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Hot wire: 10 to grab from fantasy waivers

Morrison, Maybin among widely available players to add
June 14, 2017

Could your fantasy team use more power? What about steals? Do you need runs, RBIs or wins?Regardless of your holes, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check the availability of the following 10 men -- all sitting in waivers in many leagues,

Could your fantasy team use more power? What about steals? Do you need runs, RBIs or wins?
Regardless of your holes, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check the availability of the following 10 men -- all sitting in waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help you win.
Logan Morrison, first baseman, Rays
Many shallow-league owners continue to ignore Morrison even though he's one of eight players to go deep at least 18 times this season and is on pace to drive in approximately 100 runs. Those who remain skeptical of his long-term power potential would be wise to look a little deeper and notice his career-high marks in fly-ball rate (45.8 percent) and hard-hit rate (41.9 percent).
Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues
Jose Pirela, second baseman, Padres
With a lifetime .716 OPS and one steal across 179 plate appearances, Pirela is unsurprisingly sitting on waivers in virtually every mixed league. But owners who dive into his Minor League stats will notice that he was hitting .331 with 13 homers and eight swipes across 201 plate appearances with Triple-A El Paso before his recent callup. That home run total is particularly enticing and could signal a change in approach from Pirela, who had never produced more than 10 homers in a professional season. Having hit .484 with a pair of homers across 31 at-bats since being recalled on June 6, Pirela is worth a minimal investment in deep mixed formats at the very least.
Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Andrelton Simmons, shortstop, Angels
Simmons has emerged as a useful five-category contributor, riding a personal-best 32.5 percent hard-hit rate to a .281 batting average with six homers across 280 plate appearances and using increased aggressiveness on the bases to tally 10 steals (tying a career high). While the 27-year-old defensive whiz doesn't have a high ceiling, his full-time role and diverse contributions make him an option for those who are looking to fill a lineup hole on a short-term basis.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues
Lewis Brinson, outfielder, Brewers
One of the top prospects in baseball, Brinson was hitting .312 with six homers and seven steals across 204 plate appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs before being summoned to the Majors on June 10. While his immediate role is currently up in the air, the 23-year-old has the diverse skill set to contribute in a variety of ways for a Brewers club that ranked seventh in the Majors with 321 runs scored entering play Wednesday.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Mallex Smith, outfielder, Rays
Owners in search of steals are unlikely to find a better waiver-wire target than Smith, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Durham to take over center-field and leadoff duties following Kevin Kiermaier's hip injury. With 23 stolen bases across 262 career plate appearances in the Majors, the outfielder has the game-changing speed to rank among the American League stolen-base leaders from this point forward. And with strong plate skills against righties (lifetime .378 OBP vs. RHP), Smith should reach base often and score plenty of runs for fantasy owners even if he continues to struggle vs. left-handers (lifetime .206 OBP vs. LHP).
Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues
Cameron Maybin, outfielder, Angels
For owners who like their stolen-base sources to come with a little more big league seasoning, Mayin may be the preferred option over Smith. Although the 30-year-old owns a lengthy injury history, he currently warrants a pickup in nearly every league due to his 19 steals (fourth in baseball) and grip on the Halos' leadoff spot. Moreover, Maybin has proven to be more than a one-category contributor by producing a .397 batting average across 63 at-bats from May 16 through Wednesday.
Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues
Sean Newcomb, starter, Braves
One of the 10 best left-handed prospects in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, Newcomb had a dazzling big league debut that consisted of one unearned run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings against the Mets on June 10. With a lifetime 10.7 K/9 rate in the Minors, the southpaw has the swing-and-miss stuff to work around his control problems (career 4.8 BB/9 rate in Minors) and make an impact in most mixed formats.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Buck Farmer, SP/RP, Tigers
Farmer tossed 13 scoreless innings across his first two starts this season before struggling June 13 against a dangerous D-backs lineup. Although some owners will be worried about adding someone who is coming off a rough outing, those who look ahead on the schedule will see that Farmer has favorable matchups against the Rays, Padres, Royals and Giants between now and the All-Star break. He also owns a 20-to-3 K/BB ratio and a 13.5 percent swinging-strike rate thus far, so the upside is there.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues
Joe Biagini, SP/RP, Blue Jays
Shifted to the rotation after thriving as a member of the relief corps, Biagini has produced a 3.38 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP across seven outings as a starter. Buoyed by stellar control (1.93 BB/9 rate in 2017) and a 59.4 percent ground-ball rate, the right-hander has the skills to work deep into games and pick up wins with the help of a Blue Jays lineup that is at near-full strength with Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki all back from the disabled list.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Felipe Rivero, reliever, Pirates
Among the most dominant relievers in the National League this season, Rivero (0.78 ERA, 0.72 WHIP in 2017) is poised to become one of the top stoppers in baseball after taking over ninth-inning duties from Tony Watson (5.55 FIP, 1.52 WHIP in '17). While Juan Nicasio may also see some save chances, the left-handed Rivero has proven he can get outs vs. batters on both sides of the plate. In fact, Rivero has held right-handed hitters to a .473 OPS this season. As a result, the Pirates should feel comfortable using him in most ninth-inning situations if he continues to thrive.
Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.