Week 8 of the Major League Baseball waiver wire for Fantasy Baseball. Each week we will feature players that should be monitored for possible additions to your fantasy baseball team.
3B Jose Bautista NYM
Crazy right, leading my list is just recently released slugging 3B/OF Jose Bautista. Bautista was just getting his feet wet with the Braves until management decided to roll with the younger Johan Camargo. As of today the New York Mets are already interested in Joey Bats. His slash line isn’t pretty, .143/.250/.343, but this was only in 12 games, and he did pop a couple of homers. It will be interesting to see if the Mets commit to Bautista, they are in need of some help with third baseman Todd Frazier, outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares on the disabled list.
As of this writing, according to mlb.com, Bautista has signed with the New York Mets.
OF/1B Mark Trumbo BAL
Trumbo has performed well in a small sample size(.274, 6 RBI in 18 games) since returning from a quad injury which cost him the first month of the season. After co-outfielders Adam Jones and Tre Mancini the roster thins out considerably. Trumbo can also play first base and DH when needed for the O’s.
1B/OF Niko Goodrum DET
Niko Goodrum has found his way into the lineup more times than not due to injury, but it appears that the Tigers may want to make him a mainstay. His numbers aren’t all that impressive but because he can play all over the field he is going to provide counting stats almost every night for the injury riddled Tigers (Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario both on D.L. as of 2018-05-14). In 32 games Goodrum has a .250 average, 4 home runs, 11 RBI’s and 5 steals.
C Jorge Alfaro PHI
The young 24-year-old catcher profiles as a player with power and a plus arm behind the dish. Nothing spectacular to date as he has amassed just 4 homers and 10 RBI in 32 games. The .255 average needs to stay at or around this level to hopefully go with some good power numbers.
OF Juan Soto WAS
We have a new youngest player on the scene starting and playing left field for the Washington Nationals. The number 15 overall prospect in baseball gets his first shot to prove himself as injuries have really taken a toll on the Nats in the early going. According to baseball savant,the potential here is really sky-high. The 19-year-old has the makings to bid for future bating titles and hit for power.
SP Daniel Mengden OAK
This is a crafty pitcher that can be very deceptive. (And he has a very unique mustache that curls at both ends-which has nothing to do with fantasy baseball but it just seems right to mention this when referring to 6’2” righty). His fastball usually tops out around the 93 mph range, and he likes throwing a looping curve in there that can just flat-out make the opponent look silly. His numbers to date, 4-4, 3.30 ERA, 38 strikeouts in 57 innings, and a 1.08 WHIP. Seems like he could pan out to be a steady, consistent player that will be helpful in ERA and WHIP.
P Blake Parker LAA
With Kenyon Middleton lost for the season due to Tommy John Surgery the Angels closing situation is still a little murky. Parker as of right now is the front-runner to close out games. This will be performance base of course so manager Mike Scioscia will just run out the hot hand. In waiting are Justin Anderson and Jim Johnson.
That does it for this weeks waiver wire. Good players could be out there for you to scoop up. Next week we may shift into some up to date player profiles instead of a direct focus on Waiver Wire additions. This will be a more generalized analysis of player performance.
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