May 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Christian Friedrich (53) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT

MLB Fantasy Baseball-Waiver Wire Weekly Pickups 5/17

With each week comes new surprises.  Whether its injuries, call-ups, trades, starting lineups, new closers, or anything else, change always occurs.  In fantasy baseball, it’s truly tough to rely on any player besides the cream of the crop to produce night in and night out.  Baseball is the toughest sport on the planet to play, and that is why a .300 hitter makes the Hall of Fame.

This past week, a few young guys have gotten really hot and definitely a worth an add.  Obviously not all will pan out, but if you take a risk on some of them, hopefully one will keep it up all season long.

May 6, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks (12) receives congratulations from third base coach Gene Lamont (22) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Andy Dirks, DET OF

The Tigers are struggling to say the least.  They are pretty fortunate to be floating around .500 with the way they’ve been playing.  One spark in their lineup these last few weeks is second year man Andy Dirks.  Jim Leyland has settled him into the 2 spot in the order, and he has been on a tear ever since.  He is currently hitting .361 with 3 bombs, and 11 RBI’s in just 22 games played.  The only issue with Dirks is his hamstring.  It has been bothering him and caused him to miss a little time early last week, however he is still playing through it now.  He can’t run at full speed, but twith the way he is swinging it now, there’s no need for him to risk it with his stand up doubles.

Daniel Nava, BOS OF

For the second straight week, one of Boston’s newcomers appears on this list.  Nava had a stint with the Red Sox last year, but he seems like a new man this time around.  So far in 5 games, he has 12 at bats with 7 hits, 5 of them being extra bases and drove in six runs.  He also has 6 runs scored, and drawn 6 walks.  He is a switch hitter and should see regular plaing time till Ellsbury comes back in a month or two.  Obviously he can’t keep up this pace, but I’d ride him out for sure.

May 2, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano (38) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT

Carlos Zambrano, MIA SP

Ozzie and Big Z seem to be a match made in heaven.  This typical headcase has figured it out these season and been absolutely dominate.  Although he is 1-2, Zambrano boasts a 1.88 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He has thrown 48 innings and struck out 39.  He has thrown one complete game shutout as well.  He seems to be on the right track this season and definitely could be a big time producer all year long.

Scott Diamond, MIN SP

This Canadian debuted with the Twins last year, but was 1-5 in 7 games started.  This year he has been a different person.  He was called up on May  8 and has made 2 starts earning wins in both of them.  So far he has thrown 14 innings and yet to allow a run.  Diamond has struck out 10 while walking only 1 and allowing just 9 hits.  It’s too early to tell if this is the real deal or not, but he has another semi-favorable start against the Brewers on Friday and I think he is worth a shot.

Christian Friedrich, COL SP

Colorado has been looking for a solid starter in their rotation ever since they traded Ubaldo, and this guy just may be it.  He has made 2 starts and thrown 13 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs.  But his best stat is his K/BB rate.  So far he has struck out 17 and walked only 2.  He is 1-0 and if he would’ve gotten some run support, he would easily have won both.  It’s still tough to tell if Friedrich will keep this up all year, but I definitely would grab him and take a chance.  He starts against Seattle on Saturday so he’s got another good opportunity to produce.

 

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It is crazy how many injuries have occurred this season, and last week was no different.  It’s always tough to know if a guy is worth hanging on too if you don’t have a DL spot, but more than likely, I’d let them go.  Besides these injuries, a number of players are continuing to play themselves off of fantasy teams.

Jayson Werth – WSH OF (Broken Wrist), Wilson Ramos – WSH C (Torn ACL), Mark Reynolds – BAL 3B (DL), Chase Headley – SD 3B, Javy Guerra – LAD RP, Grant Balfour – OAK RP, Frank Francisco – NYM RP

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