As we hit the All-Star break, many leagues also pass their trading deadline. When trading is no longer an option, free agency and waivers become even more important. "Real Life" trades also figure to play a major factor with veterans like Matt Garza (pictured) possibly on the move. Many times during the season, our weekly list has a nice piece or two, lacking depth... but this week is different. I feel there are a number of players featured in this week's edition of Waiver Flavor that can help your team in the short... and long term. I should note that three pitchers made an appearance this week, but were promptly sent back to the minors. Cleveland's Danny Salazar and Houston's Jarred Cosart had outstanding performances, while the pitcher with the best track record, Erasmo Ramirez of Seattle, was shelled. Depending on your particular league rules, I beleive each is worthy of "stashing".
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Jonathan Pettibone SP Philadelphia- Featured in our Farm Report back in April, the 6'6" right hander has put his mid-90's fastball to good use of late. Pettibone was solid out of the gate in May, but really struggled the first two weeks of June. Over his last four starts, Pettibone has allowed only six earned runs with a WHIP right at 1.00.
Carlos Martinez P St.Louis- The #3 prospect in the loaded Cardinals farm system, Martinez has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Carlos approaches triple digits on the radar gun and after working in relief when making his debut two months ago, the Cardinals have intentions of moving him into the rotation eventually.
Wily Peralta SP Milwaukee- A consensus top-50 MLB prospect entering the '13 campaign, Peralta got a jump on the competition with five solid starts late in '12. The first two months were a roller coaster for Peralta, but his last four starts have been stellar. Peralta allowed three earned runs against the Cubs on 6/27, but his other three starts he allowed none!
Sonny Gray SP Oakland- Taken 18th overall in the 2011 MLB draft, Gray is the #7 prospect in the A's farm system. Gray made his debut in relief, pitching two shutout innings with three strikeouts. At Triple-A Sacramento, Gray was 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA. Eventually, Gray will be a regular fixture in the Oakland rotation.
Chris Capuano SP LA Dodgers- An emotional whirlwind for Capuano this week. First he was bumped from the rotation for Ricky Nolasco, then before even missing a turn was added back with Steven Fife going on the DL. Over his last five starts Capuano has been either very good (three starts-0 earned runs) or very bad (10 runs over 8 innings in two losses).
Steve Delabar RP Toronto- All-Star Steve Delabar thank you very much! Yes Delabar beat two closers and arguably the best two setup men in the American League in fan voting for the final roster spot. Delabar may very well be the best middle reliever in baseball. Delabar is 5-1 with his first save on Tuesday night, an ERA of 1.74, a 1.23 WHIP and tons of K's!
Tyler Clippard RP Washington- An All-Star a year ago, Clippard isn't getting the saves he did in '12, but has been just as effective. Possessing a nasty change up, Clippard is 6-1 with 16 holds for the Nationals. Clippard's ERA is 2.09 and his WHIP a miniscule 0.93. Clippard is averaging a strikeout per inning and has surpassed Drew Storen as the closer in waiting.
Brad Ziegler RP Arizona- How desperate are you for saves? The submarining Ziegler picked up his second of the season on Thursday night as Kirk Gibson employs the dreaded committee approach. Ziegler has closed in the past, but you have to figure J.J. Putz is going to get a long look. Ziegler is 4-1 with an ERA of 2.49 and a 1.06 WHIP.
A,J. Ellis C LA Dodgers- If you are in a two catcher format, chances are Ellis is playing well enough to help your team. Ellis is in the midst of a nine game hitting streak with eleven RBI along the way. On the season, Ellis is hitting .271 with four home runs and 27 RBI. Ellis spent some time on the DL with an oblique but is the only real option for Don Mattingly.
Josh Phegley C Chicago White Sox- A 2009 first round pick, early returns reflect a potential long term answer behind the plate for the ChiSox. Phegley homered 15 times at Triple-A Charlotte before getting the call and that power is carrying over into the majors. Since getting called up on 7/5, Phegley has three home runs and eight RBI in just five games!
Logan Morrison 1B Miami- Morrison has been really raking since recovering from a knee injury a month ago. Morrison is hitting .304 in 22 games with four home runs and 11 RBI. Morrison caught everyone's attention hitting three home runs in a four game stretch last week. Morrison qualifies at both 1B and outfield in most formats.
Gordon Beckham 2B Chicago White Sox- Could this be the season that Beckham finally delives on the enormous hype that comes along with high first round draft picks? Beckham is raking at a.342 clip over 149 at bats with a pair of home runs and a dozen RBI. As a bonus, Beckham made an appearance at shortstop last week, adding flexibility in some formats.
Adeiny Hechavarria SS Miami- A consensus top-100 prospect entering 2013, Hechevarria was one of the main pieces in the salary dump that sent Jose Reyes and company north of the border in the offseason. Hechevarria has been white hot in July, in the midst of a ten game hitting streak, Adeiny is 17-for-39 with three RBI and a stolen base.
Jose Tabata OF Pittsburgh- Injuries have been the only obstacle to Tabata and a break out season in 2013. Activated from the DL (oblique) ten days ago, Tabata has been really stroking it going 11-for-26 with four RBI and a stolen base. On the season, Tabata is hitting .306 with two home runs, ten RBI and two stolen bases in just 111 at bats.
Grant Green OF Oakland- A first round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, Green finally getting his opportunity with the Athletics. A natural middle infielder, Green is also getting a look in the Oakland outfield. At Triple-A Sacramento, Green hit .318, homered eleven times in 352 at bats and added four stolen bases.
Michael Saunders OF Seattle- Rumors persist that Saunders will be sent down once Mike Morse returns from the DL... perhaps Saunders has been hearing the same thing. Since returning from an injured finger a week ago, Saunders is 7-for-24 with a home run and seven RBI. Saunders is just too talented to be sent back to Tacoma.
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