As we embark on the last week of June, it’s certainly not the time to let off the gas pedal when it comes to improving your team. The MLB waiver wire is always here to help as there are perpetually players who move up the fantasy baseball rankings. Some weeks may be more exciting, or expensive, than others when it comes to the race for saves and hot new prospects being promoted, but you should never take a week off either. Let’s dig into some MLB waiver wire options to keep an eye on. 




Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Hitters


1B; FAAB Bid: 3%

Christian Walker is locked into the cleanup spot in Arizona, and at this point, his batting average should only go up from here. The first baseman is hitting just .207 on the season but he has been hindered by a .186 BABIP. We are burying the lead here though as things are at least trending in the right direction for Walker as he is hitting .244 over the last 14 days. What we are really after though is the power, and the first baseman is contributing in that department with 19 home runs so far this year along with 37 RBI. If you are looking for a boost in the home run department, Walker and his 16.3% barrel-rate should be on your radar. 



2B/SS; FAAB Bid: 2%

Luis García continues to get ample playing time for Washington and he also sees a good number of his at bats in the middle of their lineup. While Garcia quite literally, 1.1%, doesn’t walk the middle infielder only strikes out a respectable (in current terms) 20.2% of the time. There isn’t much power in play here but Garcia is hitting .326 through 89 plate appearances. We get some limited RBI (11) and runs scored (nine) production, but he is in prime position to continue to hit for a strong average even allowing for some regression (.388 BABIP).




OF; FAAB Bid: 2%

The main thing for A.J. Pollock is always going to be his health, and the outfielder is currently both healthy and producing. Over the last 14 days, Pollock is hitting .305 with eight RBI and 10 runs scored and that is a level he is capable of producing at. He is now hitting .251 on the season and we do like the fact that Pollock is only striking out 19.4% of the time while posting a solid 9.7% barrel-rate. 



OF; FAAB Bid: 3%

Brandon Nimmo continues to be a solid option at the top of the order for New York as he benefits from a strong Mets’ lineup. The outfielder gets on base at a .361 clip and he also has a solid .268 batting average. While Nimmo doesn’t offer up much in the way of power, four home runs and 22 RBI, he does have 40 runs scored which makes him an asset there and he is available in 64% of Yahoo leagues. 



1B; FAAB Bid: 1-2%

The first baseman Jesús Aguilar is back after a stay on the COVID list last week and he seemingly hasn’t missed a beast. Prior to Friday, Aguilar had a modest five game hit streak (three of which were multi-hit efforts), and he is up to a .259 batting average on the season. Over the last 14 days he had three home runs, seven RBI, and seven runs scored in 36 at bats, but with nine home runs overall in 259 at bats he isn’t completely a power threat. At the very least, Aguilar is a solid corner infield option. 




Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pitchers


SP; FAAB Bid: 1%

For better or worse, Marco Gonzales is someone I generally just scroll right on past when looking at the waiver wire. I am not alone as the left-hander is available in 73% of Yahoo leagues and it is for one big reason; lack of upside in the strikeout department. Through 75.2 innings so far this season, Gonzales has just 42 strikeouts although he has picked up four victories and has a very good 3.33 ERA, albeit with a 4.68 xERA, with a serviceable (at best) 1.30 WHIP. If you need innings and a moderate chance at a victory, it is something that Gonzales can provide and his 7.6% opposing barrel-rate does help. 



SP; FAAB Bid: 1-2%

Andre Pallante is another name I feel like I continuously stare at, and sometimes you just can’t argue with the results. We got a quality start out of him on Friday although he continued to have a lot of traffic on the base paths as evidenced by a 1.67 WHIP after entering the night with a 1.34 WHIP. We don’t get much in the strikeout department from Pallante, 6.12 per nine innings, but I guess there is a reason why he is available in 84% of Yahoo leagues. Pallante clearly has benefited from a 92.9% strand rate, but 62.6% ground ball rate works wonders here and his 3.55 xERA is manageable. 



SP; FAAB Bid: 1%

We are still a little way from Dustin May’s return, but the right-hander is starting to pick up some buzz as he works his way back. Returning from Tommy John surgery is never easy, but May is already throwing between 98 and 101 miles per hour in his bullpen sessions so you have to feel good about where he is in his rehab. The Dodgers are going to cautious with May, but if you have an Injured Reserve spot available, the right-hander could be a difference maker down the stretch. 



RP; FAAB Bid: 1%

The Boston bullpen is a mess and we are left to search everywhere for saves. They aren’t the only team like this, hello Tampa Bay, so it often makes sense to just attack skills and performance. John Schreiber picked up his second save of the season on Wednesday and that brought his ERA down to 0.84 with a WHIP of just 0.75 in 21.1 innings so far this season with 25 strikeouts. He figures to continue to be in the mix for saves this season, and it’s hard to argue with everything else that we are getting out of Schreiber and his 2.15 xERA is perfectly acceptable as well. 



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