Griffin Canning – Pitcher – Los Angeles Angels
As expected Canning is expected to be activated from the IL today and take the ball against the Pirates. This would make him a potential two-start candidate, with the second start also coming at home against the White Sox.
In 16 appearances (15 starts) he’s shown pretty good skills across the board:
- Strikeouts – 9.76 K/9 (13.6% SwStr%)
- Control – 2.95 BB/9
- Groundballs – 37.7%
Obviously the red flag is the lack of groundballs, and that could lead to home run issues (especially when coupled with his 42.3% Hard%). You couple that with a .267 BABIP and his already ugly 4.76 ERA and why is it that you’d even consider buying?
The strikeouts/control is the first reason, as it’s allowed him to still post a solid 1.20 WHIP. He’s also shown an improved groundball rate since the All-Star Break, with a 46.2% mark (albeit in just 14.1 IP). While he’s never been a groundball machine, he does own a 43.9% groundball rate over 129.1 IP in the minors since 2018. That would be enough, given the other skills, for him to have success.
Maybe he’s not an ace, but at the very least he has the potential to be a solid option in all formats as a plug and play (with the upside for more).
Randy Arozarena – Outfielder – St. Louis Cardinals
He was summoned to take the spot of the injured Jose Martinez, who had been getting regular playing time against southpaws. That’s not to say that there aren’t full-time AB available, with Tommy Edman getting time in right field against right-handed pitchers.
Arozarena was hitting .349 with 10 HR and 16 SB split between Double and Triple-A this season while showing an ability to make consistent contact (7.9% SwStr%). There’s clearly some power/speed at play, though there are questions as to how both skills will translate to the highest level:
- Power – A 51.3% groundball rate could limit the power potential
- Speed – He went 16-for-26 on stolen base attempts, so he clearly needs to work on his efficiency
That’s not to say that he should be ignored, because if he’s in the lineup he could make at least a short-term impact. For those in formats that utilize five-outfielders he’s worth the gamble to find out.
Additional Waiver Wire Targets:
- Freddy Galvis (CIN) – It’s an interesting landing spot, especially with Josh VanMeter having cooled off recently and sitting against southpaws. At the very least Galvis could be a platoon option (.281 with 3 HR against southpaws), but he’s performed well against right-handed pitchers as well and could overtake him for the starting role sending VanMeter back into a super utility role (or they can both play over Jose Peraza, Jose Iglesias and others). Either way it’s easy to envision Galvis emerging as a starting option, making him worth grabbing if someone dumped him.
- Joshua Rojas (INF/OF) – Acquired as part of the Zack Greinke return, Rojas has played everywhere besides C and CF over his minor league career. Splitting time between Double and Triple-A he hit .332 with 23 HR and 33 SB over 416 AB. He did it with an ability to make consistent contact (7.2% SwStr%), a strong approach in general (11.9% walk rate) and underlying metrics that aren’t completely unreasonable (17.4% HR/FB, .355 BABIP). The team should be able to find him AB, making him a must add in all formats immediately.
Sources – Fangraphs, MILB.com