Prioritizing The Waiver Wire: Corner Infielders: Some Intriguing Recent Recalls (And One On The Cusp) Sit Atop The Priority List

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When looking at these rankings keep in mind that every league is different. In this column we feature players who are owned in less than 50% of CBS Sports formats, but it’s possible that there are better options currently sitting on your waiver wire. Make sure to analyze all of your options before making a decision.

Corner Infielder Waiver Priority (CBS Sports ownership is in parenthesis):

  1. Ty France (SD, 8%) – His results in the Majors have not yet been spectacular (.220 with 2 HR over 118 PA this season), but the power is for real (27 HR, 89 RBI, 83 R at Triple-A) and he should play regularly with Fernando Tatis Jr. out for the season.  The fact that he’ll soon add 2B eligibility, adding flexibility to your lineup, only adds to the potential appeal.
  2. Josh Rojas (ARI, 18%) – He showed intriguing power and speed in the minor leagues (23 HR/33 SB over 416 AB) and has looked good in limited AB in the Majors (.286 with 0 HR/1 SB over 24 PA).  He’s continuing to show an ability to get on base (12.5% walk rate in the Majors, 11.9% in the minor leagues) and with his positional flexibility should get ample opportunity to play.
  3. Nate Lowe (TB, 19%) – He continues to be pinned at Triple-A, despite performing well both there and during his time in the Majors.  We know he’ll return once rosters expand in September, and you would think that would also lead to an opportunity.  This is Tampa Bay, though, so time will tell.  Consider him a high upside stash to see how things play out. 
  4. Brandon Belt (SF, 28%) – He’s an often undervalued option, and considering that he’s hitting .230 with 14 HR over 409 AB it’s easy to understand.  That said he showed his upside recently against the Diamondbacks (4-9, 2 HR, 7 RBI in two games) and he’s swinging and missing less than ever before (9.1% SwStr%).  With home runs up across the game, would it be surprising to see him carry this recent little surge for an extended period of time? There isn’t much long-term upside, but you may catch lightning in a bottle.
  5. Kyle Seager (SEA, 47%) – We all know the name and he’s been on an absolute tear of late with a 13-game hitting streak through August 19 (including a 3 HR game).  We’ll have to wait and see if he can maintain his career best 18.0% HR/FB and he’s never going to be a great option in terms of AVG (.242) or OBP (.312), but ride him while he’s going well.
  6. Justin Smoak (TOR, 42%) – Yes it’s been a disappointing season as he’s become far too pull happy (16.6% Oppo%).  At the same time he’s showing power, hitting the ball hard (43.6%) and showing a strong approach (9.4% SwStr%, 23.2% O-Swing%).  Is it a stretch to think that he’ll catch fire at some point, with the potential to carry your team down the stretch?
  7. Joey Wendle (TB, 13%) – He’s continuing to work his way back and could be on the verge of returning shortly.  Once back he’ll see time both at 2B and 3B, and maybe SS as well, but will he be in the lineup every day?  He may at least sit against southpaws, though time will tell.  There’s enough upside to consider stashing him to find out.
  8. Tommy Edman (STL, 12%) – He’s played well enough to supplant Matt Carpenter (for at least short stints) and has taken advantage of his opportunities (.271 with 5 HR/8 SB).  He’s not a great option, but there’s enough to make him a solid fill-in if necessary.
  9. Jon Berti (MIA, 10%) – He can play nearly anywhere in your lineup (he’s played at least 10 games at SS, 3B and OF this season and depending on your league may also have 2B eligibility) and brings some speed.  With regular playing time that obviously puts him on radars.
  10. Austin Nola (SEA, 12%) – He’s hitting .314 with 6 HR over 131 PA in the Majors (after hitting .327 with 7 HR in 229 PA at Triple-A).  He’s never been a source of power before, though is a 15.0% HR/FB a number that can’t be maintained?  Of course he’s also benefited from a .376 BABIP and brings little speed, so he’s a tough player to invest heavily in.

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