Flag Day is less than a week away, and I am hoping that you are not waiving the white flag on your Fantasy Baseball season just yet. Even if you are wallowing towards the bottom of your league, there is still time to work the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire and turn your fortunes around. It may be June, but there is a lot of time left and no one is out of it yet.
As I said last week, I am trying not to repeat names, so be sure to check out if players like Jurickson Profar, Byron Buxton, and Jon Gray have already been snagged off the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire.
This week on the hitting side of the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire, we have a Twitter sensation who also has a world of baseball potential that he seems to be realizing. We also have a shortstop who is returning from injury and looks to add third base eligibility. Finally, we have a lower level prospect who I don’t completely believe in that hasn’t stopped hitting lately.
The pitchers that are on more than half of league’s Fantasy Baseball waiver wire include the latest pitcher who should be closing for the Houston Astros. Also highlighted is an aging Yankee who has seemed to turn back the clock as of late, and a young gun in the National League West who has battled adversity and looks stronger with every start.
We are roughly one-third of the way through the Fantasy Baseball season and the waiver wire will continue to be your friend throughout the year all the way until September. Be sure to check out old articles to see who else to look at when trying to pick up the right player. As always you can follow me on Twitter @fightingchance.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire
Archie Bradley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
The seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bradley has had his fair share of adversity on his way to the Major Leagues. His 2015 was quite the adventure as he took a comebacker to the face which caused him to miss a chunk of time, and after that he suffered a shoulder injury that took him out for the rest of the season. Fantasy owners abandoned Bradley in droves as he was assumed to be too much of a risk to handle coming into 2016.
He started the season in the Minors, but he certainly has started to make a lot of noise in Arizona. Over his last two starts he has allowed a combined four earned runs. And even though he took the loss on June 3, he still has a very impressive 19 strikeouts in his last 13.1 innings. Bradley was a talented prospect before his injury riddled 2015, and he should not be forgotten.
He is still owned in less than 20 percent of leagues across the major sites, but with his potential and upside, you need to see if you can afford to take a chance on him right away.
CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees
For the better part of three seasons, I have been writing the death notice of CC Sabathia. Once a perennial All-Star, Sabathia has been a shell of his former self, posting an ERA north of 4.70 in each of the last three seasons, and even his strikeout rate has been down. At 35 years old and pitching for an aging, sub-par offensive team, there was little reason to believe that Sabathia would thrive in 2016.
After allowing an acceptable three earned runs in each of his first four starts, Sabathia was incredible since the calendar turned to May as he has allowed just three earned runs in his last five starts combined. Even his last time out when he walked six batters, he still battled through five shutout innings. He no longer has overpowering stuff, but Sabathia has learned to how to pitch with finesse and location and has been spectacular in 2016.
There is a concern at how few runs the Yankees score, but right now few pitchers available in around two-thirds of leagues are pitching anywhere near as well as CC is right now.
Will Harris, RP, Houston Astros
I feel like I have been writing all season long about the Astros bullpen as it has been in flux it seems since the season started. Ken Giles was the presumptive closer but lost the job in March to Luke Gregerson. Gregerson held the job for the last eight or nine weeks, but blew too many opportunities and Manager AJ Hinch has used the worst phrase in Fantasy Baseball … bullpen by committee.
While that might sound bad, Harris is the guy you want to jump on. Gregerson certainly isn’t getting the role back right away after the string of blown saves that he has had, Giles just lost Monday’s game by giving up the winning run in the ninth inning, and Michael Feliz has great stuff but I don’t see him getting a chance any time soon.
Harris was the first guy that the manager turned to when Gregerson was taken out of the role. His ratios are eye popping this season and if you need closer help, Harris would be my choice in the Houston bullpen.
Logan Morrison, 1B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays
I have been waiting many years for LoMo to finally live up to the potential that we all know he has, and I’m hoping that this might finally be it. Injuries and inconsistency has marred his big league career after a very impressive collection of Minor League numbers. Morrison has long been a very entertaining force on Twitter, and if you aren’t following @CupOfLoMo you are missing out.
Even better than having great Twitter numbers, Morrison is producing for the Rays. He has four of his seven home runs this season since the calendar turned to June, and he also has driven in seven runs this month. Morrison is 28 years old and I usually write off guys who haven’t produced up to their expectations by that age, but his problem has largely been from being traded around and injury troubles.
LoMo still has a live bat, and the Rays suck pretty awful so the opportunity is there for him to thrive in the middle of their lineup.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) June 6, 2016
A thumb injury that required surgery in March has cost Peralta the entire season to this point, but he was just activated on Tuesday. There was some concern in the last couple of weeks about Peralta’s possible playing time with the emergence of Aledmys Diaz. The Cardinals Cuban middle infielder has been hitting so well that it demands that his bat be in the lineup, which made it unclear if Peralta would lose some playing time.
St. Louis put those concerns to bed when they demoted Kolten Wong to the Minors. This opened up a move for Matt Carpenter back to second base, it allowed Diaz to stay at shortstop, and made room for Peralta every day at third base. Not only does this guarantee him regular playing time, but shortly it will add third base eligibility to his resume.
Peralta came back hitting with two doubles and two RBIs in his first game back and you need to jump on him right away for help at shortstop or third base on your roster.
Trayce Thompson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
In March it appeared that Thompson would need a bunch of injuries to the Dodgers’ outfield if he were to be given a chance to have regular at-bats in 2016. It just so happens that is exactly what has happened as Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig are injured, and Carl Crawford has played so poorly he is no longer even a factor. Sometimes a little opportunity is all you need and this 25 year old certainly is making the most of it.
Thompson certainly flashed some legitimate power in the Minors, although his bigger home run numbers came when he was at the lower levels. He has 10 home runs in about 130 at-bats so far in the Majors, and he has even stolen four bases. He has also shown nice plate discipline with his 17 walks against 33 strikeouts. Ethier won’t be back until after the All-Star Break at the earliest, so Thompson has a nice stretch here to show that he is the superior player.
Considering the Dodgers have been attempting to unload Ethier for what seems like two seasons, I think there is a strong possibility that Thompson will be roaming the Dodger outfield for the rest of the season.