Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Colorado’s Josh Fuentes & Yonathan Daza Swinging Hot

Weekly Waiver Wire Report

Word: My waiver wire report digs a bit deeper and is slanted towards high-stakes leagues (15 groups)

Catcher

Dalton Varsho, ARI

I’m going to kick the Varsho tires another time as I’m certain he stays within the free-agent pool in most shallow leagues. After delivering 4 hits over his first 9 at-bats after his name up, Varsho solely has one hit over 20 at-bats. He appears to be like on the verge of getting despatched again to the minors, however the Diamondbacks had two accidents (Carson Kelly and Asdrubal Cabrera) to clear his path for extra enjoying time. Arizona ought to have enjoying time open at catcher and outfield, even with Ketel Marte scheduled to be again this week. My intrigue with Varsho is his mixture of pace and energy on the C2 place. His job now’s to hit his approach into extra enjoying time.

Adley Rutschman, BAL

Over the primary 9 video games at AA, Rutschman has seven hits in 32 at-bats with seven runs, two residence runs, and 6 RBI. His stroll charge (25) continues to be elite, however he does have 11 strikeouts. With a scorching bat, he ought to push his option to AAA by the summer season with an opportunity on the majors later within the 12 months. For now, Rutschman is only a participant to observe for the fantasy workforce’s determined for an improve on the catcher place.

First Base

Bobby Dalbec, BOS

Dalbec is out there in 46 % of 12-team leagues. His swing and miss fashion led to a quiet begin to the 12 months (15-for-86 with three runs, one residence run, and 6 RBI whereas whiffing 33 instances). Over his earlier seven video games, he hit .360 over 25 at-bats with six runs, three residence runs, 11 RBI, and one steal. His scorching run ought to proceed with six video games subsequent week in hitter’s ballparks (@TOR and @PHI). For a power-starved workforce, Dalbec gives assist so long as he’s making contact.

Second Base

Jonathan Schoop, DET

A month and a half into the baseball season, there hasn’t been a lot to get enthusiastic about Schoop. Coming into this week, he solely hit .180 over 111 at-bats with 10 runs, two residence runs, and eight RBI. Schoop has three multi-hit video games over his final 5 begins (8-for-21 with two runs and two RBI), signifying {that a} energy run is on the way in which. From 2016 to 2019, he pounded 101 balls over the fence with 307 RBI over 2,143 at-bats. Schoop is value a short-term trip for a fantasy workforce searching for energy or protecting an damage.

Jonathan India, CIN

After enjoying his approach out of a beginning job (5-for-48 with 5 runs, one residence run, and three RBI), India capitalized on a Nick Senzel damage to place his title again into the lineup dialog for the Reds. He went 4-for-8 in video games in Colorado with three runs, two residence runs, and 5 RBI. India has extra of a trick-or-treat really feel with questions together with his long-term worth.

Shortstop

Elvis Andrus, OAK

There hasn’t been an Andrus sighting since 2019 within the fantasy market. He quietly has a seven-game hitting streak (8-for-23), with nearly no manufacturing (one run and two RBI). Over his final 231 at-bats, Andrus hit solely .186 with 19 runs, three residence runs, 13 RBI, and 6 steals. The chase right here is the potential uptick in stolen bases. Andrus has been dropped in all types of codecs, however he’s solely viable in deep leagues the place there’s a a lot weaker participant pool.

Wander Franco, TB

The Franco watch appears to be like to be on monitor over his first 9 video games. He has 11 hits over his first 35 at-bats with seven runs, two residence runs, six RBI, and one steal. He appears to be like prepared for the majors, however the Rays have a tendency to limit their high prospects early of their careers. Franco is a transparent maintain and a purchase if one way or the other he was dropped in shallow leagues.

