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Welcome to the Week 7 Waiver Wire. The MLB always does a great job of celebrating Mother’s Day. This weekend, teams will be wearing their special pink uniforms for the games this weekend. Displays of appreciation and gratitude for all mothers will be exhibited throughout Major League Baseball on this weekend as clubs and players paid tribute to the most important women in their lives on Mother’s Day.

Players, coaches, and managers will prove once and for all that real men wear pink, and that color — and cause — unified every MLB team, regardless of the names on the front or back of their uniforms. The complete Mother’s Day collection will be auctioned exclusively at MLB.com and the proceeds will benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Mothers teach their sons discipline, hard work, and humility which provides the basis for success. They are always positive and tell you that you can do anything you want as long as you are dedicated and work hard at it.

When you’re a mom, it’s not about you, it’s about the rest of the family. When it comes to Fantasy Baseball, it is about all of the hard work and dedication that you do to keep up with your teams’ stats and working the all-important waiver wire to obtain players to help your team achieve success.

Let us take a look at what my hard work and dedication provided in the Week 7 Waiver Wire.

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Catcher

Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Francisco Cervelli is hitting .333 over his last seven games and has moved up to the number two hole in the Pirates’ lineup. This places him in a productive threesome, hitting behind Josh Harrison and in front of Andrew McCutchen.

His batting eye is elite, as he has produced an OBP of .370 or higher in each of the past four seasons. He is not going to provide you with many home runs but another season of hitting .290-.300 along with producing more counting stat opportunities than you might suspect is definitely possible. 

For owners who need a catcher, he is starter worthy in deep leagues and leagues with two starting catchers.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians
  • Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies

 

First Base

Yonder Alonso, Oakland A’s

Well, where did this power come from? Alonso turned some heads with a strong spring, and he has continued his hot hitting right into the regular season.

Yonder Alonso is having a breakout season so far. He is slashing .302/.388/1.077 with 17 of his 32 hits going for extra-bases (12 home runs and five doubles). Alonso is hitting the ball in the air more, evidenced his his 52 percent fly ball rate. His career average is 33.4 percent. He has a 41.3 percent hard hit rate and his best was 32.3 percent last season.  In addition, he lowered his soft-contact rate by seven points.

Alonso has only hit 39 home runs between 2011-2016, but his 12 HRs this season is a huge jump. Alonso told Eno Sarris of FanGraphs in March that he was trying to hit more fly balls.

With these type of power metrics, he is an obvious add in all types of leagues.  The question now; is this sustainable? I believe he will remain an upper-tier source of power but I do not think he will continue hitting over .300 this season. Still, he should be started and owned in all leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays
  • T.J. Rivera, New York Mets

 

Second Base

Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Kolten Wong struggled to start the season when he only got three hits in his first 27 at-bats. Much to Wong’s dismay, he was platooning with Jedd Gyorko at second base. Wong made a lot of noise during this spring training in regards to his dislike of platooning.

Kolten Wong was playing sparingly and hitting only  .171/.265/.333 thru the first 13 games, then Jhonny Peralta was placed on the disabled list. Jedd Gyorko took over as the starter at third base and has been impressive so far. Wong started playing regularly at second base and has staked his claim for the second base position. He is hitting .323 (21-for-65) during that span and has just recently taken over the leadoff role with the current injury to outfielder Dexter Fowler.

Kolten Wong should be owned and started in NL-Only leagues. He should be owned and started as a middle infielder in deeper mixed leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jed Lowrie, Oakland A’s

 

Third Base

Yunel Escobar, Los Angeles Angels

After a woeful start of the season, Yunel Escobar has been on fire in May. He is hitting .364 with three home runs and nine RBI. He is now hitting .272/.31/.417 with five home runs and 17 RBI overall this season.

With this impressive hitting, Escobar has now moved into the leadoff role for the Angels. His lack of power and speed affects his Fantasy upside but hitting in front of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols should provide good pitches to hit and superb counting stats.

Escobar is a solid starter at third base and middle infielder in AL-Only leagues. In mixed and deeper leagues, he is no more than a low-tier middle infielder.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Jose Reyes, New York Mets
  • Christian Arroyo, San Francisco Giants

 

Shortstop

Tim Beckham, Tampa Bay Rays

 

Tim Beckham started the season as the Rays’ starting shortstop with Matt Duffy (Achilles) on the disabled list. The former first overall draft pick has played well enough to stay in the lineup even when Duffy returns. He is currently hitting .264/.290/.464 with six home runs and 17 RBI.

