Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups - 8/12
It’s Friday night again, and with that, I am in my office listening to some bad karaoke. It could be worse I guess.
Over the next three weeks, fantasy baseball is going to become quite volatile. There will be a lot of new blood coming up for their shot, and with that, the problem of figuring out how it affects playing time, etc. So, pay close attention to what is going on, or you will be lost in the shuffle.
The following players were readily available in my 15-team NFBC league with two catchers, five outfielders, a MI, and CI spot.
Tucker Barnhart, Cincinnati Reds (C, UTL) – I find it amazing that a catcher playing in “The Great American Small Park” is only 50-percent owned. Not to mention, he’s batting .313 with one homerun and five RBI over the last seven games.
John Hicks, Detroit Tigers (C, 1B, CI, UTL) – I have played the Hicks game a few times this season, and it has led to decreased at-bats each time. He does however have first base eligibility, while batting .364 over the last seven days. He should be easily obtainable for the minimum bid.
First Base, Third Base, Corner Infield
Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies (1B, CI, UTL) – This is the big call up for the week. He is currently batting in the four spot, and should see some playing time in the outfield with Aaron Altherr on the DL. This is a player with huge potential, how much? He hit 29 home runs this season at the AAA level with 91 RBI and a .284 batting average. This is where to go this week for power.
C.J. Cron, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1B, CI, UTL) – Cron is absolutely on fire over the last week, batting .435 with two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base. How long will it last? That is the question. But, he is however only 39-percent owned, although I suspect it will cost a few bucks this week to obtain him.
David Freese, Pittsburgh Pirates (1B, 3B, CI, MI, UTL) – I keep writing about Freese each week, and each week he has continued to produce (this is from last week). FIY, he is batting .300 over the last week with one home run. I really hope he is gone next week, I hate beating a dead horse.
Nicky Delmonico, Chicago White Sox (3B, CI, UTL) – Delmonico became the first White Sox player to reach base safely in nine straight major league games since 1913. To put that into perspective, the last time this happened, Americans were trying on gas masks to go fight the first Great War. He is batting .435 over the last seven days, and with some luck, will remain hot. Not to mention, any guy who is named after a delicious cut of steak has my vote.
Second Base, Shortstop, Middle Infield
Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins (SS, MI, UTL) – Polanco has heated back up again and is only 32-percent owned. Over his last 24 at-bats, he is hitting a whopping .542 with five RBI and a stolen base. The mistrust owners have for him could snag him cheap enough.
Dusty Coleman, San Diego Padres (SS, MI, UTL) – Who the hell is Dusty Coleman? Well, for now, just another Padres player to come up and start hot. But at a 2-percent ownership, batting .381 with one home run, three RBI, and stolen base over the last seven, I would take a shot for a buck-or-two.
Ronald Torreyes, New York Yankees (2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, UTL) – Considering Torreyes is a super utility player, playing time could remain constant, or zero. Especially with Starlin Castro having what seems to be a tough time coming back. You are not going to get a ton of production here, but he is carrying a .304 batting average over the last week, while sporting a .273 average with a home run over the last two. Why not?
In a pinch for a buck, I still also like Yolmer Sanchez and Tyler Saladino.
Jose Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals (OF, UTL) – No way Jose! Yes-way my friends. Martinez is on fire batting .292 with two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base this week. The Cardinals are hot, and with it, so are several players. Martinez is only 5-percent owned and is where I would look if in need of an outfielder.
Jarrett Parker, San Francisco Giants (OF, UTL) – Parker has also found his way back onto the field over the last week. He is batting .350 with one homerun and five RBI. I generally avoid anyone who plays for the Giants not named Buster Posey, but I do believe Parker is solid.
Joey Rickard, Baltimore Orioles (OF, UTL) – Now with Mark Trumbo back, Adam Jones swinging a hot bat and Trey Mancini (good call Brian Ambos in early pre-season) hitting bombs, Rickard is going to be the fill in guy. The thing I do like about Rickard is he touches a bit of everything when he plays; over the last seven days, he’s batting .280 with one home run, three RBI and two stolen bases.
Hitters (last seven days)
Austin Pruitt, Tampa Bay Rays – Pruitt, just do it. He has 15 strikeouts over his last 17 1/3 innings with a 3.11 ERA, and win. He benefits from a great pitcher’s park in Tampa, and with Jake Odorizzi hitting the skids again (day-to-day, foot), he should continue to see some starts.
Asher Wojciechowski, Cincinnati Reds – I am such a sucker for the hot Reds pitcher, why? I do not know; I really should have my head examined. But, the “Woj” has looked damn good. He has managed two wins over the last two weeks, while striking out 13 batters in 12 1/3 innings. His ERA is decent as well, 2.91, to compliment a .973 WHIP. I realize Sal Romano turned out to be cheese, but give the “Woj” a try.
If Cam Bedrosian is available, I would look here first. But otherwise, I am going back to drink from the same well again with…
Anthony Swarzak, Milwaukee Brewers – Here is the thing with Swarzak that makes him so appealing to me. When he was in Chicago (White Sox) he held it down, in a terrible park. So, it only makes sense that he is a great fit in Milwaukee. Yes, this was also from last week, and still holds true. Just like his 1.42 ERA, .789 WHIP and 10 strikeouts over his last 6 1/3 innings looks good to me. A closer in Milwaukee? Never safe. No matter how good.
Pitchers (last 14 days)
Any questions about pick-ups, hit me up on Twitter @realJerryColvin. Screenshot your choices sorted by at-bats over the last seven, and 14 days for me to look at. I will get back to you.