Fantasy Baseball: Top MLB Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12 of 2021
With temperatures rising and turnover falling (hmmm… strange how it works), it looks like Major League Baseball is ready for an offensive summer, and your fantastic baseball team had better be. prepared for ramp-up. This week has unique extremes in programming due to double schedules, and the New York food and Atlanta Braves will lead the way with eight games to come in seven days. At the other extreme, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Colorado Rockies, Seattle sailors and Giants of San Francisco all only play five games. Making the Rockies even less appealing, their five games are on the road, so their bangs aren’t good options this week.
If your fantastic baseball team of the season needs some help with the waiver thread, check out my top two hitters and top two pitchers to target on the waiver leads highlighted below. There are also specialty options if you’re looking to give your team a boost in a specific category at the bottom of the post. Throughout the week, I’m available for scheduling advice and Twitter waiver at @ZT_Sports.
1B Bobby Bradley, Cleveland Indians (at CSC, at MIN)
Cleveland called Bradley earlier this month, and the southpaw power prospect finally looks set to make a splash in the majors. He made his MLB debut in 2019, but posted a horrific 40.8% strikeout rate in his 15 games and only hit one home run. After losing 2020 to the pandemic, Bradley lost 35 pounds before spring training and came in hot, dropping 10 for 33 (0.303) with five doubles, two homers and a .951 OPS. Even though he dominated Jake Bauers, Cleveland gave Bauers the first base job when camp broke because Bradley had a minor league option and Bauers didn’t. After Bauers got into a fight out of the gate, Cleveland called Bradley back, who immediately got involved and contributed.
In his 11 upcoming games this weekend, Bradley has reached .333 with four homers, 11 RBIs, an unsustainable ISO of .389 and a wOBA of .468. Bradley has also “only” removed 10 retakes in 40 plaque appearances, which is a much more acceptable 25% removal rate. He already has three barrels for an 11.5% barrel rate and a 38.5% hard hit rate, per Statcast, so his production could certainly continue if he keeps crushing the bullet going forward. .
FROM Hunter Renfroe, Boston Red Sox (at TB, vs. NYY)
Renfroe has been a key contributor to the Red Sox’s surprising success this season and has an ISO of .179 and a wOBA of .342 in his 59 games with eight home runs, 34 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Renfroe has averaged .299, .371 wOBA, and .218 ISO since May 1, and he has a hard hit rate of 37.2% on those 147 batsmen with a 134 wRC +.
During that time and also the entire season, Renfroe did most of his damage against lefties, posting a wOBA of .475 and ISO of .244 against lefties in May and June. He should be set up for a big week this week as the Red Sox are set to face three left-handed starters. The 29-year-old still brings a high cap due to his power potential, but he also cut his strikeouts with only a 22.9% strikeout rate, which would be his lowest rate in a full season in the majors.
SP Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers (vs LIST, vs. HOU)
The children are doing well! This season has seen a number of good pitching prospects join the Tigers’ rotation, and for the second week in a row I’m featuring an emerging starter here. like a good pickup. Skubal was the 9th pick overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and posted a 4-7 record in his 14 games this season with a 4.36 ERA and 5.36 PIF. His rate of 2.18 HR / 9 is a bit scary, of course, but there have also been some very good signs for the 24-year-old southpaw in his recent starts.
In his last six starts, Skubal has a 3.00 ERA and 3.38 FIP and has dropped that rate to 1.36 HR / 9. He also posted a very impressive 13.64 K / 9 with a total of 50 strikeouts in 33 innings. He always seems to deliver punchouts even though he gets a little roughed up at times. This week, Skubal is scheduled for a pair of home games against the Astros and Cardinals. Houston’s roster is a little less intimidating without Alex Bregman (four), and the St. Louis roster has struggled lately as well. Skubal has also been much better at home than on the road, as Comerica Park is generally pitch-friendly.
SP Ross Stripling, Toronto Blue Jays (at MIA, vs. BALL)
Stripling is another pitcher lined up for a two-start week that makes a great pickup, especially considering the quality of his two opponents. Stripling will be in good clashes against the Marlins in Marlins Park, a friend of the pitchers, and against the Orioles, who have continued to struggle on offense this season. Stripling has a solid formation behind him and could easily pull off a pair of wins if things go right.
During the season, the former Dodger is 2-4 in 11 games with a 4.56 ERA and 4.19 PIF. He’s averaging just over one strikeout per set with 58 punches in 54 1/3 sleeves. Stripling has played at least five innings in each of his last five games with a 2.45 ERA and 3.54 FIP as well as 29 strikeouts in 29 1/3 sleeves. Those starts include outings against the Rays, Red Sox and Yankees, so he could score even better in much more favorable clashes this week.
Specialty pickups to consider
HR Pickup: OF Adam Duvall, Atlanta Braves
RH Pickup II: 1B / OF Joc Pederson, Chicago Cubs
AVG Pickup / hits: SS / OF Amed Rosario, Cleveland Indians
Stats count: 2B / SS / OF Josh Rojas, Arizona Diamondbacks
Bad Programming Hot Bat: 1B / 2B / 3B Ty France, Seattle Mariners
If still available: 1B / 2B Jonathan Schoop, Detroit Tigers
SB Pickup: OF Steven Duggar, San Francisco Giants
C Pickup: C Yan Gomes, Washington Nationals
Two-Starter Streamer: SP Merrill Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks
Backup Pickup: RP Daniel Bard, Colorado Rockies
Record Pickup Part II: RP Lucas Sims, Cincinnati Reds
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