Waiver Wire Transfer Weekly Report
Note: My waiver wire report goes a little deeper and leans towards high-risk leagues (15 teams)
In his last 17 AAA games, Bart was 24 of 68 with 12 runs, four home runs and 18 RBIs. Unfortunately, his strikeouts (24 out of 77 at-bats) remain high, which can be a problem if San Fran calls him to the majors. Possible upgrade to C2 in deep leagues later in the season.
A hip injury in early May caused Kirk to miss the last six weeks. He has progressed to hitting in extended spring training games over the past week. The Blue Jays can’t take him off the disabled list until early July, putting him in the buy-and-keep category for now. Kirk has an excellent approach to developing power. Based on the current pool of free agent players, I would target him in leagues this week.
Since returning from the disabled list, Votto has four hits in 17 at-bats with three runs, two home runs and six RBIs. His production of more than 118 at-bats projects 500 at-bats reaching 30 home runs and 97 RBIs. He’s hitting a favorable part of the order and the Reds have the second-best offense in the NL in mid-June. Votto is a free agent in 66 percent of the 12-team leagues in the high-stakes market.
The White Sox lost Nick Madrigal during what appears to be last week’s season. His injury creates a starting job for Mendick. His bat played well in 2018 and 2019 between AA and AAA (.263 with 31 homers, 123 RBIs and 39 steals in 930 at-bats). In his limited game in the majors, he hit .245 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 208 at-bats. Mendick has a cunning and balanced skill set, giving him a window to prove himself in fantasy leagues.
In his previous 11 games, Witt hit .349 with 11 runs, a home run, seven RBIs and two steals. His early struggles in AA were due to a high strikeout rate (27 out of 82 at-bats). If Adalberto Mondesi has another setback, Kansas City can turn to Witt to replace him in the starting lineup.
Franco continues to make his case to be in the majors at AAA. In his last 15 games, he hit .367 in 60 at-bats with 13 runs, four runs, 21 RBIs and three stolen bases. His bat has been special in his first 794 at-bats in the minors (.332 with 153 runs, 27 home runs, 141 RBIs and 26 steals) with more walks (94) than strikeouts (70). Franco is a franchise player who belongs to the majors.
The Tigers called Paredes last week after Jeimer Candelario landed on the disabled list over a Covid issue. Since 2018 in the minors, he hit .279 with 144 runs, 30 home runs, 150 RBIs and seven steals in 1,018 at-bats. His walking rate (10.3) qualifies well and he has a low strikeout rate (13.1). Paredes only makes sense in deep leagues until his bat starts churning out winning stats.
Since his call-up, Fraley has 10 hits in 40 at-bats with nine runs, two home runs, 10 RBIs and four stolen bases. His approach (18 walks and 12 strikeouts) has been the best of his career at any level. Between AA and AAA, he hit .302 with 73 runs, 21 home runs, 82 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 404 at-bats. His game seems improved while he tends to be a useful five-tier player.
Cleveland hasn’t found the right player in center field in mid-June. Mercado struggled his first 20 AAA games (.150 with no home runs, five RBIs, two steals and 17 strikeouts in 80 at-bats). He’s found his rhythm at the plate for the past two weeks (16 of 45 with 10 runs, three home runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases). With Bradley Zimmer on the verge of sniffing (16 strikeouts in 32 at-bats) his way back to the minors, Mercado should be the next man while offering a combination of power / speed.
Since landing a starting job for the Mets in early May (he missed 10 games after being hit by a pitch), Pillar hit .310 in 84 at-bats with 12 runs, four home runs, 13 RBIs and a Stole. However, his window to start lasts until Brandon Nimmo returns from his finger injury. Pillar is a better fit in deep leagues as a short-term injury cover.
Before his trade to Tampa, Rasmussen posted a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings with six hits, nine walks and 20 strikeouts from the Brewers bullpen. The Rays decided to send him to AAA even though his arm was sticking up. In his first six minor league appearances, he pitched nine scoreless innings with five hits, two walks and 18 strikeouts. Rasmussen still needs to stretch. Fantasy owners should pay attention to his progress, as he looks poised to give Tampa some good entries in the majors.
In 2019, a long time split between the start and the bullpen led to a 3.06 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 97 innings. The Giants started him in AA this year. After four appearances, San Francisco pushed him to AAA and then the majors. In his three stops, he has a 2.03 ERA with six walks and 44 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. Long has more than four innings yet to pitch in 2021, making for a rocky start in any format. It’s worth a seat on the bench until you get to five innings pitched.
During his four seasons in the minors, Ober was 18-3 with a 2.41 ERA and 244 strikeouts in 197.2 innings. He gets his advantage by elite command (26 walks). After struggling in his major league debut (four runs, six hits and two home runs in four innings), Ober allowed three runs and 13 runners in nine innings with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Your advantage in WHIP sets the tone for your advantage. Ober should be chosen in deep leagues this week.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.