Beckham is on pace to blow away all of his career highs across the board. He already has four multi-hit games in May and his current slugging percentage of .464 is a career high.

His strikeouts are at an ugly level, though. He has 45 strikeouts in 125 at-bats so far this season, which makes him a hit or miss flier in all leagues. Those owners willing to take make the leap with Beckham are hungry for power and can afford the negatives.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Freddy Galvis, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Amed Rosario, New York Mets

 

Outfield

Keon Broxton, Milwaukee Brewers

Keon Broxton entered the 2017 season as one of the biggest sleepers going into Fantasy drafts due to his power and speed that he possesses.

He got off to a rough start to this season and suffered a small nasal fracture after being hit in the face by a pitch during the opening week of the season. Broxton started off by hitting just .133 (6-for-45) with 21 strikeouts and three walks through 15 games. In the majority of leagues, he was waived. Owners could not wait for him to possibly break out.

In the last 15 games, we have started to see the player owners were projecting to see during the draft process. He is batting .380 with 13 runs scored and six stolen bases. Overall, he is slashing .265/.339/.480 with three home runs, nine RBI, and eight stolen bases.

His strikeouts are likely always going to be an issue. He has struck out 39 times in 98 at-bats. This obviously will not do his batting average and on-base percentage any favors. Broxton will need to continue to deliver on BOTH power and speed to compensate.

Keon Broxton’s combination of top-level speed and decent pop makes him relevant in all Fantasy formats. If he was waived by an impatient owner, please pick him immediately! Even when he does struggle to make contact, his speed will provide success for your team.

Aaron Hicks, New York Yankees

 

Aaron Hicks lost his battle with rookie Aaron Judge to be the Yankees starting right fielder to begin the season. He entered this season as the club’s fourth outfielder, in line for something of a platoon role to give the regulars days off against left-handed pitching.

He is off to a blistering start to this season. Even with limited at-bats, Hicks has been very productive while batting .321/.460/.603 with six home runs and 16 RBI, along with a 1.063 OPS and six stolen bases. In addition, he has settled in as the number two hitter in the Yankees’ lineup on most nights.

Unfortunately, he will probably have to settle for semi-regular at-bats, though, as Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Aaron Judge are also in the outfield mix. It’s also worth mentioning that both Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury have already missed time with injuries this season.

Despite his success so far, he still suffers from not having a regular role which limits his overall Fantasy value. Based on his career stats, these current numbers are unsustainable and we should still see declining numbers across the board. Unless either of the starting outfielders misses extended time, Hicks will only be valuable in AL-Only leagues and in daily formats when in the lineup.

Aaron Altherr, Philadelphia Phillies

Aaron Altherr began the 2017 season as the Phillies’ fourth outfielder out of spring training. When outfielder Howie Kendrick (oblique) was placed on the disabled list in late April, Altherr filled in for him in left field and has shined.

In 25 games, he is slashing .351/.435/.743 with seven home runs and 21 RBI, 19 runs scored and three stolen bases.

The Phillies have a decision to make when Howie Kendrick returns. Altherr is making a formidable case to continue to be in the lineup. They should at least give him the chance to see if he continues to outproduce Howie Kendrick and/or Michael Saunders.

Aaron Altherr should be owned in all league formats.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Tommy Pham, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Ben Gamel, Seattle Mariners
  • Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals

 

Starting Pitcher

Trevor Cahill, San Diego Padres

 

After being a mediocre starter for most of his career, he signed on with the San Diego Padres this season to resurrect his career.

Trevor Cahill only lasted one start this season before he landed on the DL with a lower-back strain. He missed the minimum amount of time on the DL (10 days) and returned directly to the rotation. After going 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA over his first two starts, the right-hander has gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA, 29 strikeouts and a .186 BAA over his past four.

Cahill, despite no noticeable increase in velocity, he has a great 11.2 K/9, far surpassing his career 6.6 rate. Part of this is because of the increased usage of his curveball. He appears to have reinvented himself into a perfect low-tier rotation option.

