Week 13 Waiver Wire: Pitchers

Heaney

Unlike the hitting article the week 13 waiver wire for pitchers seems to have some nice mid-range option among the starting pitching. The arrival of Andrew Heaney and the impressive form of a couple of the Minnesota guys have given the waiver wire a potential stud and some much needed depth. On the closer situation we have one man who is very underappreciated right now and another two who are trying to nail the job down long term.

Starters

Andrew Heaney, LAA: While Gibson has a season of good pitching for us to consider, Heaney is fresh to the majors. And like many young pitchers this year, he has got off to a decent start. Over three starts so far he has a 2-0 record with four runs given up in 20.1 innings with 17 strikeouts. Being a young pitcher there will naturally be some ups and downs as the others have experienced but Heaney is a top end prospect who is worth a gamble in 12 team leagues and deeper.

Mark Buehrle, TOR: Buehrle has been immense these last seven starts giving up just eight earned runs in 51 innings. The strikeouts haven’t been great in that period with just 27 and with the three starts before that having seen him give up 11 earned runs there is naturally concern. Add in the injury to the ankle and the uncertainty of when he will pitch again will make owners hesitate. However, a pitcher with a 3.38 ERA who plays in Toronto must be doing something right. A 12 team relevant guy who is a consistent innings eating option but I prefer the upside of Heaney.

Kendall Graveman, OAK: Graveman struggled his first time around in the majors in 2015, but since being called up in late May the story has been a bit different. Strikeouts are still an issue with just 38 in 60.2 innings, but he has given up just 12 earned runs on the way to a 5-2 record. His season ERA has come down to 3.16 and all of a sudden Graveman becomes a must own in 14 teamers or deeper and is on the bubble in 12 team leagues.

Kyle Gibson, MIN: Gibson has slipped under the radar this season posting a 7-6 record with a 3.04 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Gibson hasn’t been a dominant pitcher by any means with just 6 K/9 and that does mean he will get roughed up sometimes and is FIP is naturally over a run higher than his ERA right now. Over the last 10 starts he has given up 23 runs over 63.1 innings with 55 strikeouts so you can see that his season totals are pretty much what he has been lately. Gibson is someone to pick up in 14 team leagues and to be used as a streamer in anything shallower.

Tommy Milone, MIN: Milone appears to have earned himself the chance to stay in the rotation with a 3-0 record since his return to the rotation in June,. In that time he has made seven starts pitching 44 innings and giving up just nine earned runs. Ideally you would like more than 32 strikeouts in that period and that much like with Gibson is the major concern that prevents him being a must add in 12 teamers.

DL Stash: Williams Perez, ATL: I have endorsed Perez here a couple of times and looking at the DL options he appears to be the best of the pitching crop right now. Perez has a 2.88 ERA on the season with a 1.36 WHIP and 38 strikeouts to give him a 4-0 record. He has given up a couple of four run games but generally he is in the 1 or 2 run range and there has even been a couple of big fat zeroes. If you have the DL spot available there a lot worse than Perez you could have filling that spot.

Relievers

Brad Ziegler, ARI: Ziegler has been stunning this season since getting the opportunity to be the closer. He now has 14 saves on the season after getting his first two since the 28th of June in the middle of this week. The biggest downside to Ziegler is his poor strikeout rate of below 6 K/9 but in roto leagues all saves are important and Ziegler should be owned in all leagues.

Roberto Osuna, TOR: Osuna has stepped up to replace Brett Cecil as the Toronto closer and has so far been very impressive in the role. He has four saves and a loss in his last seven appearances which have spanned seven innings with eight strikeouts and just two earned runs given up. His season ERA of 2.31 and WHIP of 0.95 make him a decent option to close and there is a real chance he may nail this job down for the season after the all-star break.

Jason Motte, CHC: Motte has now had three saves and one win in his last four appearances, with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings. It is currently a closer by committee situation in Chicago but Motte is one of the better options, and I expect him to get the majority of the options in the near future.

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