MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Thread: 8 Potential Ties To Add

As we enter June, more and more game data is available for fantasy baseball owners to digest. Leagues can be won and lost on the waiver wire, and as it stands, there are plenty of players with starting level production sitting in the free agent pool. Finding those newly called leads and sleepers can go a long way to getting you through those tough summer months.

Here are eight widely available players (55% or less roster percentage), depending on your league size, who are worth hiding on your bench. All present upside down and can be used as streamers or sticks until they give you a reason to drop them.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Yarn: 4 Striking Ties to Add

3B Josh Rojas, Diamondbacks (45% owned on Yahoo; 33% owned on ESPN)

Rojas’ positional versatility makes him an interesting bench reserve. The Arizona utility has infield and outfield eligibility and is a high-end guy who can hit in all areas. Although not a constant power threat, Rojas showed his ability to hit the ball out of the stadium during his display of three HR and four RBI on May 20 at Wrigley Field. Rojas’ low roster percentage is due in part to starting the season at IL due to a right oblique strain and missing several games with a bruise on his left hand last week. Look for his roster percentage to increase once he’s back to 100% health and playing most days.

OF Juan Yepez, Cardinals (45/23)

It feels like it will only be a matter of time until Yepez is a universally held player and in the lineups almost every day. The 24-year-old rookie and No. 6 overall Redbirds prospect burst onto the scene, slashing .278 / .340 / .456 in his first 25 major league games. Yepez’s current 128 wRC+ (28% above league average) is no accident, as he has posted impressive offensive numbers throughout his time in the minors (.651 SLG at the Triple -To this year before his call). Factor in his eligibility to play OF and 1B, and you have a mid-range bat that will be a hard-hitting free agent acquisition.

BY Christopher Morel, Cubs (9/27)

Morel had one of the most memorable starts of his major league career, blasting a 417-foot home run into the left field bleachers on his first at bat at Wrigley Field May 17. Since then, Morel has been a consistent starter for the Cubs and added juice to the Northsiders. In his first 14 games with the Cubs, Morel hit base safely in every game and is currently enjoying an 11-game hitting streak. He makes it difficult for manager David Ross to keep him on the bench and should be on your radar when looking for streaming options.

SS Kyle Farmer Reds (17/9)

Quietly, the Reds have returned to respectability after their horrible start, winning 13 of their last 21 games. In the Reds’ 20-5 loss to the Cubs on May 26, Farmer went deep twice, finishing with four hits, 10 total goals and five RBIs. The farmer’s ability to contact is a plus, ranking at the 87th percentile in percent odor and 78th in percent shrinkage. Consider streaming Farmer if you need a free agent shortstop at a higher floor and lower ceiling.

Fancy Baseball Waiver Yarn: 4 Add-on Pitching Ties

SP Michael Lorenzen, Angels (52/40)

Since signing with the Halos and transitioning to a full-time starter, Lorenzen has proven himself capable of giving the Angels a winning chance every five days. Lorenzen has only been consistent through his first eight starts in 2022, posting a respectable 3.19 ERA (3.33 xERA, 3.99 FIP), 1.06 WHIP and 0.75 HR/ 9 out of 48 innings of work. Lorenzen’s strikeout numbers (5.81K/9) aren’t particularly good, but his ability to dive deep into games warrants a spot on the list.

PR Spencer Strider, Braves (43/14)

Strider has been a longtime reliever for the defending champions who have been nothing but dominant to start 2022. Strider finally got the chance to make his first career start for the Braves on Memorial Day, and although he had was credited with the loss, Strider struck out seven Diamondback batters in just four innings and one working third. He’s done a masterful job of missing the bats this season, sporting an elite rate of 13.81 K/9 (99th percentile) and an odor rate of 35.2% (95th percentile). His 1.88 FIP and 1.08 WHIP also indicate future success.

PR Aaron Ashby, Brewers (46/18)

Similar to Strider, Ashby is another long reliever with a quality arsenal for beginners. Ashby dazzled in his final start against the Cubs in Game 2 of their Memorial Day twin bill, pitching six one-run innings and scoring a career-high 12 strikeouts. With injuries to Freddy Peralta (right shoulder) and Brandon Woodruff (right ankle), Ashby is likely to retain a spot in NL-Central’s major brew rotation for the foreseeable future.

PR Keegan Thompson, Cubs (33/36)

Although pitching wins no longer carry the same weight as they once did, there is merit in Thompson’s current 5-0 record with the Cubs. Thompson’s most recent start against the White Sox was impressive, going five innings and allowing just one run on five hits in the Cubs’ 5-1 win on May 28. His command has been meticulous over his last three outings, sporting an elite 13:1 K:BB ratio. It’s only a matter of time before Thompson transitions to a full-time starter.

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