It also doesn’t hurt that he pitches in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park, where he is 4-2 with a 1.79 ERA over nine career appearances.

Trevor Cahill is perfect for owners who stream starters and are looking for strikeouts. While he might not win many games, his strikeout ratios are good enough for owners to stream in all Fantasy formats.

Charlie Morton, Houston Astros

The injury-plagued right-hander has not logged more than 150 innings in a season since 2014. He was signed as a free-agent this off-season by the Astros after he was injured most of the last season.

Charlie Morton is sporting a 4-2 record with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has struck out 44 batters in 39 2/3 innings while walking 14. He has won his past three decisions and is striking out a career-high 10.0 per nine innings.

Charlie Morton should be owned in all formats and is a great streaming option, especially with owners looking for K potential.

Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

Chris Tillman has been sidelined to start the season due to a shoulder injury. After months of rehab, he pitched five scoreless innings with three hits and three walks while striking out four batters in his first start of the season.

Tillman was the staff ace of the Orioles last season when he posted a serviceable 3.91 ERA and 7.0 K/9. He has posted double-digits wins in each of the last four seasons.

Now is the time to scoop up the former staff ace if he is available. Fantasy owners need to speculate that his shoulder is healthy and that he will provide numbers worthy of a starter in AL-Only leagues and a streamer in deeper leagues.

A.J. Griffin, Texas Rangers

 

A.J. Griffin is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA, 23:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .167 BAA over his past four starts.

He also has 27 strikeouts and six walks in 29.1 innings. His strikeout rate is roughly the same as it was when he first entered the league.

The improvement came from his walk rate., which was 3.5 BB/9 last season.

While regression is expected, it looks like Griffin has learned how to pitch and the results are encouraging, to say the least.

Griffin’s value is a streaming option in deeper mixed leagues and a solid starter in AL-Only leagues.

Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins

 

The Minnesota Twins finally made the call. They recalled RHP Jose Berrios on May 12 and he made his season debut on May 13 against the Cleveland Indians. He had a great outing, allowing one ER on two hits, four Ks and one walk.

Berrios was dominant for Triple-A Rochester. He posted a 3-0 record with a 1.13 ERA and 39 strikeouts compared to eight walks in 39 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old is extremely talented with a huge upside but his skills have yet to translate to the majors. He looked overmatched in the big leagues last season when he went 3-7 with an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts.  He struck out 49, walked 35, and gave up 12 homers in 58 1/3 innings.

It was good to see that the Twins finally saw enough of an improvement in Berrios to bring him back up to the big leagues. He had little left to prove in the minors. The Twins will give him a long look this time around to be their fifth starter, so there won’t be much more pressure on the young right-hander.

Jose Berrios will be much better this time around- he can’t be much worse -so he needs to be added in all leagues. Do you want to be the owner who didn’t try to jump on Berrios early then watch him blossom into a stud starter??? I know I would not! IF he is still available in any of your leagues, grab him now!

Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Kyle Freeland, Colorado Rockies
  • Nate Karns, Kansas City Royals
  • Zach Elfin, Philadelphia Phillies
  • German Marquez, Colorado Rockies
  • J.C. Ramirez, Los Angeles Angels

 

Relief Pitcher

 Justin Wilson, Detroit Tigers

 

Justin Wilson has just been named the Tigers’ new closer, as discussed in the Week 7 Bullpen Briefs. He replaces veteran Francisco Rodriguez, who was 1-4 this season with an 8.49 ERA and seven saves but has blown four chances, including his last two.

The left-hander flame thrower has been unhittable so far this season. He has a 1.23 ERA, 0.55 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched.

He is a must-own in all Fantasy formats.  If he is somehow still available in your league, grab him immediately.

Addison Reed, New York Mets

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday that Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia will be out “several months” after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his right armpit area.

Reed, who went a perfect 4-for-4 in the closer role earlier in the year when Familia was suspended, will serve as the Mets’ closer indefinitely.

He has yet to walk a batter this year and boasts a 3.00 ERA, .089 WHIP with 22 strikeouts in 18 innings.

Obviously, Addison Reed should be scooped up in all leagues immediately. He has a legitimate opportunity to be a top-tier closer.

 Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Derek Law, San Francisco Giants
  • Brad Brach, Baltimore Orioles

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers out there for all you do!!!

 

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