Fantasy Baseball Waiver Thread: Go Big Or Come Home On The Blue Jays SP Alex Manoah
Weekly waiver thread report
To note: My wire override report digs a little deeper and is tilted towards the high stakes leagues (15 teams)
The capture basin is an empty minefield at the end of May. The only valuable player to help appears to be Alfaro, who returned from the injured list on May 25. In his first 45 battles, he only hit .222 with a homerun and five RBIs. His bat made flash power in 2019 (18 home runs and 57 RBIs out of 465 at bat). Alfaro is a free agent in 72% of the high-stakes market leagues.
After missing about four weeks with a broken left thumb, Votto seems close to swinging a bat. He hit .261 with five homers and 14 RBIs of 69 batting before landing on the injured list. Free agent options remain boring in all formats, and Votto is expected to be available in 75% of 12-team leagues.
An injury to Marcell Ozuna can create some starting beats for Sandoval if the Braves are willing to push Austin Riley into left field. Working primarily as a pinch hitter in 2021, Sandoval has been productive in power (four homers and 10 RBIs of 46 batting). Its only value will be in the deep leagues as possible short-term injury coverage.
Since returning from a wrist injury, France has a five-game streak (7 in 18) with one run and two RBIs. His power shot was missed in the first third of the season (three homers and 16 RBIs of 149 at bat). His teasing year came in 2019 at AAA (.399 with 27 homers and 89 RBIs of 296 batting). France falls into the stable category without assistance in flights.
The Rockies called Rodgers last week, but he’s yet to throw an explosive bat (5v22 with two RBIs). His enthusiasm will come if / when Colorado starts to play better offensively at home. From 2016 to 2019 in minors, he hit .299 with 225 runs, 63 homers, 225 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases out of 1,383 at bat. Rodgers has a high ceiling bat once he finds his rhythm at the plate.
After an injury to Paul DeJong, Sosa made 11 starts, leading to 13 hits in 34 at bat with seven runs, three RBIs and two interceptions. His stick flashed in 2019 at AAA (.291 with 17 homers, 62 RBIs and two interceptions of 453 at bat), giving him a chance to win some game time on second base DeJong returns (Tommy Edman passes to center field) . Sosa appears to be just a driver in the deep leagues, but there is a sneaky advantage if he can keep a starting job.
Two months in 2021, Andrus has been empty for too many nights. He’s on his second churn in the free agent group while still looking for his first home run out of 164 at-bats. His bat has shown a spark in his last five games (8 of 18 with two runs and one RBI). The pursuit with Andrus comes from a possible bump in theft.
I own Longoria in a 15 team league and have been looking for an upgrade for a month. In his last nine games, he’s had 13 of 34 hits at bat with seven runs, four homers and 12 RBIs. The Giants continue to create scoring opportunities and Longoria hit near the middle of the starting lineup. He is a free agent in about two-thirds of the 12-team leagues.
The Diamondbacks have looked to Reddick in right field for the past nine games. He is 9 for 27 with three runs and two RBIs last week. Reddick hit .258 with 35 homers and 126 RBIs in his last 1,112 batting, indicating only a replacement option in the deep leagues.
The Angels have Ward in their starting lineup most nights for the past three weeks. He responded with 11 runs, four homers and 14 RBIs in his last 67 strokes while batting just 0.224. In 2019 at AA, Ward hit .306 with 27 homers, 71 RBIs and 11 steals of 421 at bat, suggesting there’s more here than meets the eye. It is only an option in the deep leagues.
The Yankees called Andujar on May 7. Quietly over the previous two weeks, he had 12 hits in 41 at batting (.293) while lacking in production (three runs and two RBIs). His bat looked good in his first five games in the minors (7 for 20 with three home runs and seven RBIs). At his best in 2018 with New York, Andujar hit .297 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs. His path to game time will come in left field or at first base after Luke Voit returns to the injured list.
Start the pitch
Atlanta needs a fifth to start next week, which gives Wilson a double starting chance. He’s pitched well in his last two starts (three runs in 12.2 innings with two goals and nine strikeouts) with the Braves. His major league career began with struggles over 15 games (5.91 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 42.2 innings with 37 strikeouts). In his last AAA start, Wilson allowed two runs in six innings with five strikeouts. In five seasons in minors, he’s gone 31-20 with a 2.95 ERA and 442 strikeouts in 427.1 innings.
New York lost Corey Kluber on the injured list with a shoulder problem. Garcia flashed for the Yankees on six starts (4.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 34.1 innings). Steps (12 of 15.2 innings) have been a problem this year at AAA (5.17 ERA and 1.64 WHIP). In his two starts in New York, Garcia allowed six runs and 12 baserunners in 8.1 innings. Possible wins are the draw card, but consistency will be an issue early in his career.
The action player in the free agent pool this week will be Manoah. He’s topped his three AAA starts (an 18-innings run with three marches and 27 strikeouts), which matches his first seven minor appearances in 2019 (2.25 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 20 innings). ). Manoah also made an impressive major league debut (no runs in six innings with seven strikeouts). He’s working on a mid-90s fastball with a longer slider. His change turned into a playable field. Opt for a large investment or go home.
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