We have come to the first of four milestones in the long fantasy baseball season. Most leagues have around 22 weeks of competing in the regular season and at least 3 weeks of playoffs, making the season about 25% over at this point. Some managers have been a bit frustrated by the under-achieving Red Sox and Yankees while others are reaping the rewards of some over-achieving teams like Cleveland and Baltimore. Meantime for those interested in who’s hot enough to make our Waiver Wire Pickup list this week, here are another five to consider..
Jonathan Lucroy-C-Brewers-When we started putting this list together on Sunday night, Lucroy was owned in 39% of leagues. What a difference a day and seven RBI’s in Sunday’s game makes. He is now owned in 46% of leagues and since he’s not playing on Monday,(manager Ron Roenicke will stick to his plan of using George Kottaras as the catcher when Randy Wolf is on the mound), the adds will slow until Tuesday when he is scheduled to be behind the plate again. How any catcher batting .342 on the season and on pace to knock in 108 runs is still so widely available is astonishing. In addition to his 4 HR’s he has 3 triples and 7 doubles, proving how well he’s been mashing the ball. There isn’t a more productive catcher widely available on waivers so we place Lucroy in our ‘Must Adds’ for the week!
Dayan Viciedo-OF-White Sox- Viciedo, who just turned 23 this past March, has been playing out of his mind in his last seven games. Batting a torrid .444 (12 for 27), he also has belted 4 home runs and has 10 RBI’s and 5 runs scored. Since May 13th he had added almost 50 points to his batting average which admittedly is still low at .245, but if you can afford to grab him, we recommend riding the LF/RF until he shows signs of slowing down. There isn’t enough on his major league resume to go on as he has only had about 200 career AB’s before this season when he’s finally be given the start in LF. He is currently only owned in around 20% of leagues and worth a flier in deeper leagues.
Alfonso Soriano-OF-Cubs- Remember him? Soriano is now entering his 14th year in the bigs and still possesses some punch in his bat. In the last four seasons, Sori has averaged 25 homers. His biggest enemy is the injury bug and that’s why we say that there is some risk involved with Sori on your team. He’s been hot of late hitting safely in seven of his last eight games with three HR’s, 7 RBI’s and 10 runs scored. He has a .360 batting average over the last six games and has raised his average 20 points to .270, very close to his career .274 BA. He has had some knee soreness and said he will play through it while making adjustments. Soriano is available in about 2/3 of leagues.
Wade Miley-SP/RP-Diamondbacks- This 25 year old southpaw just picked up his fifth win on Sunday on a six hit shutout vs the Kansas City Royals. Miley has taken full advantage of the opportunity to join the starting rotation ever since Josh Collmenter was sent to the bullpen. He’s sporting a 2.41 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. His control has been impeccable as indicated by his 30K’s against 14 BB’s. The reliever turned starter this year will face the Brewers on Friday followed by the Giants in S.F., the team that he earned his first victory from back on April 8th. We like Miley and think he qualifies as one of our sleeper candidates. Among all pitchers in Yahoo! leagues, Miley is ranked 82nd. He’s owned in just 25% of leagues and makes for a nice pickup in 12+ leagues.
Matt Adams-1B-Cardinals- This highly touted prospect made his season debut against the Dodgers on Sunday and went 2-4. This is not why we think he’s worth a speculative add of course. What we do find intriguing is that in his last 152 games in Double-A and Triple-A in the Cardinals organization, he has 41 homers and a .300+ batting average. With 1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus) out for up to eight weeks, De Aza has an opportunity to show his talents and make a case for staying in the lineup should Berkman return. (There has been chatter about Berkman not returning this season). He’s barely owned (just 15%) so if you have the room or want a sub for Berkman, or you are in deeper leagues, give Adams a shot.