Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire.
On the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire, we have seven recommended additions to help your Fantasy Baseball team. Five of the six are rookies, but they have the pedigree and statistics to back up their hot start to the season. Be sure to grab at least one of these players to help you win this week!
For our All-Access members, there is an additional 20 players who I consider to be the best available options behind the top-seven waiver adds this week. Members also will unlock the DapScout FAAB Pick of the Week!
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire
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Top Waiver Adds
James Outman, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
James Outman hits his second home run of the year! pic.twitter.com/XnErEWj1Jg
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 8, 2023
One of my favorite late-round picks this season was James Outman. The outfielder is an under-the-radar prospect who locked down a starting gig in spring training. He's primarily batted in the bottom third of the order, but with a loaded Dodgers lineup, he still produces runs.
Through 26 plate appearances, he has seven hits (including two triples and two home runs), six walks, six runs, and seven RBI. He also has an outstanding 262 wRC+. His slash line is an excellent .350/.519/.850.
Outman's expected stats are encouraging as well. His expected batting average is .299, while his expected slugging percentage is .583. These are astounding numbers from the young center fielder, and they show he can continue to produce at an All-Star level.
Kenta Maeda, SP, Minnesota Twins
On Tuesday, Kenta Maeda made his first regular-season appearance since 2021. He pitched five innings before leaving the game early due to fatigue. He allowed three hits and one run in those five innings while also striking out nine batters. After the game, he told reporters he feels fine and expects to make his next start.
His next start comes on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox. Maeda is also a two-start pitcher this week, and he's projected to play the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The Yankees will be a tough matchup, as they have one of the best offenses in baseball. However, if he performs well on Monday, Fantasy managers should start him on Saturday without a doubt.
If Maeda can fully return to his form from 2020 and earlier, he can be one of the best waiver wire pickups this season. In 2020 he was second in Cy Young voting, and in 2016 he was third in Rookie of the Year voting.
Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Rangers
Josh Jung - Texas Rangers (2) 2-run Shot
— MLB Homerun Tracker (@Homerun_Tracker) April 7, 2023
Texas Rangers top prospect Josh Jung struggled during the 2022 season, but he's now showing improvements in 2023. His walk and strikeout percentages are the most considerable improvements, which have gone in the right direction this season. Another solid improvement is his expected batting average of .301, which indicates that he should be able to maintain his current batting average.
In addition to the solid start of his season, Jung will have a decent chance to increase his production this week during the Rangers' three-game series against the Kansas City Royals' subpar pitching staff. Now is the time to snag Jung if he's still available.
Garrett Mitchell, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Most home runs, players aged 25 and under
Luis Robert Jr. 4
Garrett Mitchell 3
Wander Franco 3
6 tied with 2
— Jay Cuda (@JayCuda) April 8, 2023
The Milwaukee Brewers are letting the young guns play, and they are playing well. Brice Turang, Garrett Mitchell, and Joey Wiemer have all been impressive thus far in 2023, but Mitchell is the one I want to highlight.
He has eight hits in 26 plate appearances. He's recorded one double, one triple, and three home runs while scoring six runs and six RBI.
The rookie outfielder is locked in as the Brewers' starting centerfielder. He's been batting sixth in the lineup, but it would not be surprising to see him move up if he can keep performing at this level.
According to Baseball Savant, his slugging appears legit, as his hard-hit percentage (52.9%) and expected slugging percentage (.524) are in the 83rd and 78th percentile, respectively. His expected batting average (.282) is also above the league average in the 74th percentile.
When compared to his actual slugging percentage (.833) and batting average (.333), we see that there is room for these to drop. However, even if they drop to his expected stats, he will still be a reliable Fantasy Baseball option.
Francisco Alvarez, C, New York Mets
The Mets have officially added Francisco Álvarez to their roster for today’s home opener. He will wear #4.
Welcome back to The Show, Francisco! ? pic.twitter.com/Wzcw78EPXO
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) April 7, 2023
The New York Mets have called up the number one prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com. Francisco Alvarez will likely be the Mets' starting catcher while Omar Narvaez recovers from a calf strain. Alvarez will probably remain with the big-league club for the rest of the season. On the 20-80 scale, FanGraphs lists his raw power as a 70 and game power as a 60. The power tool is undoubtedly the best in his arsenal.
This won't be the catcher's first big-league stint. Alvarez played five games for the Mets late in the 2022 season. He recorded just two hits in 14 plate appearances; both were extra-base hits.
In 19 plate appearances in Triple-A this season, Alvarez slashed .250/.368/.688 with two homers, four runs, and four RBI. However, he also struck out eight times in those 19 plate appearances.
Fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried about the strikeouts. Alvarez should do just fine this season.
Brett Baty, 3B, New York Mets
Opinion - the #Mets will have to take a hard look at their situation at third base if Brett Baty continues to hit when he returns from his thumb injury. I get they want his defense to improve, but they need to consider the production and value they’re currently getting here.
— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) April 7, 2023
Brett Baty is the top third base prospect in baseball and is currently with the Mets Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse. However, it will not be long before he gets the call to the majors. Eduardo Escobar has struggled mightily this season and is on the verge of losing the starting job at third base.
In 17 plate appearances this season, he has six hits, including two home runs and a double. He's also scored five runs and five RBI.
Similar to Alvarez, Baty's best tool is his power. FanGraphs gives him a 70 in raw power and 60 game power. Baty also spent some time with the Mets in 2022. He recorded just seven hits across 42 plate appearances with two home runs, four runs, and five RBI.
Feel free to stash Baty because once he gets called up, it's doubtful that he gets sent back down.
Orlando Arcia, 2B/SS/OF, Atlanta Braves
Since the start of last season, no @Braves hitter has more walk-off RBI than Orlando Arcia.
Orlando magic is real ? pic.twitter.com/BDq6wBZriS
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) April 7, 2023
After a walk-off single on Thursday, Orlando Arcia is one of the hottest bats in baseball. He's played all seven games at shortstop, but he has positional eligibility at second base and outfield, increasing his value. Through 33 plate appearances, he's slashing .323/.364/.581 with two homers, seven runs, and four RBI.
Arcia also has the Baseball Savant statistics to back up his hot start. His expected batting average (.313) is in the 86th percentile, and his expected slugging percentage (.536) is in the 80th percentile. On top of this, his average exit velocity (92.3) ranks in the 80th percentile. These are all career highs for Arcia.
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