2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire.

The calendar turns to May as we hit Week 4, so how do you feel about your fantasy teams? Hopefully, you were able to add Alec Bohm and Brandon Marsh from the Week 3 Waiver Wire. If not, I have eight more players that include four hitters and four pitchers for fantasy managers to add to your fantasy rosters.

Which minor league hitter should you add now?  Which two pitchers who are a combined 5-0 should be picked up immediately? Who are the deep options that can help my roster? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Nolan Gorman, 2B/3B. St. Louis Cardinals

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Nolan Gorman is having an excellent season at Triple-A Memphis, and he is putting the Cardinals on notice that he should be hitting at Busch Stadium this season. Gorman is hitting an impressive .338/.390/.811 with a 1.201 OPS. He has also smacked 11 homers with 16 RBI in 19 games.

Gorman came up as a third baseman, but he is blocked by Nolan Arenado at the hot corner but has played all season at second base in the minors this season. This season, we will see Gorman in the big leagues at second base for the Cardinals. Hopefully, fantasy managers will add Gorman ahead of his anticipated call-up.

Ha-Seong Kim, 2B/SS/3B, San Diego Padres

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Kim was a disappointment last season, and the Padres were viewing Kim as a utility player more than a South Korean superstar that he was publicized to be coming out of the KBO.  He finished last season with a .202/.270/.352 slash along with a .241 BABIP.

After a slow start to the 2022 season, Kim has been on fire for the last two weeks. He is hitting .294/.368/.647 with a 1.016 OPS.  Kim has hit three home runs with nine RBI in his previous ten games. Currently, Kim is filling at in shortstop while Fernando Tatis is recovering from his broken wrist. Ride the hot bat and add Kim in deeper leagues with MI and CI slots. His versatility is valuable in a league that enables daily lineup changes.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Oakland A's

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Ramon Laureano will soon come off his PED suspension to add some juice to the Oakland A's team hitting only .211 across 22 games. Laureano will not be the savior for the A's offense, but he can help your fantasy lineups with double-digit numbers in home runs and stolen bases. The righty OF is worth a stash before he arrives back on the big league roster.

Pitchers

Chad Kuhl, SP, Colorado Rockies

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Chad Kuhl has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the young 2022 season. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA and 0.84 WHIP across 23.2 innings in his four starts. In addition, Kuhl is limiting hitters to a .160/.227/.247 slash and .177 BABIP.

His track record doesn't produce optimism that this radical production will continue, but Kuhl is worth the speculative add to confirm its duration.

Michael Wacha, SP, Boston Red Sox

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Michael Wacha was a Going Deep recommendation last week, and he didn't disappoint with his lone start last week. Wacha allowed one earned run and struck out five across six innings to earn the win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wacha sits at 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP across his four starts. That type of production should warrant being rostered in more than 18 percent of leagues.

Bruce Zimmermann, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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Bruce Zimmermann is a frequent flyer in my waiver wire recommendations. Unfortunately, Fantasy managers still don't believe in the young southpaw. Zimmermann has posted a 1-1 record with a 0.93 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across his four starts this season.  The left-hander has yielded an above-average .236/.291/.333 and .624 OPS and owns a 26.3 percent strikeout rate.

The Orioles left-hander is still rostered in less than 15 percent of leagues. However, that number should increase, with Zimmermann projected to have two starts in Week 4. Therefore, I recommend that fantasy managers increase that percentage by adding Zimmermann as a viable streaming option for this week.

Going Deep

Daniel Lynch, SP, Kansas City Royals

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Daniel Lynch struggled in his rookie season last year, producing a 4-6 record with a 5.69 ERA, but the Kansas City Royals slotted Lynch as their third starter coming into the season.  After being shelled for six earned in five innings in his first start this season, Lynch went out and had two consecutive scoreless outings. He allowed six hits with nine strikeouts across 11 innings in those starts. Then, on Sunday, the southpaw went out to the mound, where he went five innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out four.

Lynch has exhibited growth this season and is the only Royals starter to record a win this season. Therefore, he is worth a speculative add as a deep streamer option.

Pavin Smith, 1B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Pavin Smith has earned at-bats in the Diamondbacks' lineup, where he is typically starting against right-handers. Smith leads the team in several categories with a .276 batting average, .377 OBP, .774 OPS, and .397 slugging percentage.  Just recently, Smith has received the opportunity to hit leadoff where the team can utilize his team-leading 129 OPS+.

Smith has chipped in five extra-base hits among his 16 hits while also stealing a base. The lefty is a good hitter to fill your daily lineups with this dual position eligibility.


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