Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds: Week 9
With the 2022 baseball season getting revved up, nailing the waiver wire and the players available are critical to beating out your league-mates in season-long formats.
Each week we will take a look at players who are rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues and can help out your season-long squads. Remember, if you aren’t scouring the waiver wire, you are falling behind.
Michael Harris II, OF, Atlanta Braves
Roster Percentage: 22%
If you are unfamiliar with the prowess of Michael Harris II, this dude is a mega stud for the Atlanta Braves. Called up to replace Travis Demeritte, who was optioned to Triple-A, Harris is the number-one prospect in the Atlanta system.
Harris has a ton of speed. In High-A last year, he snagged 27 steals in 420 plate appearances, and he stole 11 bases this season in 196 plate appearances in Double-A before getting the call.
With Ronald Acuna working his way back into form, Harris is likely to see a good amount of playing, so it's not the worst idea to give him a look if your outfield needs a jolt.
Christopher Morel, OF, Chicago Cubs
Roster Percentage: 16%
Let's say your league-mates got a jump on you to Harris -- is Christopher Morel available?
Morel is a very intriguing prospect in the Chicago Cubs' organization with a delightful power-speed combo. Check out his 2021 season -- in 417 plate appearances, Morel totaled 17 home runs and 16 stolen bases on the year.
He has some intriguing pop, too -- his isolated power (ISO) numbers are particularly encouraging, as he has recorded a mark above .200 at three different minor-league stops in his career. Give him a long look if you need outfield help.
Christian Vazquez, C, Boston Red Sox
Roster Percentage: 51%
Here's the sneaky part of looking at season-long fantasy baseball numbers -- they can be a bit tricky and don't always tell the full story.
Let's peep backstop Christian Vazquez of the Boston Red Sox. For the year, he owns a sub-.300 OBP and sub-.800 OPS -- pretty ugly marks, for sure. But if you simply look at the accumulated numbers, you're missing out.
The catcher has been hotter than the surface of the sun at the dish as of late. Over the last two weeks, Vazquez has logged a .990 OPS with a .410 OBP and has knocked in 11 runs.
The catcher position is notoriously difficult to roster, but Vazquez is rolling and is a way to get exposure to a Boston lineup that's on fire.
Frank Schwindel, 1B, Chicago Cubs
Roster Percentage: 27%
After Frank Schwindel was momentarily demoted to the Iowa Cubs for a hot minute, it appears he got the message and has righted the ship.
Schwindel, like Vazquez, has some bad season-long numbers -- a .234 batting average and .663 OPS. But would you be more intrigued with a .904 OPS and four long balls in the last two weeks? Yea, me too.
That's some serious thump, and Schwindel smacked 14 homers with a .962 OPS last season. It's not like the recent pop doesn't have some merit or past bravado, and if you need a first baseman or a corner infielder, Schwindel makes a lot of sense.