Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball. Well, we’re nearing the end of August now, so it’s do or die time for those looking to catch up in their leagues. Milk that wire!
This week, Giancarlo Stanton etched his way into the Marlins’ record book with his 43rd dinger; the Yanks lost yet another starter to the DL as Luis Cessa is out with a ribcage injury; and the Cubs — even with four outfielders — could not stop the relentless Joey Votto.
And now, let’s get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks…
Scott Kingery, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN: 0.9 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Yes, Kingery would be needed to be added to the 40-man roster before being called up, but with Rhys Hoskins now in Philly, it may soon be Kingery’s turn. Kingery has not slowed down since his promotion to Triple-A, batting .300 with six dingers and 31 runs in 45 games while currently riding a 16-game hitting streak. He’s expected to be the Phillies’ starting second baseman by next year and he’s going to offer elite speed (and nice power, sometimes in the same play — see video below), so assuming we get a preview soon, this is a kid you want to snag. If you have the roster space, stash Kingery now.
Andrew Cashner, SP, Texas Rangers (ESPN: 28.3 per cent; CBS: 34 per cent): Quietly, Cashner has strung together seven straight starts with three earned runs or fewer allowed. For a good chunk of this season, you started him at your own peril, but with the current run he’s on, he needs to not only be owned, but started in all formats. Cashner is getting groundballs at his highest rate since 2013 — his only double-digit win season. Yes, we know. It’s hard to believe a pitcher with his stuff has just one, but it looks like he may add to that total this season.
Forrest Whitley, SP, Houston Astros (ESPN: NA; CBS: 6 per cent): Dynasty league owners better be all over this kid, as he’s soared through the Astro system this season. Whitley put up a dazzling 2.65 FIP at Class-A, and then was even better at High-A despite being more prone to homers. He’s now been moved up to Double-A, and all he did was strike out 11 without a walk in six shutout innings in his debut. Like we said, this dude is coming to the bigs fast at this rate, so grab him now.
Cory Spangenberg, 2B/3B/OF, San Diego Padres (ESPN: 34.1 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): It’s time to add Spangenberg in 12-team formats as he’s finally getting full-time at-bats and proving his worth. He’s hitting much better than last year, and while his walk rate has regressed again, it hasn’t stopped him from putting up his best BA since 2014. You’ve got to like the multi-position eligibility here, too.
Lucas Giolito, SP, Chicago White Sox (ESPN: 5.6 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): Reynaldo Lopez (back) has landed on the DL, so Giolito is expected to be promoted to start on Monday. Giolito has been easier to hit this season at Triple-A, but he’s been better lately, recording a 3.86 ERA over the last 10 starts with 59 Ks in 56 IP. We’re expected better results in this, his second crack at the bigs.
Brandon Maurer, RP, Kansas City Royals (ESPN: 16 per cent; CBS: 20 per cent): Maurer has been rancid since arriving in KC in a deadline deal, but he’ll now take over eighth inning duties with Joakim Soria (oblique) out. The fact that Neftali Feliz has also hit the DL can only help Maurer’s opportunities. High fly ball rates have really hurt Maurer this year, but if he can correct that, he has a chance to be an asset in leagues that track holds.
Keon Broxton, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (ESPN: 19.3 per cent; CBS: 44 per cent): Sure, Broxton’s BA leaves plenty to be desired, but how is a dude that’s one steal shy of 20-20 at this stage of the season still so readily available on the wire? And now that Lewis Brinson is hurt again, the door is open for Broxton to get regular PT again, and with four dingers over the last three games, he’s taking advantage. Oh, and did we mention that Broxton can pick it in centrefield?
Others to Consider
Josh Hader, RP, Milwaukee Brewers (ESPN: 3.6 per cent; CBS: 16 per cent): Quick: name the pitcher with the lowest BAA in the majors who has faced at least 100 batters this season. Yup, it’s Hader, with a .127 mark. Future stud, whether a starter or reliever.
Matt Moore, SP, San Francisco Giants (ESPN: 18.2 per cent; CBS: 34 per cent): The total rip job we did on Moore a week and a half ago must have smartened him up, as he’s looked very sharp since then. You know he’s got the strikeout potential, so could be worth a flier down the stretch.
Cam Bedrosian, RP, Los Angeles Angels (ESPN: 30.7 per cent; CBS: 43 per cent): Just three years removed from being the top reliever in the Texas League, Bedrosian has taken over as the closer this month for a very hot Angels’ squad, so grab him if you are seeking saves.
Ezequiel Carrera, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (ESPN: 0.5 per cent; CBS: 1 per cent): The Jays have shifted their defensive alignment on Sunday, moving Josh Donaldson from third to short, and bringing Jose Bautista in from right field to third, leaving an outfield slot open for Carrera. Venezuelan veteran Carrera has been productive when given the chance to play, so keep an eye on this situation.
Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy baseball waiver wire pick of the week is.