Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Waiver Wire.
Fantasy managers were teased by the fantasy potential of Minnesota Twins shortstop Royce Lewis who was a suggested add the past two weeks. Lewis performed well with .308/.325/.564 before being optioned back to Triple-A St. Paul. Here is hoping fantasy managers were able to grab outfielder Alek Thomas, infielder Brad Miller, and starter Martin Perez and benefit this week.
Which rookie catcher should Fantasy managers add immediately? What hot-hitting outfielder should fantasy managers grab? Which hot pitching prospect should fantasy managers stash immediately? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Waiver Wire.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Waiver Wire
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Kole Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers
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Sometimes fantasy managers need to get lucky and catch lightning in a bottle. They need to start the right players at the right time. One of those types of players is Texas Rangers outfielder Kole Calhoun. The veteran outfielder always had some pop in his bat and has been on a tear lately. In his last 15 games, Calhoun is .353/.414/.784 with six dingers and 13 RBI. In 2019, Calhoun clubbed 33 homers with 74 RBI in his last full season. He will kill your batting average with a career .247 batting average. If your fantasy roster can withstand the batting average punishment, Calhoun is recommended for his power contributions across the power categories.
MJ Melendez, C, Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals continue to produce elite hitting prospects from Bobby Witt Jr. to the latest rookie, catching prospect MJ Melendez. With Salvador Perez on the shelf, the Royals promoted Melendez, who led all minor league hitters with 41 home runs last season. In his first 50 at-bats in the big leagues, the left-handed-hitting catcher is hitting .240/.296/.420 with two homers and four RBI. Melendez provides valuable production from the catcher position. He will look to periodically give Perez days off behind the plate and see at-bats at DH as they limit the at-bats for Carlos Santana, who is hitting a brutal .135 this season. Fantasy managers in two catcher leagues should look to add Melendez immediately.
Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
In a straight power move, fantasy managers should look into adding Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker. His bat is heating up, including in the top five with a .405 xwOBA. In his last fifteen games, Walker is slashing .250/.371/.550 with four homers and seven RBI with nine walks. Walker is strictly an option for teams desperate for power, which is his specialty. Walker produces a 48.6 percent hard-hit rate, and his expected numbers scream that his fantasy production should elevate. However, his .277 xBA, .625 xSLG, and .492 xwoBACON, along with 16.5 barrel rate, display that Walker needs to be rostered in advance of his eventual positive regression.
Nick Pivetta, SP, Boston Red Sox
Nick Pivetta is coming off two phenomenal starts in which he produced two wins while giving up only two earned runs across 16 total innings. First, he went seven innings for the win against the Texas Rangers, where he allowed only three hits while striking out four. He performed even better with a complete-game gem against the Houston Astros in his next start. He allowed only two hits and registered eight strikeouts. Pivetta is one of the most inconsistent pitchers in baseball. These two gems don't erase that he was 0-3 with an 8.27 ERA in four April starts. In reality, Pivetta will generate numbers between these two extremes and be a valuable streamer for fantasy managers.
Grayson Rodriguez, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Right-hander Grayson Rodriguez is an elite pitching prospect that the Baltimore Orioles fans and fantasy managers eagerly await his MLB debut. Rodriguez currently owns a career .245 ERA and 13.0 K/9 minor league numbers. In his eight starts at Triple-A Norfolk, Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with a 13.7 K/9. It's a matter of when, not if we see Rodriguez this season. Stash him now! Do not wait!
Alex Faedo, SP, Detroit Tigers
Due to the influx of injuries to the Detroit Tigers starting rotation, the Tigers were forced to bring up reinforcements, including pitching prospect Alex Faedo. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across four starts since his promotion. He has pitched at least five innings in each of his MLB starts. Faedo possesses a wicked slider producing a 44.4 percent whiff rate, and 27.3 percent put away, and hitters are only .211 against and .196 xBA. Faedo is not having earth-shattering numbers, but he is worth a stash and a valuable streamer option with the rash of injuries to MLB starting pitchers.
Jakob Junis, SP, San Francisco Giants
Jakob Junis has proven to be a valuable addition with the injuries to the San Francisco Giants starters. Junis has stepped in for veteran right-hander Anthony DeScalafani who is on the 60-day injured list. The former Royal has registered a 2.70 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 1.013 WHIP, and 20/4 K/BB ratio across five appearances, including three starts. Opposing hitters are recording just a .234 batting average and .263 BABIP against the right-hander. In addition, Junis is inducing a career-high 48.1 ground-ball rate, and he should be an effective streamer for fantasy managers.
Rafael Montero, RP, Houston Astros
Every season some relievers surprisingly emerge as saves options for fantasy managers. Veteran reliever Rafael Montero fits that narrative this season. Montero filled in for closer Ryan Pressly (knee), who went on the injured list, and he converted all three save opportunities. Overall, Montero has been outstanding this season. He owns a .055 ERA and 0.918 WHIP with an 18/4 K/BB ratio and 2.50 FIP. Pressly has since returned from his IL stint and is finally returning to form. However, Montero is an excellent insurance policy to add in deeper leagues and is currently providing excellent fantasy production.
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