Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball. We’re into early-May now, so at this point you’re starting to get an idea of your chances for 2018. It’s time to address any deficiencies through the wire.
This week, Albert Pujols became just the fourth player in MLB history to reach both 3,000 hits and 600 homers; Walker Buehler — whose rotation spot had already been solidified with Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury — teamed with three relievers to throw the first combined no-hitter in Dodger history; and the Yankees are getting big-time contributions from youngsters Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres as the team has won 13 of its last 14 games.
And now, let’s get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations which features plenty of pitching options.
Domingo German, SP, New York Yankees (ESPN: 2.6 per cent; CBS: 16 per cent): Speaking of young Yankees, with Jordan Montgomery out two months, rookie German will get his first career start on Sunday with a chance to stick in the rotation for a nice run if things go well. Used as the long reliever so far this season, German’s had some rough outings, but looked great his last two appearances (seven innings, eight hits, one earned run, one homer, seven Ks and two walks). The righty is a former Futures Game participant that’s dealt with some injury issues in recent seasons. German’s fastball reaches 95 mph, his changeup is in the high 80s and he has a nice breaking ball (see video below). The health woes he had kind of sidetracked him as a top prospect, but the talent is still there, so don’t sleep on this kid.
Kyri Washington, OF, Boston Red Sox (ESPN: NA; CBS: unowned): Boston hasn’t had much to crow about from its minor league system this year with top prospects Michael Chavis (suspension) and Jay Groome (injury) out of commission. However, the Bosox’s 23rd round pick from 2015 is making some noise. Washington was struggling to put up counting cats last year at High-A before missing most of the season with an injury. He’s back at the level now and has already seen more action than he did all of last season, and while he’s whiffing way too much, he’s starting to show a little something something. Washington has hit safely in eight straight games, culminating in Friday’s explosion of three homers and five RBI. Watch for him to get a bump up to Double-A soonish and potentially start showing up as a darkhorse prospect.
Drew Hutchison, RP, Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN: unowned; CBS: unowned): Hutchinson has been converted into a long man this year, and we like how he’s pitching to contact (12 strikes were put into play on Friday), yet is still averaging a K per inning. With a 2.76 ERA, could he earn himself another shot in a rotation that includes injured and ineffective Ben Lively, Vince Velasquez (who is being beaten like a red-headed stepchild) and Nick Pivetta (who started the season nicely, but has been tagged in his last two outings)? It’s something to watch.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, Atlanta Braves (ESPN: 28.3 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): McCarthy has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his half dozen starts this season, tying a season-best with six punchouts in his last outing to improve to 4-0, 3.09. His strikeout rate is down a smidge this year, but if he can stay healthy, he should easily top 125 whiffs while providing plenty of wins, a solid ERA and a decent WHIP. It’s not Fantasy gold, but it’s roster-worthy.
Matt Adams, 1B/OF, Washington Nationals (ESPN: 12.1 per cent; CBS: 25 per cent): With plenty of injuries in Washington opening the door, Adams has been tearing it up lately, hammering four dingers over the last four games. He’s hitting significantly fewer flyballs this year, replaced by line drives, while his medium and, especially, hard hit rates are up. The result is an off the charts ISO of .375, which is unsustainable, but if the PT maintains (quite possible if Ryan Zimmerman’s injury worsens), the extra-base knocks will pile up.
Sandy Alcantara, SP, Miami Marlins (ESPN: 0.4 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Alcantara finally earned his first Triple-A win on Friday, giving up just four hits and a run over seven frames. Better yet, his command was sharp (five Ks vs. one walk) and he’s managed to reduce his BAA to .230. There are many that believe Alcantara is ultimately headed to a bullpen role, but even if that happens, he could be a superb dynasty league option. For now, Miami continues to view him as a starting pitcher prospect, one that should get another look in the bigs very soon at this rate.
- Auburn ace Casey Mize continues to top most mock draft boards, so is likely Detroit bound in next month’s MLB Draft. He certainly did nothing to hurt his stock on Friday, earning the win with 15 strikeouts over nine innings (four hits and one run allowed).
- Colorado closer Wade Davis has walked a batter in each of his last three appearances, but has also fanned two in each of the last four. Moving to Coors has not killed his ERA (2.70) yet.
- Cleveland keeps toying with its bullpen thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness. Now, it’s acquired Oliver Drake from Milwaukee for $110,000. The 31-year-old was averaging better than a K per inning this year before getting DFAed earlier this week. The Indians are desperate to fix a pen that ranks 28th with a 5.11 ERA.
Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy baseball waiver wire pick of the week is.