Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Jonathan Schoop bouncing and Jonathan India finding his shot
Weekly report on waiver transfers
To note: My waiver thread ratio digs a little deeper and is tilted towards high stakes leagues (15 teams)
With Mitch Garver on the injured list with a groin injury that required surgery, Jeffers was given a second chance in 2021 to prove his work in the majors. After struggling in April (5 for 34 without homers, an RBI and 18 strikeouts), he spent May in AAA (0.217 with five homers and 16 RBIs out of 83 at-bat). Jeffers posted power (14 home runs and 49 RBIs on 368 batters) in 2019 between High A and AA. In his first two starts with the Twins, he went 5-12 with three runs, two homers and four RBIs. Jeffers needs to minimize damage on strikeouts to gain the bulk of the at-bat behind the plate in Minnesota. For a fantastic team that suffers at C2, it’s worth riding week to week.
The hot power meter this week is Haase. In his last four games, he’s gone 6 for 11 with six runs, five homers and six RBIs. Haase has scored 10 points in his last eight games, but he has nine strikeouts in 25 batting appearances. His power is real (75 home runs and 192 RBIs out of 1,122 batting appearances) from 2017 to 2019 between AA and AAA. Haase’s slow path to the majors stems from a high number of strikeouts (403 – 31.8%) during that time. He’s a risky dart like next week as his bat could go 1 for 20 with 11 strikeouts. Don’t pay too much for last week’s stats, knowing that Haase may have a week or two of playable stats in him.
The Cubs turned to Wisdom last week after David Bote, Nico Hoerner and Matt Duffy landed on the injured list. He has 11 of 25 hits in a nine-game period heading into Saturday night with six runs, four homers, five RBIs and one steal. From 2017 to 2019 at AAA, Wisdom reached .256 with 77 homers, 224 RBIs and 21 steals out of 1,223 at bat. His slow path to the majors has been a high strikeout rate (27.6) at AAA. Wisdom works as a short term cover in the deep leagues for fantasy owners looking for a power boost.
In 12-team high-stakes formats, Schoop slipped through the run-off crack in 54% of leagues last week. His bat has been sensational in his previous seven games (13v26 with seven runs, five homers and 10 RBIs). He’s also reached 0.389 in his last 14 games. Schoop has over 30 home runs and his bat is in great shape.
After a 22-game cold streak (0.186 out of 59 batting appearances with four runs, two homers and nine RBIs), India has stepped up the pace in its last six games (9v17 with four runs, two home runs, four RBIs and one steal) while moving higher in the batting order. His best season in minors came in 2019 (0.259 with 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 11 steals out of 428 at bat). His approach is good with a future 20/20 skill set. India appear viable in the 12-team leagues as they are already listed in deep formats.
As of May 19, Crawford has reached .298 with five runs, two homers, five RBIs and one steal in 57 at-bat. Most of its production during that period took place last week (two home runs and four RBIs). His short-term plot is helped by a stint at the top of the batting order in June. Crawford is just an aviator in the deep leagues as his power remains in question.
The recording in early June on Franco saw him hit .311 out of 106 batting appearances at AAA with 22 points, five homers, 25 RBIs and four goals stolen. He’s got 15 hits in his last 39 strokes at bat with 10 runs, two homers, 15 RBIs and three RBIs. He’s ready when Tampa wants to improve their offense in the majors.
As Yermin Mercedes crumbles in his last 15 games (5v49 with four runs, one homerun and six RBIs), Jake Lamb looks set to gain more playing time. He has a five-game streak with hit (6 against 12 with five runs, one homerun and three RBIs). He qualifies for first base, third base and outfield. At his best in 2016 and 2017, Lamb hit 0.248 with 170 runs, 59 homers and 186 RBIs out of 1,059 at bat. It falls under the category of buying and capitalizing in the deep leagues.
The A’s had Kemp in the starting lineup in nine of their previous 11 games before Saturday night. He hit 0.333 of 30 at bat with two homers, one homerun and nine RBIs. Kemp has 16 walks from 113 home plate appearances, helping him reach a .382 percentage on base and more playing time. His minor league resume shows more speed (144 steals of 2191 at bat) . Kemp can offer sneaky value in stolen bases if he continues to be in line most nights.
I’m going back to Andujar as he remains in the free agent pool in most 12-team leagues. Heading into Saturday night, he enjoyed a five-game hitting streak (6-for-19), highlighted by three solo homers. His power arrives, with more playing time. Andujar should belong to all formats.
After regaining the minors, the Mariners called him back on June 1 after playing well at AAA (0.384 with six homers, 19 RBIs and three interceptions of 73 at bat). In his first four games with Seattle, he had four of 13 hits at bat with three runs, a homerun and an RBI). His critical stat will be his strikeouts. I expect growth while hoping to gain speed which is hard to find on the hanger wire.
The next hot pitch that climbs among the miners is Rodriguez. In six starts between High A and AA, he’s posted a 1.59 ERA, seven walks and 48 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. In his first appearances for AA, Rodriguez allowed a run in five innings with eight strikeouts. Baltimore has no chance of competing in 2021, indicating that it is spending more departures on minors.
The Reds are set to push Lodolo among the miners after starting the year at 23. In his first five starts at AA, he has a 1.01 ERA, six walks and 38 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. In his limited experience in minors, Lodolo allowed just eight runs in 45 innings with six walks and 68 strikeouts. He looks AAA ready, and the majors are around the corner.
The Braves looked to Davidson for the fifth starter last week. He threw the ball well over his first three AAA starts (two runs in 20 innings with four walks and 23 strikeouts). In five seasons in minors, Davidson has a 2.76 ERA and 389 strikeouts in 401.1 innings. Other than five walks in his last outing in Atlanta, he’s done well in two starts for the Braves (2.32 ERA over 11.2 innings with 10 strikeouts). Davidson is working on a league medium fastball with an upside down slider and a usable curveball. He should be selected in all deep leagues due to the weak free agent pitching pool.
The Dodgers expect Gonsolin to return this week after spending two months on the injured list with a right shoulder problem. In his three appearances in the minors, he allowed four runs and nine baserunners in 10.1 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts. Gonsolin must prove he is in good health while also needing at least one start to reach five innings of work. Gonsolin should be owned in all formats.
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