The season hasn’t started yet but it’s not too soon to take a look at the waiver wire and see what kind of talent is available. Chances are you didn’t have the perfect draft and your team has some holes that need to be filled. The following guys are available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues and could help you replace an injured player, give you a boost in weak stat category, or add some depth to your roster.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves (39% Owned)
If you read our 2011 predictions you’ll see that some of us picked this guy to be the NL Rookie of the Year. Freeman is .301 carear minor league hitter and has decent power (expect just shy of 20 HR this year). If you have enough bench spots in your league, this guy is worth stashing.
Ryan Theriot, 2B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals (23% Owned)
Theriot will be moving over to short stop in St. Louis and he may already be eligible there in your league. Theriot will make a good two position back up who can help you out in batting average, steals and runs, which hopefully will increase in the Cardinal’s lineup.
David Freese, 3B, Cincinnati Reds (46% Owned)
Freese was called up last June and was off to a good start before a season ending injury in September. If we extrapolate last year’s numbers, Freese in in line to for something like 65 runs, 1oHR, 80 RBI, and a .300 batting average in a full season.
Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland A’s (9% Owned)
Pennington is probably one of the best sources for steals still available in your league. He had 29 stolen bases last year, but don’t expect him to help you out much in any other categories.
Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies (12% owned)
Iannetta is going to get the opportunity to be the Rockies starting catcher this year. That means there’s a pretty good a chance he’s going to hit 20+ home runs. The bad news… He’s a career .253 hitter.
Tyler Colvin, OF, Chicago Cubs (27% owned)
Colvin hit 20 home runs in 358 at bats last year, in his first full season in the majors. If he wasn’t stuck in a platoon with Kosuke Fukudome, he could potentially hit 30 home runs. Daily leaguers can use Colvin as a cheap source for power.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, Florida Marlins (41% Owned)
Florida’s # 3 starter will give a reasonable number of wins, a 7.2 K/9 rate, and an ERA in the mid 3’s. If he can stay healthy this season he’ll be at 50% owned before too long.
Michael Pineda, SP, Seattle Mariner (22% owned)
The Mariners just named this prospect as their #5 starter. The 22 year old has posted impressive numbers this spring to match his stellar minor league stats ( 2.49 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.8 K/9). Grab him now, while he’s still available