Working the Waiver Wire 4.7.17
April 7, 2017 | Justin Klein
Wily Peralta was quietly superb in last season’s second half as he posted a fantastic 2.92 ERA along with a 1.151 WHIP with a 51/16 K/BB ratio across 61 and 2/3 innings pitched. Peralta was only 3-4 in his ten starts, but those tend to be a team dependent stat. Wily has always been an intriguing talent because he sits in the mid nineties, but he’s never been able to consistently put it together. Well, before the second half last season however. So far this season Peralta sailed through five innings when he allowed just three hits and a walk against the Rockies at Miller Park on Wednesday. Available in 98% of Yahoo leagues Wily is out there for almost all of you if you need him. I’m not going to claim that he’s going to save your season, but he could be a solid SP3 that puts up good or above average ratios with a decent amount of K’s. Not only has Wily sat at 96 MPH this season, but he gets two starts next week. They are in Toronto and Cincinnati, so they aren’t the cushiest of options, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wily still pull out a win and a good amount of K’s to go with decent numbers. In my one weekly league I’m going to start am and I suggest that you join me.
Santiago Casilla is still available in 52% of Yahoo leagues even though he looks to be the head of the Oakland Athletics saves committee. After nailing down the first game of the season with a scoreless inning against the Angels on Monday the A’s turned to Ryan Dull for the save on Tuesday and he promptly blew the save and took the loss. While there are other options to close on this talented roster, including Madson, Dull, Doolittle, Hendricks and Montas, Casilla marked his territory well by saving the first game. Since then Santiago pitched a perfect inning on Thursday in a 5-1 A’s victory. While Madson or any other guy in the bullpen could get the next save call I’m guessing that Casilla will get his share of them this season. I’d be surprised if he didn’t notch 15 this season and that is enough to move the needle as they should come with solid ratios and K’s as well. If you need some saves you can probably squeeze another dozen or so out of Casilla.
Bryan Shaw is a great option in holds leagues as he managed to notch 24, 23 and 25 holds the past three seasons. Available in 94% of Yahoo leagues Shaw is out there for most of you if you need him. If you’re not in a holds league he’s still worth looking at, as he can contribute with a couple saves and wins along with great ratios and a good amount of K’s. If your ratios could use some help Shaw is a reliable veteran that can help your team. Just two appearances into the young season Shaw already has a hold and a save to his credit along with a strikeout, a zero ERA and a 0.50 WHIP. The Indians plan on using their bullpen a lot this year and Shaw should be in a good position to nail down plenty of holds along with a few wins and saves to go with those solid peripheral numbers.
Ryan Schimpf has already made his way onto two of my fake teams as an injury replacement at the keystone. While I expect to stomach a painful batting average he’s already contributed with three hits including a HR. Last season Ryan smacked 20 HR in just 86 games and 276 at bats. Currently available in more than 2/3 of Yahoo leagues (67%) Schimpf is a great pickup right now. Not only can he give your team some pop, but he heads to Coors Field next week for a three game series with the Rockies. If he doesn’t hit another dinger or two I’ll be shocked.
Brandon Moss is floating around in 78% of Yahoo leagues at the moment. In the past five seasons Moss has notched at least 19 HR each season and is still a solid source of HR and RBI. Currently DH’ing for the Royals, and routinely hitting towards the middle of the order (sixth today), Moss is a solid pickup in any deep league that has 5OF slots as Moss still has OF eligibility. While Brandon won’t help your AVG he is a career .240 hitter and should have a good amount of volume for counting stats as it’s hard to get injured when you only have to hit and no longer play the field. If you need some pop or just an OF with a pulse you should probably consider Moss.
Tyler Saladino is leading off for the White Sox today after putting together a solid spring training. This is a player that showed great patience in the minor leagues, and has more value than previously thought if he’s going to lead off for the pale hose on a regular basis. Currently eligible at 2B, 3B and SS in Yahoo leagues he’s versatile and he’s also currently very available. In 86% of Yahoo leagues you can waltz on over to the free agent pool and jump in for a quick swim. Even if you want to just dip your toe in the pool Saladino is worth grabbing in any league with MI slots and in 12 team leagues or greater as a solid and versatile bench option. Worst case scenario you can drop him if he gets moved down in the order or doesn’t produce. Best case scenario he sticks at the top of the order and is a solid factor in your fake team’s middle infield.
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