The 2017 Major League Baseball season is approaching the first quarter turn. Injuries, or failed expectations may have produced some holes in your fantasy MLB lineup. Here are some players who may present nice additions to your roster with the most prevalent stat they seem prone to provide.
If your lineup has produced more than a few holes during the first month and a half, look towards your waiver wire to maybe build up these numbers.
Power usually refers to home run prowess. There aren’t too many aspiring prospects that aren’t already on fantasy squads. A couple of first basemen have a history of good power production in the minor leagues. Philadelphia’s supposed future answer to Ryan Howard is Thomas Joseph. So far, Joseph has been rather disappointing.
Rhys Hoskins has been handed the first baseman’s mitt in the City of Brotherly Love and has thus far, ran with the opportunity. Keep in mind, he smacked 38 dingers last year at AA Reading, plus already has left the yard 8 times this year while he was playing for the Iron Pigs AAA affiliate, Lehigh Valley. The year before, his home run totals were a little less impressive, but he doubled 36 times.
- Drive in Runs
If you need some RBIs in your lineup and have a weakness at first base, Minnesota seems to be prime to let loose Kenny Vargas as their everyday 1-bag. The Puerto Rico born Vargas powered home 58 runs in just 96 games at AAA Rochester last year in between short test runs with the Twins.
The last big hitter on the horizon is former Chicago Cub enigma Jorge Solar. Solar has had problems with his hamstrings throughout his career, but no one can dispute the power and RBI potential he brings to the Kansas City Royal lineup.
- Stolen Bases and Batting Average
One player that’s been given an early chance, who has jumped on the opportunity, is Ben Gamel in Seattle. The Mariners newest outfield prospect is on fire at the plate, with a batting average worthy of your eye.
Oddly enough, he has yet to steal a bag at the Major League level, after pilfering nearly 100 bags in his 8 minor league seasons. Look for him to start to run if he keeps getting on base at his current pace.
- Middle Infield Need
Second base can be a sore spot if you were not astute enough to grab a seasoned veteran. A pair of intriguing options are still floating around nearly 80 percent of the fantasy waiver wires.
Ryan Schimph and Jed Lowrie are holding down second base duties for a pair of the California teams. Schimph has over half his 2017 hits leaving yard, and Lowrie has already surpassed last year’s HR total in 120 trips to the plate. Not the cream of the crop at second base, but if you have a hole, grab `em.
Pitching wins games at the big league level, as well it does in most fantasy setups. If you’re looking for a specific stat category, out of a pitcher on the waiver wire in your league, consider this group. Each one has an air of sleeper potential for the long haul as well.
The Chicago Cubs didn’t take Eddie Butler off the Colorado Rockies hands in hopes he would strike out the world. However, the young prospect has sneaky stuff and keeps the ball down in the zone. He is a location-based pitcher, working behind the defending World Champions, so wins should be more common for Butler now that he is away from the Mile High air of Colorado.
Of the waiver available pitchers who won’t kill you with a ballooning ERA, Luis Perdomo of the Padres jumps off the stat page. He is no longer a prospect without experience, having finishing over 140 innings last year.
During that period, Perdomo managed to K over 100 hitters, so strikeout potential is not Chris Sale-like, but if you need K’s Perdomo is available in a large percentage of leagues. Keep in mind also, that 4 times during the past 4 minor league seasons, he also hovered around a nine K/9, which is definitely strikeout category worthy.
- ERA & WHIP
One pitcher that might actually fill multiple pitching category needs is Jose Urena. Urena has thrown 27 solid innings thus far for the Marlins, and don’t forget, he tosses half his starts from the pitcher-friendly Marlin Park. He has put up a sub-2.00 ERA to start the season, allowing the Mets a single hit and no runs over 6 innings on May 7.
While wins may be an iffy situation, ERA and WHIP have been excellent so far. Keep in mind also that he is the 5th starter for the Fish, so he may get the back end of most rotations, with some high profile bats taking a breather when he pitches.
These players are currently on the waiver wire in over three quarters of fantasy baseball leagues. These can be excellent temporary plugins for an injured star, or fill stat category voids on your roster. Most are on the waiver wire today, but will they still be there tomorrow? If they are, grab `em.