Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Could Brent Suter or Colin McHugh Hold Appeal?

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 Monday):

 

Brent Suter – Milwaukee Brewers – Left-Handed Pitcher
After spending time in the Brewer bullpen Suter has transitioned to the rotation (including three starts in July) and pitched well.  In his 17.0 innings pitched this month he owns a 2.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 7.94 K/9 and 2.12 BB/9.  It’s easy to get excited by those numbers, especially since his luck metrics are fairly reasonable (.327 BABIP, 80.0% strand rate) and he’s also shown an ability to generate groundballs (1.37 GO/AO in the Majors, 1.44 at Triple-A prior to his recall).  Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Trying To Find Under-The-Radar Value (Snell, Wade & More)

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 Monday):

 

Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays – Starting Pitcher
Snell is set to return to Tampa Bay’s rotation today, after going 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA over 7 starts (44.0 IP) at Triple-A.  Before you get too excited, though, keep in mind that he posted a 1.32 WHIP.  His control was better than it was in the Majors (3.07 BB/9) and you can argue that there was some bad luck (.359 BABIP).  The latter isn’t necessarily a good argument, though, as he was hit hard (23.6% line drive rate) and struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark (1.02 HR/9).  Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Should You Be Looking To Add Bruce Maxwell Or Johan Camargo?

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):

 

Bruce Maxwell – Oakland A’s – Catcher
Welcome back Mr. Maxwell!  In a somewhat surprising move the A’s yesterday designated Stephen Vogt for assignment, calling up Maxwell as the corresponding roster move.  A popular sleeper prior to the season, you would expect that Maxwell is up with the intention to take over starting duties.

The 26-year old was hitting .286 with 2 HR (and 9 doubles) in 84 AB at Triple-A this season while showing a solid command of the strike zone (15.1% strikeout rate).  There’s never been a question about his ability to hit for a solid average, as he does own a career .267 average in the minors (.310 at Triple-A).  The issue was with his power, something that spiked last season (10 HR in 193 AB at Triple-A) but was uncharacteristic. Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Is Jose Pirela Or Jacob Faria Must Add Options?

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):

 

Jose Pirela – San Diego Padres – Second Baseman/Outfielder
He’s gotten off to a tremendous start, hitting .484 with 2 HR and 7 RBI over 35 PA (8 games).  While it’s been an impressive run, seeing him settle in atop the batting order, it’s fair to wonder if there’s any chance that he can maintain the production.

Just glancing at some of the metrics tell us his current pace is unsustainable:

  • BABIP – .591
  • HR/FB – 40.0%

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Deep League Waiver Wire: Three Players Owned In Less Than 5% Of Leagues (Cordoba & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For those who play in the deepest of formats, hitting the waiver wire is never easy.  Who is available in less than 5% of CBS Sports leagues who could help your fantasy squad?  Let’s take a look:

 

Allen Cordoba – San Diego Padres – Shortstop/Outfielder
CBS Sports – 1%

A Rule 5 selection, Cordoba had never played above Rookie Ball and has been thrust into Major League action.  While the Padres have protected him a bit, with Manual Margot on the DL Cordoba is getting an opportunity to show what he can do.  While you’d think that given his lack of experience he’d be overmatched, his 21.3% strikeout rate over 83 AB isn’t unreasonable.  He also has been able to make relatively consistent contact against all types of pitches (Whiff%):

  • Hard – 8.12%
  • Breaking – 15.32%
  • Offspeed – 10.00%

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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