Are you playing in an extremely deep fantasy league? That always makes the waiver wire extremely thin and finding value difficult. Let’s take a look at a few outfielders owned in less than 10% of leagues (both ESPN & CBS Sports) that may be able to provide value:
Ryan McBroom – First Baseman – Kansas City Royals
CBS Sports – 1%, ESPN – 0.1%
In 413 AB at Triple-A he was hitting .315 with 26 HR, 66 RBI and 87 R while showing an impressive approach at the plate:
- Strikeout Rate – 20.7%
- Walk Rate – 12.0%
- SwStr% – 9.2%
Obviously a .356 BABIP tells us the average may not be repeatable, but otherwise what about the 27-year old shouldn’t make us think he can’t replicate the success at the highest level? He wouldn’t be the last player to develop late, so let’s not use that as an excuse. We’d also like to have seen more doubles (26), but again it’s not enough of a red flag.
Over a small sample size in the Majors (18 PA) he’s shown signs of the same impressive approach (2.9% SwStr%, 15.8% O-Swing%) while hitting the ball hard enough (35.7% Hard%). The Royals should continue to take a look at him to see if he can be part of the solution moving forward.
Victor Reyes – Outfielder – Detroit Tigers
CBS Sports – 9%, ESPN – 4.1%
In 308 PA at Triple-A he went for 10 HR and 10 SB, though power has generally not been his forte. He’s shown a bit more speed than this before (he’s stolen 20 bases in a season), but again that’s not an elite mark. That said it’s not impossible that he contributes in the latter, and that’s not always something that’s easy to find.
In 207 PA for the Tigers he’s hit .311 with 1 HR and 4 SB, but he’s proven capable of getting on base (.343 OBP) and in turn scoring runs (22 R). Entrenching himself at the top of the batting order it’s worth riding his hot streak in hopes that he can contribute in three categories (AVG/OBP, R, SB), but don’t expect long-term production. He’s benefited from a .400 BABIP and brings an abysmal approach (10.0% SwStr%, 41.1% O-Swing%), so while it’s not impossible that he continues to produce the rest of the way he’s also not a player to get infatuated with.
LaMonte Wade – Outfielder – Minnesota Twins
CBS Sports – 0%, ESPN – 0.0%
This one is dependent on the health of Jake Cave and Max Kepler, but with both outfielders hurting it’s possible that Wade gets an opportunity. He’s spent time at Single-A (18 PA), Double-A (24 PA) and Triple-A (334 PA), hitting .240 with 5 HR and 7 SB. Those numbers aren’t going to jump out at you, but he’s walked (62) more than he’s struck out (56) and at the very least he could be an OBP force down the stretch.
Obviously if Cave proves to be healthy he’s the better choice to fill in for Kepler (who appears likely to miss at least a few days). That said Wade could get hot, even if it’s just for a few days, and is worth keeping an eye on.
Sources – Fangraphs