Back at it again after a long week. This is that time of the year when lots of noise is coming out of the AAA and the minors. Quick and fast starts from young and up-and-coming players are going to be at a premium this month. If you are in a deep league, you will need to read through the early hype and dig deep to find the right players in the Minors for your team. Highly touted preseason players such as SS Jason Segura, OF Starling Marte, 3B Manny Machado, and 1B Anthony Rizzo, who quite possibly were drafted in your league, have all payed their dividends and are off to a solid start. It will be crucial to be able to pinpoint the next Minors breakout candidate. In this post I will offer a couple names in which I may have mentioned in the passed, or may be new to the waiver wire list, as well as some players to watch that are doing well in the Minors.
OF- Oswaldo Arcia (MIN) If you read my post last week, you know that Oswaldo was my deep pick up waiting to be jumped on. As so it happens, this week Yahoo! Sports is calling him the man to pick up. Way to read my blog Yahoo! Sports, well played. He is currently raising his batting average to a close to .300 mark, while the power will come. Get him before it's too late!
OF- Justin Ruggiano (MIA) If you are still wondering who is playing for the Miami Marlins, look no further than Justin Ruggiano. He doesn't boast the most impressive batting average, but he will definitely be a serviceable OF on your fantasy team.
C/OF- Ryan Doumit (MIN) Doumit was drafted as a catcher for a couple of my fantasy teams, but he had a slow start and was cut lose by many frustrated owners. His stock is on the rise as he looks to find some consistency in his game. His batting average sits around .225 on the season, which isn't impressive by any standard, but the fact that he was batting under the Mendoza .200 line just last week, things look to be going back in to the green. His duel position is the cherry on top.
C- A.J Ellis (LAD) He isn't going to be a top producing C, but if you're looking for a catcher that starts and can still manage some mediocre stats, he's your guy. If you're looking for a catcher on the waiver wire, it may be best to check out the minors and see if there is a guy that is worth a stash on your roster.
Caters in AAA to watch: Josh Thole (TOR), Josh Phegley (CWS), and Ryan Lavarnway (BOS)
1B- Mitch Moreland (TEX) Showing some power this week as he has crushed 3 HRs in his passed 5 games.A mediocre start has been put in the rear view mirror for Moreland as he has found his power in the month of May.
1B- Luke Scott (TB) In just 10 games this season, Scott has 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. Scott has a big bat, so he can very well put up some strong numbers. If he had his old duel eligibility he would be a star in my eyes, but for now he is a great watch player, or one to snatch up if you have the room at 1B.
1B- James Loney (TB) The only knock on Loney is his HR numbers. His 17 RBIs on the season through 35 games put him on pace for around 85-90 RBIs which isn't necessarily a reach by any standards. Looking back over the last two years Loney may look like he had fallen off of the wagon, while this year he is back out to prove that his three year stretch from 08-10 of 88-90 RBIs a year weren't a fluke. If you can survive barely double digit HRs in your league, he is a steal.
1B in AAA to watch: Chris Marrero (WAS) and Brandon Snyder (PAW)
2B/OF- Kelly Johnson (TB) An all around producing machine who has been raising his average since the end of April. He is one of the most added players this week on Yahoo! Sports so it's time to add him if you have been waiting!
2B/3B- Jedd Gyorko (SD) He has found his power in the month of May as all 3 of his HRs has come in this month. Gyorko is a rookie who is jumping in to the MLB with both feet. Look for him to only get more comfortable as the season goes on.
2B in AAA to watch: Vince Belnome (TB), Eugenio Velez (Toronto), and Jim Negrych (TOR)
3B- Mike Moustakas (KC) His name was being thrown out as a solid sleeper candidate coming in to the season as he was playing some great ball in spring training. The year started out dull for Moustakas which has seen his availability in leagues grow. His recent 3 games, where he had a HR a game, has seen his popularity grow, and is gaining attention. He has lots of power, and after a slow start, he may still be available in your league, if he is, he would be a fantastic waiver wire add.
3B- Nolan Arenado (COL) The Rockies team is going through a bit of a slump as the haven't been hitting well of late, and Arenado has also been struggling. He has lots of power and it will be noticeable during the season as the Arenado will be playing half of his games at Coors Field. His availability is about at 1/2 of the leagues, but he is bound to pick up his pace sooner than later.
3B/OF- Trevor Plouffe (MIN) Plouffe has been on fire in the month of May. He has seen his average come up to a respectable .250, going hitless in just 2 of the 8 games so far this month. As many of you already know, I love my duel positions, so it comes at no surprise that Plouffe, who is an eligible 3B and OF is appearing on this list.
3B in AAA to watch: Danny Valencia (BAL), Russ Canzler (BAL), and Andy LaRoche (TOR)
SS- Dee Gordon (LAD) The man with the fast feet. Dee Gordon is making a name for himself after Hanley Ramirez went down went a hamstring injury. Gordon is hitting .273 in the 6 games he has played so far and already has 3 RBIs to match his 3 SBs. He's a great pick up short term, but long term is still cloudy with the Hanley situation.
SS- J.J Hardy (BAL) He is currently in a 7 game hit streak where he has raised his average to .216. An impressive part of his streak are his 7 RBIs and just one strikeout. He is a 20+ HR guy so he is definitely worth a roster add if you are having troubles at the SS position.
SS in AAA to watch: Zach Walters (WAS) and Tim Beckham (TB)
OF- Will Venable (SD) With 3 HRs and 3 SBs in the passed 5 games, he is hard not to notice. Venable has raised his batting average to .244, which is a big leap from the .206 that he closed within the month of April.
OF- Alfonso Soriano (CHC) Soriano had a stellar year in 2012, in which he had 32 HRs and 108 RBIs. Soriano had a slow month production wise in April, but is finding the RBIs and HRs in the month of May. His speed is on the decline, but his power seems to be still there, for now.
OF in AAA to watch: Joey Terdoslavich (ATL), Jason Pridie (BAL), and Bryce Brentz (BOS)
SP- Scott Kazmir (CLE) Kazmir had two rough outings to start the year, but has followed up nicely with two 6 inning gems. He has 17 strikeouts compared to just the one walk in the passed two starts and has just allowed 3 earned runs over those starts to earn two victories. He is a diamond off the waiver wire.
SP- Travis Wood (CHC) Wood has gone at least 6 innings in each of his 7 starts this season for the Cubs. He has a healthy 34 strikeouts in 46.1 innings and currently has a bright 2.33 ERA. If he is available, he will definitely fill a void in your starting rotation.
SP- Hector Santiago (CWS) Santiago started the year off in the bullpen but was recently moved to the starting rotation. His passed 2 starts have been stellar as he has just allowed one run, on 6 hits, while striking out 14 over 12.1 innings. He is one to monitor and possibly grab as he is one solid start away from waiver wire gold.
SP in AAA to watch: Jair Jurrjens (BAL), Greg Reynolds (CIN), and Alex Torres (TB)
I hope that you enjoyed my waiver wire list for this week!
If you have any questions or comment, feel free to tweet me @phillipbeneteau