Deep League Waivers
July 30, 2017 | Derek Favret
Before we get to today’s deep league waivers, we need to review the status of Marcus Semien, who was featured in this article on July 19. At the time, his fake team ownership was well below 10%, and today remains striking low (13% in ESPN and 24% in YAHOO). All he’s done the past two weeks is post 4 multi-hit games, 2 home runs and 2 stolen bases with a .321/.403/.472 slash. His 7-day slash is even better at .385/.448/.654. Now with Tulowitzki on the DL and Bogaerts mired in a slump while battling groin and wrist injures, why does Semien’s ownership remain so low? A message to all you Tulo (54% in ESPN and 55% in YAHOO) owners out there, stop reading this article right now and put a waiver claim in for Semien. Then, be sure to come back for my next 2 recommendations.
If you roster one of the top catchers, chances are you used a high draft pick or traded valuable players to obtain him. Many owners go into the draft with lower expectations for the position. They settle for a catcher who provides a contribution to one or two categories and hopefully won’t drag down their fake team too much. Worse yet, you drafted a catcher in the early to middle rounds because of his name and continue to roster him hoping for a rebound. I’m now talking to all you Lucroy and Wieters owners out there. Consider dropping them for Manny Pina. All he’s done this year is provide a .296/.340/.456 slash. Compare that to Lucroy (.242/.297/.338) and Wieters (.249/.297/.381) and you understand why he’s featured in today’s deep league waivers article. Pina is logging regular playing time (11 of last 14 games) and maintaining a .300+ AVG in doing so. He’ll chip in a long ball once in a while but his true assets are boosting your AVG and keeping your K’s down (K-rate at 18%). If you’re in a two-catcher league, he’s a must add. Other owners in a one-catcher league would do well to give him a tryout.
I don’t typically write about pitchers because so many fake team owners now stream them to fill out their rotation and other articles are written specifically for that purpose. Today I’ll make an exception. Whether you stream or roster your starting pitchers in the traditional way, keep an eye on Cesar Valdez. Cesar has primarily pitched in relief roles in TOR and AAA Buffalo after being claimed off waivers in May. He was most recently recalled on July 19 and pitched 5 2/3 innings in long relief, surrendering only 1 ER and striking out 7. That earned him a spot start against his former club, OAK, on July 25. In that outing, he pounded the strike zone for 6 innings, allowing 1 ER off 5 hits. He earns a second start later today at the Rogers Centre against Mike Trout and the Angels. With Liriano and Estrada the subject to continued trade rumors as we approach the deadline tomorrow, a good outing against the Angels today should solidify his spot in the Blue Jay’s rotation, as well as a spot on your deep waiver radar, moving forward.