In the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 NFBC FAAB Run, we are seeing more of a wait-and-see type player pool.
Most of these options are not likely to plug into your lineup this week but are worth a few dollar bids to have a look.
As we head into June, the waiver wire serves us generally two purposes
- To get some short-term statistical impact to help us improve categories or cover injuries
- To acquire long-term help with players we believe have staying power
As has been the case each week, we also have an exciting young player to throw our dollars at once again.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 NFBC FAAB Run
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Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins (30% rostered)
Edward Cabrera is the hot young prospect of the week, and he certainly did not disappoint. Making his debut in Coors Field, he stymied the Rockies for six innings while striking out nine. He generated seventeen swinging strikes on the day. He actually carried a no-hit bid into his final inning before getting into a bit of trouble, which Manager Don Mattingly thankfully got him out of on time to preserve the gem.
Cabrera's change-up sits in the 90s, a sign of how electric his stuff is. Like most young hurlers he at times will struggle with control. He did not pitch particularly well in a short stint with the Marlins last year, and this minor league season was hardly exciting. He should have staying power in the rotation and warrants a 5-8% bid tonight.
Konnor Pilkington, SP, Cleveland Guardians (unrostered)
Rookie Konnor Pilkington has looked quite good as he transitioned to the rotation. His 29.9% CSW rate is attractive, but the 12.7% walk rate is a concern. He lines up in Week 10 with two starts against Texas and Baltimore. He will look to build on his best start last week against Kansas City when he sprinkled five hits and two walks around five shutout innings while striking out eight.
Kyle Bradish, SP, Baltimore Orioles (65%)
Did you ever stick your finger in an electrical socket as a kid? Hurts like hell, but gives you a kind of interesting twitchy feeling that you want to go back and experience again? So you do it and, ouch. Shocked again.
That is Kyle Bradish with his sexy two-step with the Royals and Cubs this week. Neither of these opponents scares you, but Bradish's recent results should. The 24% strikeout rate is intriguing, and if you want another glimmer of hope, the bad xERA is about a full run lower than the bad ERA.
Proceed with caution here. But I like pain, so I'm still doing it.
Graham Ashcraft, P, Cincinnati Reds (5%)
Rookie Graham Ashcraft is widely unknown, but off to a very good start. Through three starts, he has a 1.53 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 17 walks. The 12.7% strikeout rate will turn fantasy owners away, but that is a small sample size. His minor league career k/9 is north of 9, which is what I look for from a starter. Manager David Bell has said he will get a shot to hold the rotation spot moving forward, making Ashcraft a sneaky $1 pickup in NFBC 15 team leagues.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals (77% 12 teams)
Stephen Strasburg is already fully stretched out and dominating on his rehab assignment. His first outing was 58 pitches in single-A, but his last outing was a very efficient 83 pitch outing for triple-A Rochester. His next start very well could be for the big club. If he is still available, it is an easy stash and pray.
Luis Garcia, 2B, Washington Nationals (unrostered)
If you are going to consume any adult beverages this evening, be sure you place your FAAB bids on Nationals' prospect Luis Garcia first. There are a baker's dozen Luis Garcias in the player pool, so who knows what you will end up with.
Garcia is still only 22 years old, yet he feels like a failed prospect at this point. He has seen action with the big club in each of the last two seasons and not done much to be excited about. Journeyman Alcides Escobar is now on the IL with a hamstring injury and may be looking at an extended absence, opening up the opportunity for Garcia.
Garcia has good bat-to-ball skills and offers little power and only mild speed. His best contribution in fantasy should be to your batting average, a category even your league leader needs help in.
Jose Miranda, 1B/3B, Minnesota Twins, (50%)
After a failed cup of coffee earlier in the year with the Twins, rookie Jose Miranda is back and mashing. It took injuries to Miguel Sano, Carlos Correa, Royce Lewis and now Gio Urshela to get a shot at some regular playing time, but Miranda is making the most of it. There was something in the air on Friday, as Miranda was one of six major leaguers to hit multiple home runs that night. Opportunity is king, and Miranda is making the most of it.
Jon Berti, 2B/3B, Miami Marlins (68%)
We have been patiently awaiting Jon Berti's 96th percentile sprint speed to translate to a big stolen base season. Yet, five years later we are sitting on only 41 career swipes. This is mostly due to an inability to stay on the field.
Berti just missed three weeks to the Covid IL list, but has returned and is teasing us again. He is eligible at two positions, and stolen bases are just impossible to come by this year. Worth a flier.
Lane Thomas, OF, Wahington Nationals (50%)
Lane Thomas will be on everyone's radar due to a three-home run game on Friday night. The price increase is unfortunate, as he is a useful player who probably would have made this writeup without the breakout game. Thomas has shown 20/15 potential in the minors and is batting in front of Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz. He should see his fair share of fastballs and have an opportunity to be a fourth or fifth outfielder for fantasy moving forward.
Nomar Mazara, OF, San Diego Padres (unrostered)
This guy has to be like 40 years old by now, right?
Actually the former top prospect is only 27, but has been fooling fantasy owners for what feels like a decade. Nomar Mazara earned the promotion with a .367 and seven home run performance in the minors this year in only 35 games.
He started his career with 79 home runs in four seasons, But through a myriad of injuries and organization shifts has only produced 3 home runs across the last three years. With Wil Meyers on the shelf, there should be an opportunity for Mazara. Just don't expect more than a few home runs, as he will not help with your average or speed.
Curt Casali, C, San Francisco Giants (4%)
Curt Casali has seemingly moved ahead of Joey Bart on the depth chart for now. There is some pop in his bat, he averages about 4.5 home runs per 100 at-bats for his career. This will get you one bomb about every other week from the second catcher position.
For more discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 NFBC FAAB Run, you can always reach out to me on Twitter @JTrela20. I will also be streaming LIVE tonight on YouTube at 8 pm on the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast talking baseball!