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 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire: Avoiding the June Swoon

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire.

The month of June brings us a lot of things to remember. Flag Day (June 14), individuals celebrate the United States Flag and reflect on the foundations of our nation’s freedom. Father’s Day (June 16), in which we celebrate all the fathers and grandfathers of the world.

The one aspect that Fantasy owners do not want to celebrate is the June Swoon. The June Swoon is when a team gets off to a hot start, only to start going downhill in June as the weather gets better and then settle into mediocrity. Fantasy owners can avoid this disaster by continually being active on the waiver wire. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next available players and never stop upgrading your roster.

I have the perfect antidote for the June Swoon. My weekly dive into which players Fantasy owners should look to add to their roster, otherwise known as the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire. Enjoy and Good Luck!

 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Bryan Reynolds in the Andrew McCutcheon trade. With the Pirates suffering injuries to their outfield, they brought up Reynolds, and the switch-hitter has showcased the hit tool that he exhibited in the minors. Reynolds has a career minor league slash of .312/.373/.472. He has solidified as the everyday left fielder and hitting near the top of the Pirates lineup in front of Starling Marte and breakout candidate Josh Bell.

In his first 38 MLB games, he is hitting .350/.409/.575 (.984 OPS) with five homers, 17 RBI and his WAR is at 1.7 while producing a 21.2%K, 9.1% BB, and 161 wRC+. Additionally, he has put together two separate 10+ game hitting streaks.

Reynolds has cemented himself as a Top 25 contributor in almost every major offensive category. There will be some regression for Reynolds, but who couldn’t use this type of offensive production? Fantasy owners in five-outfielder leagues cannot afford to leave Reynolds sitting on the wire.

Christian Vazquez, C, Boston Red Sox

It is great to see that the Fantasy ownership of catcher Christian Vazquez is finally going up. However, he is still only owned in 21% of ESPN leagues. Vazquez is having a career season at the CATCHER position! How many Fantasy owners need help at their catcher position? Stop reading right now and confirm that Christian Vazquez is not owned in your league. If not, pick him up immediately! I’ll wait!

Vazquez is posting career numbers across the board in his slash line  (.298/..340/.490) and OPS (.830). He has already set his career-high in home runs with seven so far in only 47 games. Vazquez is lethal against southpaws, hitting a robust .356/.400/.644 with a 1.044 OPS.

Fantasy owners were hesitant in Vazquez coming into this season after massive drops in his numbers last season. In 2018, he hit .207/.257/.540 in 80 games, driving in only 16 runs last season. Conversely, owners were excited about him after he excited Fantasy owners with a .290/.330/.735 with five homers in 99 games in 2017.

So is he available?  If so, what are you waiting for?

Pitchers

Nick Pivetta, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Nick Pivetta returned to the Philadelphia Phillies this past week after being demoted on April 17. He struggled to start this season to the tune of a monstrous 8.35 ERA in four starts this season. He was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to revive his potential.

Pivetta didn’t dominate in his six starts for Lehigh Valley. He finished with a mediocre 3.41 ERA and still walked 4.9 batters per nine innings. However, what Pivetta did do was to secure 50 strikeouts in 37 innings.

When the Phillies had an opening in the rotation with both Cole Irvin and Vince Velasquez struggling, Pivetta was on the Phillies’ speed dial, and he was promoted and placed back into the rotation.

The right-hander dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup with six scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits while striking out nine batters. More importantly, he issued zero walks. This was the first time this season that he did not give up a walk.

He has flashed enough potential that he has earned another crack at securing his spot in the rotation. Pitching for the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies will assist in getting the most out of Pivetta for Fantasy owners. Take a shot at Nick Pivetta. It won’t cost you anything. IF he fails, you move on to the next pitcher on the wire. Pivetta should be picked up for all Fantasy formats as a speculative add and solid streaming option.

Devin Smeltzer, SP, Minnesota Twins

In his Fantasy Six Pack Week 10 Pitching Planner, Christopher T. Luft suggested that Fantasy owners should target Minnesota Twins rookie southpaw Devin Smeltzer for their Week 10 weekly matchup. I agree with my colleague.

Smeltzer was excellent in his MLB debut last week, throwing six shutout innings, giving up just three hits while striking out seven Milwaukee Brewers hitters. He threw 69 pitches, 53 which were strikes but ended up with a no-decision.

The southpaw went a combined 3-2 with a 1.15 ERA in nine minor league starts across both Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Rochester. Smeltzer dominated left-handed hitters to a masterful .182/.224/.218 slash line.  Those numbers led to his promotion by the Twins when righty Michael Pineda landed on the injury list.

Another reason to root for Devin Smeltzer is that he is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was nine years old, and through surgery and treatments, cancer went into full remission in 2012!!!!

Unfortunately, Smeltzer did not have a good track record in the minors. In 2017 & 2018, he had ERAs of 4.17 and 4.52 across three levels. He was never a highly regarded prospect, so are this year’s numbers the outliers? Fantasy owners would need to take that under advisement, so they don’t break their FAAB in obtaining the Twins lefty. Otherwise, he is worth a flyer considering how he was pitching this season and the fact that he is pitching for the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

Deep Dive

Brandon Workman, RP, Boston Red Sox

Brandon Workman is the longest tenured pitcher on the Boston Red Sox roster. After unsuccessful attempts as a starting pitcher, Workman has strived as a reliever. Workman has an ERA below 3.30 for the last two seasons. 

In their 30 wins this season, the Boston Red Sox have received saves from five different relievers. Workman is part of the dreaded bullpen-by-committee and has thrived in the role. Overall, Workman owns a 2.05 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 38:18 K: BB with 11 holds and two saves through 29 appearances. Batters are hitting just .095 off of Workman so far this season.


Workman will probably not achieve many more saves. However, he is a stud in holds/saves leagues, and when you include his peripheral stats, Brandon Workman should be owned on more Fantasy rosters.


Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings.

About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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