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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire: Memorial Day Edition

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire.

Countless people think of Memorial Day as the official start of summer; store sales, a day off, and firing up the grill. The holiday’s true meaning, however, is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

It is a day to remember genuine heroism and honor the memory of those fallen men and women who gave us the lives we live today.


They provided the freedom for me to write this and all of you to read this Fantasy baseball article. Please take a moment to observe these fine men and women and then let’s get to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire.

 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Cavan Biggio, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have another young stud on their hands. Cavan Biggio, son of Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio, was called from Triple-A Buffalo earlier this week. Biggio was hitting .307/.445/.504 with six homers and 26 RBI in 42 games at Buffalo.

Biggio was the latest son to join the elite young Toronto minor league stars. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette were creating all of the headlines, but Biggio started to sneak into the conversation last season. His 26 home runs and 99 RBI while at Double-A New Hampshire topped the Blue Jays minor league system. However, he only hit .255 and led their system with 148 strikeouts, yet finished second with 100 walks.

His primary position is second base but does provide positional flexibility. He had also made appearances at third and first base last season. Biggio has pop in his bat but will endure tons of strikeouts. He will also produce enough that he is definitely worth an add in all but shallow leagues.

Scott Kingery, SS/OF, Philadelphia Phillies

Scott Kingery is seeing an upgrade to his playing time while playing various positions. Now it looks like he might be handling the center field position more regularly with Odubel Herrera amid Major League Baseball investigating Herrera’s arrest on a charge of domestic violence.

Herrera was already losing playtime for his poor play. He was slashing just .219/.280/.342 over the first 35 games. Oddly enough, his batting average has dropped every season of his big-league career.

Kingery is a versatile defender who has played each of the middle infield positions, third base, and the outfield. Regardless, if he takes over full-time at center field, he will receive plenty of at-bats.

The former top prospect started this season on fire with 13 hits in his first 32 at-bats before suffering a hamstring strain. He was hitting .406 when he was sidelined. Kingery ended up missing a month of action and is hitting only .259 since his return.

Scott Kingery should be owned in more than the current 30% of Yahoo leagues. He is eligible in multiple positions, and now he has even more opportunity for consistent at-bats. Kingery should be owned in all formats.

Pitchers

Carlos Martinez, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Carlos Martinez has now made five appearances this season and has allowed one earned run in four innings pitched. He carries a 2.25 ERA along with a 1.25 WHIP in those relief appearances. Martinez finally returned after a shoulder injury that hindered him since last season and forced him to miss the first 44 games of this season.

The St. Louis Cardinals will be careful with their two-time All-Star. It’s doubtful that he would pitch multiple days in a row, probably only throwing a few innings per outing each week. It would seem that the Cardinals will utilize him in high-leverage situations and if he proves healthy, we might see him back into the Cardinals rotation sometime this summer.

Currently, Martinez does not hold much fantasy appeal. However, Fantasy owners should consider Martinez a speculative add and a high-reward stash candidate.

Tanner Roark, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Tanner Roark, acquired in an offseason trade with the Washington Nationals, has allowed zero home runs and owns a 2.78 ERA in May. His ERA is now sitting at 3.20 on the season, which ranks him 10th in the National League.

Roark is a workhorse who has had 30 or more starts in four out of his last five seasons. He owns a career 3.59 ERA and while that’s not elite. It makes him a reliable mid-rotation starter.

The right-hander is 4-3 with 59 strikeouts in his 56.1 innings. He has been pitching very well as of late, and you could do worse than streaming Roark. Look for out the trade winds later this summer to hit the Reds as they currently occupy the last place in the NL Central. Every contending team needs strong arms and Roark could be heading elsewhere by the Trade Deadline.

Deep Dive

Jordan Luplow, OF, Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians offense is offensive. They rank in the bottom five in all significant team offensive categories. One batter who is actually (kind of) hitting the ball is outfielder Jordan Luplow.

The Indians continue to look for anyone that can hit and are lucky enough that Luplow is producing, well at least against southpaws. Luplow is hitting .333 with six homers and 10 RBI vs. lefties this season. On the other hand, the right-hand hitting outfielder is hitting .154 with zero homers and striking out 13 times in 39 at-bats vs. righties this season.

Luplow is in the midst of his second round with the Indians after being sent down in mid-April. While at Triple-A, he worked on making changes to his swing. At the time, he was brought back up on April 28; he was hitting .333 and slugging .778 with a 1.205 OPS. The 25-year-old looks to be back in Cleveland for the long haul now.

It’s relatively straightforward with Luplow for Fantasy owners. If a lefty is on the mound, insert Luplow in your lineups. If not, he rides the pine. Fantasy owners with the ability to adjust lineups daily, he is the perfect platoon player that will suit your team well. Otherwise, Fantasy owners in deeper formats could take their chances with him and check pitching matchups weekly for the desired matchups.

Alex Reyes, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Admittedly, it’s hard to pinpoint what Alex Reyes will bring to the St. Louis Cardinals and subsequently, your Fantasy roster. The former top prospect has been off the field more than on it. From numerous injuries to self-inflicted personal issues, Alex Reyes is his own worst enemy at times, but he was billed as the most tantalizing pitching prospect in the majors.

The latest incident featured Reyes breaking his pinkie finger after punching a dugout wall in frustration after a subpar outing at AAA Memphis in late April. The right-hander is currently rehabbing at the High-A level and had a triumphant return. He went five innings, allowing an earned run on two hits and struck out six batters.

The St. Louis Cardinals just announced that they decided to move righty Michael Wacha to the bullpen. Through nine starts, he is struggling to a 5.59 ERA and 5.6 BB/9 across 46.2 innings. Reyes is not ready for a spot in the rotation. Well, at least not yet. Alex Reyes will spend more time in the minors to work on his control issues, and the Cardinals will hope they can get the Reyes back they witnessed in 2016. He pitched 46 innings and struck out 52 with a 1.57 ERA during the 2016 season.

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What does all this mean for Fantasy owners? In essence, we hope that Reyes can return to prospect form. Reyes is a sneaky stash option primarily since he could be utilized in a variety of roles on the Cardinals pitching staff. I did mention this is a Deep Dive option, correct?


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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