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Cal Raleigh, C, SEA (CBS: 8% rostered): His amazing 23 game hitting streak concluded on Friday, but what an incredible start to the season for the 24-year-old backstop. Raleigh has slugged seven homers, driven in 23 runs, and is sporting a 1.037 OPS over 132 at-bats. Given that the Mariners haven’t been shy in calling up their youngsters, it’s fair to think that Raleigh should be staying close to his phone.
Daulton Varsho, C, ARZ (CBS: 11% rostered): The poor DBacks. One of the highlights of their horrible season has been the play of Carson Kelly. Last night he got plunked on the wrist by a wayward Walker Buehler offering and fractured his wrist. Stephen Vogt is guaranteed to see an increased workload, but maybe it’s time Arizona gave Daulton Varsho another look. He has caught 11 games at Triple-A Reno since being demoted and is tearing it up at the plate, going 25-for-80 with 16 extra-base hits, nine of which have left the park, and 25 RBI. It’s time to see Varsho getting another opportunity.
Ha-Seong Kim, 2B/SS/3B, SDP (CBS: 14% rostered): Fernando Tatis Jr. left last night’s game against the Reds after landing hard on his shoulder diving for a ball. According to the Padres, the move is considered precautionary, and he is currently listed as day-to-day. That’s likely the prognosis for the balance of the 2021 season. Kim stepped up and slugged a two-run shot in his absence and is the likely go-to guy should Tatis be forced to the IL again.
Emmanuel Rivera, 3B, KCR (CBS: not rostered): Rivera is currently tied for third place in the Triple-A East with 11 home runs. He is tied for first in RBI’s with 34. Kelvin Gutierrez is mired in a slump heading into Sunday’s action going 3-for-20 in the past week with a K/BB ratio of 25/2 on the season. It might be time the Royals give the 24-year-old Rivera a call.
Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, HOU (CBS: 4% rostered): Alex Bregman has found his way to the 10-day IL with a left quad strain, and it appears that in the interim, Toro-Hernandez is looking at the lion’s share of playing time. He brings a little pop, a little speed, and great contact skills to the table. That outstanding .485 OBP at Triple-A Sugar Land should guarantee plenty of playing time until the return of Bregman.
Adam Engel, OF, CWS (CBS: 3% rostered): The injuries have been unrelenting this year on the “South Side”. Adam Eaton is the latest to find his way to the IL, with a strained hamstring, moving Engel into a position where he should see everyday at-bats. He has hit two homers in the past week and should be a steady producer until some of the walking wounded start returning.
Adam Duvall, OF, MIA (CBS: 36% rostered): Adam Duvall is one streaky player. He started June by going on a 0-for-15 run before exploding for seven homers and 17 RBI over the past nine games. Invest some of that FAAB in the hopes that the run will continue through the end of June.
Akil Baddoo, OF, DET (CBS: 25% rostered): Baddoo is coming off a nice little run, going 8-for-21 over his past six games. The countables aren’t there, but if he continues hitting the way he has recently they eventually will be, especially the stolen bases.
Yonathan Daza, OF, COL (CBS: 11% rostered): With 58 hits in his first 176 at-bats, one would think the countables would be a bit better. The Rockies have moved him up in the order and hopefully, that should translate to at least a few more runs scored. There is also a bit more speed in his game than we’ve seen to date.
Steven Duggar, OF, SFG (CBS: 12% rostered): In the past seven days, Duggar has gone 7-for 19 with a pair of homers and swiped two bases. The Giants are on a roll and Duggar is doing his part to ensure that does not change.
Patrick Sandoval, SP, LAA (CBS: 18% rostered): Take a bow, Mr. Sandoval! You have earned an encore mention on the Waiver Wire. We mentioned him last week when he was rostered to the tune of 6 percent, and after his last outing, a solid 5 2/3 IP against the Tigers with nine strikeouts, he should be a target in all formats this weekend.
Matt Manning, SP, DET (CBS: 33% rostered): It’s great to see the Tigers “big three” all plying their trade in Detroit. Manning made his debut last week and it was a solid effort. He held the Angels to two earned runs over five solid innings in his debut. He needs to work on his off-speed stuff and work it into his pitch mix a bit better, but so far so good.
Erick Fedde, SP, WAS (CBS: 16% rostered): Fedde is on one serious roll, having blanked the DBacks, Giants, and Mets over his past three starts. On the season, he’s sporting a 3.33 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 49 strikeouts in 51 1/3 IP. What are we waiting for?
