Welcome back to this edition of the waiver wire watch. My co-worker Ryan is currently in New York for this edition of the waiver watch, so I will be attempting to fill in for him. I use his same format that you have grown accustomed to for the whole season which is:
- 50-75% Owned- Player qualifies for 10-team league
- 25-49% Owned- Player qualifies for 12-team league
- Less than 25% Owned- Player qualifies for 14-team league
Again, these percentages are found on Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball.
So without further ado, let’s get down to it!
10-team league hitter to watch
Following Ryan’s selection of a Royal outfielder last week, I have to go with another outfielder in the Royal’s organization with Francoeur. To illustrate Francoeur’s fantasy viability, I am going to do a little Player A vs. Player B statistical comparison:
Player A- Batting Average- .269 13 HR’s 60 RBI’s 45 Runs 16 SB
Player B- Batting Average- .289 15 HR’s 58 RBI’s 63 Runs 16 SB
So Player A is Francoeur, I can tell you that right now. And when you’re comparing Francoeur’s line to Player B, they are strikingly similar, especially in SB’s HR’s and RBI’s. Sure Player B has a bit higher batting average and runs scored, but what if I also told you that player B was Carlos Gonzalez? Now this is shocking to me, that a player producing stats in-line with one of the premier fantasy outfileders in the MLB can be un-owned in over a quarter of all leagues. This is slightly embarrassing with respect to the knowledge base of Yahoo fantasy players.
Bottom line is, if Francoeur is still available in your league, make sure he will not be any longer.
10-team league pitcher to watch
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
After posting a disastrous 0-4 record with an ugly 6.17 ERA in the month of April, Bumgarner has been virtually lights out since then. Since the All-Star break Bumgarner has posted a 2.08 ERA while nearly striking out a batter per inning. To top it off, Bumgarner hasn’t even walked a batter in his last 3 starts.
This kind of talent should not be available on waiver wires in any kind of league.
12-team league hitter to watch
Angel Pagan, OF, NYM
Here are some interesting splits that I stumbled upon when looking at Pagan’s splits this season:
- Pagan Batting Leadoff- BA- .217 1 HR 5 RBI’s 7 R 4 SB
- Pagan Batting in the 5th spot- BA- .273 3 HR 19 RBI’s 17R 7 SB
Clearly Pagan has been thriving much better while hitting out of the 5th spot rather than leadoff, and the main reason I want to point this out is because Jose Reyes is now returned to the Mets lineup. This thereby sends Pagan back to the 5th spot he thrives in.
Keep an eye on his production over this next week and be ready to pounce if he starts to light up the scoreboard.
12-team league pitcher to watch
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
I love young starting pitchers with high upside, and high strikeout numbers. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that I love Brandon Beachy. Young pitcher? Check. High upside? Check. High strikeout numbers? Check. Throwing away one bad outing at Coors Field, Beachy has virtually been untouchable this year, including registering 11K and 9 K’s respectively in two starts at the end of June.
If Beachy is still available in your league, and you need pitching help; he can be a viable addition to all staffs.
14-team league hitter to watch
Chris Iannetta, C, COL
After publicly commenting about how much he enjoys his switch to batting in the 7th spot for Colorado, Iannetta has stroked his way to a respectable .270 batting average since the All-Star break, registering 5 multi-hit games in 8 days. He’s already flashed his 20HR capabilities in the first half, so if Iannetta can add the batting average to top it off, he immediately becomes a valuable mixed-league fantasy catcher.
14-team league pitcher to watch
Javy Guerra, RP, LAD
Francisco Rodriguez owners, are you listening? With the chances of Jonathan Broxton pitching again in this 2011 regular season slowly seeping away, Guerra looks like and is the man for saves in LA. He’s now converted 7 out of his first 7, which gives him an added degree of stability in case he would blow one or two. It hasn’t been smoke and mirrors either, as the young kid has posted a 3:1 K:BB ration to go along with a 1.99 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He has also recorded at least one strikeout in 6 consecutive appearances.
If you need extra saves, why not?
* All statistics used are as of Monday July 25, 2011