As we head into the All-Star break, we present our final waiver wire of the first half. Enjoy the list and most importantly, take some time during the All-Star break to evaluate your fantasy teams for a push to the finish line.
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Franklin Barreto, 2B, OAK (CBS: 10% owned)
The A’s have finally tired of Jurickson Profar and his poor performance, relegating him to the “super-utility role”. Franklin Barreto gets the call and for at least the next while will be the A’s everyday option at second. The 12 homers, 13 stolen bases, and .379 OBP in 277 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas looks awful good on his resume.
Jeimer Candelario, 3B, DET (CBS: 7% owned)
After a solid rookie campaign in which he hit 19 homers, there was hope that Candelario would build on that success in 2019, but alas it was not to be. A slow start led to a demotion for the bulk of June, and since returning he has looked much like the player we saw last year. He’s not without his faults in that he doesn’t walk enough and strikes out too much, but will hit 20-to-30 bombs, four of which he hit in the last week.
Dylan Cease, SP, CWS (CBS: 59% owned)
After struggling through 33 pitches and a pair of runs in the first inning of his debut, Cease settled down and gave the ChiSox faithful a preview of what should be a long successful career. He was in control, striking out six over his final four innings of work in earning his first big league win. Cease could very well be the last big-name pitching prospect to get the call in 2019.
Enyel De Los Santos, SP, PHI (CBS: 1% owned)
Jake Arrieta is dealing with a bone spur issue, which would help explain his poor results, especially in the past month. Short of reaching outside the organization the two principal options appear to be De Los Santos and Cole Irvin. De Los Santos won the coin toss.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, BOS (CBS: 65% owned)
The on-going mess that is known as the Boston bullpen is looking to get a boost after the break. The return of the hard-tossing Nathan Eovaldi, and into the ninth-inning role, should provide a big boost to the beleaguered Boston pen.
Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, PIT (CBS: 21% owned)
Since July 1, Frazier has gone 13-for-21 with one homer, seven RBI and an equal number of runs scored. Clint Hurdle, going with the hot-hand has moved him into the leadoff slot in the batting order. There are counting stats to be had!
Danny Jansen, C, TOR (CBS: 34% owned)
In the past two weeks, Jansen has emerged from his season-long doldrums. He has gone 15-for-41 with six homers and 12 RBI. He’s very quickly moved into a must-start as a second catcher in two-catcher formats.
Dinelson Lamet, SP, SD (CBS: 42% owned)
Lamet’s first start since returning from TJS has to be labeled a success. Pitching against one of the best teams in the game, he limited the Dodgers to three hits, two walks, and three earned runs over five innings. Toss in those seven strikeouts and the interest level and FAAB spending this weekend should be high.
Tyler O’Neill, OF, STL (CBS: 13% owned)
O’Neill looks to have a steady diet of at-bats in the next while with Marcell Ozuna finding his way to the 10-day IL with a fractured finger(s). We know the drill. Lots of miss in the swing and miss game, but the homer potential is very real as evidenced by the 11 homers in 142 at-bats at Triple-A Memphis.
Colin Poche, RP, TAM (CBS: 3% owned)
Jose Alvarado is going to miss the next two-to-however many weeks with an oblique injury. Diego Castillo is still on the 10-day IL, although he should be returning soon. Emilio Pagan has been roughed up in his past two appearances. What was once perceived to be strength simply hasn’t been one. Meanwhile, Poche was called up at the end of the first week of June and has arguably been the Rays best reliever over the past month. He now has five holds and an outstanding 24-to-1 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 IP. Tossing down a buck or two on a pure spec pick like Poche, could prove to be money well spent.
Daniel Ponce de Leon, SP/RP, STL (CBS: 5% owned)
The Cards are in tight in the NL Central and Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, and Michael Wacha are all struggling. Alex Reyes is still MIA. Ponce de Leon could be the best option as a fill-in type starter until the ship is righted. Even in a long-relief role, that 2.16 ERA, .92 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 25 IP provides value.
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE (CBS: 11% owned)
The good news is that Salazar has finally commenced a rehab stint and in 4 1/3 IP has 11 strikeouts with the fastball velocity being reported in the mid-’90s. The bad news is that he has allowed seven hits and three earned runs. He’s far from a sure thing to return at anything near his former level of play, but at the same time, a small bid now could land you a decent starter for the stretch run.
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Mauricio Dubon, SS, MIL (CBS: 2% owned)
The collision between Keston Hiura and Orlando Arcia last night looked frightening, but it appears the Brewers and Arcia escaped relatively unscathed. Latest reports have him good to go after the All-Star break, but for a small sum, having some insurance in Dubon isn’t a bad plan.
Damon Jones, SP, PHI (CBS: 3% owned)
Here’s an option for those playing in deep Dynasty Leagues. Another product of Driveline Baseball is starting to emerge. Damon Jones, a former 18th Rounder, has recently been promoted to Double-A. With four starts under his belt (22 IP), he’s allowed nine hits, nine walks, and only two earned runs. Toss in the 31 strikeouts and he becomes even more intriguing. Still a work in progress, he should start getting a bit more ink and climbing the prospect rankings.
Reyes Moronta, RP, SF (CBS: 4% owned)
I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Will Smith will be moving on at the trade deadline, leaving only Tony Watson between Reyes Moronta and save opportunities. Moronta’s strong strikeout rates and consistent performance this year makes for an intriguing and currently cheap option for potential saves in the second half.
Austin Slater, 1B/OF, SF (CBS: 1% owned)
The Giants continue to shuffle players in-and-out of their outfield, with Austin Slater being the most recent to get a shot. He’s definitely taking advantage of the opportunity, going 6-for-11 with two homers and nine RBI in the four games since his July 1 call-up.
Lewis Thorpe, SP, MIN (CBS: 2% owned)
A strong debut by the 23-year-old native of Melbourne Australia in which he tossed five strong innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts should you’re your attention. Jake Odorizzi is currently dealing with a blister issue and is expected back after the break, but rest assured Thorpe will be ready for his next opportunity in the Twin Cities.