2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire

by Connor Thomure
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire.

We are starting to see some trends developing. The trends I'm seeing are Austin Hays barreling the ball, Brandon Marsh breaking out, and Josh Lowe starting to live up to his potential.

These three players are discussed this week, along with four other 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire adds. Below them are three shortstops that can help ease the pain if yours has been injured.

For our All-Access Members, there are an additional 21 batters and 13 pitchers that can help you win your week. Members also will unlock the DapScout FAAB Pick of the Week!

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire

Jason and Dap Scout visit the waiver adds mentioned below on the F6P YouTube Channel.

Top Waiver Adds

Vaughn Grissom, 2B, Atlanta Braves

The most obvious waiver wire add this week is Vaughn Grissom. The Atlanta Braves recalled him after placing Orlando Arcia on the injured list. Grissom slashed .291/.353/.440 through 156 plate appearances for the Braves in 2022. This season in Triple-A, he slashed .366/.458/.585 through 48 plate appearances.

By the time you read this, Grissom has probably already been added in your leagues. If he's still available, however, he is a must-add.

Austin Hays, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays has been bullying baseballs this season. He already has eight barrels (tied for fifth in MLB) and 15 hard-hit balls. This has led to his slugging percentage (.638) and expected slugging percentage (.705) to be ranked in the top-15 of qualified players.

Hays is the only player in the top-15 in both categories, with a roster percentage below 40%. Granted, Hays does have a roster percentage of 39%, according to FantasyPros player rater. If he is still available, then he is worth an add. The power potential is currently too good to pass up.

Brandon Marsh, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

Marsh has the third-highest slugging percentage of all players, with at least 30 plate appearances (.839). Now this slugging percentage won't last all season long, but it is a good indication that Marsh is ready for a breakout season.

The former Los Angeles Angel was a top-15 prospect in 2021 due to an all-around style of play. He was projected to be a good hitter with decent power and speed.

2022 was his first season in the majors, and he slashed .245/.295/.384 with 11 home runs and 10 stolen bases. However, Marsh looks primed to build on these numbers as he already has two home runs and one stolen base through his first 11 games.

The biggest thing that Marsh needs to continue working on is his strikeout and walk percentages. He's shown to have a better eye and more patience this season. His chase rate measures the number of balls he swings at outside of the strike zone. It has dropped from 31.8% in 2022 to 20% this season. Meanwhile, his Whiff percentage has fallen from 29.1% in 2022 to 16.1% this season.

Edouard Julien, 2B, Minnesota Twins

The struggles of Nick Gordon at second base have prompted the Minnesota Twins to call up World Baseball Classic breakout player Edouard Julien. Before the WBC, Julien was relatively unknown to the average fan. Then he belted two doubles and two home runs for Team Canada. Then through his first nine games at Triple-A, he hit two more doubles and two home runs.

Julien is not done with the theatrics yet. In his second career MLB game, he belts a 329-foot single off the wall at 104 MPH. Later in the same game, he smashes a 351-foot opposite field home run at 96 MPH.

I am all in on Julien and picking him up everywhere. He has the power to be one of the best second basemen in Fantasy Baseball.

Taj Bradley, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Taj Bradley, a top 50 prospect, made his MLB debut on Wednesday, April 12. He started against the Boston Red Sox and pitched five innings. He allowed three earned runs off of five hits and one walk. Bradley also struck out eight batters and earned the win.

After the start, the Tampa Bay Rays optioned him to Triple-A. However, Bradley might not be down for long. Starter Jeffrey Springs could land on the injured list, opening a spot for Bradley to be called up again. I'm not playing the waiting game with Bradley. If he's available, go out and grab the young righty because even if Springs somehow doesn't miss a start, Bradley will be back up soon enough.

Deep League Adds

Nolan Jones, OF, Colorado Rockies

Nolan Jones is a power first prospect who might be in the perfect place to flourish. Coors Field is known to be a power hitters paradise, but how much playing time will the Rockies give the former second-round pick?

Currently, the outfield is patrolled by veterans Jurickson Profar, Yonathan Daza, and Kris Bryant, with Charlie Blackmon being the everyday designated hitter. Jones was drafted as a third baseman, so he may split time with Elehuris Montero. However, Montero is no slouch. He's slashing .333/.351/.500 through his first 10 games.

This will not be Jones' MLB debut, as he spent some time with the Cleveland Guardians in 2022. In this stretch, he slashed .244/.309/.372 with two home runs in 94 plate appearances.

Before the call-up, Jones was off to a hot start in Triple-A. He slashed .359/.479/.872 with six home runs in 10 games. I'm not sold on Jones just yet in 12-team leagues, but he is worth an add in 14-team or deeper leagues.

Josh Lowe, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Former first-round pick Josh Lowe is finally showing signs of living up to his hype. He's slashing .345/.406/.690 in 32 plate appearances. Six of his ten hits have gone for extra bases, and he's also added a stolen base.

This is a much different version of Lowe compared to the one in 2022 that slashed .221/.284/.343 with 16 extra-base hits in 198 plate appearances. Lowe's expected batting average (.283) and expected slugging (.538) have also been much more impressive this season. Lowe is a much better player this season than last.

The biggest question here is how much he will play. The Tampa Bay Rays have rotated their lineup plenty of times, and each player seems to do just as well as the other. However, the longer Lowe plays well, the more likely he will become an everyday player.

Shortstop Sweepstakes

There has been a rash of injuries to the shortstop position in the past week. This includes Corey Seager, Orlando Arcia, Oneil Cruz, and Tim Anderson. If these injuries hurt your team, I have three shortstops with a roster percentage below 20% for you to consider.

Tim McCullough also dives into the shortstop problem in this week's Skill Drills post.

Geraldo Perdomo, Arizona Diamondbacks

Geraldo Perdomo is a speed threat who has played exceptionally well in the early going. He's slashing .409/.536/.682 with eight runs and eight RBI. He might not be able to keep this pace the entire season, but he's worth a roster spot while he's hot.

Mauricio Dubon, Houston Astros

Mauricio Dubon has played all nine games at second base this season but still has shortstop eligibility. Dubon is a high-contact player slashing .361/.395/.444 with seven runs and two RBI.

J.P. Crawford, Seattle Mariners

J.P. Crawford hasn't been great this season, but he does play every day. If you need a shortstop, then he should be an option. His expected batting average (.277) is much higher than his actual average (.209). I expect Crawford to turn it around and be a low-level Fantasy Baseball option in 14-man leagues.

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Richard April 15, 2023 - 3:15 pm



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