Another week, another report from Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire here on FantraxHQ. No matter what style of league you play in and what time of the season we should always be looking to improve our fantasy teams. Whether you’re looking to catch the next scorching breakout, find an injury replacement, or improve in a specific stat category, the Waiver Thread can help you accomplish it all. This week’s report features some former top prospects, rising veterans and an intriguing pair of arms.
Fancy Baseball Waiver Yarn
Nick Senzel (2B/OF – CIN)
Is this happening? Are we doing the whole Nick Senzel thing again? I imagine. This former No. 2 overall pick struggled in the Majors after a strong rookie campaign in 2019 that saw him rack up 12 home runs and 14 steals in 104 games. Since then, Senzel has struggled with both performance and durability issues which have severely limited him over the past 2 seasons. But recently, the old Senzel has started to appear and it’s time we looked at his way into the fantasy leagues.
#Reds Nick Senzel descended in order to 6th and 7th places. It started on 06/14 and since:
– 17G/ 60PA
– 1 HR/ 3SB
– .358 wOBA
– 125 wRC+
– 93.2% contact Z%
– Improvement of GB% (36.6%) and LD% (29.3%) over this period
Just regular production. pic.twitter.com/7mvhMsY6w2
— Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) July 6, 2022
His overall stat line doesn’t impress, but Senzel has turned up the heat over the past two weeks, slashing .395/.447/.558 with two home runs and a steal in 14 games. He’s running an incredibly high BABIP, so obviously that won’t last, but Senzel is still hitting .298 over the past month with two homers and three interceptions. There has always been a modest power/speed mix in Senzel’s profile as a prospect, so a 15/15 pace over the rest of the season isn’t completely out of the question with decent AVG and OBP. Senzel is also eligible for both 2B and OF in most leagues which is an added bonus.
Alex Kirilloff (1B/OF – MIN)
Honestly, I don’t know why Alex Kirilloff is still available in about 2/3 of the fantasy leagues. Yes, his first stint with Minnesota didn’t go well earlier this season, but he tore Triple-A apart after being demoted and has been hitting hard since returning June 17.
Triple-A: 157 AP, .359/.465/.641, 7 2B, 10 HR
MLB Since 6/17: 74 PA, .290/.311/.507, 6 2B, 3 HR
He doesn’t walk much, but that’s never been a big part of Kirilloff’s game. What Kirilloff has always done well is getting high AVG with good power that could make him a .280+/25 long range bat that hits near the middle of the drive. Since his return he has hit mostly 6th with a good 1-5 ahead of him. As long as he can avoid the IL, Kiriloff is a bat that could provide solid production in four categories.
Ramon Laureano (DE – OAK)
In the last two weeks, six players have hit more than 3 homers and more than 3 interceptions. Ramon Laureano is one of them. Along with his four homers and three interceptions, Laureano also scored 10 runs and made seven with a .279/.404/.581 slant line. He saw the ball well with a barrel rate of 18.5%, although Laureano’s strikeout rate remains a hair’s breadth over 30% in this hot spell, but sits at a much better 22% for the season. Laureano has proven to be a source of consistent power/speed throughout his Majors run, averaging 24 home runs and 19 interceptions per 162 games and he’s combined 20 of each in 132 combined games over the two recent seasons.
Josh Donaldson (3B – NYY)
Although he didn’t quite have the season many expected when he first started with the Yankees, Josh Donaldson still has plenty of impressive metrics under the hood and has started to warm up lately. Over the past week, Donaldson is 7/25 with 10 RBIs, six runs and three homers, all in his last three games. On the season, his barrel rate of 10.5%, hard hit rate of 46.2% and AVG EV of 91.7 mph still look solid, and Donaldson also recorded a walk rate of 10.6 %. On the other hand, his strike, smell, and chase rates are all up from last season, and paired with average contact rates, are unlikely to lead to a high AVG. But you want Donaldson for his power, and it could be the start of a 2nd half power frenzy for the former American League MVP.
GREAT CAMEL BY JOSH DONALDSON! pic.twitter.com/Sp066vbZKd
— Talkin Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 7, 2022
Darick Hall (UT-PHI)
Do you remember the “My name is Big Al and I hit the dingers” kid from the LLWS a few years ago? Well, here’s the adult version. Darick Hall has spent the past six years in the Phillies organization hitting dingers and waiting for his chance. But aside from his great power, the rest of his attacking profile has provided more questions than answers, which is why he just made his Major League debut at the age of 26 when Philly needed a boost. a bat following the injury of Bryce Harper.
So far, Hall hasn’t disappointed with four home runs in nine games since his promotion. That’s an incredibly small sample size, but its barrel rate of 26.1% is also remarkable. But on the other end of the spectrum, Hall has 12 strikeouts and zero walks in 35 plate appearances. Let me point out that if you’re watching Hall on the waiver wire, it should only be because you really need a power boost.
Josh Rojas (2B/3B/SS/OF – ARI)
Josh Rojas falls into the “not sexy but useful” category for fantasy purposes. When you look at his profile or scholar page, you won’t need to lift your jaw off the ground. However, it does a bit of everything without hurting you in any category while being eligible for multiple positions. This multi-position eligibility is always appreciated, especially as we move through the season with player injuries starting to pile up due to the long grind of a 162-game MLB season. Rojas has also produced a well-rounded attacking profile this season, especially lately. For the season, Rojas hit .275 with five home runs and seven steals in 216 plate appearances and hit .357 over the past two weeks with one home run, two steals and 12 runs scored. He makes a solid stop-gap until one of your runners comes back from injury.
Nick Lodolo (ES-CIN)
After more than two months on the IL with a back injury, Nick Lodolo returned to the mound on Tuesday and pitched admirably with 4.2 shutout innings and eight strikeouts. He walked three batters on that outing, but walks were never really a major issue for Lodolo as a professional with a walk rate of 4.2% in minors and 7.3% in college. . Lodolo has actually looked pretty good this season in his four starts, recording a 30.3% strikeout rate, 21.3% K-BB rate, 3.44 xERA and 3.10 xFIP. He is also one of the few pitchers in baseball this season with a smell rate and chase rate above 30%. This can largely be attributed to its harder curve ball (sometimes called a slider) and 48.6% smell rate, but Lodolo’s change also has a higher smell rate of 30%.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 6, 2022
David Peterson (SP-NYM)
David Peterson is a very intriguing buy right now in the redraft leagues and is currently available in almost 2/3 of the fantasy leagues. Over the past 30 days, Peterson ranked 14th among qualified pitchers in K-BB rate and 10th in strikeout rate, just between Robbie Ray and Carlos Rodon. On top of that, his 2.65 xFIP and 2.81 SIERA show he is throwing much better than his 4.08 ERA and 1.33 WHIP would indicate. Peterson fell victim to a higher BABIP of 0.354 which is sure to stabilize to some degree going forward. I’m not sure we’ll see his K-rate drop much either, as Peterson has a 28% hunt rate and a 28.3% scent rate thanks largely to his elite slider (. 154 BAA, 48.4% odor).
Media credit: Talkin Yanks, MLB Pipeline, Mike Kurland, Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire
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