Tomorrow is already June 1. Can you guys believe it? I feel like it was just March 1 and we were starting our Preseason Rankings. I just want to thank you guys again for viewing my articles and I hope that my advice has helped you out. As we already have 2 months in the books now, the waiver wire is becoming more scarce by the day. Players that you need to now put on your watch list are ones coming off the disabled list, players developing new roles because of injuries, and top prospects that get the call. Many times, it is wiser to grab a top prospect like Anthony Rizzo or Trevor Bauer before they get promoted. As of this week, there aren’t any prospects worth snatching that I saw, but injuries have opened up many doors for the players below.
Carlos Quentin, SD OF
This guy has been a household name for the White Sox for a long time, but a switch to the National League left him out to dry. He had been inured the entire first quarter of the season and just debuted on Monday. He doubled in his first game and then doubled again along with a home run on Tuesday. He was inserted right into the Padres’ cleanup slot and should stay there all season long. He has been a valuable source of power in years past and definitely could be again.
Quintin Berry, DET OF
Berry was inserted into the Tigers’ leadoff slot once Austin Jackson was put on the DL and hasn’t disappointed yet. He has reached base safely in every game so far while sporting his .360 average with 6 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Berry is very lethal on the base paths and makes a huge impact each time he reaches first. The only question that arises is where will Q play when Jackson is activated? That is still up in the air, but I think his production is hard to miss so he will find himself in the corner outfield more than likely.
Manny Ramirez, OAK OF
He’s backkkkkk! The 50 game suspension is up and Man Ram is now eligible to play for the A’s. He’s been bothered by a wrist injury, but he should get the call in the next week. Everyone knows this guy’s potential so I definitely think he is worth a flier in deeper leagues. Yes he could be a complete bust, but he could settle back into his old self again so I think he’s worth the risk.
Chien-Ming Wang, WSH SP
After making just one appearance after being activated from the DL, Wang has claimed a spot in the Nationals rotation. Davey Johnson said that Ross Detwiler will now move to the bullpen. Chien-Ming has never been over the top in his 7 year career, but twice he won 19 games for the Yankees. Since the Nationals seem to be the sleeper team in the National League, Wang could be a mainstay on fantasy teams.
Tyler Clippard, WSH RP
I’ve been a huge fan of Clippard’s ever since he dominated the beginning of 2010. But now, he is getting his first crack at the closer role and has taken advantage of it. He is 3-3 so far in save opportunities, and if Washington is going to keep up this pace, he will be very valuable. Drew Storen will be inserted back into the slot once he returns, but it still looks like that is a couple months away. Even when Storen is back, Clippard will still be a rock in the Nat’s bullpen.
Hello, Waiver Wire!
At this point of the season, slumps are no longer slumps and hot streaks are no longer hot streaks. 2 months of production is enough to consider a player real and vice versa. Here’s guys who started off on fire, but have proven that they aren’t worth a roster spot these last few weeks.
Ross Detwiler – WSH SP, Gavin Floyd – CWS SP, Emilio Bonifacio – MIA OF, Logan Morrison – MIA OF, Jordan Schafer – HOU OF, Ike Davis – NYM 1B, Sean Marshall – CIN RP, Brandon League – SEA RP