Archive for Waiver Worthy

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

Waiver Worthy: Could One Of Oakland’s In-House Shortstop Options Emerge As A Must Own?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Oakland A’s were dealt a significant blow with the injury to Marcus Semien, who will miss at least a few months due to surgery to correct a broken wrist (early reports have him being reevaluated in 6 weeks, meaning even if he was cleared he’d need rehab/strengthening time before returning).  A potential impact option entering the season, let’s take a quick look at the in-house options to see if there is any potential value:

 

Adam Rosales
He drew the start yesterday, hitting ninth, and went 0-2 with 2 K.  The veteran has seen time in the Majors since 2008, though has never had more than 279 PA in a season (2010).  That alone should tell us all we need to know, but consider his .227/.298/.366 slash with 40 HR and 16 SB for a moment… Read more

Waiver Worthy: Determining If Fast Starting Veterans Are Worth Adding (Souza, Werth & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As we all look for the next big thing we tend to overlook veterans who could potentially contribute to our fantasy teams.  Does that mean every veteran who is producing is worth owning?  Of course not, so let’s look at four of the more popular adds in the early going and try to determine if the upside is there or not:

 

Brandon McCarthy – Starting Pitcher – Los Angeles Dodgers
CBS Sports – 36%, ESPN – 7.0%, Yahoo! – 14%

Once one of the best control pitchers in the game, McCarthy has dealt with injuries in recent years limiting him to 63.0 MLB innings between 2014 & 2015.  Now healthy he’s gotten the job done over two starts, but that doesn’t mean that he’s been overly impressive.  He hasn’t been generating swings and misses (7.7% SwStr%) nor has he been generating swings outside the strike zone (24.7% O-Swing%).  His repertoire also hasn’t been overly impressive: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Identifying Three Potential SB Threats For Deep Formats

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The impression already was that speed was a hard commodity to find, so the losses of Trea Turner and Jean Segura hurt that much more.  Is there any cheap speed available on the waiver wire?  Let’s take a look and see:

 

Taylor Motter – Outfielder – Seattle Mariners
Motter can play all around the diamond, stepped in for Segura yesterday and seems like the best option to play regularly while the team’s starter is out.   While he’s not a blazer, he did steal 26 bases in 34 attempts at Triple-A in ’15 (went 19-for-23 in 88 games at the level last season) and went 5-for-6 during Spring Training.

It will be interesting to see if he’s given a shot at hitting atop the order, as he does have a minor league career .349 OBP (walk rates of 10.2% and 8.5% at Triple-A).  Regardless of where he hits, the fact that he can steal a few bases and add some power makes him an intriguing short-term play if he’s getting regular AB.  That’s no guarantee as Segura’s injury could prove minor, so monitor the situation. Read more