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Waiver Wire What To Do's June 15th 2016 Edition
Waiver Wire What To Do's
Well, it’s certainly been a while since I’ve written a fantasy blurb. My Wednesdays freed up and then all of a sudden something was going on every week. This week, however, I have the time so here we go.
Will Harris, RP, Houston Astros (40% owned standard ESPN leagues)
Luke Gregerson has lost his job as Houston’s closer. Manager A.J. Hinch initially stated the club would use a closer by committee going forward. Most people had assumed it would be Ken Giles getting the opportunities as he has settled down after a rough start. Not so. Harris was given the chance and has converted the save in each of his last four outings. Couple that with a miniscule 0.61 ERA and 0.78 WHIP and it looks like the job is his to lose. Harris is averaging a little more than a strikeout per inning and has issued just six walks (one intentional) in 29 2/3 innings. So let’s recap. He doesn’t allow many hits or walks, has a sub 1 ERA and WHIP and seems to have a lock on the closer’s role on a team that made the playoffs last year. I’d say he’s worth the add even if you aren’t hurting for saves.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (39% owned)
Peralta started the year on the disabled list but was recently activated and is showing no signs of rust. He has hit safely in six of his first seven games including three multi-hit games and is part of a powerful lineup in St. Louis. He is also being used at third base and should gain eligibility there after just a few more starts. He was an All-Star last year and went on to club 17 home runs while hitting .275/.334/.411. There aren’t many offensive weapons at shortstop but Peralta is certainly one of them. Right now he is still available in more than half of the standard ESPN leagues. I can’t imagine that being the case a week from now. If you need infield help snag Peralta now. There won’t be a better shortstop available, at least offensively, on the wire.
Blake Snell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (29% owned)
Snell was recalled from AAA and he is set to take the hill tomorrow against the Seattle Mariners. He made one start earlier in the year and was superb allowing just two hits and one earned run while striking out six in five innings against the New York Yankees. In a dozen starts this year in Durham Snell posted a 3.29 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and an impressive 90 strikeouts in just 63 innings. He has the makings of a top flight pitcher and should be up for good at this point in the year. If you just lost someone like Gerrit Cole or Yu Darvish to the DL, Snell seems like a worthy replacement. The time to strike is now because if he dazzles again everyone will be rushing to add him. You don’t want to miss your chance.
Tommy Joseph, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies (18% owned)
Ryan Howard’s run as Philadelphia’s first baseman is over. On Friday manager Pete Mackanin informed Joseph that he has earned the starting job going forward. The rookie has played in just 25 games at the big league level but has already swatted seven home runs. There will most likely be some growing pains but the slugger was eating AAA pitching alive this season to the tune of .347/.370/.611. Obviously the Phillies aren’t expecting that kind of production but he will certainly be an improvement over Howard who is “hitting” .149/.209/.354. This is the last year of Howard’s deal and the Phillies have just about turned the page. Their future is with Joseph and that future starts now. The potential for serious power is there and that isn’t something typically found hanging out on the waiver wire at this point of the season. If you need more power, pick up the guy Binford would be proud to represent.
Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Miami Marlins (4% owned)
No, it’s not the mid-2000’s and no this isn’t the same player who tore up the American League for a decade in Seattle. This is 2016’s version of Ichiro and so far, the results may surprise you. Ichiro is playing regularly in Miami while he nears 3,000 career hits and he is picking up hits in bunches. The 16-year veteran is slashing .347/.410/.388. That isn’t a misprint. The OBP is higher than the slugging but that has typically been the case with Ichiro. He was never known for power and in fact, 37 of his 42 hits this year have been singles. But that average and OBP are the reasons to add Ichiro. He has scored 20 runs on the season and is 6-for-8 in stolen bases. The man still has his wheels and is putting the ball in play. He probably doesn’t have much time left in the majors so this could be your last shot at rostering the former MVP. He’s probably outperforming some of your bench players right now so why not make the switch?
Have questions about a player I didn’t mention? Feel free to leave comments or questions below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Want to reach me in a more direct manner? Find me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy.