By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on April 16, 2014
Fantasy baseball owners trip over themselves to grab the next young pitcher, but sometimes it is better to go with a veteran arm. For those of you looking for a seasoned arm, here are the top-five veterans to grab off the waiver wire in Week 3.
Lewis missed the second half of the 2012 season and sat out all of 2013 following an elbow injury. As a result, the right-hander has been completely forgotten about this season. He recently returned to the mound, and while his first start wasn’t the most impressive (5.1 IP, 8 Hits, 3 ERs), Lewis still have fantasy potential. Look for him to slowly come around and develop into a decent SP6 by the end of the year.
Volquez has been another pleasant surprise this season. He owns a glimmering 1.29 ERA and has held opposing hitters to an uninspiring .160 batting average. Volquez will benefit from the offensive talent on Pittsburgh’s roster and the veteran will be worth the occasional flex start.
Philly signed Hernandez to a one-year deal this off-season and the veteran has been rather productive through he first part of the fantasy season. The 33-year-old currently has a respectable 3.86 ERA and has struck out 17 batters through 16.1 innings of work. He can serve as a decent SP7 in 14-man leagues for the remainder of the season.
Chavez may have a lackluster 0-0 record, but he has thrown three quality starts in a row and has struck out 22 batters in 2o innings. He has also allowed just one earned run in each start and currently owns a sizzling 1.35 ERA with 0.85 WHIP. The 30-year-old is worth picking up in all leagues with over 10 owners.
Hammel has shown flawless command so far this year. He has a 2-0 record with 11 strikeouts compared to two walks. He has a career best 2.63 ERA to go along with a glimmering 0.51 WHIP. Hammel has done enough this season to not only solidify a spot in Chicago’s rotation, but to also earn a full-time spot in deeper fantasy leagues. If he is sitting on the wire right now, it is about time someone picked up the veteran right-hander.
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