Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire.
This week on the Waiver Wire: Top prospect Jordan Walker returns to Major League Baseball. Blake Sabol is currently a top-12 catcher, outperforming numerous other catchers with higher roster percentages. Logan Allen is still rostered in just 25% of leagues, even after his stellar outing versus the Baltimore Orioles.
These three plus three more 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire suggestions are discussed this week.
Before we get into the top waiver adds, I want to discuss a player we previously mentioned. Jack Suwinski made the Week 4 Waiver Wire and was mightily impressive at the time. However, at the beginning of May, Suwinski hit a slump, and his numbers tanked along with his roster percentage.
Luckily that slump didn't last long, and his statistics are right back to where they were around Week 4. He's slashing .240/.352/.507 with 11 home runs, 18 runs, and 29 RBI in 179 plate appearances.
His Baseball Savant page is still mostly bright red as well. The one thing that hasn't rebounded is his roster percentage (13%). It's time for Fantasy managers to ride Suwinski's hot streak again and add the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder.
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire
Jordan Walker, 3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Jordan Walker's first hit back with the @Cardinals was RIPPED ⚡️
110.9 mph off the bat for MLB's No. 1 prospect: pic.twitter.com/IiaG05MlBm
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 3, 2023
The number one prospect in baseball is back with his Major League team. The St. Louis Cardinals recalled the outfielder on Friday, June 2, after he spent the entire month of May in Triple-A. According to FantasyPros, Walker's roster percentage is a slim 37%.
(First 14 Games)
(Last 15 Games)
Looking at his stats above, we see that Walker was a good player during his initial stint with the big-league club but struggled mightily during his first 14 games in Triple-A. During his next 15 games, however, Walker performed at the level everybody expected from a player of his caliber.
In an interview with reporters, Walker said this about driving the ball. "I was told to start hitting the ball in the air, and that got to me a little bit about trying to force the ball in the air a little too much, and I forced myself to do things I usually don't do." He also said, "Right now, I'm not too worried about getting the ball in the air, and I'm starting to drive the ball a lot better, so I think it's just being more relaxed and not thinking about it at the plate."
This is working for the 21-year-old rookie as he belted eight extra-base hits in his last 15 games compared to just two during his first 14 games at Triple-A. There's no reason he should be on the Waiver Wire after today.
Mitch Haniger, OF, San Francisco Giants
One of the top outfielders over the past seven days is Mitch Haniger. He is slashing .400/.423/.760 in this span with six runs and eight RBI. With a roster percentage of just 27%, plenty of value can be had here.
It's hard to tell if Haniger is back to his 2021 form when he belted 39 home runs and scored 110 runs and 100 RBI with the Seattle Mariners. It doesn't hurt to hope he is back to that form and will provide lots of slugging stats.
I 100% recommend picking Haniger up if he's available because he should be able to keep this hot streak going. The Giants' next series comes against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. This is a hitter's dream park, especially when they are on a tear like this. The Rockies have allowed the second most runs of any team at their home ballpark.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B/SS/OF, New York Yankees
ALL HAIL ISIAH KINER-FALEFA pic.twitter.com/xV1C7XdAjx
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 31, 2023
Isiah Kiner-Falefa is one of my favorite players in baseball due to his defense and ability to play at any position on the diamond. It's his offense, however, that has been turning heads as of late.
Over his last ten games, he slashes .314/.333/.571 with four extra-base hits, seven runs, 11 RBI, and one stolen base. Kiner-Falefa has been stellar during this time, and the only issue I have with his play is the on-base percentage.
Fantasy managers shouldn't expect Kiner-Falefa to be this productive all season. Instead, this is a move to acquire a hot bat to help their team in the short term. The New York Yankees' next series comes at home against a shaky Chicago White Sox pitching staff that has allowed the second most home runs in MLB this season, along with the third most runs allowed.
Blake Sabol, C/OF, San Francisco Giants
Arguably a top-12 catcher this season, Sabol is making a name for himself. He's outperforming fellow catchers Alejandro Kirk, Shea Langeliers, Tyler Stephenson, William Contreras, and Yasmani Grandal.
The 25-year-old rookie is slashing .262/.331/.444 with 16 runs and 16 RBI in 139 plate appearances. His OPS (.775) and wRC+ (114) rank seventh among catchers with at least 130 plate appearances.
On the flip side, Sabol has the worst strikeout rate (33.8%) and fifth worst walk rate (7.2%) among this group. During his last 15 games, however, Sabol has improved in both categories. His strikeout rate was 23.6%, and his walk rate was 12.7%.
My strategy with catchers is simple: unless you have a top-6 catcher such as Adley Rutschman, Salvador Perez, or Sean Murphy, you must play the hot hand. The hot hand is Sabol, and teammate Patrick Bailey is another solid option. As mentioned above with Haniger, these two have a series at Coors Field this week and could provide plenty of extra-base hits and run production.
Logan Allen, SP, Cleveland Guardians
Logan Allen, Dirty 84mph Changeup. ?
7th K thru 4 pic.twitter.com/xPtcCzxbPo
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 29, 2023
One of the biggest surprises this season is that Allen is still rostered in fewer than 40% of leagues. According to FantasyPros, his roster percentage is just 25%. Allen is a top-75 prospect in baseball and has played well in his seven MLB appearances thus far.
He is also coming off the best game of his career. Allen pitched seven shutout innings against a tough Baltimore Orioles team. The lefty struck out ten batters, allowing just three hits and two walks. This start brought his season ERA down to 2.72 and his K/9 up to 9.76.
Allen has one start this week against the Houston Astros, who surprisingly have the ninth-worst OPS this season. I believe Allen has the stuff and talent to be valuable all season long and needs to be added even in shallow leagues.
Tommy Henry, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Henry has a 3.73 ERA and a .233 batting average against him in eight MLB games this season. The southpaw also made four starts at Triple-A but allowed a 6.33 ERA in 21.1 innings.
Henry isn't the answer to every Fantasy Manager problem, but he is a strong streaming candidate who has worked his way into being trustworthy. Henry is a two-start pitcher this week. His first start will come against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have the 11th-worst OPS and have scored the ninth-fewest runs in MLB this season. Then, his second start is against the Detroit Tigers, who have the third-worst OPS and have scored the second-fewest runs in MLB this season.
Pick him up and stream him this week. He should be able to take advantage of these matchups.
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