Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of April 18, 2022): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell

*Stats and Roster % as of the morning of April 19

GRADUATED

  • Batters
    • Connor Joe, 1B/OF, COL (11% to 75%)
    • Steven Kwan, OF, CLE (11% to 74%)
    • Jeff McNeil, 2B/OF, NYM (45% to 63%)
    • Jesus Sanchez, OF, MIA (21% to 63%)
  • Starters
    • Tylor Megill, SP, NYM (47% to 88%)
    • Jesus Luzardo, SP, MIA (33% to 77%)
    • Kyle Wright, SP, ATL (16% to 74%)
    • Hunter Greene, SP, CIN (50% to 69%)
    • Corey Kluber, SP, TBR (50% to 56%)
  • Relievers
    • Daniel Bard, RP, COL (20% to 70%)
    • Tanner Rainey, RP, WAS (4% to 53%)
    • Anthony Bender, RP, MIA (49% to 51%)

50% OR UNDER

Randal Grichuk, OF, COL (50%: new)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Eddie Rosario, OF, ATL (50%: new)
    • Robbie Grossman, OF, DET (49%: new): 117th overall player in 2021
    • Kolten Wong, 2B, MIL (48%: new)
    • Jonathan Schoop, 1B/2B, DET (45%: new): 97th overall player in 2021
    • Jeremy Pena, SS, HOU (32% to 44%)
    • Josh Lowe, OF, TBR (43%: new)
    • Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, TEX (40% to 42%)
  • Starters
    • Jordan Montgomery, SP, NYY (50%: new)
    • Matt Brash, SP, SEA (38% to 48%)
    • Merrill Kelly, SP, ARI (46%: new)
    • Bailey Ober, SP, MIN (42% to 41%)

40% OR UNDER

Hector Neris, RP, HOU (40%: new)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Kike Hernandez, 2B/OF, BOS (39% to 40%)
    • Patrick Wisdom, 1B/3B/OF, CHC (47% to 37%)
    • Alejandro Kirk, C, TOR (34%: new): One of the best hitting prospects in the game is getting regular starts with Danny Jansen on the IL.
  • Starters
    • Josiah Gray, SP, WAS (35%: new)
  • Relievers
    • Paul Sewald, RP, SEA (49% to 40%)
    • Chad Green, RP, NYY (39% to 38%)

30% OR UNDER

Ji-Man Choi, 1B, TBR (29%: new)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Akil Baddoo, OF, DET (44% to 30%)
    • Tommy Pham, OF, CIN (43% to 29%)
    • Andrew McCutchen, OF, MIL (23%: new)
    • Harrison Bader, OF, STL (25% to 22%)
  • Starters
    • Zach Eflin, SP, PHI (31% to 26%)
  • Relievers
    • Jonathan Loaisiga, RP, NYY (31% to 27%)
    • Diego Castillo, RP, SEA (25% to 26%)
    • Lucas Sims, RP, CIN (23% to 25%): Currently on the IL, Sims should be the Reds closer when he returns. He had 7 SV and a scorching 39.0% K rate last year. 
    • Collin McHugh, SP/RP, ATL (22%: new)

20% OR UNDER

Taylor Ward, OF, LAA (11%: new)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Diego Castillo, 2B/3B, PIT (23% to 18%)
    • Nicky Lopez, SS, KCR (20% to 17%)
    • Jorge Mateo, 2B/SS/OF, BAL (15%: new)
  • Starters
    • Eric Lauer, SP, MIL (17%: new): 3.19 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and a 8.9 K/9 last year, and he has started well this year.
  • Relievers
    • Spencer Strider, RP, ATL (14% to 15%)

10% OR UNDER

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, MIL (4% to 5%)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Seth Beer, Util, ARI (11% to 10%)
    • Paul DeJong, SS, STL (7%).
    • Manuel Margot, OF, TBR (5%: new)
    • Ha-seong Kim, 2B/3B/SS, SDP (4%: no change)
  • Starters
    • Nick Martinez, SP, SDP (4% to 7%)
  • Relievers
    • Jorge Lopez, SP/RP, BAL (8%: new)
    • Hansel Robles, RP, BOS (6%: new)
    • Dany Jimenez, RP, OAK (5%: new)

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