Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire.
My Week 9 recommendations produced mixed results, with Edwin Cabrera, Dakota Hudson, and Graham Ashcraft having one excellent start. Unfortunately, they followed that up with disappointing results in their next start. Young starters Spencer Strider and Alex Faedo both had quality starts. MJ Melendez continues to smash with a pair of homers and seven RBI.
I came up with five hitters and three pitchers for Week 10 that should provide fantasy production for this week and the rest of the season.
Which two catchers should be added immediately? Where can fantasy managers find saves? Who is the only recommended starting pitcher to add? Find out the answers to those questions and a lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire
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Jake Burger, 3B, Chicago White Sox
Lingering leg issues have left Chicago White Sox's third baseman, Yoan Moncada, in and out of the lineup this season. The injury has opened the door for Jake Burger to shine in the White Sox lineup. Burger is slashing .277/.326/.515 with eight homers and 23 RBI. The power-hitting third baseman is tearing the cover off the ball. He owns an average max velocity of 114.4 and a 44.8 percent hard-hit rate. Like most power hitters, the former first-round pick does have plenty of swing-and-miss to his game, as evidenced by his 29.4 percent strikeout rate. He has produced multi-hit games in half of his 10 games this month. His encouraging performance at a weak 3B position should steadily increase his roster percentage from his 12 percent on Yahoo leagues. Please assure yourself of participation in the incline.
Gabriel Moreno, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Gabriel Moreno is the number one prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays and was recalled and made his MLB debut this past weekend. Moreno got his first big league hit and made some dazzling defensive plays in his first game. He was demolishing Triple-A pitching to the tune of .324/.380/.404, and now that Danny Jansen had suffered a pinkie finger fracture, Toronto made the call to promote their star catcher. Jansen will be out for an extended period. Alejandro Kirk is splitting time at catcher and designated hitter, which opens the door for at-bats in the high-powered Blue Jays lineup. Moreno is worthy of a speculative add and a roster spot to view how the team handles their catching duties. Fantasy managers dealing with daily lineup changes should jump on the opportunity to grab this two-way catcher who has the potential to be a perennial All-Star.
Jose Trevino, C, New York Yankees
It is confusing that the starting catcher of the New York Yankees, hitting .309/.356/.505 with five homers and 18 RBI is not more widely rostered. Jose Trevino is rostered in less than 15 percent of Yahoo leagues and less than five percent in ESPN leagues. Yet, Trevino has good plate discipline with an impressive 13.5 percent strikeout rate and 6.7 BB%. Although it is a small sample size of fewer than 100 at-bats, Trevino has been quite remarkable, and even if he is a short-term fix, he is still worth an add at the most shallow position in fantasy baseball.
Diego Castillo, RP, Seattle Mariners
Go west to look for saves and find reliever Diego Castillo of the Seattle Mariners. Castillo is not guaranteed save opportunities with Paul Seward still earning saves, but Castillo has been given the ball lately in high-leverage situations for the Mariners. He had a brutal month of May where he produced an ugly 15.63 ERA but somehow recovered to stifle bats in June. Castillo has given up an earned run and only one hit in his five June appearances while striking out 12 across six innings. His 5.32 ERA will scare fantasy managers away, but the right-hander has run into bad luck, and a look at his Statcast numbers suggests he is pitching well. Castillo owns a 2.97 xERA and a .335 xSLG while yielding above-average hard-hit numbers. Castillo might be a dart throw add, but he is a speculative add and easy drop if he does not produce sustainable numbers.
Zach Eflin, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
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Zach Eflin has been inconsistent all season but has produced encouraging results in his last two starts. The right-hander has given up only one earned run and struck out eight across 12 innings of work. His overall numbers are marginal, but he is not getting hit hard. He is only surrendering a 29.7 percent hard-hit rate and 84.7 average exit velocity. Eflin has two plus matchups this week against the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals, so he is a viable add to stream based on his Week 10 matchups.
Tanner Scott, RP, Miami Marlins
Fantasy managers attempting to fill their void in the saves category should look at the Miami Marlins' Tanner Scott. After achieving three consecutive saves, the southpaw reliever has emerged as the Marlins' closer. His overall stats have not impressed with a 4.24 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, but he is a strikeout machine with a 35.6 percent strikeout rate. Scott is yielding an above-average .202/.307/.321 slash with a 96 mph fastball and an 89 mph slider that produces a 45.9 percent whiff rate. Scott is a sneaky add with strikeout potential, and more importantly, he produces in the elusive save category.
Bryson Stott, 2B/SS, Philadelphia Phillies
Injuries to the Phillies infield necessitated the recall of top prospect Bryson Stott to the big leagues. Stott shined in Spring Training and made the Phillies Opening Day Roster. Unfortunately, he struggled and hit a paltry .123 before being sent down to Triple-A. Second baseman Jean Segura is out of action for an extended period due to undergoing surgery to repair a fractured finger which opened the door for regular at-bats for the rookie Stott. Stott took off in June, hitting .333/.494/.694 with a 1.094 OPS. He smacked four homers and knocked in 11 runs while scoring 12 runs. Fantasy managers looking to shore up their MI slot should look to place a bid on Stott and ride the hot bat.
Lane Thomas, OF, Washington Nationals
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Lane Thomas had an encouraging end to his 2021 season and was considered a sleeper option for this season. However, Thomas struggled to start the season and was flirting with the Mendoza Line for his overall batting average. However, Thomas came alive as the weather began to heat up and the calendar flipped to June. In his last fifteen games, Thomas is hitting .296/.371/.574 with 15 runs scored and four homers, including one three-homer game and eight RBI. Fantasy managers should ride the hot bat. Additionally, Thomas is a viable addition to lineups that require five outfielders.
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