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Waiver Wire What-to-do's June 28th edition
Waiver Wire Finds
In a week where some big names such as Pettitte, Buchholz, Sabathia and Ethier went down with injuries there should be a lot of activity on the waiver wire. Let's dive in and see who you should give a look too or who you might want to steer clear from.
Trevor Bauer, SP Arizona Diamondbacks (63% owned ESPN leagues)
Bauer is currently making his MLB debut against my Atlanta Braves. He is also making his debut on my fantasy squad. Bauer was a premier collegiate player in his days at UCLA and rocketed through the D'Backs system. Injuries to Joe Saunders and Daniel Hudson should assure Bauer a spot for the rest of the 2012 season and perhaps beyond. He posted excellent strikeout numbers in the minors (159K's in 118 2/3 innings) and is playing on a solid team in Arizona. The one knock I have on Bauer is his walk rate of 4.6/9IP. If he can get the walk down he should be a solid add in all leagues.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B Chicago Cubs (59% owned)
Rizzo may be the best thing to happen to the Cubs this year. GM Jed Hoyer has loved him since high school and drafted him when he was with Boston. He then traded for him while he was at San Diego and acquired him this year when he moved over to Chicago. If that isn't a man crush I don't know what is. But it is warranted. Rizzo has terrorized AAA pitching over the last two years (.336/.405/.670 with 49 homers, 52 doubles and 163 RBI in 163 games). That is an MVP calibur line. Rizzo did, however, struggle during his callup last year hitting .141 in 49 games. Everyone has growing pains and Rizzo's may be over. He should be added in all formats, especially keeper leagues.
Jarrod Parker, SP Oakland A's (49% owned)
Parker has been pitching like a man possessed over the last month and a half and he has been doing so largely under the radar. He has allowed 1 run or less in 6 of his last 7 starts and boasts a shiny 2.57 ERA for the year. He doesn't strike many people out and does walk batters but you can't have everything. Wins may also be hard to come by as he plays on a weak offensive team in Oakland (3 wins in those last 7 starts) but if you lost one of the pitchers listed above due to injury you could do worse for a fill-in starter.
Bobby Parnell, RP New York Mets (36% owned)
Injuries have struck the Mets bullpen which opens the closer door for Parnell. He has the best raw stuff in their pen and throws a 95mph heater but he has been erratic in the past. That being said he strikes out 8.4/9IP for his career and is slightly above that this year at 9 per 9. He will get the save chances for the foreseeable future in New York on a competitive Mets team and if you need saves he is worth a pickup. If not, well, carry on.
Stephen Drew, SS Arizona Diamondbacks (19% owned)
Drew came off the DL yesterday and went 1-for-4 against the Atlanta Braves. He suffered a gruesome ankle injury last year and may not be at full strength yet but when he is he is a top 5 fantasy SS. I expect him to hit 10 homers and drive in 45 the rest of the way and that is some serious production from the middle infield. I don't expect him to steal many bases due to the ankle but if you just lost Troy Tulowitzki and Drew is available strike now. If he wasn't on the DL he most certainly would have been drafted in every league. It isn't every day you can add a player of Drew's caliber off the waiver wire.