Welcome back to the second instalment of MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire. Even in such a long and demanding MLB season, it is still important to get off to a good start. A good start can be propelled by a few simple things: a great draft, players who are exceeding their potential early on, a lucky match up, or simply a good waiver wire pick up. The MLB seems to be full of constant injuries which makes a first to the wire approach so key to success. A quick side note goes out to all of the fantasy managers who tried, or succeeded, to acquire Roy Halladay this passed week after 2 awful outings. His start last night showed that he still has some stuff left in the tank. His value may never be as low as it was last week, so good job to those who got him for cheap. As it seems in every week there are more and more players pilling up on the DL, here is a quick summarized list of name brand players who landed on the DL this passed week: Freddie Freeman (15-day), Matt Harrison (15-day), Jared Weaver (4-6 weeks), Zack Greinke (mid-June), Kyuji Fujikawa (15-day), Yoenis Cespedes (15-day), Johnny Cueto (exepected to miss 3-4 starts), and Jose Reyes (3 months).
With the list of inactives and injuries raking up early, it is important to stay on the hunt for the next up-and-coming superstar to come via free agency.
C-Derek Norris (OAK) Young and in charge. D.Norris has 7 HRs and 34 RBIs over 60 games in the MLB last year. He is looking like the top catcher in OAK and has been playing some very steady baseball for the Athletics so far. He is one to definitely grab before everyone notices, at just 24 years of age, he is about to hit his prime.
C-Wellington Castillo (CHC) Just like Norris, he is young (26) and about to hit his prime. Seeing regular time behind home plate, Catillo not only has an enjoyable first name, but will also be able to be a serviceable Catcher for the time being.
C- Carlos Ruiz (PHI) C.Ruiz is serving a 25 game substance ban which makes him available for April 28th. Batted .325, with 16 HRs and 68 RBIs last year, take note as he will be available in less than 2 weeks.
1B/OF- Brandon Moss (OAK) A journeyman of sort, Moss has found his grove in OAK as he will be a reliable option every night. Moss managed 21 HRs and 56 RBIs in just 84 games last year, so he definitely has the power, while he still was hitting .291. Those are some serious stats. Pick him up.
1B/3B- Chris Johnson (ATL) Hotlanta is home to one of the hottest teams in the MLB. C.Johnson is no exception. With Freddie Freeman on the 15-day DL, Johnson is taking advantage of the increase in playing time. Had 15 HRs and 76 RBIs last season, so he is on the radar.
2B/3B/SS- Eric Sogard (OAK) Sogard will be taking over 2B duties for the year since Sizemore will be out for the remainder of the season. Sogard who had a hot spring training, hasn't played awfully well in the MLB, but could be worth a look, especially with his position eligibility.
3B- Josh Donaldson (OAK) He had a fantastic week and is on the rise. With 5 multi-hit games and 2 HRs last week, he is on a tear.
SS- Brandon Crawford (SF) Crawford currently has an 8 game hit streak raising his average to 1 reasonable .286. Crawford has yet to really break in to an offensive role for the Giants, but his average will do him well.
2B/SS- Everth Cabrera (SD) The Padres are certainly not a good team, but at least they have a young shortstop! Cabrera is a young player who has lots of potential, as well as plenty of speed. Has the potential to be a star at SS.
SS- Jean Segura (MIL) Segura has appeared on a couple of my blogs on guys to watch out for coming in to the season. He is batting an impressive .417 to start the season, the RBIs and SB will come.
1B/OF- Chris Carter (HOU) Possibly the only star in the lone star state as Houston looks miserable. Carter is a kid with pop and with 4 HRs in just 12 games this year, he is showing his value.
OF- Will Venable (SD) Venable is an all around player. He has shown that he can hit for a nice average, will hit many 2B and 3B, and has already shown some pop off the bat with 2 HRs in his last 5 games. Mix in the fact that he can swipe 20 bags a year, he's a quality talent.
OF- Nate Schierholtz (CHC) Having a stand out season for the Cubbies, Nate is swinging a hot bat posting a .343 average. He will continue to see lots of playing time for the Cubs.
OF- Lucas Duda (NYM) I have a really good feeling about Duda this season. His BB/K ratio has improved so far this season to a 9/10. Look for him to continue his surge.
SP- Bud Norris (HOU) He may be one of the only bright spots on this rotation. A young pitcher with lots of promise, unfortunately he has a tough AL schedule. He has yet to settle in to the MLB, but he is definitely off to a nice start.
SP- Zach McAllister (CLE) If Cleveland is going to succeed, it will depend a lot of how their pitching can hold up. McAllister is a young stud that is off to a solid start through his first two outings, allowing 3 runs over 12.1 innings, and striking out 9. Watch out, he is a guy to own.
SP- Jake Westbrook (STL) He won't over power you with his strikeouts, but his ERA and wins will get you what you need. Westbrook is coming off a complete game shut out of the Reds where he struck out 3, allowing 5 hits.
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