Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Wishlist (Week 4)
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1. Brett Baty, 3B, New York Mets – Stop what you’re doing and add this guy ASAP. At the time of writing this, only a couple of minutes ago, the Mets officially called up one of their top prospects. I was never really sure why he did not break camp with the team, but it only took a couple of weeks to have him added to the big-league squad. And no, I am not buying the “he needs to work on his defense” bit. It’s clear the Mets have officially run out of patience with Eduardo Escobar. Baty is not only the best prospect in the Mets' organization, but he is one of the best prospects in all of baseball. He was off to a scorching hot start at Triple-A Syracuse, at the tune of 1.386 OPS and five home runs through nine games. He is a must add in all formats.
2. Taj Bradley, SP, Tampa Bay Rays – With the injury to Jeffrey Springs, this opens the door for Taj Bradley to rejoin the rotation. The best pitching prospect in the Rays' organization, he should be back up this week and needs to be rostered if you need SP help, which mind you, has not been extremely fruitful to begin the year. In his first start earlier this year, he went five innings, giving up five hits, three earned runs, one walk and eight strikeouts. That will play. I’m all in on Bradley being a staple in the Rays' rotation, even when Springs and Glasnow rejoin the rotation. This team is so much fun to watch and they just churn out great ball players. This rotation will be hard to beat at full strength and Bradley will be right there in the thick of it.
3. Jose Alvarado, RP, Philadelphia Phillies – No, he’s not the closer for the Phillies – yet. He is their best left hander in that bullpen so it will take a little longer to have him take over that role as the Phillies' closer, but it will happen sooner rather than later. The experiment of SerAnthony Dominguez, Craig Kimbrel and Gregory Soto have not worked out thus far and it’s clear they need Alvarado as their guy to take the ball in the ninth inning. In the meantime, enjoy the elite Ks. How he is only 34-percent rostered Is baffling to me and I am betting that number climbs substantially next week.
4. Vaughn Grissom, 2B, Atlanta Braves – Only 67-percent rostered in Yahoo leagues, another must add. Again, like Baty, not sure how he didn’t break camp with the big-league squad. He was off to a scorching hot start in Triple-A and will now see everyday at bats in place of Orlando Arcia (IL.) Hitting anywhere in that loaded lineup of the Braves is fantasy gold and I want as many pieces as possible. He should be a solid contributor across the board. Especially with all of the injuries at SS this week (Anderson, Seager, Arcia) – he should certainly be rostered way more than 67-percent. Again – this number will climb come Monday morning.
5. Drey Jameson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks – it’s officially Drey days in Arizona! One of the Diamondbacks' best pitching prospects, he was vaulted into the starting rotation following the IL trip for Zach Davies. I am not sure how long the Diamondbacks will let him pitch into games to start, but his pitch count/leash should continue to climb as the season progresses. He only threw 54 pitches in his first start so I can only imagine that’s why he is not rostered more in leagues. He is someone I am willing to take a chance on given his strikeout ability and prospect pedigree. Only rostered into 34-percent of Yahoo leagues, he should be available on your wire and can certainly help towards the back end of your rotations.