Working The Waiver Wire Week 6
Here are some players not named Vlad Guerrero Jr. to pick up in your league this week.
Carter Kieboom, SS, Washington Nationals (27% owned on Yahoo)
As I am writing this, it may be too late to grab the second hottest prospect off the waiver wire. He will be debuting the same day as Vlad Jr, who most likely was drafted in your league. Kieboom was speculated to be called up a few weeks ago after Trea Turner's finger injury, but the National's waited until Thursday to give him the call. The former first round pick in 2016 was cruising in the minors with a .379 average, three home runs, and 18 RBI in 66 at-bats. Kieboom is a must add in your league, so stop reading this and go grab him.
Michael Chavis, 3B, Boston Red Sox (12% owned on Yahoo)
Another prospect called up this week makes an intriguing pick up for your team. Chavis is filling in at second base and will likely get eligibility after a few more weeks of playing time. It's unknown how long he will be playing in the bigs, but is worthy of a roster spot for the time being. So far, he's 4-for-18 with two home runs and a stolen base. Hopefully, he continues to hit well and runs away with the second base position for the Red Sox.
Josh Reddick, OF, Houston Astros (23% owned on Yahoo)
It seems like every year Reddick starts hot only to fade away during the summer. But, he's currently batting .375 with 11 runs, three taters, six RBI and one stolen base for one of the best offenses in baseball. It's very unlikely he keeps hitting this well, but he can be an adequate fill in for a slow starting outfielder on your roster.
Tommy La Stella, 2B,3B, Los Angeles Angels (7% owned on Yahoo)
Tommy La Stella has seven home runs? What? Is the 30-year-old traveling journeyman having a Daniel Murphy like break out season? Another player unlikely to keep up the production, but a hot bat is a hot bat. Take the numbers and run. If you're desperate for some pop then I guess Tommy La Stella is your answer?
Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies (4% owned on Yahoo)
For those of you in deeper leagues, where Tommy La Stella is already owned (kidding), take a look at Raimel Tapia. In the past week, Tapia is hitting .313 with three runs scored, 3 home runs, and seven RBI. The biggest issue with Tapia is playing time. He doesn't get every day at-bats because of Ian Desmond. Perhaps, if Tapia continues to hit well he can force the Rockies to make a difficult decision giving him a starting role over the struggling Desmond.
David Bote, 3B, Chicago Cubs (3% owned on Yahoo)
I don't know that too much was expected of Bote this season, and while he hasn't been playing quite every day, he is making the most of his opportunity. He cracked a couple of home runs over the weekend against the Diamondbacks. He won't offer you anything as far as speed, but he is hitting nearly .300 and is giving you pretty solid production right now. In deeper leagues he is becoming a viable option.
Mike Soroka, SP, Atlanta Braves (36% owned on Yahoo)
Sing it with me now to the tune of The Knack's "My Sharona". M-M-M-Mike Soroka!!! The only reason Soroka is on your waiver wire is because the Braves are optioning their young starters back and forth between the bigs and minors. He missed most of 2018 with a shoulder injury, but he is fully healthy now and ready to win you some pitching categories. In two starts for the Braves, Soroka has struck out 13 batters with an impressive 1.69 ERA. Personally, I think Soroka is here to stay in the rotation and definitely worth owning in any format.
Griffin Canning, SP, Los Angeles Angels (20% owned on Yahoo)
The Angels top pitching prospect is getting the call and will be starting Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Canning was magnificent at Triple A this season with a 0.56 ERA, a WHIP under 1.00 and 17 whiffs in 16 innings against just two walks. Canning threw just about 100 innings last season in the Minors so don't be surprised if he doesn't pitch deep into games or gets skipped here and there to keep his innings down. His talent is undeniable though, and if you are in need of any starting pitching help, Canning could be your guy.
Dereck Rodriguez, SP, San Francisco Giants (41% owned on Yahoo)
I don't have a catchy song for Dereck Rodriguez, but I can tell you he's worth picking up in your league. He's earned three wins in five outings and has racked up 22 k's in 28 innings. Outside of one lousy performance, Rodriguez has pitched pretty well for the Giants in 2019.
Alex Wood, SP, Cincinnati Reds (34% owned on Yahoo)
Wood was traded to the Reds from the Dodgers in the offseason along with Matt Kemp and Pirate fighting Yasiel Puig. He has yet to pitch a game for the Reds due to a back injury he suffered in the last week of Spring Training. If all goes well, he will start pitching simulated games in the next few weeks and can be a member of the starting rotation next month. Wood was a solid fixture in the Dodgers rotation last season winning nine games with 135 K's in 151 IP and a 3.68 ERA. He is a good IL stash.
Ty Buttrey, RP, Los Angeles Angels (24% owned on Yahoo)
Buttrey was in the article last week as a speculative add, and here we are now this week and Cody Allen has landed on the Injured List. They have said that they will use a closer by committee but I don't think that is what will happen. I expect Buttrey to be the guy in the ninth while Allen is injured so if you need help in saves you could do worse than Buttrey.
Sergio Romo, SP,RP, Miami Marlins (28% owned on Yahoo)
The former Giants closer and Rays opener, Sergio Romo, is now closing games for the Miami Marlins. He earned three saves last week against the Nationals, Indians, and Phillies. Any consistent closer is worth owning if Saves are a category in your league. Especially, in today's game where there are several teams using closer by committees. He carries a 6.00 ERA, but that was due to one poor outing against the Chicago Cubs.
Jerad Eickhoff, SP, Philadelphia Phillies (21% owned on Yahoo)
Eickhoff has taken over the fantasy industry's break-out darling Nick Pivetta's spot in the Phillies rotation. In two performances, Eickhoff has racked up 14 K's against a strong Rockies offense and his division rivals the New York Mets. If he continues to pitch well he could permanently earn a spot in the rotation.