Waiver Worthy: Are The Recently Recalled Hitters Worth Grabbing? (Bobby Bradley, Will Smith & More)

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It’s easy to be drawn in by the most recent highly hyped youngster who is summoned to the Majors. Should we be, though? Not all prospects are created equal, so let’s take a look at some of the recently recalled players and determine if they are worth owning or not:

Bobby Bradley – Cleveland Indians
There had been talk that Bradley was close to a recall and it made sense considering how bad the Indians offense has been.  Cleveland currently owns the fifth worst team batting average (.236), the eighth worst team SLG (.404) and they’ve been among the lowest scoring teams in the league (341 runs scored).  While Bradley isn’t likely to help in the batting average, there is no questioning the power potential and boost that he can give the offense overall.

Strikeouts will be an issue (91 K over 257 AB at Triple-A this season), but if he’s hitting for power it won’t matter as much to Cleveland.  With the outfield struggling there is an opportunity for AB, with Jake Bauers getting the bulk of his AB in a corner outfield slot thus leaving 1B/DH duties to the combination of Bradley and Carlos Santana.

That said, let’s not assume that he’s going to be the next Joey Gallo.  While he may have a similar profile (high strikeouts with power), it’s hard to envision him maintaining the type of Hard% (48.8% for his career) or his HR/FB (30.6% for his career) that Gallo has.  He also may carry even more swing and miss risk, given his 18.0% SwStr% at Triple-A in ’19, and he doesn’t draw nearly as many walks (8.5% walk rate).  He may fit the general profile, but he’s not nearly that type of player at this stage in his career.

Fantasy Waiver Wire Guidelines:

  • 10 Team League – Only if you are starved for power
  • 12 Team League – Possible add, but not must add
  • 14+ Team League – Must add
  • AL-Only League – Must add
  • Keeper/Dynasty – Must add

Garrett Hampson – Colorado Rockies
Trevor Story has hit the IL, but does that mean Hampson’s return means he’s going to get regular playing time this time around?  With Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers in place to fill the middle infield slots Hampson will likely function as more of a depth piece there.  He could also pick up some AB in centerfield, as he did on Sunday, but Ian Desmond is in place there and starting to heat up.

We’ve seen the Rockies fail to trust Hampson before, so what makes us think this time around is going to be any different?  He’s likely going to operate more in a super utility role, as opposed to a starter, and that makes him more of an option for those in deeper formats.

Will Smith – Los Angeles Dodgers
He came off the bench to hit a walkoff home run against Scott Oberg, but does that mean he’s going to see regular playing time?  While Austin Barnes has struggled offensively (.220/.318/.373), he is going to continue to get the bulk of the AB with Russell Martin also in the mix.  As noted by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com (click here for the article), they could utilize their catchers at alternative positions to get everyone in the lineup (Barnes at 2B, Martin at 3B), but the quotes from manager Dave Roberts seems to indicate Smith’s opportunities could be limited:

“He’s earned the opportunity,” said manager Dave Roberts. “To have his bat off the bench to free up Russell [Martin] or whoever is playing, is a good thing. I’ll have him catch one of these games at some point.”

In other words Smith could hold value in two-catcher formats, but in single-catcher leagues he’s more of a player to stash and little more.

Sources – MLB.com, MILB.com, Fangraphs

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