Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds: Week 10
The Trea Turner show has arrived in the nation's capital. For how long remains to be seen.
The best position player prospect of the Washington Nationals was called up last week after first baseman Ryan Zimmerman left the team for paternity leave, but Turner's call-up was certainly justifiable. A consensus top-10 prospect in baseball, Turner was hitting .310/.376/.472 in 222 plate appearances at Triple-A, with 38 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 50 games.
Trea Turner is @MLBPipeline's No. 9 prospect. He's slashed .310/.376/.472 at Triple-A, with 21 XBH and 17 SB. pic.twitter.com/Aaw4L8Cz6I
â€” Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 3, 2016
Turner doesn't have a lot of power but is capable or piling up extra-base hits with his speed, notching 13 doubles and 5 triples in the minors this year. His stay in the Majors may not be a long one, as manager Dusty Baker said he would remain with the team through the weekend, when Zimmerman is due to return.
But in his Major League debut, Turner had three hits and a walk in four plate appearances. Not a bad way to start your MLB career. And if he is sent down, he's still worth a stash on your roster if you have room. He's owned in 33.6% of ESPN leagues, and he'll likely be back with the big club at some point in 2016.
Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks (3B)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 46.1%
Jake Lamb has been a ridiculously solid player for Arizona this season, progressing even further after a solid rookie season last year.
In 214 plate appearances, Lamb is slashing .270/.350/.524 with 10 homers, 32 RBI, and 28 runs scored, with a weighted runs created (wRC+) of 129. His fWAR of 1.7 is already just 0.3 shy of last year's 2.0. And the dude has been an extra-base machine.
Out of Jake Lamb's 51 hits this season, 26 have gone for extra bases (14 doubles, 2 triples and 10 home runs). pic.twitter.com/zYghCx5Qpv
â€” Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 5, 2016
He should be owned in more leagues, so if he's available in yours, grab him and get him in your starting lineup.
Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins (OF)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 17.8%
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is proof that the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," isn't just something that moms tell their little kids. It also applies to youngster baseball players, too.
Since being called up at the beginning of June, Buxton has hit well, finally showing the promise he displayed in the minor leagues after two false starts to his big league career. Here are his numbers last year, upon his initial call-up, and his first stint with the Twins earlier this season.
Buxton has a ton of talent and is owned in only 17.8% of ESPN leagues, so go get him if he hasn't been snapped up already. He has true superstar potential.
Michael Fulmer - Detroit Tigers (SP)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 44.3%
Michael Fulmer was acquired by the Tigers from the Mets last year in the Yoenis Cespedes deal and, after a slow start this season, has hit his stride and is turning into quite a valuable starting pitcher for Detroit.
Michael Fulmer's first four starts: 6.52 ERA, 9 BB in 19 1/3 innings.
Michael Fulmer's last three starts: 0.40 ERA, 4 BB in 22 1/3 innings.
â€” Drew Silva (@drewsilv) June 2, 2016
On the season, Fulmer is 5-1 in seven starts with a 3.24 ERA and a 3.58 fielding independent pitching (FIP), striking out 9.50 batters per nine, among the best rates in the American League.
Logan Morrison - Tampa Bay Rays (1B/RF)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 12.0%
There are a lot of first base options in fantasy baseball, and now Tampa first baseman Logan Morrison is adding his name to the list of players you should own.
Tattooed 438 feet off the batter's eye. #RaysUphttps://t.co/IuhfQFFDxp
â€” #VoteRays (@RaysBaseball) June 5, 2016
Morrison is hitting .258/.339/.426 this year with 7 homers in 174 plate appearances but is heating up after a slow start to his 2016 season.
Logan Morrison hit .119/.221/.143 with zero RBI in his first 95 PAs. He's batted .433 with six homers and 16 RBI over his last 75 PAs.
â€” Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer) June 5, 2016
If you play in an AL-only league or play on a team that requires two first basemen, Morrison is an excellent addition. And at just 12% ownership, he's probably available in your league, no matter the format.