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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: If you have lineup problems, we have solutions

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You can keep looking at it all you want, but your underperforming fantasy list won’t get better. At some point, you will need to add and remove something. Here are some suggested solutions to your fantasy problems…

Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks (41% of participants)

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As we have mentioned a couple of times this season, Walker was the absolute statcast of her, a place among the MLB leaders in barrels, percentage of barrels, xwOBA and a bunch of other fun stuff. He now has 19 home runs in a year after losing three runs in his last four games. When he hits them, they are usually not cheap:

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Walker has had very little luck with balls in play this season, at least when they haven’t crossed the fence (.187 BABIP). This fact obviously contributed to his terrible batting average (.208). He has never been a solid contributor to AVG, but we shouldn’t expect him to continue to be such a burden. Either way, its power is undeniable.

Lenin Sosa, 2B/SS, Chicago White Sox (8%)

Sosa has been a hit this season, hitting .331/.384/.549 with 14 homers in Double-A Birmingham, leading the Southern League in hits (85), runs (47) and RBIs (48). He received a call Thursday because White Sox infielders can’t seem to stay healthy. Sosa, 22, has played second, short and third for the Barons, so he offers an all-round defense. If he hits, he has a chance to get stuck. It’s fun to fly if you need help in the middle of the field.

Of course, it would be nice to see him in the starting lineup on Thursday, but that’s Tony La Russa’s decision, not mine.

Josh Lowe, OFF, Tampa Bay Rays (8%)

So Lowe is going to faceplant again like he did in April? Um… yeah, well, maybe. We cannot rule this out. For now, he was a strikeout machine. But last season at Durham, Lowe was also a 22/26 power player, and he was perfect at stealing bases. Last year he cut .291/0.381/0.535 with Triple-A and in 2022 he hit .299/0.382/0.540 with the Bulls.

Again, we don’t make any guarantees with Lowe, but if he ever sorts things out – even halfway through – he could become a multi-purpose asset. Players with his profile are worthy of long attention.

Josh Lowe No. 15 of the Tampa Bay Rays has fantastic intrigue
Josh Lowe’s fantasy potential might make him worth a look. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Miami Marlins (25%)

Aguilar returned from the COVID roster this week, winning 5 of 11 in the Colorado Series with three runs scored. He’s not necessarily as sharp a pickup as Sosa, but there’s something to be said for a veteran with a well-established grip who won’t crush your list’s average. Last year, Aguilar scored 22 bombs while hitting 93 runs in just 131 games, and his power pace has been the same this season. He hit his ninth homer of the year last week before being sidelined by illness. You may remember that Aguilar has 35 seasons, so he has the potential to grow.

Joan Duran, RP, Minnesota Twins (43%)

If you want your pitchers to have triple-figure fastballs, phenomenal K-values, and elite odds, Duran is your guy, regardless of his role in the bullpen. At some point, he may block Minnesota’s ninth, but for now, he’s at least giving us 0.84 WHIP, knocking out 35 percent of the batters who oppose him. This is the weapon material right here:

Even in the late half, but not in the final role, he belongs to anyone’s list in almost every league. He is vicious.

Brad Hand, RP, Philadelphia Phillies (18%)

Let’s be clear: Serantoni Dominguez was the best option in the Phillies’ handle, striking out 35 batters in 26.2 innings, delivering a .86 WHIP. He is excellent. Dominguez is also in 44 percent of Sportzshala leagues and it looks like he could be behind Hand in Philadelphia’s bottom pecking order after Corey Knebel was bounced off the ninth inning.

Hand, of course, has a lot of experience with closing. This season he has been absolutely fine, although not as strong as Dominguez. If you’re after saves, it’s probably worth it.

Roanci Contreras, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (35%)

Contreras could very well set the modern record for most consecutive Friday pickup appearances – it’s up to you guys. If you continue to ignore him, I will probably continue to write about him. He struck out 38 batters in 37.1 innings for the Bucs and has an ERA of 2.89. Contreras will face the Rays on Sunday, which isn’t exactly a scary place. He’s a tough thrower with nasty breakdowns after a minor league breakout campaign in 2021 (2.65 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 34.9k%).

We’ll take a look at all these facts again next week, when he remains on the underlisted.


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