Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Pirates Young Guns

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire is stocked with help at all positions. You can add some young studs that can be real difference makers the rest of the way. Getting on board now can help you avoid missing out.

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Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon | P | Pittsburgh Pirates

Both Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon could get the call up to the big leagues very, very soon. Juan Nicasio has maintained his early success. He has allowed four runs in three of his last four outings with inconsistent strikeout totals. He could easily be transitioned into the bullpen for the Pirates. Both pitchers have huge upside and are available in around 90%. If you only have room for one player Glasnow would be my guy but Taillon is worth a stash and could get called first.

Lance McCullers | P | Houston Astros
(46.4% owned in ESPN)

Lance McCullers has finally got his season going after starting the year on the DL. It was a bumpy first couple starts but his outing against the Baltimore Orioles reminded us all why we were so excited about his potential in the preseason. He had 10 strikeouts in only 5 innings. He did have 6 walks in the outings which shows there is still some rust to be knocked off. If McCullers is on the waiver wire in your league he is a must add. He likely won’t go deep in many games but the potential for him to be an impact player the rest of the way. He will tally the strikeouts up for your squad and the late start to the season an innings cap shouldn’t come into play.

Matt Wisler | P | Atlanta Braves
(26.5% owned in ESPN)

The Atlanta Braves have been painfully bad this season even moving on from manager Fredi Gonzalez, however Matt Wisler has actually been really solid. He has 7 strikeouts in each of his last 3 outings averaging 2 earned in each. He has only given up more than 3 earned in two of his ten starts. In the month of May he has a 2.25 ERA with 27 strikeouts and only 8 walks. Get on board and take advantage now!


Diamondbacks Jake Lamb

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Jake Lamb | 3B | Arizona Diamondbacks
(36.2% owned in ESPN)

Jake Lamb has been really strong the past few weeks hitting .317 with three home runs, eight RBI, nine runs score and a stolen base. He is a player that had a ton of buzz when he was coming up through the minors. He is playing basically every day and can fill a need at third and corner.

Mike Napoli | 1B | Cleveland Indians
(24,5% owned in ESPN)

Mike Napoli is another corner guy that can help your fantasy baseball team. This isn’t the player for you if you’re looking for batting average help. However if you want a little bit of everything else he makes a ton of sense. Over the last seven days Napoli has two home runs with seven RBI, six runs, and an impressive 2 stolen bases. He has never been a stolen base threat but in the right situation Terry Francona will let him run. He is a great target assuming he continues to hit.

Chase Utley | 2B | Los Angeles Dodgers
(20.7% owned in ESPN)

Chase Utley made headlines after Noah Syndergaard threw behind him over the weekend. However fantasy baseball owners need to worry less about that and more about what he is doing at the plate. He is hitting .375 with two homers, 9 RBI, and 6 runs scored over the last seven days. He took advantage of the series over the weekend against the Mets to get going. He should be targeted if you need middle infield help. Utley will give you solid average with the potential to show a little pop and plate some runs.

Jorge Soler | OF | Chicago Cubs
(18% owned in ESPN)

Jorge Soler has been frustrating to own this season. With the injury to Kyle Schwarber early in the season it seemed as if Soler could play most days and be a productive fantasy option. However Soler struggled to start the season. However it seems as if he is starting to get more confident at the plate. In the past 15 days SOler has three home runs, six RBI, and eight runs scored. He will never have an amazing average but if he is in the .260 to .270 range he can hit for enough power to be productive. Pick up Soler if you need power help and in this lineup he should put up good RBI and runs totals.

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