With this week, we turn the calendar to June and while there is still a lot of baseball left to be played, it can also get late early. Heading into the next week, let’s take a look at some options that are available on the MLB waiver wire that can help improve our teams. As we follow along with the latest fantasy baseball news, there are always going to be players to shoot up the rankings and can improve your team. Here are some of those players that have value in this week’s installment of the MLB waiver wire. 




Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Hitters


OF; FAAB Bid: 3-4%

Why not come out of the gates swinging here with another prospect? Pittsburgh promoted Cal Mitchell earlier this week, and it’s clear they did so with the intention of playing him as the opportunity is certainly in place. In his first 13 plate appearances, Mitchell is batting .333 with two RBI and a run scored after hitting .306 with five home runs and 26 RBI in Triple-A prior to being promoted. Throughout his minor league career, Mitchell has shown a solid hit tool with some power, and it’s worth seeing how he adjusts to major league pitching. 



2B/OF; FAAB Bid: 3%

Boston’s offense appears to have finally found their footing and got things going, and that has happened in a big way. Kiké Hernández bats leadoff for the Red Sox and takes a seven-game hitting streak into action on Saturday and has hits in 11 of his last 12 games. After struggling early in the season, that has brought Hernandez’s batting average up to .200 which illustrates had bad his start to the season was. With a .224 BABIP, Hernandez’s luck should continue to turn around, and with 25 runs scored and 20 RBI, he has been a solid source of production. 



1B/3B/OF; FAAB Bid: 2%

Depending on the platform, Hunter Dozier multiple eligibility across the diamond and that versatility certain comes in handy to cover for injuries and poor performances. Over the last 14 days, Dozier was hitting .314, two home runs, 10 runs scored, and six RBI while (most importantly) getting regular at bats. Dozier also appears locked into the cleanup spot for Kansas City and is hitting a solid .265 on the season with five home runs, 20 runs scored, and 14 RBI while sporting a career-high 10.7%-barrel rate. 



OF; FAAB Bid: 1-2%

After five straight multi-hit games, Kevin Kiermaier has gone hitless in his last two, but that doesn’t change his recent stretch of success. That brought the outfielder’s batting average up to .239 on the season and he has been a solid power/speed threat with six home runs and three stolen bases while driving 14 runs and scoring 19 times. I’m not expecting great things here, but as long as the veteran gets regular at bats at the top of Tampa Bay’s lineup he’s worth putting on the radar. 



C; FAAB Bid: 1%

I recognize that this one is really digging deep, but in leagues that require you to start two catchers, Jose Trevino should very much be on your radar. He has been truly finding his footing behind the plate for the Yankees and his hitting .345 with two home runs and seven RBI over the last 14 days. Granted, Trevino has had just 29 at bats in that stretch, but he does have a modest four-game hitting streak, and sometimes it is better to have a catcher with a little less playing time that won’t sink your batting average. 




Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pitchers



SP; FAAB Bid: 2%

Jake Junis appears to be good for at least another month in the Giants’ rotation, but if he keeps on pitching the way he has, these things do have a way of working themselves out. This week, Junis takes the mound twice (against the Phillies and Marlins) and that immediately should put him on your radar if he wasn’t already there. After striking out a little more than a batter an inning last season, that has dropped to just 6.61 per nine innings this season but Junis has kept the walks to a minimum (1.38) and a 50% ground ball rate also helps here. Through 32.2 innings Junis has a 2.76 ERA (3.79 FIP) and we should continue to get quality outings from him. 



SP; FAAB Bid: 1-2%

This depends to a point how heavy your appetite for a streamer is, but Wade Miley is a solid option and there is a nice benefit to him making two starts this week; at home against the Brewers and Cardinals. Miley isn’t going to make it easy, and he is striking out less than six batters per nine innings (but that risk goes away with him taking the mound twice) while walking 3.94 batters. Thanks in part to a 58.4% groundball rate Miley has been able to stay out of trouble with a 3.38 ERA (3.18 FIP), and to this point, it’s working for him. The most notable thing of all though, is the fact that opposing hitters have yet to barrel a ball up against Miley all season. 



SP; FAAB Bid: 5%

This is what we have been waiting for from the right-hander and Roansy Contreras made his first career start earlier this week against the Rockies. Contreras threw five shutout innings while scattering three hits and two walks and striking out five. After throwing 84 pitches, the right-hander is building his stamina and he gets another start this weekend against the Padres. He consistently has struck out more than a batter an inning throughout his career, and that should continue at the big-league level and he can be an impact starter.  



RP; FAAB Bid: 2%

I didn’t set out to do so, but by the end of the season, it seems like I’m going to end up including just about every Cincinnati reliever as we look to squeeze out the few saves they have to offer. Art Warren is now working on a modest streak of five straight scoreless outings after getting two outs in the eighth inning on Friday before finishing things off for the Reds. The right-hander is striking out close to a batter an inning this year and his 5.19 ERA is ultimately a product of his early season struggles. His five out save on Friday was his third of the season so let’s see if the Reds continue to show faith in him and if the right-hander can deliver. 



RP; FAAB Bid: 1%

When a relief pitcher has 13.68 strikeouts per nine innings, it’s going to certainly catch our attention. To make matters even better, Spencer Strider has an ERA of just 2.22 and 1.03 WHIP so far this season and despite his 4.07 walks per nine innings, the right-hander has a FIP of just 1.45. Strider has yet to give up a home run this year and while he isn’t necessarily in line for saves, it’s hard to argue with the results we are seeing from the right-hander. 




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