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The Wire Troll: Chad Green Earns Rotation Time for Yanks

August 21, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Chad Green had done well for the New York Yankees.
Chad Green has a chance to stick in the Yankee rotation. (www.nj.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations. August is nearly done now, so it’s time to get serious. World serious.

Last week, the Indians jolted the Jays with an inside the park, walk-off home run; Cincy reliever Michael Lorenzen lost his dad yet somehow managed to maintain his composure enough to hit a three-run dinger for his first career jack; and the two RyansHoward and Zimmerman — have been cleared of any wrongdoing by MLB in the wake of the Al-Jareeza PED allegations.

Without further ado, here are this week’s picks…

Chad Green, SP, New York Yankees (ESPN: 8.3 per cent; CBS: 26 per cent): Green is capable of commanding all four of his pitches and that allowed the former Tiger farmhand to simply dominate at Triple-A this year. Recently moved back into the rotation, he struggled in his first outing, but sure looked phenomenal against a tough Jays’ squad on Monday (see video below). Green’s command will stead him well, and now that Nathan Eovaldi is out and Luis Severino continues to implode, Green should get plenty of rotation time down the stretch.

Mark Laird, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN: NA; CBS: NA): At this stage of the season, if you’re a keeper league owner that’s out it, you’re scouring the minors for possible options. Drafted by the Phillies in the ninth round out of college last year, Laird hit well in his pro debut in 2015, but injuries limited his action this season. However, he tore through Low-A and continues to rake at High-A, piling up plenty of runs at both stops. Laird is not young, so will need to move fast, but is worth tracking.

Heath Hembree, RP, Boston Red Sox (ESPN: 0.2 per cent: CBS: unowned): Hembree’s been up and down to the farm this year, but he’s been a bit of a unsung hero for Boston. Developed in the San Francisco system, he’s experienced a massive jump in K/9 this season, and while his bottom line numbers have been aided by some luck, his BABIP is actually on the high side. In a very deep AL-only league, Hembree could be a useful bullpen piece.

Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN: 12.6 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): Urias sure has shot his way through the Dodgers’ system, arriving in the bigs as a teenager. After dominating Triple-A, he’s had more issues with home runs in the bigs, but has a chance to right the ship Sunday. If Urias hopes to stick in the rotation, this is a key start, so watch it closely and be ready to pounce.

Raisel Iglesias, RP, Cincinnati Reds (ESPN: 34.1 per cent; CBS: 41 per cent): This Cuban, signed by the Reds in 2014 for seven years and $27 million, has struggled to find a role as a big leaguer. However, Cincy has opted to try him as the closer and so far Iglesias is getting the job done. His walk rate is up this season, but so is his strikeout rate. Need saves over the final few weeks? Pick up Iglesias while you can.

Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds (ESPN: NA; CBS: 12 per cent): Winker, slotted No. 35 in our Top 75 Prospects this year, will soon be ready to make his MLB debut as evidenced by his work at Triple-A. He missed a bit of time earlier this season, but is rolling now with an 11-game hitting streak, raising his BA to .300. We love Winker’s strike zone judgement, but are concerned with his lack of power and speed this year. Still, he’s been productive enough this season to earn a promotion when rosters expand, and the Reds will have plenty of reason to give him lots of at-bats down the stretch.

Corey Dickerson, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN: 26.1 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): Traded to Tampa Bay for Jake McGee last offseason, Dickerson has shaken off a cool spell, hitting safely in five straight games with three doubles and two homers. Dickerson is right in his power prime, so even though he no longer benefits from Coors Field, there may be upside here. If you need a bit of pop, give him a look.

Others to Consider

Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves (ESPN: 20.9 per cent; CBS: 43 per cent): The Swanson era began last week in Atlanta as the top prospect recorded a pair of hits twice in his first three big league games.

Martin Perez, SP, Texas Rangers (ESPN: 12.5 per cent; CBS: 38 per cent): This southpaw has finally stayed healthy this year and has shaken off a tough July with a solid showing so far in August.

Daniel Johnson, OF, Washington Nationals (ESPN: NA; CBS: NA): Another keeper league only option, Johnson’s pro career got off to a slow start after he was taken in the fifth round of the most recent draft, but he’s rolling now, batting .324 over the last 10 games at Low-A.

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals (ESPN: 14 per cent; CBS: 44 per cent): As mentioned in our intro, Zimmerman’s name was cleared and he came off the DL Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI.

Kendall Graveman, SP, Oakland Athletics (ESPN: 13.8 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): Yes, he’s very inconsistent, but on Friday you got a sense of what Graveman can do when he’s on his game.

Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals (ESPN: 26.1 per cent; CBS: 49 per cent): Gordon has seemed lost this year, but with five homers in the last five games, he needs to find himself on your Fantasy team.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy baseball waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Kelly Johnson Earning More PT

August 14, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
We’ll always have Game Six of the 2011 World Series, right? Freese has never really lived up to the promise he showed early in his career with the Cards, but this season marks the closest he’s come. He’s batting .412 over the past week, enjoying what could be his finest month of the season (938 OPS). Overall, Freese is hitting much better this season, flashing his finest extra-base sock since 2012 in what’s shaping up as a pretty productive campaign. He would not look out of place in the corner infielder slot of a deep mixed league.
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The Wire Troll: Alex Rodriguez Shows Some Life

June 12, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Yes, this talented youngster burned lots of owners over the first few weeks of the season, ultimately landing on the DL before being demoted to Triple-A. But if Wednesday’s start is any indication, Severino will soon be ready to get another crack at the bigs as he tossed six shutout frames, scattering three hits while fanning seven and walking just one. Looking for a second half impact arm to stash now? This is your man.
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The Wire Troll: Brad Ziegler Back to Closing

May 24, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Ziegler has tossed six straight scoreless outings to trim his ERA to a very tidy 0.90, and he’s been nearly unhittable with even better control than usual so far this season. He’s saved 34 games in his career, so is not a neophyte in this role; scoop him up if you need help in this department.
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Podcast: Jacoby Ellsbury Joins the DL

May 22, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast — heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio — was back in action as RotoRob was joined by RotoRob.com Football Writer Vaney Hariri.
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