21 Jun Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Targets Week 12
By: Mike Stromme
Don’t worry, reinforcements are on their way! Here are your Waiver Wire targets for Week 12.
Jordan Zimmerman, Detroit Tigers:
After a rough start to the season, Jordan Zimmerman has turned things around as of late. As of publish, he’s twirled three-straight quality starts. In each start, Zimmerman has allowed two-runs or less in each outing with a K/BB ratio of 14/5.
Some may think this recent string of success could be a blip, some good luck or positive regression. Anthony Fenech is a Tigers’ beat reporter for the Detroit Free Press, he doesn’t subscribe to the notion that Zimmerman’s recent run of success has anything to do with luck. In fact, he believes Zimmerman’s recent success is here to stay.
Fenech believes Zimmerman is “Back almost completely because of his newfound slider”.
Hey, it’s tough to argue with results. He’s currently 17.6% owned on ESPN.com with a 7.4% increase in the last seven days. His next start will come against the Padres at Petco, might be a good idea to snatch him up before then.
Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays:
Last season, Wilson Ramos was an All-Star with the Washington Nationals. The catcher hit .307 with 22 HR and 80
RBI through 131 games before blowing out his knee late in the season. 2016 was a career year for Ramos, who underwent laser-eye surgery the offseason before last to correct a vision issue.
The Rays signed the 29-year-old catcher in the offseason. He’s been rehabbing his injured knee all season, and is currently on a rehab assignment at AAA Durham. He’s even spending some time behind the plate. All positive news for a guy who had a career-year cut short last September.
The other end of the positive news, for fantasy owners, is that Wilson Ramos is still available in 17.5% of ESPN.com leagues. He hit like a top-five catcher last season, why not see if he can keep things rolling?
Jose Pirela, San Diego Padres:
Jose Pirela has been tearing things up since he was recalled by the Padres on June 6. He’s currently hitting .354 with 3 HR, 8 RBI and has stolen a base. He’s also been consistently hitting lead-off for the Padres.
At AAA El Paso, he displayed a nice power-speed combo this season, hitting 13 HR and stealing 8 bases in 201 at-bats. Evidently, he’s carried that success with him to the Major League level.
Pirela can be a healthy, short-term addition to a team in desperate need of help at 2B or a middle-infield slot. However, I’d tread lightly with the whole “hot prospect” notion. Yes, he’s been scorching since his recall and produced similarly at AAA this season. However, he’s 27-years-old and hasn’t shown this much power before. His previous career-high for home runs at any level was 10, when he was at the AAA level of the Yankees’ system in 2014.
Pirela has some short-term upside and is a must-add for those looking for help in re-draft formats, but I might cool the keeper/dynasty hype. He’s currently 12.4% owned on ESPN.com.