Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of June 6, 2022): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell

*Stats and Roster % as of the morning of June 6

GRADUATED

  • Batters
    • Alejandro Kirk, C, TOR (31% to 63%)
    • Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS, CLE (38% to 60%)
    • Christopher Morel, 2B/3B/OF, CHC (14% to 56%)
    • Wilmer Flores, 1B/2B/3B, SFG (41% to 51%)
  • Starters
    • Jeffrey Springs, SP/RP, TBR (34% to 52%)
    • George Kirby, SP, SEA (44% to 51%)

50% OR UNDER

Kolten Wong, 2B, MIL (47%: returning)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Kole Calhoun, OF, TEX (42% to 47%)
    • Josh Rojas, 2B/3B/SS/OF, ARI (38% to 44%)
    • Mark Canha, OF, NYM (41% to 44%)
    • Josh Naylor, 1B/OF, CLE (43%: returning)
  • Starters
    • Lance McCullers, SP, HOU (50% to 49%): Could return in July.
    • Edward Cabrera, SP, MIA (44%: new)
  • Relievers
    • Emilio Pagan, RP, MIN (45% to 42%)
    • Tanner Rainey, RP, WAS (32% to 41%)

40% OR UNDER

Roansy Contreras, SP, PIT (30% to 38%)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Christian Walker, 1B, ARI (34% to 39%)
    • Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI (39%: returning)
    • Tommy Pham, OF, CIN (35% to 36%)
    • MJ Melendez, C, KCR (35%: no change)
    • Juan Yepez, 1B/3B/OF, STL (33%: returning)
    • Michael Harris II, OF, ATL (23% to 32%): I’m not prioritizing him in most formats, but he does have stolen base upside. 
    • Jorge Mateo, 2B/SS/OF, BAL (31%: no change)
  • Starters
    • Spencer Strider, RP, ATL (20% to 37%)
    • Michael Wacha, SP/RP, BOS (34% to 36%)
  • Relievers
    • Paul Sewald, RP, SEA (34%: no change): I think he’s the Mariners’ closer.

30% OR UNDER

Santiago Espinal, 2B, TOR (26%: returning)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Ramon Laureano, OF, OAK (29% to 30%)
    • Riley Greene, OF, DET (29%: new): Made his AAA debut after recovering from a foot injury and the big-time prospect could get called up sometime in June.
    • Juan Yepez, 1B/3B/OF, STL (48% to 29%)
    • Tyrone Taylor, OF, MIL (6% to 27%)
    • Alek Thomas, OF, ARI (29% to 21%)
    • Danny Jansen, C, TOR (21%: no change)
  • Starters
    • Jakob Junis, SP/RP, SFG (7% to 28%)
    • Marco Gonzales, SP, SEA (25% to 26%)
    • Jon Gray, SP, TEX (25%: new)
  • Relievers
    • Daniel Hudson, RP, LAD (21%: new): Could be taking over for the struggling Craig Kimbrel.

20% OR UNDER

Brendan Donovan, 2B/SS/OF, STL (17%: returning)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Steven Kwan, OF, CLE (19%: returning)
    • Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, MIA (15%: new)
    • Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, KCR (13%: new): Still not up, but should be soon.
    • Evan Longoria, 3B, SFG (10% to 11%)
  • Starters
    • Grant Ashcraft, SP, CIN (18%: new): Impressive early results with a little more strikeout upside than he’s shown. Should get two starts this week.
    • Dakota Hudson, SP, STL (13% to 14%)
  • Relievers
    • Colin Poche, RP, TBR (5% to 15%)

10% OR UNDER

Ezequiel Duran, 2B/SS, TEX (9%: new)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Batters
    • Luis Gonzalez, OF, SFG (10%: no change)
    • Pavin Smith, 1B/OF, ARI (6%: no change)
    • Jon Berti, 2B/3B/OF, MIA (4%: new): Steals!
    • Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, PIT (3%: returning)
    • Willi Castro, 2B/SS/OF, DET (2%: no change)
  • Starters
    • Alex Faedo, SP/RP, DET (7% to 6%)

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