Cal Quantrill, RP, CLE (CBS: 11% rostered): The injuries to Zach Plesac and now Shane Bieber have forced the Indians to move Quantrill from the long-relief role into the rotation. He has looked good in his past two outings but be cautious as the opposition was the Orioles and Pirates, two teams that are not exactly offensive powerhouses.
Bailey Ober, SP, MIN (CBS: 5% rostered): The Twins turned to the 6’9” Ober and that long extension combined with great control makes that 92 mph fastball get to the batter a little quicker than one would assume. He’s an intriguing option in AL-only and deeper Leagues.
Paulo Espino, RP, WAS (CBS: 1% rostered): The 34-year-old righty has been pressed into service in the injury stricken National rotation and in 27 2/3 IP is sporting an outstanding 21/3 K/BB ratio. He blanked the Pirates over five innings in his last start and in NL-only formats is worthy of a roster spot. Let’s see how he does against the Phillies and Marlins next week before we proclaim him Mixed League relevant.
Zach Thompson, RP, MIA (CBS: 4% rostered): The Marlins seem to have an infinite depth of starting pitching and good starting pitching at that. Thompson’s cutter baffled the Braves over five shutout innings in his last start and he’s looking at the Cubs and Nationals, both decent matchups, in his next two starts.
Hunter Harvey, RP, BAL (CBS: 8% rostered): Hunter Harvey is still in the process of knocking the rust off, but it won’t be long before he owns the ninth-inning gig for the Orioles. Buying in now will save some of that precious FAAB.
Max Stassi, C, LAA (CBS: 22% rostered): Max Stassi entered June with one homer and a .241 BA. At the end of play on June 12, he has a total of four homers and is sporting a .345 BA. He has been on a tear, to say the least, fueled by a 13-for-29 streak. Get him while the getting is good!
Bobby Bradley, 1B, CLE (CBS: 15% rostered): The Indians finally tired of the lack of production from Jake Bauers, trading him to the Mariners and opening a spot forh Bradley. There is no doubting that Bradley can hit the ball a long way. The question is how often he will make contact and in fact hit the ball a long way.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (CBS: 46% rostered): Who would have thought Joey Votto would find his way to a Waiver Wire Article, but alas at a 46% rostered level he qualifies. He missed a full month with a fractured left thumb but with two homers and seven RBI in his past three games looks ready to make up for lost ground.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG (CBS: 29% rostered): The good news is that Belt has slugged eight homers, driven in 21 runs, and has a solid .348 OBP. The bad news is that he has already missed time with a strained oblique. He will continue to be an asset in deeper formats, especially Leagues using OBP, if he can find a way to stay on the field.
Dylan Moore, 2B/OF, SEA (CBS: 42% rostered): Just as Moore was beginning to heat up back in mid-May, he wound up on the 10-day IL with a calf strain and missed just over three weeks. He was activated Saturday and promptly went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb and chipped in with a stolen base for good measure. It’s time to give Moore a second look.
Jahmai Jones, 2B, BAL (CBS: 2% rostered): Jones got off to a slow start followed by a stint on the IL with an oblique injury in May, but when the calendar rolled over into June it has been a different story. He returned from the oblique injury on June 4 and since then has safely hit in seven consecutive games going 9-for-24 with two homers, nine RBI, and a pair of stolen bases. It won’t be long before the Orioles are making the call to Triple-A Norfolk and we see Jones sliding into the slot currently shared by Stevie Wilkerson and Pat Valaika.
Paul DeJong, SS, STL (CBS: 47% rostered): Even with the fractured rib that cost him a month of playing time, DeJong still his eight homers on the year, and is well on pace for another 25-to-30 home run type season. If you are looking for solid power in your middle-infield slot with a middling BA, give DeJong a look as he will fit that bill to a “T”.
Daz Cameron, OF, DET (CBS: 3% rostered): There is no doubting the power/speed potential, but the ability to consistently put bat to ball has always been in question. This year we saw a noticeable drop in the strikeout rate at Triple-A, where he assembled a career-best .384 OBP. Promising……very promising.
Tucker Davidson, SP, ATL (CBS: 45% rostered): He arrived in Atlanta without the fanfare of many of this year’s younger pitchers and thus far has shoved it. Davidson allowed three earned runs over six innings against the Mets in his debut and followed that up by blanking the Nats and Phillies in his past two outings. Huascar Ynoa won’t be returning until well into the second half, giving the 25-year-old southpaw ample time to carve out and solidify his spot in the Atlanta rotation.
