Fantasy Baseball: Top MLB Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7 of 2021
With Major League Baseball season nearly two months old, your Seasonal Team may need a tweak or two to keep them in top shape as the hot summer days approach. As the pennant races heat up and we start to see which teams have some power for the long season, there are some interesting additions available on the waiver threads of many leagues. Below are my top two hitters and top two pitchers to target on the bypass threads, along with some specialty options if your team needs a boost in a specific category.
Throughout the week, I’m available for scheduling advice and waivers on Twitter at @ZT_Sports, where I’ll also send pickup alerts if it’s possible to pick up a key add-on during the week. As always, remember to consider your specific team needs and league rules when doing your fundraising.
1B / D’Andrew Vaughn, Chicago White Sox (at MIN, in NYY)
Vaughn was expected to DH and play a bit 1B for the White Sox this season, but the 23-year-old top prospect has been squeezed into a daily OF role due to multiple injuries for Chicago and the emergence of Yermin Mercedes as more of an offensive force than expected. Vaughn is also starting to bring his own shot, and has two home runs and eight RBIs in his last 11 games while adding 7 for 34 (.206) but also completing six walks. Vaughn has done a great job working and putting himself on the base, so if your format rewards OBP or OPS he is even more of an asset.
Heading into the season, Vaughn was set to be one of the best young hitters to reach the majors this year after solid spring training and a good year of work last year at the alternate site. He was ranked No. 1 for White Sox prospects in the season by the Fangraphs and MLB Pipeline after his rapid rise among the miners after an outstanding college career at Cal. So far in his rookie season he has a .153 ISO and .334 wOBA, but those two numbers climbed in May despite a drop in BABIP. If he returns to the BABIP league average, those numbers should go even higher, especially with his impressive 55.0% success rate.
C / 1B / 2B Austin Nola, San Diego Padres (v COL, v SEA)
Nola may not have been drafted into your league or been dropped as he started slowly after coming back from his fractured left middle finger a little later than expected. However, he seems to be finding his rhythm now, and offers exceptional positional flexibility helping to get behind the plate while still being a part of one of baseball’s most productive lineups.
In his first nine games back, Nola has only gone 2 for 19 without a single multi-hit performance, but has tallied multiple hits in two of his three most recent starts, going 5 for 10 with a double. , six. RBI and his first circuit of the season. He should continue to evolve in the right direction and is a big part of the Padres’ plans, so take advantage if someone bailed him out too early and he’s available on your waiver thread.
SP Yusei Kikuchi, Seattle Mariners (vs. DET, at SD)
The Mariners southpaw has been riding lately, and even a clash with the mighty Dodgers last week couldn’t slow him down. He allowed three earned runs or less in three straight starts while starting the seventh in each outing. He had 11 strikeouts, a season-high, in that start against the Dodgers, which resulted in a no-decision. He’s just 1-2 on the season with a 4.30 and 4.10 FIP ERA, but he’s also been a great source of strikeouts with 45 Ks in 44 innings.
Kikuchi’s success rate is actually a bit higher than last season, but he has diversified his repertoire and thrown his fastball much less, at 29.9% after 37.7% and 49.1% on his first two seasons. His speed on his fastball actually increased quite a bit as a result, and his new mix of throws resulted in a 31.1% hitting and swing percentage. If that number stays high, he should continue to rack up strikeouts and go deep into games for Seattle. He kicks off this week with a big game against the Tigers on Monday.
SP Luis Garcia, Houston Astros (to OAK, to TEX)
The 24-year-old right-hander hasn’t worked particularly deeply in games for the Astros, but he’s been impressive in his six starts and was able to secure his first win of the season on Saturday by limiting the Rangers to one point. five rounds. He has an FIP of 4.44 with his ERA of 3.34 and has totaled 40 strikeouts in 35 innings for an impressive 10.3 K / 9. Garcia has made at least 4 2/3 innings in five starts. in a row and hasn’t allowed more than three points in any outing this year. The Astros are going to be careful with their prospect, but he has a very productive roster behind him so more wins should be possible in the future.
Garcia has relied more on his cutter this season, throwing that shot 18.6% of the time compared to just 5.4% last season, and it has given excellent results. He has a 30.6% hitting and swing percentage indicating strikeouts should keep coming for the young starter and this week he will get a favorable rematch with the Rangers.
Specialty pickups to consider
AVG / hits Pickup: Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates
OBP / Runs marked Pickup: SS Miguel Rojas, Miami Marlins
SB Pickup: FROM Robbie Grossman, Detroit Tigers
HR Pickup: OF Hunter Renfroe, Boston Red Sox
Two-Starter Streamer: SP Adbert Alzolay, Chicago Cubs
Record Pickup: RP Stefan Crichton, Arizona Diamondbacks
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