Waiver Wire: It’s a White Spring!

Once again this week is tough because the season is still young but the performances of some guys, such as Tyler White, have given us real reason to be excited and consider blowing up those well laid draft plans. White has almost been the side story this year lost among the hot start of Trevor Story and the arrival of big name prospects, Nomar Mazara and Mallex Smith, but his achievements through a week and a half deserve real recognition given that he was the third favourite for the job pre-spring training.

However, when I sat down to look through my notes of the week it was the pitchers who really stood out for me and for that reason they will lead off this weeks waiver wire article.

I have tried to identify for each player here some guys who are owned in a greater percentage of leagues at their position that I would replace these guys with. If you have any specific questions be sure to get in touch with me @benrolfe15 or for our whole team send your question to @60ftpodcast

This article is being written as of 5am ET Thursday, so all stats are up to date as of then. I will try to keep the article updated if there are any major value changes but be sure to check out the 60 Feet 6 Inches podcast to get the latest news on hitter’s values entering the new week.

Carlos Rodon, SP, CWS

Two really nice starts for Rodon so far with just a combined two runs given up and 12 strikeouts across 13 innings. I am a little bit concerned that he walked five batter this week after only one against Oakland but the upside here is worth the risk. His next start against the Angels could be a doozy given there fairly mediocre batting line-up.

Guys I would drop for him: Edinson Volquez, Julio Teheran, Mike Fiers, Mike Leake

Vince Velasquez, SP, RP, PHI

As of writing this Velasquez has only made one start and it was a stunning 9 strikeouts, 0 earned runs effort against the Mets. By the time of publishing he will have pitched again against the Padres in what should be a fairly decent opportunity for another good outing. I may have to revisit this over the weekend if he has struggled in that outing but right now he is a pretty high pick-up on my list.

Guys I would drop for him: All of the above, R.A. Dickey, Alex Wood

Ian Kennedy, SP, KC

Another guy who will pitch between writing and publishing of this article. Playing at Houston is a risky one given that they are very much an all or nothing team who could strikeout 10+ times or hit 5+ homer runs on any given day. His first start against the Twins was promising with 7 K’s and 1 Walk in 6.2 innings of shutout baseball.

Guys I would drop for him: All of the above, Chris Tillman, Marco Estrada

Matt Moore, SP, TB

This is a guy I have really taken the time to sit and watch this year and I am impressed. His 6K’s over 5 innings against Toronto to start the season was ruined a little by giving up three runs but against that offense he did pretty well. The start against Cleveland was down a bit more on the strikeouts, 5 in 7 innings pitched, but he only gave up one run and has only walked three guys in total this season. He has the pedigree to be a really good pitcher and his next start against a decent but not great White Sox team could tell us a lot.

Guys I would drop for him: All of the above, Clay Buchholz,

Nick Tropeano, SP, LAA

A really nice 6 K performance from Tropeano in his season debut has given him a good shot of staying in this rotation even when Heaney returns from the DL. He has another nice match-up this weekend against Minnesota and if he can put up another solid outing the Angels will be looking for someone else to make way in their rotation

Guys I would drop for him: Wade Miley, Andrew Cashner, Chris Tillman, Marco Estrada, Clay Buchholz, R.A. Dickey, Alex Wood

Tyler White, 3B, HOU

White has been absolutely raking since the start of the season hitting .520 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Naturally he is only going to slow down but his start should be enough to delay the arrival of AJ Reed and could even see White move over to third pushing Valbuena out of the line-up. A guy that needs to be owned in all leagues given the weakness of the third base position in general.

Guys I would drop for him: Justin Turner, Mike Moustakas, Brandon Belt, Byung-Ho Park, Carlos Santana (Not in a points or OBP league)

Will Myers, 1B/OF, SD

Myers has been a bright spot in another wise horrific start for the Padres. He has two home runs on the season so far as well as one steal and has legitimate 15/15 potential. He himself has said he want to steal 20 bases and hit 20 homers which would be awesome from a guy currently owned in 65% of ESPN leagues.

Guys I would drop for him: Alex Gordon, Brett Gardner

Nomar Mazara, OF, TEX

Mazara exploded onto the scene with a homer and three hits in his debut but it isn’t the performance so far and more the pedigree that has me excited for Mazara. I think he has the talent and ability to stick in the big leagues this year and be an everyday guy for the Rangers.

Guys I would drop for him: Alex Gordon, Michael Conforto, Melky Cabrera, A.J. Pollock

Mallex Smith, OF, ATL

Smith hasn’t quite got off to the start Mazara has but he has shown us his main talent, his speed. He has started off batting lead-off for Atlanta but going 1/11 to start his career may mean if he doesn’t pick it up then he will take a trip back to the minors for some seasoning. If he can stick at the majors he has 35+ steal potential and could even end up being a more useful version of Billy Hamilton with slightly less steals. However, it is hard to drop anyone too established given that he could go back down when Inciarte is ready to return.

Guys I would drop for him: Alex Gordon, A.J. Pollock, Nick Markakis, Leonys Martin, Joey Rickard

Marcus Semien, SS, OAK

What a few days this kid is having! Four home runs in four games could see him moving up the order which will make him relevant in most leagues given the shallowness of his position. There is plenty of risk and there will be slumps but Semien has power with speed to boot and could be a useful addition in the middle infield.

Guys I would drop for him: Ketel Marte, Brad Miller, Scooter Gennett

Be sure to check out Ron and Damian’s pitching articles over the weekend and subscribe, download and listen to the 60 Feet 6 Inches podcast for all the latest news and advice regarding pick-ups and streaming options for week two.

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