28 Jun Fantasy Baseball: Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme
Got plans for the long weekend? Sweet! Make sure you remember to set your lineup and check-out the waiver wire in between festivities. Just looking out for you!
Here are your Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets! Listen to an entire breakdown of these players and more on the MLB Diamond Dash Podcast. The show begins at 3pm EST today but can be listened to any other time right here.
Michael Taylor, Washington Nationals:
Michael Taylor was a “sleeper” last season that disappointed those who depended on him. Well, looks like Taylor took that “new year, new me” mantra to heart, because he’s crushing it right now!
Ever since Adam Eaton went down for the season, Taylor has become the regular CF for the Nationals. On the season, Taylor is hitting .277-11-30 with 7 SB. But, he’s turned things on in a big way lately. In his last four games, Taylor is 9/17 with 3 HR, 7 RBI and 2 SB.
He’s currently 15.9% owned on ESPN.com, but his ownership has seen a 11.5% spike over the past seven days. I’d get in on Taylor before it’s too late.
Franklin Barreto, Oakland A’s:
Barreto, a main cog in the the deal that sent Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays, was called-up
over the weekend. He’s one of the organization’s top prospects, and was hitting .281 at AAA Nashville before his recall on Saturday. In his Major League debut, he went 2 for 5 with a HR off Tyson Ross. The next day, he went 2 for 5 again.
He’s currently filling-in for the injured Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien. While Semien has begun his rehab
assignment and should return soon, Pinder’s hamstring injury appears to be relatively serious, and could keep him out a while. With the A’s 17.5 games out of the division lead at 34-42, one would probably guess that they would deal Jed Lowrie and shift either Semien or Barreto to 2B in the second half.
Either way, if Barreto continues to hit, he should have a place in the Major League lineup. He’s currently 15.6% owned on ESPN.com with a 13.5% jump in ownership over the past week. He should give your team a boost in average and on-base categories.
Tyler Austin, New York Yankees:
With the Chris Carter era in the Bronx coming to it’s inevitable and painful end last week, the Yankees ushered in the Tyler Austin experience over the weekend. The 25-year-old responded with a HR against the White Sox on Monday night.
At AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Austin was hitting .300/4/21 over 112 PA. While that looks good on paper, I should also note that he struck out in 28.6% of his at-bats.
He’s a power-bat that will play half of his games in a ballpark that’s generous to the long ball. He’ll likely be hitting in the 6th or 7th spot in the lineup, so he’ll have those RBI opportunities. However, this looks like more of a stop-gap move than a long-term fix.
He’s just 2.5% owned on ESPN.com. If you’re looking for some cheap power numbers in deeper format, he’s worth a look.