Our fantasy baseball waiver wire column takes a look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look some of the top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 15 of the MLB season. If you have any questions on who to pick up or who to drop, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.
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Ross has been quietly having an amazing season and I think because he plays for San Diego he isn’t getting as much attention as he deserves. He currently has almost a strikeout per inning for the season and he has a solid sub three ERA. He does walk a few more batters than I would like, but this young right hander deserves to be owned in more leagues. (about 75% owned)
At this point you have probably heard the name “Mookie Betts”, since getting called up he has received a good amount of attention. The attention he is getting is for good reason though. He was a stud in the minors and there is little reason not to believe he will not carry that talent straight into the bigs. He needs to be owned in more leagues because Betts is a special talent. (about 45% owned)
Gomes was a catcher that I was high on coming into the season, but after a slow start he was dropped in a good amount leagues. It’s time to start thinking about picking him back up though. He has played great over the last couple of weeks and I think he will have a great second half of the season. (about 65% owned)
Calhoun is another young player that got off to a slow start and was dropped in many leagues. At the end of May his average was right around .200 and many fantasy owners cut him loose. Since then though he has raised his average about 80 points and it’s time to pick him back up. Calhoun is another guy that I feel could have a monster second half. (about 60% owned)
When you look at the numbers from Martinez it’s surprising to see that he is only owned in about 65% of leagues. So far this year he has hit for average and power and I don’t understand why the fantasy world isn’t drooling all over this raising star. If he is available in your league then you need to snag him before it’s too late. (about 65% owned)
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Hahn is one of the biggest pitching prospects in the league and he has been great since getting called up this year. He has been amazing over his two years in the minors and I think this kid could be the real deal. If you are looking for a young pitcher to take a gamble on then I say go with Hahn.
(about 50% owned)
Pearce is over 30 years old and he has been a life time minor leaguer. He has had small stints in the bigs through the years, but he has never been able to do much with the opportunity. This year however has been another story. In only 152 big league at bats this year he already has 22 extra base hits. I am not totally buying his numbers, but it’s hard to ignore what he has done so far. (about 35% owned)
Zunino isn’t going to give you the best average, but this young catcher is still an interesting fantasy option. He has proven that he has great power and for that reason alone I think he is worth a look. If you are unhappy with your catcher situation then you might want to give him a shot. (about 25% owned)
The Rays are currently deploying the dreaded closer by committee and my money is on McGee as the guy to own. It seems like for the most part the fantasy world is staying away from this committee situation, but I still thing McGee is worth a look in deeper leagues. If he does end up winning the job outright then he could be a top 20 closer. (about 35% owned)
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If you are looking for power then Jones isn’t the guy for you. If you are looking for a bump in speed though, then he might be your guy. So far this year he already has 17 bags and his average of .293 isn’t terrible. Jones is still young so he might find some power later in his career, but for now he is just a speed specialist. (about 15% owned)