Third Base

Josh Fuentes, COL

Some residence cooking in Colorado unlocked Fuentes’ bats over his final three video games (7-for-13 with 4 runs, two residence runs, and 9 RBI). Earlier than his uptick, he solely hit .191 over 94 at-bats with 10 runs, two residence runs, and 10 RBI. The Rockies misplaced C.J. Cron this week with a again problem, which helped his enjoying time. Fuentes tends to be a free-swinger who will hit for common whereas trying to develop his power-stroke. He’s a free agent in 65 % of 15-team leagues. Journey him whereas he’s scorching and maintain him if his hits proceed to depart the yard.

Outfield

Yonathan Daza, COL

Heading into motion on Saturday night time, Daza has a five-game hitting streak (10-for-14 with 4 runs, three RBI, and one steal) at residence. He raised his batting common from .274 to .337. In 2019 at AAA, Daza hit .364 over 387 at-bats with 11 residence runs, 48 RBI, and 12 steals. The Rockies will give him beginning at-bats so long as Garrett Hampson begins at second base. Brendan Rodgers will likely be again within the majors quickly, which provides one other bat to combine within the infield.

Jo Adell, LAA

Over his first eight video games at AAA, Adell hit .265 with 9 runs, 4 residence runs, 9 RBI, and two stolen bases to create intrigue when the Angels name him up. His problem with Los Angeles in 2020 got here from a excessive variety of strikeouts (55 over 124 at-bats). He already has 14 whiffs within the minors over 34 at-bats, which implies fantasy homeowners might must pump the brakes on his arrival. Adell has a excessive upside when he figures out methods to management the strike zone higher. For now, Adell is barely a participant to observe.

Jesus Sanchez, MIA

The most well liked outfield hitter at AAA over the primary 10 days of the 12 months is Sanchez. He has 17 hits over 35 at-bats with 9 runs, 5 residence runs, and 15 RBI. He comes with a right-field profile, which creates an issue for him reaching the majors if Corey Dickerson and Adam Duvall are wholesome. Over his six seasons within the minors, Sanchez hit .300 with 55 residence runs, 319 RBI, and 29 stolen bases over 1,830 at-bats. His bat ought to assist in batting common whereas displaying growing energy.

Beginning Pitching

Luis Patino, TB

Tampa shifted gears with Patino over the past week, which factors to him working in a beginning function. Over his 4 appearances (two brief begins), he has a 1.54 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 11.2 innings. In his final outing, he went 4 innings whereas throwing 65 pitches, placing him another sport from pitching a minimum of 5 innings. Patino posted a 2.35 ERA and 279 strikeouts over 234 innings within the minors. The Rays will restrict his innings, however his arm has a excessive ceiling. Within the high-stakes 15-team market, he was a well-liked pickup final week.

Matt Manning, DET

The following younger pitching prospect to make it to the majors ought to be Manning. Over his 5 seasons within the minors, he went 22-17 with a 3.15 ERA and 423 strikeouts over 342.2 innings. Manning shined at AA in 2019 (11-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 148 strikeouts over 133.2 innings), which ought to have put him on a path to achieve AAA in 2020 if there was minor league baseball. In his two begins this 12 months at AAA, he picked up a formidable 13 strikeouts with one stroll over 11 innings, however six of his 9 hits allowed landed over the fence. Tarik Skubal wants a drop-down at school, and Jose Urena might have suffered an ankle problem in his begin on Saturday. Manning wants to wash up his residence runs if he’s going to assist fantasy groups in 2021.

Logan Gilbert, SEA

The Mariners referred to as up Gilbert on Thursday to make his main league debut, and top-hitting prospect Jarred Kelenic. His profession with Seattle began with a subpar displaying (4 runs, 5 hits, and two residence runs over 4 innings with 4 strikeouts). His arm seemed sharp in his first look within the minors (one run over 5 innings with 5 strikeouts). In 2019 over 4 ranges, Gilbert went 10-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 165 strikeouts over 135 innings. He will likely be a high pitcher picked up within the high-stakes market this week. 

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