Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups - 9/9
We are at the end of the race my friends! Football has started, the Basketball talk is beginning, and more than one hopeful prospect has found his way to the major leagues this week.
The following players were available in my 15-team NFBC league with two catchers, five outfielders, a MI and CI spot.
John Hicks, Detroit Tigers (C, 1B, CI, UTL) – Hicks is still readily available and batting .333 over the last seven days with two home runs, four RBI; while batting in the cleanup spot. Even when Miguel Cabrera returns, I would find it hard if I were Detroit to stop playing him.
Roberto Perez, Cleveland Indians (C, UTL) – Even though Perez is sharing time with Yan Gomes he still managed 17 at-bats this week while batting .353 with one home run and seven RBI.
Jorge Alfaro, Philadelphia Phillies (C, UTL) – Alfaro may struggle with lefties, but versus righties he is batting .415 over 41 at-bats. He has been a highlight on Quick Pitch more than once this week.
First Base, Third Base, Corner Infield
Rio Ruiz, Atlanta Braves (3B, CI, UTL) – The Braves have had problems at the hot corner all season and may have found their answer in Ruiz, unless Chipper Jones returns of course. Not only is he only 3-percent owned, but he also is batting .250 with one home run, five RBI, and a stolen base to boot over the last seven.
David Freese, Pittsburgh Pirates (1B, 3B, CI, UTL) – Not sure why Freese is still here but, he keeps on hitting. I hate listing players more than once but the reality is when a player is batting .389 with one home run over the last week I cannot help myself.
Yandy Diaz, Cleveland Indians (3B, OF, CI, UTL) – Diaz is starting to see some playing time while batting .353 over the last week. His spot in the batting order varies, but mostly seems favorable.
Second Base, Shortstop, Middle Infield
Erick Aybar, San Diego Padres (SS, MI, UTL) – Aybar is like that girlfriend who is bad for you, but you keep going back anyways. You expect greatness, but end up bitter and angry. He is however batting .308 with one home run this week and seeing regular playing time at a 6-percent ownership.
Max Moroff, Pittsburgh Pirates (2B, MI, UTL) – Here is another blast from the Jerry Colvin waiver wire past. Moroff keeps hitting and is zero percent owned for some reason. How is he doing this week? How about a .350 batting average with one homerun and five RBI.
J.P. Crawford, Philadelphia Phillies (SS, MI, UTL) – Crawford is known more for his defense and thus far has struggled at the big-league level. If baseball has taught me anything, it is this, sometimes when young players come up, they catch on. If you have room to spare, I would consider stashing him to see how it plays out.
Erik Gonzalez, Cleveland Indians (2B, SS, MI, UTL) – Gonzalez only garnered seven at-bats this week relegating him to the bottom of the list here, but in them seven appearances he has two home runs. Once again, if you can do so, I would stash him and see how this goes.
Jordan Luplow, Pittsburgh Pirates (OF, UTL) – Who the hell is Jordan Luplow? Who cares I say, he is batting .308 with one home run, and seven RBI this week.
Norichika Aoki, New York Mets (OF, UTL) – Aoki has found his way to the battered Mets lineups and succeeding. Since getting some at-bats in New York Aoki is batting .333 with a stolen base. He is who he is.
Phillip Ervin, Cincinnati Reds (OF, UTL) – Ervin is batting lead-off in the Great American Small Park, think about that. He is also batting .333 with two stolen bases this week, which is what you expect from your hitter in the one spot.
Harrison Bader, St. Louis Cardinals (OF, UTL) - Darth Bader, as I like to refer to him, is red hot and low owned. He is batting .318 with two HR, six RBI, and a stolen base this week. I love this kid.
Victor Robles, Washington Nationals (OF, UTL) – The Nats purchased his contract from Double-A Harrisburg this week where Robles was batting .324 with three home runs and 11 stolen bases over 139 at-bats. He has seen one at-bat up till now, this is to be determined.
Hitters (last seven days)
The starting pitching available this week is thinner than a Sally Struthers commercial image.
Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins – Anytime I am throwing Kyle Gibson out things are not very good. But, he is apparently eating his Wheaties as over the last two weeks he has two wins to go with his 1.83 ERA. The Twins are hot, and so is Gibson.
Austin Pruitt, Tampa Bay Rays – Can Pruitt keep doing it? This will have to wait to be answered, but he does have a 0.87 ERA with nine strikeouts, and a win over his last 10 1/3 innings pitched. The big problem is, his starts seem to revolve around which Rays pitcher is banged up each week.
Martin Perez, Texas Rangers – I feel like I am playing the board game Risk here. Perez is known for his ability to get “blown up”. But not lately. Over the last two weeks he has managed three wins with his 3.37 ERA. The strikeout upside is limited, but with little to choose from, I would take the chance.
Instead of giving each player his own paragraph this week we are just going to throw some names out there.
Scott Alexander (Kansas City), Jake McGee (Colorado), Joe Smith (Cleveland), and Eduardo Paredes (Anaheim), have all seen save opportunities in the last two weeks.
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. Go Dodgers!