Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Is The Newly Recalled Miguel Andujar A Must Own Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Yankees outfield has been hit hard by injuries, with Billy McKinney the latest to hit the DL (joining Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier).  Short on outfielders on the 40-man roster, the team instead recalled Miguel Andujar.  Now the question facing fantasy owners is if there will be enough AB for him to make an impact?

The Yankees could opt to deploy an outfield of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner, which would free up at bats from the DH spot for Andujar (or various infielders).  If they are more comfortable using Stanton as the DH, the team could shift the infield around to free up either 1B or 3B for Andujar:

Tyler Austin to the Outfield
He’s played 324 games in the outfield during his minor league career, and also made 12 appearances in the Majors.  That move would open up 1B, with Andujar getting the AB or a shift Neil Walker to 1B, Brandon Drury to 2B and Andujar to manning 3B. Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Has The Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas Become A Must Own Starter?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We touched on the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas when he initially signed in December, optimistic about his upside after spending a few years in Japan.  However a slow start to his spring likely scared many away, having allowed 10 ER over 4.2 innings in his first two appearances.  He’s made four appearances since, and the story has been extremely different:

18.0 IP
1.00 ERA
0.89 WHIP
8.00 K/9 (16 K)
2.00 BB/9 (4 BB)

Those are highly impressive and there a lot of key numbers that should be sparking optimism:

  • Overall he’s posted a 1.30 GO/AO and hasn’t allowed a home run since his first two appearances
  • Even during his struggles his control was solid, with 5 BB over 22.2 IP this spring
  • The improved strikeout stuff he showed in Japan (he owned a 9.0 K/9 on ’17) appears to have translated

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Waiver Worthy: Looking For Options To Replace Greg Bird

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yesterday we got the news that Greg Bird would be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks, needing surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle.  That means he could miss the first two-and-a-half months of the season, or more, by the time he’s got his timing down and is ready to return to the Majors.  While it’s a blow to his value, he still could be a major factor in the second half.  How can owners fill the void in the short-term?  Here are a few first baseman currently owned in less than 60% of both CBS and ESPN formats:

 

Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants
CBS Sports – 55%, ESPN – 20.6%

Last season’s concussion issues, which prematurely ended his campaign, has seemingly caused many to ignore him heading into 2018.  It’s fair, though he showed no ill effects this spring:

.365 (19-52), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 14 R Read more

Five & Dime Shopping: Digging Deep To Try And Find Some Value On The Waiver Wire

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the big names and whether or not we believe in them.  However fantasy titles can often be won or lost by your ability to find lightning in a bottle from an under-the-radar addition.  Let’s take a look at two players who could make an impact down the stretch and try to decide if they are worth adding or not:

 

Yolmer Sanchez – Chicago White Sox – Infielder
He’s been surprisingly productive this season, especially against right-handed pitching:

  • RHP – .276, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 43 R, 7 SB
  • LHP – .255, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 15 R, 1 SB

He has three times as many AB against righties (332 vs. 110), and he’s settled in as the leadoff hitter against them.  That’s an enviable spot to be in right now, as the White Sox have been one of the highest scoring teams September (81 runs scored are tied for the third most). Read more

Waiver Wired: Have Injuries Made These Sleepers Must Own Options?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries have helped to create opportunities for some under-the-radar players, and with a month left in the season we are looking for any advantage we can get.  Let’s take an in-depth look at two players who have suddenly found themselves thrust into the middle of their respective lineups and see if there is any potential production:

 

Jarrett Parker – Outfielder – San Francisco Giants
He hit 23 HR with 19 SB at Triple-A in 2015, and coming up through the minors consistently showed the upside of a 15/15 player.  That has always come with the caveat that he needs to be able to make consistent contact, something that has plagued him regardless of the level he’s played.  Having seen time at Triple-A each year since 2014, just look at his strikeout rates:

  • 2014 (89 PA) – 25.8%
  • 2015 (504 PA) – 32.5%
  • 2016 (222 PA) – 29.7%
  • 2017 (133 PA) – 23.3%

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Five & Dime Shopping: Digging Deep To Try And Find Some Value On The Waiver Wire

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the big names and whether or not we believe in them.  However fantasy titles can often be won or lost by your ability to find lightning in a bottle from an under-the-radar addition.  Let’s take a look at two players who could make an impact down the stretch and try to decide if they are worth adding or not:

 

Nick Delmonico – Chicago White Sox
He’s made a quick splash, hitting .307 with 6 HR, 12 RBI, 17 R and 2 SB over 22 games in the Majors.  Obviously the line is eye catching, though can we really expect him to continue producing at levels even close to this?  It’s not like he was blowing us away at Triple-A prior to the promotion, hitting .262 with 12 HR over 429 PA.

What he has shown thus far, both in the Majors and Triple-A, is a vastly improved approach at the plate:

  • Triple-A – 17.0% strikeout rate, 10.7% walk rate
  • Majors – 15.4% strikeout rate, 16.5% walk rate

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