The Wire Troll: C.J. Abrams Making His Case For 2019 Draft
Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks. The 2018 MLB Draft is now complete, so we have a whole new crop of prospects about to enter organized ball. Dynasty League owners: feel free to feast.
This week, Yankees southpaw Jordan Montgomery underwent Tommy John surgery; Tim Lincecum’s comeback hit a snag when Texas released him; and Drew Pomeranz (biceps) has landed on the DL, allowing Steven Wright to remain in the Boston rotation for the time being (as we predicted last week).
And now, let’s get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks…
C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity Catholic (Georgia) H.S. (ESPN: NA; CBS: NA): An Alabama commit, Abrams is currently projected as a top 10 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, so dynasty league owners need to start paying attention. This 6′2″, 182-pound 17-year-old was selected to the USA Baseball U18 National Team. Abrams is a superior athlete, having made the all-region basketball team last year. As you can see in the video below, he has a sweet left-handed batting stroke capable of generating power.
- Colorado lefty Chris Rusin enjoyed a career year in 2017, but his performance this season underscores the volatility of relief pitching from year to year. He’s surrendered a run in nine of his last 10 appearances, and is now giving up more than a hit per inning for the first time since being shifted to the bullpen in 2016.
- It’s time to pluck Seattle starter Mike Leake from the waiver wire. He looked pretty rancid to begin the season (an ERA of nearly 6.50 over his first six starts), but is rolling now, with a 3.22 mark over his last six, including four straight quality outings.
- San Diego outfielder Wil Myers (oblique) is expected back within the next month, so consider stashing him if he was dropped in your league. He was off to a solid start, with a .300 BA and five runs through 10 games before getting hurt.
- Dylan Floro has looked good in a low-leverage role out of the Reds’ pen. A couple of rough outings have skewed his ERA, yet he’s still performing at a career-best level. Keep an eye on him if he can work his way into a setup role and start earning more holds.
- Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos is in a bit of a slump lately, but he’s doing a better job of getting on base this season, and sees enough action to be a superb Fantasy option, probably a top five catcher in mixed leagues so far.
- Carlos Rodon (shoulder) will finally make his season debut on Saturday. He’s pitching against the BoSox, so we don’t advise having him active, but his strikeout potential will be a big boon to his owners going forward.
- The curse over the Dodger rotation continued this week when prospect Dennis Santana was scratched minutes before making his first MLB start on Thursday. He was heading for an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of a lat injury.
- Houston SS Carlos Correa (side) dodged a bullet when an MRI showed nothing abnormal. Currently on pace for a career-high 25 homers, he’s day-to-day.
- With the fourth pick in the draft, the White Sox hope they landed the next Dustin Pedroia with their selection of Nick Madrigal, one of the top college bats available. A scrappy hitter, Madrigal is a future top-of-the-order threat for the rebuilding White Sox, who have compiled one hell of a farm system.
- Back in mid-April, we recommended Pirate catcher Francisco Cervelli. That was a great call, as he got on base at a .395 clip in April, before upping that to .410 in May. Cervelli has cooled in June, but spanked a pinch-hit dinger on Thursday, giving him runs in each of the last two.
- Now that Montgomery is done for the year (as discussed in our intro), Domingo German isn’t just a temporary rotation replacement now. While German has been a tiny bit better in his last two starts, the Yanks are going to need a more permanent solution, so expect the trade rumours to heat up.
- Washington, who recently tied for the NL East lead with some better play of late, got another boost Saturday with the return of Adam Eaton (ankle) after two months on the DL. He was off to a productive start before getting hurt, so if he was dropped in your league, grab him immediately.
- Kris Bryant, who dealt with a suspected concussion earlier in the season, had three hits on Friday, running his hit streak to seven games and taking his BA over .300 for the first time in two and a half weeks. His run total looks like it will slip for the second straight season.
- Mets starter Steven Matz is on his best run of the season, going 1-1 over the last three starts, with just 10 hits and two runs allowed over 16 IP, while fanning 12 and walking seven. He’s not exactly back to the performance level he set his first two years, but what a fantastic improvement over last year’s debacle.
- After getting ripped in his season debut at Class-A, reliever Timothy Naughton, has tossed five straight scoreless outings, earning two saves along the way. Baltimore’s 34th round pick last year has done plenty of closing since turning pro, and whatever wildness he showed early on this year seems to have been addressed now.
- Just as Pirate second baseman Josh Harrison was heating up (7-for-16 during four game hit streak to raise his BA to .290), he’s out of the lineup Saturday to deal with a personal matter. He’s dealt with injury issues this season and his extra-base sock has regressed after rebounding last year.
RotoRob Tune of the Day
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Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy baseball waiver wire pick of the week is.