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The Wire Troll: Domingo Santana Scorching in Minors

August 11, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Domingo Santana has been hitting very well at Triple-A for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Domingo Santana has won fans over with his play at Colorado Springs, but may not be there much longer. (Kelsey Brunner/The Gazette)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball. Now that we’re into mid-August, the homestretch is truly upon us, meaning you need that waiver wire more than ever.

This week, Houston revealed that star Jose Altuve (knee) still isn’t ready to return; Ronald Guzman became the first rookie ever to have a three-homer game against the Yankees; and Nolan Arenado (shoulder) had to come out early Friday, but he hopes to play Saturday.

And now, let’s get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations and analysis…

Domingo Santana, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (ESPN: 8.4 per cent; CBS: 19 per cent): Despite spanking 30 homers last year (see his power in the virtual world in the video below), Santana was farmed out at the end of June given his lack of pop this season. After a sluggish start at Triple-A he’s responded nicely to the demotion, batting .351 with five homers, 16 RBI and a whopping 1055 OPS in 21 games since the middle of July. This Dominican was a highly decorated prospect, and he’s proved he is capable of carrying a major league offense when he gets hot, so keep an eye on him — especially if an opening presents itself back in Sausage City.

Scott Alexander, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN: 16.5 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): In his first season with the Dodgers, Alexander has emerged as a nice setup option. Now that Kenley Jansen (chest) is out for a month, Alexander will be asked to close, and he pitched a shutout frame to earn the save in his first crack since Jansen’s injury. Acquired by the Dodgers in a three-team deal in early January, Alexander was a huge part of KC’s bullpen last season, winning five games with career-bests in WHIP and ERA. This year, his strikeout rate has risen again (slightly) thanks to improved velocity, and he’s undefeated through 52 appearances (one start).

Touki Toussaint, SP, Atlanta Braves (ESPN: unowned; CBS: 8 per cent): Toussaint was scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A on Friday as he’s expected to be recalled to make his MLB debut on Monday as part of Atlanta’s doubleheader against the Marlins. Arizona’s 2014 first round pick, traded to the Braves in June 2015, was pitching very well at Double-A, earning a promotion to Triple-A last month. Since then, Toussaint has gone undefeated through five starts, proving harder to hit than ever. This may be just a one-off start, but if you’re streaming pitchers, he’s a great choice. And who knows? Maybe Toussaint will stick.

Quick Hits

  • Milwaukee SP Zach Davies (shoulder) has had several false starts in his return from what was originally considered a very minor injury. However, he’s finally nearing a return, with three rehab starts under his belt in this current attempted comeback cycle. Davies could be an asset down the stretch.
  • Now that Minnesota has dealt closer Fernando Rodney to Oakland, it will apparently shift to the dreaded bullpen by committee approach. Given that Trevor Hildenberger has the most minor league closing experience, we feel he’s the best bet.
  • Ryan Zimmerman took an 0-fer on Friday, but has driven in 11 runs over the last 10 games and has really heated up in August. He’s widely available and is making a case for more PT down the stretch as the Nats fight for a wild card spot.
  • Now that Brad Brach and Zach Britton have been traded, Mychal Givens has taken over as the closer in B-More, going 2-for-2 in save chances so far. Grab him if you need saves.
  • When did Matt Carpenter suddenly morph into a 40-homer threat? Man, talk about turning around a season. This dude was batting .140 as of May 15.
  • Xander Bogaerts snapped a power slump with a three-run jack Friday, remaining on track to top his career high. Better yet, he’s drawn nine walks in the last six games to raise his OBP up to .350.
  • Ryan McMahon is finally starting to show why he was a top prospect. When Arenado got hurt Friday, McMahon replaced him and smoked a two-run homer. Combined with back-to-back multi-hit games earlier this week, McMahon is making a case for a bigger role.
  • Minor league veteran 3B Dusty Coleman, who actually got 66 at-bats with the Padres last year, looks like he’s ready to slink off to Independent ball soon. After going 0-for-2 Friday, he’s batting just .179 over the last 10 games, taking his season BA down to .185. Oakland’s 28th rounder from 2008 has stuck around the minors for quite some time, and had two cups of coffee in the bigs, but it’s time to pack it in.
  • Baltimore long reliever/spot starter Miguel Castro was actually having a decent season, but Friday sure was a forgettable outing. He walked three of the five batters he faced, and they all came around to score as he recorded a blown save and suffered a loss for the second straight outing.
  • Guess which Dodger reliever is not a candidate to replace Jansen as closer? Zac Rosscup looked decent when first recalled, but has now given up three homers in his last two games (2 2/3 IP). This is the minor league veteran’s fifth season in the bigs, and he’s never looked worse.

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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.

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The Wire Troll: Jose Bautista Finds New Life in Big Apple

July 7, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Anderson has put together back-to-back outings of eight shutout innings, winning both and lowering his ERA almost three-quarters of a run in the process. His run is supported by stellar command (17 Ks, three walks) and unhittable stuff (just six hits against in the two starts combined). Anderson is doing a better job of limiting long balls this season and that’s helped him rebound after suffering a sophomore slump last year. Colorado’s 2011 first rounder has arrived as a Fantasy factor.
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The Wire Troll: Trevor Williams Effectively Wild for Pirates

April 7, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Lucchesi sure looked sharp in his second start on Thursday, hurling five shutout frames with just one hit allowed. The rookie has yet to give up a homer through 40 batters faced this season, and his 2.79 ERA through a pair of starts deserves some Fantasy attention. Last year, Lucchesi racked up a ton of Ks at High-A before moving on to Double-A, where he kept winning. He hasn’t gotten much attention up to this point, but is certainly worth a speculative pickup now to see how this plays out.
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The Wire Troll: Orlando Arcia Sizzling in Sausage City

July 9, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Since being recalled to the Yanks, Choi has shown power (more than expected) and patience — two things that will keep him in the bigs. He will need to make better contact, and bear in mind the Yanks are shopping for first base help, so his long-term status is up in the air. For now, why not roll the dice and see how it plays out?
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The Wire Troll: Junior Guerra Almost Ready to Return

May 21, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Ramirez may not be inducing infield flies at his normal rate, but his K/BB rate is superb and — given a chance to start on Friday, he once again teased us with his talent, which he is wont to do from time to time. Ramirez’s HR/FB ratio is better than usual this season, and that’s likely to correct itself, but if you need a starter, you may want to give him a long look.
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