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2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Schools Out for Summer


Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire

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The Boys of Summer are back! As a schoolteacher, this is the most wonderful time of the year. I just finished my last week of work and now it’s really summer for me.

Whenever I think of summer, I think of baseball, not working and obviously warmer weather. Usually warmer weather happens closer to the equator and consequently the players I will be talking about all happen to be from original hotter climates.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets

Yangervis Solarte, 1B/2B/3B, San Diego Padres (ESPN: 16.1% ownership)

Solarte is Venezuelan infielder for the San Diego Padres. He originally made his debut for the Yankees in 2014. Solarte has some roots already developed in the majors. His Uncle, Roger Cedeno, played 11 years in the big leagues.

Ever since he returned from the DL on May 21st, Solarte is on fire. He is usually switching from second and third base. The only bright spot really in the Padres lineup he has been hitting .315 with four homers and 12 RBIs. He has started in 13 out of 15 games during that span.

Solarte does have the ability to hit for contact and has raw power to go with it. While he has never really hit this way for a whole season, it is quite possible that he could be on a sizzling streak for a while.

Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN: 15.7% ownership)

Jhonny Peralta is from Santiago Province, Dominican Republic. I can honestly say that the Dominican Republic is a warm place in the summer. My wife and I went there for our honeymoon. The island is a nice place for a breeding ground of excellent ball players in the majors.

Peralta is just recently activated from the DL, coming off of surgery to repair his ligament in his left thumb in March. To make room for him the Cardinals sent down the struggling Kolten Wong.

This pick is just off of the history of Peralta’s bat. While he is getting up there in age, he is still hitting in a productive lineup. Last year, in 155 games, he hit .275 with 17 homeruns and 71 RBIs.

Jurickson Profar, 2B, Texas Rangers (ESPN: 31.8% ownership)

I know that this player is just over my threshold of 30%, but I had to talk about how he is doing.

A native of Curacao, Profar represented his country from the town of Willemstad in the Little League World Series. In 2004, they beat Thousand Oaks, CA for the Championship and in 2005, lost to Ewa Beach, Hawaii in the Championship game.

Since May 27th, Profar has a hit in every game that he has played. He is mostly batting at the top of the lineup, which has resulted in a nice run production. I would like to see more steals happen out of Profar to help his waiver status rise a little more.

Another stock riser is that Profar is starting to see some action at first base. This will ensure that he is getting more at-bats for the Rangers. He did happen to play second base when Rougned Odor was serving his suspension. Now that he is back, the manager for the Rangers has to find different ways to keep Profar’s hot bat in the lineup.

May your waiver wire pickups lead you to fantasy glory!


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