14 Jun Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme
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It’s that time of year! The young guys are coming up!
The future is coming on, (is coming on). Anyways, here are some young whipper-snappers that you should get on your roster and keep off your lawn.
Mallex Smith, Tampa Bay Rays:
With Kevin Kiermaier out of commission until at least August, Mallex Smith will look to fill the void in centerfield.
The 23-year-old CF has some wheels! He’s already stolen 7 bags at the Major League level this season, four of which have came since his promotion last Friday. Those bags weren’t flukes either, he’s netted 16 SB in 30 games at AAA Durham this season and has had seasons of 64, 88 and 57 SB throughout various levels of the minors. He even stole 16 with the Braves over 72 games in 2016.
He’s been hitting leadoff since his most recent promotion, hitting .474 (9/19) with a homer and four steals. If he can continue to get on-base atop a lineup that hits home runs just as well as any team in the AL, he’ll have value through the second half in all formats.
He’s currently 18.3% owned on ESPN.com with a 17.8% increase in ownership. Odds are, he’s long-gone in deeper formats. However, he’s a must-add in standard 10-team leagues if you can grab him.
Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers:
In an attempt to spark their lineup, the Brewers promoted top prospect Lewis Brinson to the big club.
Brinson is the bounty acquired from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Jonathan Lucroy at last year’s trade deadline. He’s a power/speed threat, he hit 6 HR and stole 7 bases in 44 games at AAA before his big league promotion.
Since his promotion on Sunday, Brinson has just one hit in 10 ABs. However, the Brewers clearly think he can provide some punch to their lineup, he’s hit out of the leadoff spot in two of his first three games. The one game he didn’t hit leadoff, he was hitting 5th.
With Ryan Braun currently on the DL with no concrete timetable for his return, Brinson really has a chance to do something special here. 65 games into the season, and the Brewers currently sit atop the NL Central. If Brinson hits, he’ll stay up, even when Braun comes back.
Much like Mallex Smith, Brinson is more than likely gone in deeper formats. But, I think he’ll have value in all formats. He’s worth a roster spot in standard formats.
Jacob Faria, Tampa Bay Rays:
The notion that the Rays have a factory of electric arms waiting in Durham has lost it’s lustre over the past few years. That vintage James Shields, David Price, Chris Archer, Wade Davis arm hasn’t came-up and grabbed the AL East by the horns like year’s past.
Enter Jacob Faria. Since his promotion to the big-league rotation last week, Faria has pitched like those great, young Rays of the past. In 12.2 innings spanning over two starts, he’s allowed just 2 ER, walked 3 and struck-out 13. At AAA Durham, he owned a 12.9 K/9 in 11 starts.
The reason for Faria’s promotion was injury-related, he’s holding the spot of Matt Andriese while he nurses a groin injury. Andriese is expected to miss significant time and is not expected back until Aug.
At just 7.1% ownership, he should be widely available in most formats. However, after watching him dismantle my Blue Jays tonight, I’d expect that number to rise shortly.