Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire.
Cheers to the fantasy managers who were able to pick up Aaron Ashby, Jeffrey Springs, or Roansy Contreras from my Week 8 recommendations. Hard to believe that we are already 50+ games into the MLB season. This will provide a more accurate representation of a player's production and projection for the remainder of the season.
I came up with two hitters and seven pitchers for Week 9 that should provide fantasy production for this week and the rest of the season.
Which catcher should be added immediately? Did the Miami Marlins find another ace? Who are the young pitchers that fantasy managers should be excited about? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire
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Brendan Donovan, 1B/2B/SS/3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Donovan has surfaced as a bonafide utility player for the St. Louis Cardinals. Donovan has played every position besides catcher for the Cardinals. He was hitting .325/.451/.458 with a .909 OPS and two stolen bases when he was penciled in the starting lineup. The rookie has a good eye at the plate, evidenced by an above-average 13.8 K% and 16.5 BB%. The Cardinals will find ways to get Donovan in their daily lineups, and fantasy managers should add the rookie as a valuable chess piece.
MJ Melendez, C, Kansas City Royals
In an astonishing story, MJ Melendez is not more widely rostered. Melendez filled in for Salvador Perez when he went on the injured list, and the Royals wanted to see the rookie catcher in their everyday lineup. So the Royals are splitting Melendez between catcher and designated hitter and getting the rookie to play right field. Melendez is currently hitting .272/.337/.467 with four home runs and nine RBI with ten runs scored. It's hard to imagine their many catchers with that type of fantasy production. Fantasy managers need to get to know MJ Melendez and add the rookie immediately.
Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins might have just found another stud starting pitcher. Edward Cabrera rose to the ranks of the Marlins farm system, and he lived up to all expectations in his first start after being called up from Triple-A. Cabrera went to Coors Field and shut down the Colorado Rockies with his fastball velocity at 97 mph. Cabrera went six shutout innings and allowed only one hit with nine strikeouts and four walks. He will need to concentrate on limiting his walks, but those impressive numbers will enable the young right-hander to stay in the rotation. Fantasy managers should jump on the bandwagon now before it's too late.
Dakota Hudson, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Despite underlying numbers that do not excite fantasy managers, Dakota Hudson has produced a 4-2 record with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Hudson doesn't possess much strikeout ability at a 4.9 K/9, and his walk percentage (11.2) is alarming. However, he keeps the ball in the park (0.7 HR/9), and opposing hitters are batting only .237 against the right-hander. Hudson is lined up to get two starts in Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Rays and Cincinnati Reds. Hudson is worth adding and inserting into your weekly lineup as a deep streaming option in head-to-head leagues. Keep in mind, though, that Hudson might be on the drop list next week.
Daniel Hudson, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Daniel Hudson has been lights out this season. Hudson has produced a 1.96 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP, and a 10.9 K/9. Hudson picked up four saves while closer Craig Kimbrel was out trying to clean up mechanical issues. Kimbrel is on shaky ground even though he has saved 11-of-12 of his opportunities. He owns a 4.50 ERA and has given up 3.39 BB/9 which typically is not a recipe for closer success. Kimbrel is on his third team in just two seasons, and it would not be shocked if Hudson takes over the closer role sometime this season. I would rather be ahead of the curve, so grab Daniel Hudson and stash him.
Spencer Strider, SP, Atlanta Braves
After mainly being utilized as a reliever for the Atlanta Braves, the Braves moved Spencer Strider to the starting rotation. As a reliever this season, Strider produced a 2.22 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP and struck out batters at a 13.7 K/9 in 11 appearances. In his first two big-league starts, the right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA but owns a 13/7 K/BB ratio across 8.1 innings. Strider has been inconsistent with his control, but his overall numbers suggest that Strider should be a viable streamer option, especially this week against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Graham Ashcraft, SP, Cincinnati Reds
The rookie right-hander has acquitted himself well in his first three big-league starts. Graham Ashcraft has pitched to a 2-0 record with a 1.53 ERA and 0.96 ERA. His strikeout numbers at 4.6 K/9 are underwhelming, but batters are not hitting the right-hander. His 84.5 average exit velocity rate is among the league's best. Ashcraft is yielding an impressive .185/.254/.246 slash line while allowing only .200 BABIP and an above-average 35.7 percent hard-hit rate. In the dumpster fire that is the Reds currently pitching, Ashcraft is a breath of fresh air. The Reds won't win many games, so wins might be an issue throughout the remainder of the season, but if Ashcraft continues to pitch strong, he can be a valuable streaming option.
Alex Faedo, SP, Detroit Tigers
Alex Faedo has stepped up for the Detroit Tigers amid injury concerns and inept starting pitching. The rookie right-hander has produced a solid 3.09 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across his six starts. Faedo won't wow you with an impressive pitch arsenal, but he is a viable streaming option, especially this week when he is projected to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, the fourth-worst-hitting baseball team.
Matt Swarmer, SP, Chicago Cubs
Matt Swarmer did not have an impressive minor league resume until this season at Triple-A Iowa. He produced a career-high 2.08 ERA across 39 innings, which led to the Chicago Cubs turning to the right-hander with starters on the mend. The Cubs were facing a doubleheader and recalled Swarmer to take the first game of the twin bill. He made an impressive big-league debut, allowing one earned run in six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. Swarmer followed that showing with another great start. He earned his first career win in six innings, allowing two hits and two walkers while striking out five.
Swarmer has earned another turn in the rotation after producing a 1.50 ERA, and 0.83 WHIP with 11 strikeouts across 12 innings pitched in his first two career starts. He is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues to see where he can take fantasy managers.
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