Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of August 16, 2021): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell

*Stats and Roster % as of the morning of August 15

GRADUATED

  • Batters
    • CJ Cron, 1B, COL (32% to 60%)
    • Robbie Grossman, OF, DET (50% to 54%)
    • Rafael Ortega, OF, CHC (40% to 51%)
    • Myles Straw, OF, HOU (45% to 51%)
  • Starters
    • Logan Webb, SP, SFG (46% to 61%)
    • Cal Quantrill, SP/RP, CLE (34% to 60%)
  • Relievers
    • Alex Colome, RP, MIN (32% to 57%)

50% OR UNDER

Elieser Hernandez, SP, MIA (48%: new)

Hernandez returned on Sunday and had a decent 27% CSW in 5.1 innings. It was just his 3rd start of the year and the first since June 3. Hernandez’s bread and butter is an elite slider he pairs with a four seamer mostly thrown up in the zone. Hernandez does get the Reds next and you can decide to bench him depending on your format and/or needs, but he should be a guy you are happy to roster the rest of the way.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Jazz Chisholm, Jr., 2B/SS, MIA (48%: returning): Oh, hey, old friend!
    • Anthony Santander, OF, BAL (44%: returning)
    • Travis d’Arnaud, C/1B, ATL (31% to 43%)
    • Amed Rosario, SS/OF, CLE (30% to 42%)
    • Miguel Sano, 1B/3B, MIN (42%: new): He is batting a very acceptable 0.258 over the past month.
  • Starters
    • Huascar Ynoa, SP, ATL (33% to 48%): Kyle Muller got demoted and Ynoa will take his place in the rotation.
    • Casey Mize, SP, DET (48% to 45%): 3/4 last starts bad
    • Patrick Sandoval, SP, LAA (45%: returning)
    • Corey Kluber, SP, NYY (44% to 45%)
  • Relievers
    • Andrew Kittredge, SP/RP, TBR (45% to 47%)
    • Kyle Finnegan, RP, WAS (48% to 43%)
    • Jonathan Loaisiga, SP/RP, NYY (35% to 43%)

40% OR UNDER

Josh Rojas, 2B/SS/OF, ARI (32%: returning)

Rojas has 10 hits over his last four games. On the year, he has a 0.281 BA. Since batting 0.200 in April, he has a 0.299 and a 0.463 average in 12 games since the All Star break. Rojas has also contributed 11 HR and seven steals. With a 11.8% BB rate (82nd percentile), the lefty will continue to bat leadoff for the Diamondbacks and be a good source of runs.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Abraham Toro, 3B, SEA (13% to 39%)
    • Lewis Brinson, OF, MIA (1% to 39%)
    • Cesar Hernandez, 2B, CWS (34% to 38%)
    • Andrew Vaughn, 1B/OF, CWS (36%: no change)
    • Kolten Wong, 2B, MIL (31%: returning)
  • Starters
    • Tarik Skubal, SP, DET (36%: returning)
    • Josiah Gray, SP, WAS (31% to 36%)
    • Tanner Houck, SP, BOS (31% to 32%)
  • Relievers
    • Chad Green, RP, NYY (37% to 39%)

30% OR UNDER

Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, COL (25% to 21%)

I’m going back to the B-Rodge well because he is still grossly underrostered. After being jerked around the past few years, Rodgers was finally given a starting job in late May. He has a 0.283 BA on the year and a 0.884 OPS since the All Star Break. He mostly batted sixth or seventh at first but is now consistently batting second. The Rockies are at home all this week as an added bonus.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Patrick Wisdom, 1B/3B, CHC (30% to 28%)
    • Jeimer Candelario, 1B/3B, DET (28%: returning)
    • Lorenzo Cain, OF, MIL (23% to 25%): Since returning from the IL, Cain has a 0.327 BA and three steals in 13 games. He never hit more than 16 HR in a season but still will contribute steals and a great average (0.287 BA career).
    • Daulton Varsho, C/OF, ARI (35% to 22%)
    • Harrison Bader, OF, STL (40% to 21%)
  • Starters
    • Zach Thompson, SP/RP, MIA (28% to 25%)
    • Eric Lauer, SP, MIL (24%: new)
  • Relievers
    • Scott Barlow, RP, KCR (26% to 24%)
    • Dylan Floro, RP, MIA (26% to 21%)
    • Mychal Givens, RP, CIN (4% to 21%)

20% OR UNDER

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, MIL (16% to 12%)

James and I discussed Tellez on the most recent podcast episode as a widely available source of HR and RBI. Since the trade to the Brewers, he has 6 HR, 20 RBI, a 0.333 BA, and a 1.027 OPS. On the year, his Barrel % and Hard Hit % are 29th and 33rd, respectively, in the MLB among those with at least 150 batted balls. 

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Evan Longoria, 3B, SFG (19%: no change)
    • LaMonte Wade, Jr., 1B/OF, SFG (12% to 14%)
    • Pavin Smith, 1B/OF, ARI (14%: returning)
    • Brian Anderson, 3B/OF, MIA (15% to 13%)
    • Tyler Wade, 2B/3B/SS/OF, NYY (12%: new): Wade has 5 SB in the last four games.
  • Relievers
    • Tyler Clippard, RP, ARI (17% to 15%)
    • Cole Sulser, RP, BAL (15% to 10%)

10% OR UNDER

Jake Meyers, OF, HOU (1%: new)

When the Astros traded Myles Straw to Cleveland, they immediately called up Jake Meyers. However, Meyers mostly sat on the bench behind Chas McCormick. Finally, in his second career start this Saturday, Meyers hit two homers. Since then, he has started every game in CF. Meyers had a 144 wRC+ in 68 games at AAA before his callup with 16 HR and 10 steals. While his value is a little capped by batting 8th or 9th in the lineup, he could offer a nice power/speed combo for those in deep leagues and dynasty leagues.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Colin Moran, 1B/2B/3B, PIT (10%: no change)
    • Sam Hilliard, OF, COL (5% to 8%)
    • Yadiel Hernandez, OF, WAS (7% to 5%)
    • Yonny Hernandez, 3B, TEX (1%: new)
    • Luis Garcia, 2B, WAS (1%: no change)

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