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.
- Gavin Lux (SS)
Well, he got the call. The 60 grade prospect (fangraphs) who destroyed 49 games worth of AAA pitching to the tune of .392/.478/.719 with 13 HR, 54 runs, 39 RBI, and 3 steals is joining the Dodgers this week. If you have a bottle and you’re looking to catch lightning in it, I can think of no better pick up for you. That performance is tied to a .451 BABIP and .327 ISO so we can expect some regression in the bigs, but this kid has raked everywhere he’s been at every level so go get him before he’s gone.
- Mauricio Dubon (2B)
Though not quite the heralded prospect that Lux is, Dubon has hit .299 across three AAA stops since 2017. He also hit 20 HR with 82 runs, 56 RBI, and 10 steals in two stops this year (98 games in the Brewers organization and 25 games with the Giants – both in the PCL). Fangraphs gives him a 45 future value with a 60 hit tool and 55 speed. The Giants think enough of him that they released Scooter Gennett so they could see what the kid has for the rest of the season. Dubon could make a difference for you if you need help with BA and steals, and he makes a nice consolation prize if you don’t land Lux.
- Seth Brown (1B)
Is it just me, or do the A’s have a disproportionate amount of late blooming, 27 year old, perennial minor leaguers, who get the call and kill it late in the year with the big club? Brown slashed .297/.352/.634 with 37 HR (second in the PCL), 104 RBI, 101 runs, and 8 steals with Las Vegas before the A’s promoted him a week ago. Since the promotion he’s doing more of the same as far as his triple slash (.423/.444/.538), runs (6), and RBI (7) are concerned. He hasn’t cracked the seal on the HRs or steals yet, but I believe they’re coming. If you need 1B, CI , or OF (soon) help, pick him up and see where he takes you.
- Corey Dickerson (OF)
Dickerson can hit – there’s never been any doubt about that. He’s shown glimpses of power (27 HR in 150 games with the Rays in 2017) and speed (8 steals in 130 games with the Pirates in 2018). But there has always been two questions about him: Can he stay healthy for a full season, and if so, can he put it all together? I can’t tell you that he’s in the process of putting it ALL together now, but I can tell you that what he’s put together in his last 7 games is something you want to be a part of if you’re trying to put a run together to win your league in September. He slashed .345/.387/.621 with 2 HR, 4 runs, and 6 RBI in his last 7 games, and he has led off for the Phillies their last two games so it looks like they have faith he can keep this up. Maybe we should, too.
This is the last week Kyle Seager and Aaron Civale will appear here. Their ownership rates are over 50% and they should be owned in all competitive leagues.
Continue to ADD
- Matt Magill blew a save last week (in Texas), but it still looks like he is the closer in Seattle. Continue to add him if you need saves and can handle the hit to your ratios.
- Nick Solak continues to give us what we need down the stretch. He slashed .333/.500/.476 with 0 HR, 5 runs, 3 RBI, and 1 steal in his last 7 games. That’s a week’s worth of Continue to Add stats, right there. Most games he’s hitting 4thor 5th in the Pirates lineup so if he continues with the .190 ISO and the 26.7% line drive rate he’s carrying, hopefully he’ll keep those counting stats up and add some HRs for us.
HOLD (not good enough to add but maybe too good to drop)
- Willie Calhoun had a rough week last week which is making it difficult for me to tell you to hold on to him, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. If it was mid-season, I’d have no problem riding whatever this is out with Calhoun. But it’s late in the season, and a repeat of last week will move him to the drop column. He’s a much better hitter than he showed in his last 7 games (.222/.241/.481 with 2 HR, 2 runs, and 4 RBI). The 2 HRs were the only real bright spot, but I expect him to bounce back in BA and OBP this week.
- Freddie Galvis hit that “no way you’re this good, Freddie” wall last week, and boy did he crash and burn. He slashed .038/.074/.077 with just 2 runs scored. We don’t have time to wait for him to get hot again.