Here are my latest waiver-wire targets.
Chicago White Sox Reliever Kendall Graveman — The White Sox have dealt with numerous injuries this season, and it has continued with the loss of closer Liam Hedriks. The reliever will miss at least the next couple of weeks with a forearm strain, but those injuries tend to linger. This opens up an opportunity for Graveman to earn saves on a competitive team, which is always attractive. This will be the only time to acquire Graveman, as he is the hottest name off the waiver wire this week. The veteran is pitching to a 2.51 ERA this season and has two saves.
Miami Marlins Reliever Tanner Scott — The hard-throwing left-hander has underperformed throughout his career but is currently in line for saves which makes him a fantasy option. This recommendation only comes from the fact that Scott can help you in that category. The 27-year-old is too inconsistent for my liking, but he has earned four save opportunities since June 9 and converted three of them. Once Scott loses that late-inning option, he is no longer fantasy relevant.
Atlanta Braves Outfielder Orlando Arcia — Depending on league scoring, Arcia may already be infield eligible. Fantasy managers suffered a big blow when Ozzie Albies fractured his foot, sidelining him for months. As of now, Arcia will get the first shot at replacing Albies. The 27-year-old is batting .375 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. If you are looking for a replacement for Albies, Arcia could be given a look.
St. Louis Cardinals Infielder/Outfielder Brendan Donovan — We may be riding the hot streak on this, but Donovan gives us the positional flexibility we need. Donovan can be used at second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield, which is huge. Donovan is also hitting the ball really well. The 25-year-old is batting .341 on the season and has collected 12 hits since June 12. Donovan has been a really good player in the minors so there’s a chance he can settle in as a productive fantasy player who managers can use at multiple positions.
Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop Oneil Cruz — Predicting the timing of when top prospects will be promoted can be frustrating. We were a few days off when it came to top prospect Adley Rutschman of the Baltimore Orioles. We’re still waiting for the Detroit Tigers to promote outfielder Riley Greene, which is baffling for a team that is struggling.
The next prospect who could make the majors is Cruz. Fans and team beat reporters are making a hard push for it to happen now. Cruz was rated as high as No. 12 in terms of overall prospects before the season, and even though he doesn’t have the high batting average in Triple-A, he has showcased power and speed combination that scouts love. Cruz is batting .237 with nine home runs and 11 stolen bases. The 23-year-old is 6-foot-7, so it remains to be seen if he can stick at shortstop, but he should be a player who will help in the power and speed categories for fantasy managers.