Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Is Joe Ross Finally Prepared To Produce?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Long viewed as a potential Top 30 type starting pitcher, it appeared that fantasy owners’ patience had run out for both the player and the way the Nationals were handling him.  It’s amazing how quickly things can change though, isn’t it?

After a surprise demotion to Triple-A Ross returned to start on Tuesday and twirled an absolute gem:

8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K

He was a groundball machine, generating 12 groundballs vs. 6 fly balls.  Now the question we have to ask ourselves is if he’s ready to maintain this type of production and realize the potential we’ve seen before, or if this was more of a one-off impressive performance. Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Searching For Outfield Help (Scott Schebler & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While it feels like outfield should be among the deeper positions, if you play in a five-outfielder format things tend to dry up quickly.  That’s why we often find ourselves digging deep in trying to uncover a potential gem.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at three outfielders who are potentially sitting on your waiver wire and try to determine if they hold value:

 

Delino Deshields – Texas Rangers – Outfielder
CBS Sports – 9%, ESPN – 2.4%, Yahoo! – 5%

When Jurickson Profar was taken out of the everyday lineup the thought was that it would be Ryan Rua who claimed regular playing time.  Instead it’s been Deshields, who is not only playing regularly but finding himself hitting atop the order and capitalizing on the opportunity:

  • April 26 – 2-3, 1 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB
  • April 28 – 2-4, 0 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB
  • April 29 – 0-3, 0 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB
  • April 30 – 1-3, 0 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

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Deep League Waiver Wire: Do Ryan Rua or Orlando Arcia Belong On Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are always looking to dig deep and find a gem that no one else is looking towards.  Sometimes an opportunity comes from a player gaining a new role and sometimes it’s a struggling player who has always shown potential.  Let’s take a look at two players likely sitting on the waiver wire who could appear to have value and determine if they are actually worth owning (all stats are through Tuesday):

 

Ryan Rua – Texas Rangers – First Baseman/Outfielder
After Jurickson Profar failed to capitalize on regular AB in the outfield the Rangers will give Rua a chance to stake claim on the job (and he made his presence felt yesterday, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R).  Last season the veteran got his longest look in the Majors, 269 PA, and he turned it into 8 HR and 9 SB.  He’s hit as many as 32 HR in a minor league season (2013) and stolen as many as 14 bases (also 2013), so the upside is there.  The biggest question he’s faced has been his ability to make consistent contact.

The owner of a career 27.7% strikeout rate in the Majors, he was at 28.3% in ’16.  Unfortunately it wasn’t just one pitch that he struggled against either (Whiff%): Read more

Waiver Worthy: Buy Low Candidates Sitting On The Wire (Jurickson Profar & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When we think about hitting the waiver wire our first thoughts are always grabbing the player who is scorching hot.  However waiting for a player to start producing makes the competition to acquire him that much tougher and having the foresight to buy low and grab a player before he turns it up could be the difference between winning and losing.  As the old adage goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and here are a few potential bargains likely sitting on the wire:

 

Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
It’s easy to sleep on Profar, thinking that he’s all name and no production.  It’s been a miserable start to the season, hitting .143 with 0 HR, 3 RBI and 5 R over 35 AB.  Obviously it’s a small sample size and the underlying numbers do show promise:

  • Line Drive Rate – 29.6%
  • BABIP – .185
  • SwStr% – 6.3%
  • O-Swing% – 20.4%

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Waiver Wire Guidelines: Which Of The Recent Hot Additions Are Worthy (Mancini, Senzatella & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s early in the season so a few big games (or even a few hot AB/IP) have a habit of skewing our outlook.  Does that mean that the impressive numbers should send us scurrying to the waiver wire, though?  Let’s take a look at some of the hotter recent waiver wire additions and try to determine if they are worth the investment or not:

 

Aaron Hicks – New York Yankees – Outfielder
CBS Sports – 7%, ESPN – 6.0%, Yahoo! – 5%

He’s had a big week and is garnering a lot of attention thanks to it (including 3 HR over a three game stretch).  It was a good showing, but is anyone willing to bet on him receiving regular playing time right now?  The Yankees still have a trio of alternative outfielders (Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner & Aaron Judge) and multiple options at DH. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Are Jose Berios Or Mike Clevinger Must Adds Upon Their Return?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We always say that pitching is deep, but injuries and struggles happen so we have to be keeping our eye on the next pitcher to arrive.  Sometimes they are heavily hyped prospects…  Sometimes they are virtual unknowns…  And sometimes they are names we know and have seen, though they didn’t necessarily impress.

Here are pitchers we all know and have seen before, but are currently spending time at Triple-A awaiting an opportunity.  In both cases, it may not be long making them intriguing players to stash:

 

Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins
Pitching in the World Baseball Classic, limiting his time with the Twins during Spring Training, cost him an opportunity to break camp with the Major League team.  Kyle Gibson (6.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) and Adalberto Mejia (4.05 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) could both easily be bumped from the rotation, and Berrios is stating his case at Triple-A for the move. Read more