outfield.
Shelby Miller, SP, ARZ (CBS: 6% owned): Miller is on the cusp of his rehab stint and just in time for the injury-depleted Diamondbacks. An early bid will save some of that precious FAAB. Doesn’t everyone want to own a Shelby at a discount?
Joe Musgrove, SP, PIT (CBS: 19% owned): Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle has announced that Musgrove, acquired from the Astros in the Gerrit Cole trade, will be making his Pirate debut this coming Friday against the Cards. In deeper Leagues, a small bid is in order, but sitting him until he knocks the rust off is probably the safe move.
Brandon Nimmo, OF, NYM (CBS: 6% owned): If it wasn’t for bad luck, Juan Lagares wouldn’t have any. He’s back on the DL and lost for the season with a toe injury. Into the picture pops Nimmo and those solid on-base skills. Just a hunch, but there are probably at least “Twenty Thousand Leagues” that could use his particular skill set.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (CBS: 23% owned): Pedroia now has eight at-bats under his belt at Triple-A Pawtucket as he ramps up his rehab for a return to the BoSox lineup, potentially as early as the end of May.
Carlos Rodon, SP, CWS (CBS: 31% owned): The rehab stint commenced yesterday, when he went five innings at Kannapolis in the Sally, allowing three hits, no walks, one earned run and chipped in with six strikeouts. The next stop is most likely Double-A and in relatively short order, the ChiSox rotation.
Dennis Santana, SP, LAD (CBS: 1% owned): Rich Hill will be out at least four weeks and the Dodgers rotation is getting very, very thin. Eight solid starts at Double-A earned Santana a promotion to Triple-A and in his first start at Albuquerque, he tossed 6 innings of three-hit shutout ball with 11 strikeouts. Look for him to be coming soon to a very depleted Dodgers rotation.
Juan Soto, OF, WAS (CBS: 43% owned): Soto doesn’t turn twenty until October 25. He has a grand total of 31 at-bats above A-ball. He has now been promoted to the Washington Nationals. The season-ending injury to Howie Kendrick has forced the Nationals hand. If you want him, back up the Brinks truck. Will he earn the hefty investment? Only time will tell, but we’re rooting for him to do just that.
Ross Stripling, SP/RP, LAD (CBS: 7% owned): Pressed into service due to the rash of injuries in the Dodgers rotation, he has now been stretched out and in his past two starts has struck out 16 in 11 1/3 IP while allowing only three earned runs. The key to success is keeping the free passes to a minimum, and thus far he has been doing exactly that, allowing only two walks in four appearances in May.
Dan Winkler, RP, ATL (CBS: 12% owned): When you have accumulated 28 strikeouts in 19 1/3 IP and have allowed only two earned runs, is it any wonder that you have your Managers endorsement? Arodys Vizcaino has another reason to be looking over his shoulder.