Zach Davies, SP, CHC (CBS: 34% rostered): He still gives up too many free passes, but after a dreadful start to the year Davies has bounced back nicely. In his past seven starts dating back to May 7, he has allowed a total of nine earned runs, lowering his ERA from 8.22 to 4.45. We need #5/6 type starters in our game and Davies should fill that role rather nicely moving forward.
Ross Stripling, SP/RP, TOR (CBS: 13% rostered): Just when it looked like Stripling was heading to the bullpen, he has reeled off 3-of-4 solid starts. The fourth looked worse than it was, as the bullpen did him no favors. The Jays and our Fantasy squads need all the starting pitching we can muster.
Tony Santillan, SP, CIN (CBS: 8% rostered): Santillan was enjoying a strong campaign at Triple-A Louisville with 45 strikeouts in 32 1/3 IP, and a great 2.51 ERA. Sonny Gray is only expected to miss a couple of turns in the rotation, but nonetheless, it will provide us Dynasty players an opportunity to take a good look at a future member of the Reds rotation.
Sam Long, SP, SFG (CBS: 14% rostered): Long has gone from being out of baseball in 2018 to starting for the Giants three years later. What a great story! The 25-year-old southpaw struck out seven and allowed only one hit and one run over four innings in his debut. He is heading into a two-start week at home against Arizona and Philly, a favorable matchup that simply shouldn’t be ignored.
Patrick Sandoval, SP, LAA (CBS: 6% rostered): Sandoval started the season working out of the bullpen and produced very shaky results before moving into the rotation on May 17. Since then, he has four starts under his belt in which he has allowed a total of only six earned runs. Facing a steady diet of Ranger and Mariner bats, two rather inept offenses, will not hurt his cause.
Eric Haase, C, DET (CBS: 8% rostered): Eric Haase is flat out on fire. In his past three starts, he has hit five homers. The power is definitely real as evidenced by the 20+ homers he has hit in the past three seasons down on the farm, but nobody anticipated this kind of outburst. As a bonus, he now has four games played in the outfield. Outfield eligibility is right around the corner.
Ryan Jeffers, C, MIN (CBS: 6% rostered): Mitch Garver was placed on the 10-day IL after emergency groin surgery last Tuesday. The Twins immediately called up Ryan Jeffers and he has responded in fine form going 5-for-12 with a pair of homers and four RBI. Garver is likely to miss a significant amount of time making a Jeffers addition even more appealing.
Patrick Wisdom, 1B/3B, CHC (CBS: 17% rostered): Since getting the call the last week of May, Wisdom has been on a tear. The .400 BA and five homers clearly attest to that fact. As the walking wounded start returning in Chicago, he will likely lose opportunities, but even with that news, he appears to be a wise option in NL-only and deeper 20-team formats.
Chris Gittens, 1B, NYY (CBS: 5% rostered): The ongoing struggles of the New York offense have prompted them to give Chris Gittens a look. It’s time for DJ Lemahieu to spend more time at second base with Rougned Odor and that .182 BA riding the pine. Let’s hope the Yankees agree and give Gittens a decent opportunity to ply his trade at first base.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, DET (CBS: 39% rostered): Schoop always seems to find himself in the mix as a quality injury replacement and sometimes a bit more. Over the last seven games, he has mashed five homers, driven in ten runs, and scored seven times. It’s time to find a home for Schoop in all formats.
Amed Rosario, SS, CLE (CBS: 25% rostered): The Andres Gimenez experiment failed horribly, leaving Amed Rosario an opportunity to slide back into his natural position at shortstop. Since May 18, Rosario is 17-for-54 with nine runs scored and three stolen bases. He’s also doing something we haven’t seen in a while, taking a free pass. Sustaining those numbers means we’re looking at a 20+ stolen base threat, something we sorely need in our game.
Harrison Bader, OF, STL (CBS: 13% rostered): It appears as if Bader is a quick healer and could be looking at a return from the right rib hairline fracture as early as this week. That power/speed potential is still very alluring and shouldn’t be forgotten.
