Thanks for your patience as we took a couple of weeks off. We’re back digging thru the waiver wire’s out there in search of both immediate help, and long term prospects. Let’s get right into this week’s edition….
In the Field
3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City
Youth is currently being served, as the recently called up hot prospect belted his first home run in his second major league game. He started the year extremely hot in the minors, and he’s got a hit in each game that he’s played so far in the majors. Worth owning in all formats.
C Miguel Olivo, Seattle
To say that Olivo is hot right now is really not saying enough. He has three homers in his last five games. He’s also got three oh-fors in those five games. He’s owned in about half the on-line leagues, not a bad flyer as a backup or starter in deep leagues.
1B Anthony Rizzo, San Diego
Rizzo is another guy that started the season hot in the minors, and that production has continued after being called up to the majors. The Padres have so much confidence in the young lefty hitter that he’s in the lineup against lefties. Worth owning in all formats.
2B Jemile Weeks, Oakland
With Mark Ellis on the shelf, the hot prospect Weeks has come up to the big club and produced. This is a short term and dynasty only recommendation as Week’s return will likely send Weeks back to the minors. Worth grabbing now for those needing middle infield help and also those dynasty owners as well.
SS Dee Gordon, NY Mets
A short term player here, as Gordon is getting to play in the absence of regular Rafael Furcal. He’s picked up nine hits in six games, and managed to steal a couple of bases. Short term numbers for those in need of some middle infield help.
OF Brennan Boesch, Detroit
When the calendar hit June, Boesch ditched his razor and has been on a tear ever since. He’s got nine hits in his last seven games as the Tigers outfielder is riding a hot streak. Owned in a little over half the on-line leagues, he’s worth a roster spot in all formats.
C JR Towles, Houston
Injuries are opening the door for a little bit of playing time, it will be up to Towles to take advantage. For the fantasy owner, I recommend a grab and hold to see if his increased playing time translates into increased offensive production.
On the Mound
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland
I was surprised to see that Carrasco is owned in less than half the on-line leagues, there isn’t a hotter starting pitcher in baseball right now. He’s been a steady performer in the Cleveland rotation all season, but of late he is on a major roll, picking up six wins in his last seven starts. Worth owning and having in the starting lineup in all formats.
Carlos Villanueva, Toronto
Filling in for the injured Jesse Litsch, Villanueva has been stellar. In his four starts, he’s picked up three wins, one of which was in Yankee stadium. Fourteen strikeouts in 22+ innings, not bad for a spot starter. The Blue Jays right hander has a spot in the rotation right now, ride him while he is hot.
Jonathon Niese, NY Mets
After a quiet start, Niese has been shutting down offenses, both good and bad. A single earned run against the red hot Brewers, a couple against the Braves, nothing against the Phillies. With four wins in his last six starts, Niese is not only worth owning, but worth a starting lineup spot in all formats.
Johnny Venters, Atlanta
With regular closer Craig Kimbrel getting some rest, Venters has picked up a couple saves of late. He’s three of four in save chances, and hasn’t given up an earned run in well over a week. Worth owning in all formats, and worth a starting spot in deep leagues.
Aaron Crow, Kansas City
Those leagues that have a use for middle relief can find a gem in this Royals righty. He gets regular work for Kansas City, and rarely gives up any runs. Three plus scoreless innings in his last three appearances gets him a mention in this week’s column. No real potential for grabbing any saves, and he’s not going to grab any starts, but value for deep leagues that use middle relievers.