To the Rescue: Waiver Wire Pickups

If you have any kind of Fantasy experience you know what it feels like to watch 2 or 3 of your players land on the always timely 15 day DL. If your lucky enough to be in a league with multiple DL slots you can stash your stars away, but for owners like myself, moves need to be made to replace lost production. Most recently, its been my closers (see “Closing Down”) that have been dropping like flies, with a few of my outfielders thrown in as well.

The  waiver wire holds great reward for those who can maneuver it well so here are a few up and coming stars and waiver wire steals to solidify lineups in the upcoming weeks: (In no particular order)

1. Brett Wallace 1B

(Yahoo: 26% owned, ESPN: 41.6%)

If you need a player that hits for average and gets on base, then Brett Wallace is your man. Drafted 13 in the 1st round of 2008, Wallace already has 40 hits through 37 games,  sports a .331 batting average, complimented with 14 walks. Wallace is a superb young talent in Houston and should be picked up and played.

2. Freddie Freeman     1B

(Yahoo: 24 percent owned, ESPN: 30.4 percent)

If you missed out on Eric Hosmer, Freddie Freeman should be your next in line. Freeman’s rookie season hasn’t necessarily lived up to expectations, but at least he’s showing some signs of breaking out of this early slump. The 21-year-old first baseman is batting .296 (8-for-27) over his last eight games, including a home run against Cole Hamels last Sunday. Freeman has been batting sixth since mid-April and should be in a prime position to drive in runs moving forward.

3. Dominic Brown     OF

(Yahoo: 24 percent owned, ESPN: 3.3 percent)

This young stud is just biding his time in the minors, waiting for Ben Francisco’s average to drop below .200. Brown was forced to miss the beginning of the season due to hamate bone surgery, but he’s off to a fantastic start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley during his rehab assignment, batting .353 (12-for-34) with two homers, two doubles and seven RBI. No one expected the power to rebound this quickly, and seems ready for a future call-up.

4. Jamey Carroll     2B/3B/SS/OF

(Yahoo: 14 percent owned, ESPN: 6.8 percent)

Beautifully utilized, Carroll has been one of the game’s hottest hitters this month, batting .342 (13-for-38) with two doubles, six runs scored and a 4/5 K/BB ratio. He doesn’t have any power, but is batting leadoff and offers some sneaky speed for a 37-year-old. Rafael Furcal won’t begin his minor league rehab assignment until at least Saturday, so Carroll should continue to play everyday at least until sometime next week. Grab him for a useful short term play.

5. Mark Trumbo     1B

(Yahoo: 16 percent owned, ESPN: 16.5 percent)

Kendry Morales must be kicking himself for having to have ANOTHER season ending surgery, but it’s Trumbo who will  continue to see the majority of the playing time at first base moving forward. The 25-year-old found himself in a massive slump near the end of April, but is batting .355 with three homers and eight RBI over his last nine games. Needs to work on plate discipline but a good buy for the rest of the year.


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One Response to “To the Rescue: Waiver Wire Pickups”

  1. Clayton DeChant says:

    Dustin Ackley???

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