Bradley Zimmer, OF, CLE (CBS: 3% rostered): The Indian recalled Zimmer on May 27 and so far, so good. He’s not hitting for power, at least not yet, but is 5-for-21 with three stolen bases. Based on what we’ve seen thus far from the collective group of Cleveland outfielders, it’s safe to say this level of production should more than qualify as job security.
Jake Fraley, OF, SEA (CBS: 2% rostered): Fraley is finally healthy and enjoying a particularly good week. Two homers, 7 RBI, and a stolen base in the past three games qualifies as extremely good. What has caught my attention is that in the five games since being recalled he has drawn seven walks. This bodes well for the short-term, especially in light of the ongoing struggles of Jared Kelenic.
Marco Gonzales, SP, SEA (CBS: 58% rostered): The Mariners activated Gonzales from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, and he responded with four solid innings of two-hit, one-run ball. A return to form is more than likely and as he’s heading into a two-start week against Detroit and Cleveland, there is no time like the present to add depth to your Fantasy squad’s rotation.
Vladimir Gutierrez, SP, CIN (CBS: 11% rostered): Gutierrez now has two starts under his belt, against the Cards and Cubs, and did not look overmatched. Moving forward he has the Brewers on the schedule for back-to-back starts. It’s time to give Vladimir Gutierrez a bit more love than the 11 percent that he is currently receiving.
Tarik Skubal, SP, DET (CBS: 47% rostered): The game is one of constant adjustments, and after a horrid start, Tarik Skubal has made some serious adjustments. In his past four starts, the 24-year-old southpaw has limited the opposition to a total of five earned runs while striking out 37 batters in 21 innings. Wow! Simply Wow!
Ryan Yarbrough, SP, TAM (CBS: 43% rostered): On April 30, Yarbrough was sitting with a 4.86 ERA. At the end Of May, he had lowered that total by almost a full run to 3.95. No, he is not an ace but a steady #5/6 type starter is a necessity on all of our teams.
Jonathan Loaisiga, RP, NYY (CBS: 17% rostered): He is not going to get you a whole bunch of saves as long as Aroldis Chapman is in town, but he will get the odd save when Chapman needs a day of rest and will amass a slew of holds and produce great peripherals. In deeper Leagues where teams have been ravaged by injury, do you want to protect that ERA/WHIP or gamble on a third-tier type starter?
Jose Cisnero, RP, DET (CBS: 1% rostered): Michael Fulmer was finally looking like he had found his niche in life as the ninth-inning guy and ends up on the IL with a strained right shoulder. Gregory Soto has had ample opportunity to close out games and will be part of a committee but don’t ignore Cisnero. He earned his first save Saturday night and could be in for more opportunities until the return of Fulmer.
Jorge Alfaro, C, MIA (CBS: 21% rostered): Alfaro returned this week after being out five weeks with a hamstring strain. He should get the bulk of the playing time moving forward. As recently as 2019 he hit 18 homers, making him worthy of a roster spot in two-catcher sets.
Cesar Hernandez, 2B, CLE (CBS: 38% rostered): The 27 runs scored has him ranked ninth at his position. The six homers tied for sixth. The BA is a rather tepid .215. It’s not unreasonable to expect at least a handful of stolen bases based on his past performance. It’s time to find a home for Cesar Hernandez in your middle-infield slot.
Brad Miller, 3B/OF, PHI (CBS: 19% rostered): Bryce Harper will be out at least another week and Miller will fill that void. Upon the return of Harper, the Phillies will find room in their lineup for a bat that has produced five homers, 14 RBI, and 3 stolen bases to go along with a .296 BA in 98 at-bats.
Edward Olivares, OF, KCR (CBS: 2% rostered): Hot off the press! Olivares has been called up and is making his 2021 debut today. He has been tearing it up at Triple-A with five homers, seven thefts, and a .395 BA. Let’s hope the Royals give the kid an ample opportunity to flash that five-category skill set.
Seth Brown, OF, OAK (CBS: 23% rostered): Seth Brown is on the right side of a platoon with Stephen Piscotty, and based on the results thus far by Piscotty is likely to stay in that situation indefinitely. The BA will never be great, but the pure power (8 HR and 21 RBI) should have your attention.
Cristian Pache, OF, ATL (CBS: 20% rostered): Cristian Pache is at Triple-A Gwinnett on a rehab assignment with his return to the Braves right around the corner. Currently, Ender Inciarte and Guillermo Heredia are occupying two-of-the-three Atlanta outfield slots. There will be opportunities for Pache upon his return from the 10-day IL.
