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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire: Aaron it out!

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire.

The Dog Days of Summer are coming. Pennant races are heating up and of course, NFL training camps are opening up.

Now that the Trade Deadline has passed, baseball fans can focus on the action on the field and in the standings. Who will finish with the best overall record in baseball? Will the Yankees pitching hold up? Can the Indians catch the Twins in the AL Central? Are the Cubs able to fend off the Cardinals and the Brewers?


The intrigue for the rest of this summer and fall is what makes baseball great. Since you are still reading this, you must also still be alive in your Fantasy Baseball leagues! No, I didn’t forget about you. Still looking for the latest edge to get into the playoffs?

Look no further than two hitters and two pitchers named Aaron that can help your Fantasy teams in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire: Aaron it out!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Mike Tauchman, OF, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have been on fire as of late and have a comfortable 8.5 game lead in the American League East. One of the key players in this surge is outfielder Mike Tauchman.

In his last 19 games, Tauchman is hitting .443/.493/.820 with 12 XBH and 19 RBI. He is one of six MLB outfielders in 2019 with a minimum 175 PA to achieve a .290+ AVG, .360+ OBP, and .540+ SLG. The others are Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, George Springer, and Charlie Blackmon.

The Yankees traded southpaw pitcher Philip Diehl for Tauchman on March 23 to provide outfield coverage for the injured Aaron Hicks. Tauchman batter over .300 with .360 OBP throughout his minor league career in Colorado.

Mike Tauchman has taken advantage of his opportunity and so should Fantasy owners. Ride Tauchman while he is hot, he might not cool off. Even if he does finally cool down, it didn’t cost you anything. Fantasy managers in five outfielders should not hesitate and pick him up immediately.

Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Mike Yastrzemski from the Baltimore Orioles for pitching prospect Tyler Herb at the start of this season. The left-hand hitting Yastrzemski hit .250/.339/.414 with 28 doubles and ten homers between Double-A and Triple-A last year. He opened the year, hitting .316/.414/.676 with 11 doubles and 12 home runs in 40 games at Triple-A Sacramento. His production earned him a promotion to the big leagues on May 25.

In 231 plate appearances this season, he is hitting .268/.322/.483 with ten home runs and 34 RBI with a 1.2 WAR. The red flag with the 28-year-old outfielder is his high strikeout rate. He has struck out 59 times, which comes to a 25.5 percent strikeout rate.

Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, looks to be a fixture in the Giants outfield going forward. His offensive power output and extreme defensive skills will keep him in the everyday lineup. That production should earn him a place in your five outfielders or deeper league rosters.

Pitchers

Aaron Civale, SP, Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians have completed their comeback in the standings despite a myriad of injuries to their starting rotation. Through various parts of this season, each pitcher has missed games this season with the latest being Danny Salazar. In his debut this season, Salazar had to leave early due to a groin injury which subsequently led him to be placed on the injured list.

Young right-hander Aaron Civale was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make the start for Salazar. Civale was outstanding in his second start in the majors. He allowed just one run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a tough 1-0 loss to the Texas Rangers. In his first start in the big leagues, Civale pitched brilliantly against the Detroit Tigers with six scoreless innings of two-hit baseball. He walked three and struck out six to earn his first career win.

The 24-year-old has allowed just one earned run over his first 12 Major League innings (0.75 ERA). He opened the year at Double-A Akron before a recent promotion to Triple-A Columbus. In seven minor league starts, he was 5-0 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He struck out 40 and walked ten over 41 innings of work.

There are plenty of question marks regarding the Indians rotation as we head into the final stretch of the season. With the Danny Salazar injury and Trevor Bauer trade, there seems to be an excellent opportunity for Civale to continue to play a significant role for the Indians and Fantasy managers for the remainder of this season.

Aaron Sanchez, SP, Houston Astros

The newly-acquired Aaron Sanchez was not having a good 2019 season. In 23 starts, he had posted a 3-14 record with a 6.07 ERA and 5.03 FIP, which respectively ranked 74th and 68th among 74 qualified starters.

In 2016, he had an outstanding 15-2 record, which was good for a .882 winning percentage, tops in the American League. He also led the league with a 3.00 ERA and finished in seventh place for the 2016 Cy Young Award.

He suffered through an injury-plagued 2017 season, appearing in only eight games. Sanchez went on the disabled list four times with right finger issues. His woes continued in 2018, posting a 4-6 record with a 4.89 ERA in 20 starts.

Houston’s pitching coach Brent Strom has done wonders with revitalizing the career of Justin Verlander and developing an ace in Gerritt Cole.  Will Strom be able to work his magic with Aaron Sanchez?

In his first start as an Astro, Sanchez tossed six no-hit innings for his part of a combined no-hitter by Houston. The Astros’ pitching staff changed the plan of attack for Sanchez. The Astros noticed that his worst pitch was his sinker (.381 BAA and .433 wOBA). They reduced the usage of that pitch from 37 percent to only 17.9 percent.

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This was a minimal sample size, but the coaching staff exhibits why the Astros are one of the best overall teams in baseball. Sanchez is someone that could assist Fantasy owners down the stretch as the Astros continue to battle the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League.


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

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