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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire: Double Trouble

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire.

We are seeing double in Week 22 as we inch closer to Labor Day and the final days of the MLB regular season. Surprisingly, there are still players that Fantasy owners have failed to take advantage of in their lineups. Don’t be one of those owners!

I came up with two catchers and two Seattle Mariners players that will aid Fantasy owners in their quest for their Fantasy baseball championship. Can you guess which two catchers Fantasy owners should pick up? What about the two players on the Mariners?

Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more as I present to you the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire: Double Trouble

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Travis d’Arnaud, C, Tampa Bay Rays

Travis d’Arnaud has resurrected his career in Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old was once considered one of the hottest catching prospects in baseball. He started his career with the New York Mets where he never lived up to his star billing in six-plus years.

The Mets released d’Arnaud early in the season. He was subsequently signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a flyer and was only there for a week before being traded to the Rays in a blue light special deal of $100,000.

d’Arnaud made the most of his new opportunity in Tampa. He has rejuvenated the Rays and took over the No.1 catcher role from the disappointing Mike Zunino. He has finally stayed healthy and has been an offense catalyst as the Rays fight for a Wild Card spot in the American League.

“He’s been our best player for the last month and a half. Consistent as can be, clutch – all the factors you want to see in a teammate,” centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier added. “We wouldn’t be where we are right now without him. That’s nothing but the truth.”

Since the All-Star break, d’Arnaud is hitting .268/.343/.480 with seven homers and 27 RBI. Fantasy owners will take that type of production from their catcher every day, yet he is still owned in less than 40 percent of Fantasy leagues. Please change that.

Tom Murphy, C, Seattle Mariners

In his first season with the Seattle Mariners, Tom Murphy has flashed the power that he exhibited in the seven years he spent in the Colorado Rockies organization. Murphy has hit six homers in his last four games and 16 homers on the season.

The issue with Murphy has always been his lack of contact. He currently owns a 35 percent strikeout rate in 191 at-bats. However, his raw power balances that rate out, especially at a painfully thin catcher position. His home run percentage of 7.9 percent is over twice as much of the league average of 3.1 percent. Additionally, when he does make contact, he is putting them in the air with an HR/FB percentage of 20.8, which is also twice as much as the league average of 9.4 percent.

It is hard to find good help, but Tom Murphy can help Fantasy owners as we finish up the season. He is hitting .349/.391/.837 with six homers and 11 RBI in his last 30 games. Fantasy owners, can you use that kind of production out of your catcher spot?

Pitchers

Matt Magill, RP, Seattle Mariners

Matt Magill was acquired from the Minnesota Twins on July 21 for cash. He logged a mediocre 4.45 ERA with his biggest heel being giving up free passes to the tune of 4.8 BB/9. On the other hand, he also struck out 27.1 percent of batters.

Magill has taken over the closing role for the Seattle Mariners the past two weeks. He has converted four saves out of five opportunities and has a look as the primary closer for the Mariners right now.

Magill has cutdown his walks while with the Mariners to 2.0 BB/9, although he still carries an uninspiring 4.05 ERA.

What fantasy owner couldn’t use saves right now? Ride the wave and get the saves while they last. He is worth a pickup in any format based on the premise that saves are hard to get right now, so you can grab them any means possible.

Jacob Waguespack, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Jacob Waguespack never cracked the top 30 prospect list on the Phillies MLB Prospect List when he was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays in July last season. Waguespack was not impressive at his time in Triple-A Buffalo with a 2-6 record, 5.30 ERA but did average a strikeout an inning across 52.2 innings.

He was promoted earlier in the 2019 season and was optioned back to Buffalo at the All-Star Break after posting a 5.00 ERA in nine innings.

The right-hander got the call back a few weeks later and has seemed to turn things around. In his last five outings, he has posted a 3-0 record to go with a 1.93 ERA and 18:8 K: BB in 28 innings over that span.

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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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