Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers (under 50% ownership on ESPN and Yahoo). Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. And just like in years past, I will be tracking previously recommended players and if they are still worthy of a roster spot. Now on to what you came here for.
- Kyle Seager (3B)
We are in the home stretch, folks, and the only thing that matters on the waiver wire is heat, and Kyle Seager has plenty of that. We’re talking week to week, what have you done for me lately, wave hopping, pickups and drops. Seager has not only been hot for the last week, but he’s slashing .352/.426/.759 in his last 30 games with 11 HR, 22 runs, and 30 RBI. His Exit Velocity and Hard Hit % aren’t the dark red that I love to see on a player’s statcast page, but they are a little more than pink and that tells me this streak is at least somewhat sustainable. Pick him up and see where it goes.
- Nick Solak (2B)
Home stretch. Lightning in a bottle. Everything I wrote in the Seager blurb above applies here. Solak has started the last 7 games for the Rangers (5 at DH and 2 at 2B) and he’s slashing .318/.444/.545 with a HR, 4 runs, and 2 RBI. With Nomar Mazara still on the IL and Hunter Pence having back issues (out until at least Tuesday) the playing time should continue. He’s a 24 year old, former 2nd round pick who grades out at a 50 on fangraphs (55 hit, 50 raw power, and 60 speed) so the pedigree is such that him catching fire and staying hot for the remainder of the season isn’t implausible.
- Freddie Galvis (2B, SS)
Since debuting with the Reds on August 13th, Galvis has been on another of his unexplainable and unsustainable hot streaks (31st percentile in Exit Velocity, 33rd percentile in Hard Hit %, 5th percentile in xWOBA, 23rd percentile in xBA, and 17th percentile in xSLG). In those 15 games he’s been their regular second baseman and is slashing .381/.400/.643 with 3 HR, 8 runs, and 4 RBI. Yeah, I used the words “unexplainable” and “unsustainable” to describe this hot streak, but riding a wave like this down the stretch (and nailing the dismount) is what the waiver wire is all about.
- Matt Magill (RP)
What have I told you about save opportunities? They turn into saves, right? And everyone needs more saves. Again, genius, I know, but I never claimed to be a rocket scientist. Magill has had five save opportunities since August 17th and he’s converted four of them. These opportunities are coming at a bit of a price, though. He has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in his last 7 games (6 IP), but on the year he’s carrying a 4.32 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP in 41.2 innings. I’m not sure which pitcher Magill actually is (the one we’ve seen in the last 7 games or the one with the ugly 41.2 innings worth of stats), but he is – at least for now – the guy in Seattle getting the save opportunities.
This is the last week Mike Yastrzemski, Ryan McMahon, and Mark Melancon will appear here. Their ownership rates are over 50% and they should be owned in all competitive leagues.
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- Willie Calhoun slashed .345/.345/.759 with 4 HR, 7 RBI, and 6 runs. I told you last week the counting stats would come, but you either don’t believe me or are spending too much time on fantasy football again because Calhoun is on fire and he’s still only 33% owned.
HOLD (not good enough to add but maybe too good to drop)
- Aaron Civale had another tough luck loss last week (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, and 2 ER against the Mets). He only had 3 Ks, and the Indians didn’t score a run for him (they lost 2-0 in New York), but he’s pitching well and he’s helping your ratios (29.2 innings with a 1.82 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP) so I’m saying let’s hold on to him and see if he can continue to pitch like this. I think he can, and if the Indians can chip in some run support the wins should come down the stretch.
- Anthony Santander is in more than just a little slump. He’s slashing .194/.219/.387 in his last 15 games with just 3 HR, 3 RBI, and 3 runs. There’s not enough time left in the season to hold on to him in the hope that he’ll right the ship.
- Christian Walker just isn’t giving us enough in the counting stats department to warrant keeping him for the stretch run. He’s been a steady hand for us to date, but it’s time to drop him and find a hot hand, catch lightning in a bottle… one week at a time.
- Ian Happ had 15 plate appearances last week. Enough said.
- Niko Goodrum has stolen 2 bags in his last 30 games. I told you to pick him up if you needed steals, but he’s not delivering or producing anywhere else to warrant a roster spot.