March 20, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) in the dugout after he pitched the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

MLB Fantasy Baseball-Waiver Wire Weekly-Pickups 4/26

Two and a half match ups into the season, there should be no need to freak out if your studs aren’t performing.  But those middle rounders who are still hitting below .150, it looks like it’s about that time to finally cut ties.  Their jobs are in jeopardy so you should not have to worry if your player is even in the starting lineup.  Here are some guys who have been lighting it up lately, and definitely should be added in all formats.

April 20, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles (3) makes a throw to first base for a double play while New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher (33) slides into second base during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Aviles-BOS IF

Amidst all this turmoil in Boston currently, Aviles is having himself a pretty solid start.  He is currently batting .333 with 3 HR’s, 10 RBI’s, and 13 Runs scored.  Boston is sure to start stringing together some wins pretty soon here, and I expect Aviles to be a huge part of their lineup this season.  Plus, he is 2b, 3b, and SS eligible so he can really make an impact on your fantasy team.


Bryan LaHair, CHC 1B

After having a breakout season in the minors last year, LaHair is continuing his torrid pace.  So far he is hitting above .350 with 4 HR’s and 11 RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo is killing it down in AAA currently, but there is nowhere to put him for the Cubs currently.  This lefty looks to be like the real deal so far.

April 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker (11) pitches the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Jarrod Parker, OAK SP

After getting his major league debut with one start last season for the Diamondbacks, Parker was traded over to Oakland for Trevor Cahill.  Cahill is a solid starter, but I really think that Parker has the better potential.  He debuted yesterday and went 6 1/3 innings, striking out 5 while walking 1 and giving up one run.  That stat line should have easily gotten him the win, but once again, Oakland failed to give him any run support so he had a no-decision.  If it wasn’t for his subpar team, Parker would make headlines, but I still think he will be successful this season.


Tony Campana, CHC OF

With Marlon Byrd being traded this week, that center field position at Wrigley is wide open.  The job looks like it is between Campana, Reed Johnson, and Joe Mather, but so far, Tony has done quite well.  He has started 4 out of the last 5 games, and pinch hit in the other.  He has had a hit in every game but one.  The thing about Campana is that he could potentially be a top 5 speedster in the league.  He has already stolen 4 bases, all against the Cardinals with Yadier Molina.  If Campana can get regular playing time, he will be a valuable source of stolen bases.

Apr. 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Cody Ransom (1) hits a single during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Cody Ransom, ARZ 3B

With the TatMan off to a horrible start this season, Kirk Gibson gave Ransom a shot at the hot corner when he returned.  So far, he has taken full advantage of that.  In his first three starts, 5 hits with one being a bomb, 3 RBI’s, and 2 runs scored.  I know it’s a small sample size, but that Arizona lineup looks like it needs some energy and that is what Ransom has provided.  I’m not sure if he will stay put there, but he is definitely worth a look if he keeps this up.


Hello, Waiver Wire!

With injuries hitting teams hard and slumps turning into disasters, more players are hitting this list.  Whatever you do, don’t give up on your higher picks yet.  It is only April 26 so take a deep breath before making an acquisition.

Jair Jurrjens – ATL (Sent to AAA)
Michael Pineda -NYY (Season-ending surgery)
Sergio Santos – TOR (DL)
Jonathan Sanchez – KC
Mark Reynolds – BAL
Coco Crisp – OAK
Paul Goldschmidt – ARZ

Hope you enjoyed by list!  Keep your eye out for a (Trevor) Bauer Outage coming to Arizona soon

Tags: Bryan LaHair Cody Ransom Fantasy Baseball Additions Jarrod Parker Michael Pineda Mike Aviles Pickups Tony Campana Waiver Wire

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