Fantasy Baseball Waiver Cable Weekly Report – Week of June 21
Heading into Saturday night, Seattle turned to Torrens as the main receiver in three of their last four meetings. He responded with six hits in 13 at-bats with three runs, two home runs and four RBIs. His attraction and advantage come from a successful 2019 season in AA (.300 in 350 at-bats with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs). Torrens misses the hottest play of the week in deep leagues.
It’s getting to be where I fall into the stalker category in my support for Varsho in 2021. His bat has been on fire in his last four games in the minors (10 of 21 with eight runs, five home runs and 13 RBIs). ), bringing his AAA resume to .313 with 18 runs, nine home runs, 25 RBIs and two steals in 80 at-bats. The Diamondbacks are out of the running, so it makes sense for them to play their young players on the rise during the second half of the year.
Cleveland traded Bauers to the Mariners 10 days ago after a lousy start to the year (.190 in 100 at-bats with two home runs, six RBIs and 27 RBIs). The change of scenery led to seven batting games (11 of 28 with five runs, a home run and three RBIs). Bauers showed the biggest advantage between AA and AAA in 2016 and 2017 (.269 with 158 runs, 27 home runs, 141 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 979 at-bats). It’s worth a bench midfielder this week in deep leagues because of the weakness in the free-agent pool at first base.
The Athletics gave Kemp the opening call in seven of his previous eight games, leading to eight hits in 27 at-bats with 10 runs, two home runs and six RBIs. His bat has been an asset for the past three weeks (.304 with 15 runs, two home runs and 13 RBIs in 56 at-bats). Oakland moved him up in the batting order, adding value to his ability to score runs. The key to playing Kemp is the return of his stolen bases in the minor leagues (144 out of 2,191 at-bats). Its only playable value comes in deep leagues.
In the past 10 days, Flores has had an eight hit streak (8 of 23 with four runs, one home run and four RBIs). His approach (18 walks and 22 strikeouts in 176 plate appearances) qualifies well while possessing more underlying power (82 home runs and 280 RBIs in 1,975 at-bats) from 2015 to 2020. Flores should be in the lineup for most nights until Evan Longoria returns from his injury.
For the first two and a half months, Giménez has been a disappointment in the majors (.179 in 78 at-bats with two homers, five RBIs and four steals) and AAA (18 of 80 with one homer, four RBIs and 18 strikeouts. ). His bat picked up the pace in his last five games (7 of 22 with seven runs, five home runs, nine RBIs and one steal). Cleveland can call him this week if Jose Ramirez lands on the disabled list with a foot injury.
The Rangers continue to hit unsatisfying bats at third base. His future in the job is Josh Jung, who missed the first six weeks of the minor league season with a foot problem. In his first three AA games, Jung was 5 of 12 with one home run and four RBIs. For now, he is just one player to watch.
The fantasy radar is now shining on Ward after extending his hitting streak to eight games (12 of 32 with six runs, one home run and nine RBIs). Since Mike Trout’s injury, he has hit .268 with 23 runs, seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 127 at-bats, which is more than worth playable value in 12- and 15-team formats.
An injury to Corey Dickerson prompted the Marlins to call Sanchez over the past week. His bat played well at AAA this year (.349 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 129 at-bats). In his first 38 at-bats in the majors, he has just three hits with two RBIs and a large number of strikeouts (17). There are advantages to Sánchez’s bat, but he needs to show that he belongs in the majors. For now, just a flyer from week to week in deep leagues.
After losing Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta hasn’t found the right player to take its left field spot. Waters played well from May 30 to June 10 at AAA (13 of 37 with five runs, three RBIs and three steals), but a thumb problem pushed him onto the disabled list with a thumb injury. He has a balanced skill set with the potential to help with batting average. Water is a player to watch for the next few weeks in deep formats.
Tampa may be forced to call Baz after Tyler Glasnow’s injury. In his first eight AA-AAA appearances, he posted a 2.45 ERA with three walks and 54 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. Baz brings a ’90s fastball with a positive slider. His arm is on the move, and shocking innings are expected in the majors.
The Braves can turn to Muller to start Monday after losing Tucker Davidson to a forearm problem. He has an below par ERA (4.60) and WHIP (1.51) at AAA in seven starts, but Muller pitched much better in his last 24.1 innings (2.59 ERA and 31 strikeouts). Just a risk / reward game in deep formats.
St. Louis still needs a starting pitching, giving Liberatore a chance to get the next call from the minors. During his four seasons on the farm, he has a 2.96 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 142.2 innings. His season began in trouble in his first four AAA starts (5.48 ERA) before moving on to the Olympic team. Liberatore pitched much better in his last two starts (two runs and 12 base runners in 10.1 innings with nine strikeouts.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.