Jesus Sanchez, OF, MIA (CBS: 21% rostered): Adam Duvall has hit nine homers but is sporting a .213 BA and .257 OBP. Corey Dickerson has one homer and 11 RBI in 160 at-bats. The Marlins need a bit more production from their outfield than they are currently receiving to support that outstanding pitching. Meanwhile, down on the farm, Jesus Sanchez is tearing it up with 7 homers, 21 RBI, and an outstanding .415 BA. It’s just about time the Marlins got on the phone and get Sanchez on the big-league roster.
Bryse Wilson, SP, ATL (6% rostered): Mike Siroka is officially finished for the year. By the time Huascar Ynoa returns from the IL, after breaking his pitching hand, most of the season could be completed. The Braves still need a fifth starter to round out their rotation and coming off two solid outings against the Jays and Pirates, Wilson has to be the current favorite to win that job.
Vladimir Gutierrez, SP, CIN (CBS: 6% rostered): In a bit of a surprising move, the Reds called up Gutierrez and he held the Cubs to only one run and two hits over five innings. He will remain in the rotation taking the spot of the injured Jeff Hoffman and has the Phillies up next followed by the Brewers and Rockies at home in a two-start week. That’s a pretty good series of matchups for the young Reds hurler.
Vince Velasquez, SP, PHI (CBS: 29% rostered): In three starts in the month of May, Velasquez has allowed a total of three earned runs. Yes, we have been tortured repeatedly over the years with that unfulfilled potential but maybe it’s time for us to finally believe? He’s sporting a 2.95 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 IP as he heads not a two-start week against the Reds and Nats. It’s time to see if that great May can be sustained into June.
Jackson Kowar, SP, KCR (CBS: 10% rostered): Will Jackson Kowar be the next young Royals starter to get the call? I’m betting on the answer to that question being yes. In five starts at Triple-A Omaha, he has five wins and 36 strikeouts in 26 2/3 IP. He has allowed a total of three earned runs over those five starts resulting in an amazing 1.01 ERA. That’s a lot to like, especially when you toss in the fact that Danny Duffy will be out with a left flexor strain and is yet to resume a throwing program.
Kyle Zimmer, RP, KCR (CBS: 6% rostered): Josh Staumont just cemented his role as the Royals closer and lo and behold winds up on the 10-day IL with a sprained left knee. Zimmer appears to have vaulted into the mix for saves and could in fact be the principal go-to guy until the return of Staumont. It’s worthy of a small bid to find out.
Keynan Middleton, RP, SEA (CBS: 6% rostered): Kendall Graveman hit the 10-day IL this past week and the Mariners turned to Middleton and he rewarded them with a shaky but successful save. The M’s know what they have in Rafael Montero and it wasn’t good enough to keep Kendall Graveman from getting the gig, so why not give Middleton the opportunity until Graveman returns.
Carlos Estevez, RP, COL (CBS: 1% rostered): The Daniel Bard magic is wearing off as evident by the 5.00 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. Don’t be surprised if the Rockies start turning to Carlos Estevez for relief. He has now amassed a nice little run of seven consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run and chipped in with two saves and a hold during that span.
Lucas Sims, RP, CIN (CBS: 19% rostered): The Reds bullpen has been a mess right out of the gate, but lately, Sims seems to be turning things around. He managed two saves last week, one in which he had to bail out a struggling Amir Garrett. It’s a risky play but his recent success has to put him in line for that next save opportunity in Cinci.
Paul Fry, RP, BAL (CBS: 6% rostered): Cesar Valdez is beginning to scuffle a bit and Brandon Hyde the O’s Manager announced at the beginning of the week that the closer role could be a group effort moving forward. Fry has been the most consistent arm in the O’s pen thus far and has to be included in that mix for saves moving forward.
Daniel Hudson, RP, WAS (CBS: 20% rostered): Hudson has very quietly been on a roll. The string of nine consecutive holds dating back to May 8, was finally broken last night, but don’t let that dissuade you from giving Hudson a look this week. Brad Hand has been far from dominant this year and any further struggles could see Hudson working his way back into the mix for saves in Washington.
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1. Cody Poteet
2. Jesus Sanchez
3. Edward Olivarez
4. Riley Greene
5. Hudson Haskin
6. Miguel Yajure
7. Jordan Diaz
8. Jake Burger
9. Spencer Strider
10. MacKenzie Gore