2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire.

I wish everyone a peaceful and blessed Memorial Day. As America observes Memorial Day, let's take a moment and thank all of you who have served and are currently serving for all that you do. Remember our fallen heroes and take time to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

With injuries continuing to run rampant across baseball, the Waiver Wire has become increasingly important. Being effective on the Waiver Wire will provide the margin you need to win your matchups.

Please check out three hitters and three pitchers that I recommend to add who will provide the edge in your matchups in my 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Vidal Brujan, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays

The fans in Tampa should be highly excited for their Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have the best record in the American League and a top-ranked farm system. The Rays organization is filled with potential Fantasy impact players, with the most well-known being  Wander Franco. However, another young player is making plenty of noise for the Triple-A Durham Bulls and beat Franco to the big leagues.

His name is Vidal Brujan, and he is the Rays' number two prospect and the No. 39 ranked in baseball. Brujan is dominating AAA this season, slashing .321/.415/.617 with a 1.032 OPS. He has smacked seven home runs, tied for second in Triple-A East, and knocked in 20 runs in 20 games this season. He also in the top ten in OPS while leading the Triple-A East with nine stolen bases.

The switch hitter has developed into a five-category contributor with his increase in his power hit tool this season. He has never hit more than five homers in an entire season, and Brujan already has seven in just 20 games this season. Brujan was already known for his speed, racking over 100 bases in his two last full minor league seasons.

Brujan is listed as the second baseman for the Bulls, but he has also played 12 games in the outfield. This positional flexibility bodes well for the likelihood of getting the call to the big leagues. The Rays just traded the disappointing Willy Adames and called up top shortstop prospect Taylor Walls. Which one of their top-ranked prospects will be next-Franco or Brujan? I believe Brujan will end up being called up first and will make an immediate Fantasy impact. Fantasy managers always need to be ahead of the curve, so grab and stash Vidal Brujan now.

Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins

Garrett Cooper struggled to start this season, hitting below the Mendoza Line at .197 in April. However, he turned the corner when the calendar flipped to May. He is hitting .329/.386/.526 with a .912 OPS while smacking three homers and 11 RBI in 24 games.

Cooper has also produced career-highs with a 50.5 hard-hit rate and 90.5 exit velocity.

Cooper is a valuable asset with dual position eligibility at first base and outfield. That helps Fantasy managers tinker with their lineups while they take advantage of his hot-hitting streak. Fantasy managers should hop on the ride of Cooper's torrid streak and jump off once the ride stops.

Brad Miller, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies signed veteran utility player Brad Miller to his second stint with the club this offseason. Miller can fill in anywhere on the field, playing six different positions. He is also currently wielding one of the best bats on the Phillies lineup.

Currently, he is in the everyday lineup with Bryce Harper (wrist) on the injured list. Miller takes advantage of the opportunity by hitting .305, second on the club, five homers, and 14 RBI. His .505 slugging percentage is tied with Rhys Hoskins for the team lead.

Miller is hitting .317/.378/.561 with eight runs scored, two homers, and six RBI along with three stolen bases in his last 15 games. He is riding a career-high 54.7 hard-hit percentage and taking advantage of hitting in the three-hole where he can pile up the counting stats.

Miller has been an essential factor in keeping the Phillies in second place in the NL East. His left-handed bat provides a significant benefit of being eligible at multiple positions. Fantasy managers should profit from his versatility especially considering the vast amount of injuries this season. His availability is an opportunity that Fantasy managers should be added across all Fantasy rosters.

Pitchers

Luis Garcia, SP, Houson Astros

The Houston Astros called upon Luis Garcia again to help them while their pitching depth deals with various injuries. Garcia was called upon to start Game 5 of the 2020 American League Championship Series a year after pitching in A-ball. He is now assisting the Astros by propelling the right-hander back into the rotation.

Garcia has yet to allow more than three runs in any appearance this season, resulting in a 2.93 overall ERA and 1.022 WHIP. He is riding a three-game win streak where he has struck out 19 batters in 17 IP. Batters are only hitting .187 against the young right-hander.

Ironically, Garcia was projected by Baseball America to be the Astros’ closer by 2024, but he has shown well as a starter. He possesses an excellent pitch tool to be a productive pitcher and one the Astros can depend on when called upon to bail them out when needed. Look for Garcia to impact the Astros that will benefit Fantasy managers regardless of his role. Garcia is a pitcher that I want to secure a spot for on my Fantasy rosters.

James Kaprielian, SP, Oakland A's

Former top prospect James Kaprielian was recalled from Triple-A with numerous injuries to the Oakland A's starting rotation. In his three starts, the right-hander owns a 2-0 record with a 1.53 ERA and 0.906 WHIP, along with striking out 9.7 K/9. His .241 wOBA comes in as the top 10% in MLB.

Kaprielian missed the 2107 and 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The former Yankees farmhand has four pitches averaged 10.2 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 across four minor league seasons.

With his performance, Kaprielian is forcing his way into a permanent spot in the A's rotation. He is taking full advantage of his opportunity and belongs to remain in the rotation. Kaprielian should be the most added pitcher off the waiver wire this week. Fantasy managers should look to contribute to the most added number by picking up Kaprielian in Week 9.

Martin Perez, SP, Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox re-signed veteran southpaw Martin Perez this offseason after Perez went 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.339 WHIP in 12 starts last season and led the Red Sox with 62 innings pitched. Perez will not provide eye-popping numbers, but he is a reliable arm who will eat innings, having gone over 160 innings three times since 2016.

After starting this season 0-2, Perez has won his three straight games. He has produced a 2.65 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP across those three starts while striking 16 batters in 17 IP. He also owns a .225 BAA in those last three outings.

Perez is a back-end of the rotation starter for the Red Sox and your Fantasy roster. With injuries running rampant across the MLB, availability and reliability are attributes that Fantasy managers should not ignore. However, he is still best suited as a  solid streaming option in favorable matchups for Fantasy managers.


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