When looking for sleepers on the waiver wire, you need to exhaust all of the possible options. This includes young, up-and-coming players, but also veterans that may be hitting a turning point in their careers. We will be doing exactly that in the Week 7 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire article.
For example, last season you could have picked up a veteran like Ryan Zimmerman to help your Fantasy team reach the playoffs. You could have also done the same with someone like Rhys Hoskins near the end of the year. The point is that age doesn’t matter when it comes to identifying sleepers; the goal is and always will be to find players that will help your team in the best way.
In this article, we discuss three players-a young rookie, a veteran, and someone who could be considered as either on of the two categories that can help your Fantasy team for the rest of this season and ultimately contribute to your championship run!
Week 7 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire
Franmil Reyes, OF, San Diego Padres (15.5% owned)
The Padres most recent call-up is the latest on the long line of Padres call-ups that have impressive minor-league resumes but have not garnered much national attention in the prospect circle. I guess that is what happens when your farm system is as deep as the Padres.
Looking at Reyes’ resume, he seems like a very exciting player. He is an absolute animal of a man, sitting at 6’5″ and weighing 240 pounds, and yes, that frame does translate into power. He hit 25 home runs with 102 RBI while batting .258 last year in Double-A at the young age of 21. This season, he had 14 home runs in just 150 plate appearances at the Triple-A level while batting .346.
This is a player with enormous run producing upside, and on a rebuilding Padres team, he could find regular playing time if his minor-league success translates over into the big leagues. Make sure to grab him now, before it is too late.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, Boston Red Sox (24.4% owned)
Is this an exciting pick-up? Not at all. Should you still make it? Absolutely.
Moreland has always been a guy who you could count on for 20+ home runs, a decent number of RBI, and a good amount of walks but it was a package that came with a low batting average. That was a difficult punch to stomach when there were plenty of other first basemen on the market who put up more home runs when having a low batting average. However, if that package were to come with a slightly higher batting average, you could definitely justify using him if you don’t believe in owning an elite first baseman.
Wel,l that is exactly what he is doing this season. He has a batting average over .300 for what would be the first time in his career, and the run production is still there and has actually been better than usual due to him being a member of a stacked Red Sox lineup. His average may be sustainable as well, as although a .333 BABIP is higher than league average and his career average (.301), it is not in the range where you should expect a large drop-off. If you need help at the first base position, don’t rule out being boring and picking up Moreland.
Alen Hanson, 2B/OF, San Francisco Giants (18.4% owned)
Alen Hanson was the player that the Giants picked to fill in for Joe Panik when he went down with a thumb injury. Does that name familiar at all? To die-hard baseball fans, it might, as Hanson was a former top-100 prospect for the Pirates before they released him and he was claimed by the White Sox off of waivers due to him never really finding it at the big league level. When the White Sox also gave up on him, the Giants decided to take a chance on a high-upside, still young (25) player, and so far it has worked out for them.
In 18 games with the Giants Triple-A affiliate, he bat .403 with three home runs. That led to him getting another chance in the big leagues when Joe Panik got hurt. He took advantage of the opportunity, batting .298 with four home runs, 12 RBI, and eight runs scored in only 52 plate appearances. He truly provided a needed spark to the Giants offense, so that is why it is truly a shame that he had to go down with a hamstring injury. While a time-frame for his return has yet to be announced, the injury doesn’t sound too severe.
You should definitely keep an eye on him for now, especially in deep leagues, so that you are the first one to pounce on him when he gets back. Although he is currently blocked by Joe Panik, his position flexibility should still allow him to grab relevant playing time upon his return.
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