Sun May 26 4:08pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
The MLB schedule makers have just one team playing five games this week, the Braves. Fourteen teams will be playing six games and 12 teams will be playing seven games. The bonus team is Pittsburgh with eith games, starting with a double header. Twelve teams will be playing inter-leagues games, but only Detroit will be losing their DH, playing in a National League park at Atlanta. The Rockies have seven games at home. Plan accordingly.
After the big barrage of “stud” minor league call ups last week, you might have thought there wouldn’t be many Major League ready players still to come. Think again. While not hyped as much, there are a couple worthy of your FAAB dollars.
Cavan Biggio has gotten the call in Toronto and his .300 plus average with six home runs, 26 RBI and five stolen bases at Triple-A Buffalo make him a speed/power candidate. More impressive is he has had more walks than strike outs, so he gets on base. His three-strikeout performance Friday night might shy some owners away, but I think he’s here to stay. Toronto is a team going nowhere and they want to get the kids some experience. Eric Sogard and Freddie Galvis are not part of their future.
Kevin Cron forced a call up with the Diamondbacks terrorizing the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with 21 home runs and a .339 average. How long he stays depends on Christian Walker starting to hit again, and if he can handle Major League pitching. If he can, some power production is there for the taking.
San Diego called up Josh Naylor, their ninth prospect call up this year. Another plus power guy, Naylor had 10 home runs, 35 RBI and a .300 average at Triple-A El Paso. Don’t go crazy on him with your FAAB. I think his stay with the big league club could be a short one.
Houston called up Derek Fisher, who has been impressive in the past. It appears George Springer is headed to the IL with a bad hammy, so Fisher has a chance to prove he belongs. He could be the sleeper of this week's waiver wire.
Injuries are giving some opportunities to a few other players this week. In Oakland, Kris Davis hit the IL with a bad hip, opening the door for at bats for Mark Canha. He’s hit five home runs in the last week, so you might want to jump on his hot streak. Injuries to Robinson Cano, Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo have the Mets looking for some offensive help. My guess is this can lead to at bats for Adam Frazier. What Frazier does with them remains to be seen. The strikeout machine has been known to go on a power streak every now and then. This would be a good time for the now.
David Peralta looks to be out a couple weeks with AC joint inflammation and Yandy Diaz left hand will keep him out two weeks. Arizona also lost Wilmer Flores to a fractured foot. He’ll miss at least a month. The Diamondbacks brought back Ildemaro Vargas to man second base. He didn’t impress in his first 55 at bats, which led to his demotion May 11. Don’t invest too heavy here.
The Indians release of Carlos Gonzalez probably means Jordan Luplow and Oscar Mercado will get more playing time. Mercado is nursing some minor injuries, but if healthy, he could be a source of stolen bases. Stash him if that’s your need. As I mentioned last week, I’m a little hesitant to roster Mercado, but it appears he has a better path to playing time now, so he could be useful.
If you’ve got a need for starting pitching, Andrew Heaney is about to return to the Angels rotation, and Jimmy Nelson is not far behind returning to the Brewers rotation. Both teams need rotation help (actually what team doesn’t need rotation help?!?), and both are a good source of strikeouts. Just be a little wary as it might take a couple starts before they start to click.
If your looking for saves, Shawn Kelley appears to be the main closer in Texas, having picked up his fifth save Friday night. And Scott Oberg looks to be be the guy to close in Colorado while Wade Davis is out. He could get a few, which could get you a few points in the save category.
Have a good week.
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.