31 May Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Adds for Week 9
By: Mike Stromme
I’m back to give your fantasy lineup more punch than a pissed-off Bryce Harper and a vengeful Hunter Strickland combined.
Here are your waiver wire targets this week.
Cameron Maybin, Los Angeles Angels:
Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Angel fans and baseball enthusiasts alike, Mike Trout is done for six-to-eight weeks with a torn UCL in his thumb. OUCH!
The silver-lining in the situation is that Cameron Maybin gets regular playing time as the team’s centerfielder in Trout’s absence. Maybin’s career as a whole has been a bit of an underwhelming one of sorts. He was brought-up real young with the Tigers back in 2007, took Roger Clemens deep for his first Major League homer and ended the year scorching hot. He was then the centerpiece in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers the following offseason.
Many pundits pegged this guy to be a superstar in the making, that ceiling never came. Maybin has bounced around quite a bit in his career, going from the Marlins to the Padres, to the Braves, back to the Tigers and now he’s with the Angels. While the power numbers never really came (hit a career-high 10 HRs for the Braves in 2015), he’s always had the wheels to make him a threat on the basepaths.
Maybin has always been quick, he stole a career-high 40 bases for the Padres in 2011. He’s already got 13 this season, and should have plenty more opportunities hitting a the top of the lineup in Trout’s absence. He’s currently 32.1% owned on ESPN.com, but with a 23.3% jump in the last little while. Grab him while you can.
He won’t put up Trout numbers (nobody can), but he’ll compensate for the lost steals.
Sean Manaea, Oakland A’s:
Manaea was a pitcher with a ton of hype in the preseason. He was a young pitcher with great stuff pitching his home games in that cavernous ballpark on the Bay. He was drafted in just about every league this
After a rough start and a DL stint, Manaea was dropped by a ton of owners. He was placed on the DL with a shoulder issue, that’s enough to scare many fantasy owners off. And rightfully so, nobody wants to mess with a guy with control problems and a bum shoulder.
Manaea came off the DL on May 15. In three starts since his return, he’s allowed 6 ER in 17 IP with a K:BB ratio of
18:6. Which isn’t bad at face value, but the numbers look even more impressive when you see that his last three opponents were the Mariners, Red Sox and Yankees; three lineups who are more than capable of doing some damage.
Look, he’s still a talented, young pitcher who’s going to throw half of his starts in Oakland. He was a darling on draft day, and now it’s time to punish those who weren’t patient enough with a pitcher of his talent. He’s currently 32.7% owned on ESPN.
Jorge Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals:
Jorge “Don’t call me Emilio” Bonifacio might be the best-kept secret in baseball. He’s hit FIVE HOME RUNS in his last ten games! And yet, he’s just 5.0% owned on ESPN.com.
Could it be the fact that he plays on an underwhelming Royals squad? Potential lack of playing time perhaps driving down his ownership? Who knows? Either way, he’s shown some pop at the Major League level since his promotion last month.
Bonifacio is the most Major League-ready OF prospect the Royals have. He showed some pop in the minors (19 HR in AAA in 2016, 17 at AA in 2015), and what else do the Royals have left to play for? They currently own the worst record in the American League. If he hits, Ned Yost will find a spot for him. He’s started the last five games for the Royals, and an everyday spot will get easier to fill once the likes of Alex Gordon, Paulo Orlando and possibly Lorenzo Cain get pawned-off near the trade deadline.
Bonifacio is a sneaky source of power that NOBODY is talking about. Get in on him before he gets too mainstream.