Fantasy Baseball 2013: The Waiver Wire; Edition Eight
It’s Monday, which means it’s time to attack your league’s waiver wire before anyone else, hoping to add more talent to your fantasy roster. Of course, all the attention will be directed towards a certain prospect out of Texas, but there are certainly some other guys that are worth a look.
Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers (54%): It’d be pretty difficult to find another first baseman that is swinging the bat like Moreland right now. Well, okay. Maybe Paul Goldschmidt, but still, Moreland is absolutely raking right now. Over the last seven days, he is batting .308 with four home runs and 10 RBI. He is currently seventh in the AL in home runs (10), fourth in slugging percentage (.575) and is eighth in OPS (.920). Moreland’s walk/strikeout ratio is the lowest it’s been since 2007 and he has only struck out 29 times this year. I love looking at plate discipline, and Moreland has vastly improved in that department. Right now, the Rangers first baseman is swinging at 31.4 percent of pitches outside of the strike zone, which is the lowest of his career. His hot bat will keep him out of a platoon situation and batting in the middle of a powerful Rangers lineup, Moreland should continue to swing the bat well.
Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers (49%): Stop reading this, run to your league’s free agent list and add this guy. Now. With Ian Kinsler (ribs) landing on the 15-day disabled list, the long awaited debut of one of the game’s top prospects is imminent. Profar has been called up by the Rangers to man the middle infield. The hype is insane, as Profar has currently been added in a whopping 105,000 Yahoo! leagues and is already owned in almost half of leagues. While it may just be a short-time stint, you never know whether or not Profar will put up monster numbers. I mean, the second base position is relatively shallow and Profar is a kid (20-years old) who can give you speed, a strong average and some power. You have to take a flier on Profar-highly regarded as the top prospect in baseball-because of his talent and ridiculous upside.
Kelly Johnson, Tampa Bay Rays (50%): The 31-year old Johnson’s bat has been a pleasant surprise as of late for fantasy owners. He is batting .274 with seven homers, 24 RBI and four steals. Like teammate James Loney, Johnson has seen his career somewhat resurrected in Tampa Bay and considering the lack of depth at the second base position, he is certainly worth a look. The reasoning behind some of Johnson’s struggles in the past was his reduced contact rate. Fast forward to 2013 and his contact rate is currently at 79.6 percent, his highest since back in 2009 with the Braves. His dual eligibility at second base and outfield provides even more fantasy value and is hitting the ball well right now, warranting fantasy owners’ attention.
Wandy Rodriquez, Pittsburgh Pirates (58%): Rodriquez continued his impressive May on Wednesday, receiving another win while striking out five. The win improves his record to 4-2 and lowers his ERA to a serviceable 3.25. He has only surrendered one earned run in each of the last two contests and has pitched three solid outings in a row now. The 34-year old has only walked nine batters this entire season and sports a WHIP of 1.06. With injured pitchers out there and guys like Tony Cingrani back to the minors, Rodriquez is pitching well right now, and he’s out there in your leagues.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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