Welcome back to the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire! As we approach the last two months of the season, you might expect the Fantasy waiver wire to be drying up. You would be wrong my friend! Between injured players returning, minor league prospects coming up, and some who are better in the second half of the season, there are still some gems to be plucked.
In previous weeks we have talked about guys like Evan Gattis, Trea Turner, and Blake Snell as popular waiver wire picks. They are all still under 50% ownership, and definitely worth consideration. However, we need to continue to look at new players that are available in most leagues to help your team get that much closer to that elusive title.
The hitters we feature this week are highlighted by one of the brightest prospects at Triple-A right now in the American League. On the National League side, one of their top outfield prospects was just called up as well. Finally, there is a second baseman who has been in the Minors for a while, but showed power there and is still mashing in the Majors.
On the pitching side we have a former top prospect who is returning from major arm injury but was absolutely crushing it in the Minors. The second option is a young pitcher who is trying to break the trend of pitching prospects not living up to the hype in Colorado. The last option is a young right hander who has largely struggled but is showing signs of life in the past month or so.
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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Week 17
Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros
— MLB (@MLB) July 26, 2016
One of the bigger prospects we were still waiting for this season, Bregman was called up this week by the Houston Astros. A shortstop by trade, Bregman obviously wasn’t bumping Carlos Correa, so he was playing third base and the outfield in the Minors to get his bat to the big leagues. In 80 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Bregman was absolutely mashing with 20 homers and 61 RBI.
He hasn’t collected a hit in his first two games in the Majors, but he was pretty close to a grand slam in his first start. Bregman has the talent to hit for a very good batting average, but he also should bring a great deal of power to the dish as well. He could also bring you ten or so steals by the end of September, and could have a very important impact on Fantasy leagues down the stretch.
David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies
One of the top prospects in the Rockies organization, Dahl was brought up to serve as a designated hitter during games against the American League. Dahl was tearing up the Minors this season with 18 homers, 61 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. He has all of the tools to be a successful Fantasy outfielder, and the only thing standing in his way is opportunity.
Dahl is making the most of his chances as he had hits in both of his first two games for the Rockies. He hasn’t flashed that power stroke yet, but the fact that he comes up hitting is very encouraging. Gerardo Parra remains injured which will keep Dahl in the lineup, but don’t be the least bit surprised if the Rockies trade an outfielder which give him regular at-bats for the rest of the year. He could be one of the bigger additions from the waiver wire at this late stage of the season.
Ryan Schimpf, 2B, San Diego Padres
I don’t tend to get excited about 28 year old “prospects,” but there are some reasons to give Schimpf a look. He has hit at least 20 home runs in four straight seasons in multiple levels of the Minors, and was well on the way to making it five before his callup. In 51 games at Triple-A this season, he was hitting .355 with 15 homers and had 48 RBI. Since he plays in San Diego, his promotion wasn’t met with some of the ballyhoo of many others coming to the Majors.
While we didn’t expect a whole heck of a lot when Schimpf came up, he has vastly exceeded expectations. Schmipf hasn’t been hitting for a great average, but he is bringing power at the position that is rarely found. In 32 games in San Diego, he has hit nine home runs and has driven in 18 runs. If you are looking for help at second base, Schimpf is a good guy to hold on to as long as this hot streak runs.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Skaggs dealt with injury as well as extreme ineffectiveness. Tommy John Surgery cost him all of 2015, and another shoulder problem kept him out part of 2016 as well. With all of the injuries and just bad play the Angels pitching staff has dealt with this year has given Skaggs another opportunity.
He was absolutely dominating in Triple-A this year with a WHIP under 1.00 and 45 strikeouts in just 32.1 innings and the Angels are hoping that this is the time he finally lives up to the hype. He certainly got off to a great start as he was masterful on July 26 as he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and struck out five. Skaggs has the chance to be special, and at this late part of the season, he may be one of the better options to be hanging out on the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire and you should grab him up quickly.
Tyler Anderson, SP, Colorado Rockies
— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) July 24, 2016
The Rockies certainly don’t have a long history of developing good pitching prospects, but Anderson is going to be the next one to try to debunk that trend. While not an overpowering strikeout pitcher, Anderson certainly gets enough whiffs to keep you happy. He does have a little problem with walking batters, but that comes with a lot of young pitchers. He flew through three levels of the Minor Leagues and arrived in Colorado in mid-June.
He hasn’t been one of the top pitchers by any stretch, but he has been fairly consistent. Only once in his eight starts has he allowed more than three runs. He also hasn’t been doing deep into games, as he hasn’t finished the seventh inning yet with the Rockies. Anderson has won three straight starts, and all three have been at home. It is always a little scary dealing with pitching and Colorado, but right now Anderson looks like a solid choice to help your pitching staff.
Kendall Graveman, SP, Oakland Athletics
Never a top prospect, Graveman has shown flashes of Fantasy value in his short career. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff, isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher, and allows too much contact to be a really good and consistent arm. We all also know that the Athletics aren’t exactly the most dynamic offensive team to try to give Graveman some run support.
However, sometimes it makes sense to ride a hot hand as long as it lasts and right now Graveman’s arm is flammable to the touch. He has won five of his last six starts, after beginning the season with a 2-6 record. He has allowed three runs or less in four straight starts, and has allowed one walk or less in six of his last seven outings. It might not last the rest of the season, but if you are in need of help at starting pitching, Graveman can be a solid option for the time being.
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