2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire

The 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire looks at six top adds and pickups to make this week. Whether you consider these players undervalued or under-rostered, it's time to claim them in your leagues.

The top Waiver Wire players this week include four hitters and two pitchers. The pitchers include a top prospect who made his MLB debut earlier this week. The other is a veteran posting his best strikeout rate in five years and has eight quality starts in 14 games this season. The batters include a repeat from last week, a dynamic speedster who can go for extra bases, a surging shortstop, and a rookie infielder with an amazing ability to get on base.

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2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire

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David Hamilton, 2B/SS, Boston Red Sox

Dap Scout said it best when I mentioned David Hamilton this week. "People aren't giving Hamilton the respect he deserves." I couldn't agree more with this sentiment.

Hamilton is slashing .292/.343/.462 with a 124 wRC+ and .352 wOBA. He has eight doubles, one triple, four home runs, and 14 stolen bases on the year.

Most of Hamilton's production started on May 15, when he went from a bench bat to a full-time player. Since May 15, he and Brenton Doyle have the most stolen bases (10) in MLB. He is also in the top 20 in wRC+ (158), batting average (.341), slugging percentage (.553), and wOBA (.402). He also ranks 25th in on-base percentage (.378) in this span.

The stats speak for themselves with Hamilton, and it's time for him to get the respect he deserves. His 48% roster percentage is way too low for the production he brings to the table. After this weekend, Hamilton's roster percentage should be much closer to 80%.

Noelvi Marte, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

The suspended Noelvi Marte is less than two weeks away from rejoining the Cincinnati Reds. MLB.com's No.28 prospect is three games into his rehab assignment at Triple-A. He has four hits in 14 at-bats with two runs. Marte also has five strikeouts in this three-game span. It's not a great stat line, but it's not bad either. However, the stats don't mean much, as Marte will take over the everyday role of third baseman when he is eligible.

Marte made the Waiver Wire a week ago; not much has changed. His roster percentage has risen to 21%. If he plays like last season, he will be one of the biggest steals in the 2024 Fantasy Baseball season. In 2023, he slashed .316/.366/.456 in 35 games.

Drew Thorpe, SP, Chicago White Sox

MLB.com's No.54 prospect, Drew Thorpe, made his MLB debut on June 11 versus the Seattle Mariners. He pitched five innings, allowed two runs (one earned), and struck out four batters. The strikeout rate (18.2%) was lower than many expected from Thorpe. In 11 starts at Double-A, he struck batters out at a 25% rate.

Thorpe will make his next start on Sunday, June 16, in Arizona versus the Diamondbacks. Unfortunately, this will be a tough matchup for the rookie. The Diamondbacks have been one of the best offenses in baseball over the last 15 days. They rank second in runs scored and have the best OPS (.843) in this span.

Despite the formidable opponent and low strikeout rate, I am buying into Thorpe. His prospect pedigree is too good to ignore, and he had an impressive MLB debut. I wish he were on a better team to earn more wins, but pitching is scarce in Fantasy Baseball. Grab Thorpe while you can.

Paul DeJong, SS, Chicago White Sox

There aren't many players in baseball who are on a hot streak like Paul DeJong is. Over the last 14 days, he slashed .250/.302/.688 with a 170 wRC+. He has six home runs, three doubles, nine runs, and 11 RBI. His six home runs are second only to Aaron Judge in this span. His run production lacks a bit, but he is still in the top 25 in runs (9) and RBI (11).

DeJong is not likely to perform at this level all season, but it's fantasy baseball! Add him from the Waiver Wire while he is scorching hot, and drop him when he cools off. When that happens, there will be another batter on a hot streak. Don't get too attached.

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Kyle Gibson, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

We all know why Kyle Gibson has a 33% roster percentage in fantasy baseball. He is coming off back-to-back abysmal seasons and has been a below-average pitcher for most of his time in MLB.

However, he makes the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire after making five good starts in a row. It is to the point that he is now considered undervalued and under-rostered.

He has five wins and two losses on the season, a 3.44 ERA, 4.14 FIP, and 3.91 xFIP. It is not just his ability to limit runs that make him a worthwhile Waiver Wire add. He strikes out batters at a 21% rate. This rate is his highest mark since 2019 when he achieved a career-high 22.7% strikeout rate.

Gibson's next start will be Wednesday in Miami versus the Marlins. Pitching on Wednesday means he will be a two-start pitcher for the week after. I'm picking him off the Waiver Wire and holding him for at least two weeks.

Spencer Horwitz, 1B/2B, Toronto Blue Jays

Spencer Horwitz is the Blue Jays No.16 prospect in their organization, but he is playing like a top prospect. Through six games, he is 7-for-19 with three bases on balls. He's scored two runs and two RBI as well. This stat line leads to him having a fantastic 151 wRC+.

Horwitz's best attributes are his hit tool and ability to get on base. Throughout his minor league career, he showed an excellent ability to reach base, which has continued into the majors. His on-base percentage currently stands at .455, which should lead to plenty of run-soring opportunities for the rookie.

Horwitz started playing pro ball as a first baseman, but now he also plays second base. Playing at second base gives him eligibility at both positions, increasing his fantasy value. The Blue Jays are already comfortable having him bat at the top of the lineup, as he's batted first or second in each game.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire - Best of the Rest

The Best of the Rest section is separated by position. Each position has a table displaying the player's 14-day stats. More than 30 players are listed, and every single one is briefly discussed. I keep frequent notes on these players, and when the time is right, I hope they turn into top waiver wire adds.

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