Week 13 Waiver Wire: Hitters

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There are some interesting names featuring on the week 13 waiver wire with some players going from fringe adds to must add. In the outfield there are a few young guys who are starting to settle in to their jobs and get more playing time who are intriguing. A few of the players here concern me from the angle of playing time going forward, but right now they are settled and can be used as short term adds.

Wellington Castillo, C, CHC: Castillo got off to a slow start but he has picked up lately and is hitting over .300 for the last 15 days with three home runs and 10 RBI. On the season, Wellington is hitting for a lowly .210 average with just six homers and 19 runs driven in, but potentially this burst of power could set him up to have a hot second half to the season.

Willin Rosario, C, COL: For now Rosario has earned himself some time alone at first base with just how hot his bat has become. Whilst he is an everyday player, he has nice value because of his catcher eligibility. He is currently batting .303 on the year with five home runs and two steals but his current hot streak will cool off and then he will return to the weak side of a platoon with Paulsen.

Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX: I am a Texas fan and I also have a weird obsession with Mitch Moreland, so his two two homer games in two days made me VERY happy. Hopefully you picked him up when I said last week so you could benefit from the power explosion that Moreland had against the Orioles this week. He now leads the Rangers with 14 homers on the season and has driven in 43 runs whilst hitting for around .300. Right now he is a must own in all roto leagues either for corner infield or utility.

Adam Lind, 1B, MIL: Lind hit his third homer in the last two weeks on Wednesday night against the Phillies to bring him to 12 homers on the season so far. Lind has struggled on the road so it is promising to see Milwaukee come home for three games before road games until the all-star break. Lind is currently a top 20 first baseman and that is where I expect he will finish up the season. He is definitely someone who should be owned in roto leagues.

Matt Duffy, 2B/3B, SF: Duffy is the only third baseman who will feature in my article this week but for the majority of you his usefulness comes with his second base eligibility given the relative weakness of middle infield. Duffy has been hitting .333 over the last two weeks to bring his average on the year up to .300. When you add in his 31 runs scored, eight homers, 37 RBI and three steals, we have an all-around contributor who should be owned everywhere.

Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX: Since returning to the majors, Odor has been a different beast hitting an impressive .391 to drag his season average up to .228. He has seen time a top the order but the return of DeShields may limit that. Odor now has five steals and three homers on the season to with 18 RBI. Hopes were high for him entering the year and if he can keep that average up he could yet live up to some of those expectations.

Cesar Hernandez, SS/2B/OF, PHI (Speed): Hernandez has flourished with the absence of Chase Utley, stealing seven bags in the last two weeks including six in three games. Hernandez appears to have earned himself a shot to at least be in a time share with Utley. Given his speed potential, you should go out and grab him to help with that pesky middle infield.

Eugenio Suarez, SS, CIN: Eugenio has been fairly consistent since coming up to the majors as he is hitting .313 with two homers and three steals. He has the job for the foreseeable future and he is a young guy, meaning that he is worth a speculative stab given that SS is such a poor position as always for hitting.

Kevin Pillar, OF, TOR: In an interview this week, Pillar explained his recent success by saying that he no longer feels he has to hit everything. Early in the season it seems he was desperate to prove his bat was worthy of staying in the line-up and was struggling to be selective. In the last 30 days, he has been hitting .365 with four home runs and five steals. His season batting average is now up to a solid .270 and when you add in the 42 runs and 35 RBI he has amassed batting in the most explosive line-up in baseball, then you find that Pillar is creeping into becoming a must own in every league kind of player.

Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM: Granderson has been tearing it up in the last couple of weeks with five home runs in his last 51 plate appearance. The power surge has brought Granderon’s season total to an impressive 13 to go with 42 runs scored and 27 driven in. Granderson has been batting atop the Mets order but had been struggling to get consistent hits, so to see him hitting nearly .300 in the last two weeks is refreshing. Granderson is a decent no. 4/5 outfielder in roto leagues.

Randall Grichuk, OF, STL: Grichuk topped off a great couple of weeks by joining a rare group: people to homer off Chris Sale in 2015. This comes after a 15-game stretch where he has hit five homers, scored 11 runs and driven in the same amount. Add in the two stolen bases and you have an all-around contributor for roto leagues making Grichuk a must-own player in five outfielder leagues.

Michael Taylor, OF, WSH: I have picked up and dropped Taylor so many times this year because he is still just on the fringes for Washington, but with Denard Span having missed a few games Taylor has stepped up. In the last 15 days he is hitting over .380 with two steals and 10 runs scored. His time in the starting line-up may be limited but if he keeps hitting like this then he could find a way into semi regular playing time. If that playing time is there then Taylor has 20/20 potential over a full season so he is worth owning in 12 team or deeper five outfielder leagues.

Alejandro De Aza, OF, BOS: The move to Boston has given De Aza a new lease on life as he has been hitting like a truck with three homers, one steal, seven runs and 11 RBI all whilst batting nearly .400! With Hanley and Victorino both returning, De Aza’s role could get reduced but the way he is hitting you cannot help but feel the Red Sox need to keep him in whilst he is firing.

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