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AL Waiver Wire 4-15-15


Trevor Bauer – Indians – SP – Y! 70% – ESPN 70%

Bauer lit up the fantasy world with eleven strikeouts in his first start in 2015. Bauer has big capability for strikeouts, the accuracy has been the problem. He had an 8.4 K/9 in 2014, but a 3.5 BB/9. He is a high risk high reward pick up.

Nathan Karns – Rays – SP – Y! 3% – ESPN 1%

The Rays rotation has been hit hard by the injury bug, and Karns looked rocky in his first start, but settled down in his second. Karns can offer strikeouts, and wins in the right matchup. He took on Miami last start, and threw seven innings, allowing one earned. Alex Cobb has no official timetable for a return, Karns will be in the rotation for the time being.

Jesse Hahn – Athletics – SP – Y! 45% – ESPN 12%

Jesse Hahn has pitched decent in his first two starts, although let down by defense in both. He pitches in Oakland, which is a premier pitcher’s park. He is nothing flashy, but quality starts are what you will get out of Hahn.

Position Players:

Asdrubal Cabrera – Rays – 2B, SS – Y! 55% – ESPN 73%

Cabrera has been dropped by 5% of leagues on both sites since last week. He is hitting third for Tampa, and a decent spot for such a scarce position.

Kevin Kiermaier – Rays – OF – Y! 24% – ESPN 41%

Kiermaier has always hit towards the bottom of the lineup, even though he crushes right-handed pitching. He has a career 145 wRC+, and a .236 ISO against right-handed pitching. He is finally hitting in the top of the lineup, and producing greatly this season. He has two home runs to go with a .333 average here early.

Anthony Gose – Tigers – OF – Y! 48% – ESPN 60%

Gose has gotten off to a quick start in 2015, and he hits in front of arguably the best middle lineup in baseball. He is being picked up at a rapid rate right now, so be sure to head to the waiver wire and get a claim in. He is hitting .391 with six runs, and five RBI to start the season.

Alejandro De Aza – Orioles – OF – Y! 17% – ESPN 18%

De Aza is finally getting a chance to play everyday, and also hit lead-off. He is thriving in Baltimore, hitting .333 with two home runs. Hitting in front of, Jones, Pearce, Machado, Davis is a great opportunity for him provide runs. He also has some pop, and Baltimore is friendly for left-handed bats. Go an scoop him up, at least for a bench spot. He deserves to be owned.

Mike Moustakas – Royals – 3B – Y! 32% – ESPN 47%

The Royals are one of the hottest offenses in baseball right now, and I am not sure anyone predicted Moustakas to thrive in the two spot. He is hitting .360 with two home runs, and seven runs. He is definitely worth a grab right now, alongside any other Royals you can take. Alex Rios will be out indefinitely, Jarrod Dyson is worth a pick-up if you need stolen bases.

Mark Canha – A’s – 1B/OF – Y! 26% – ESPN 15%

The one problem with Oakland A’s players are that they rotate in and out so much. Canha has stepped up here in the early season with injuries to Reddick and Crisp. Josh Reddick is back, which crowds things even more. He does play first base, and will see time when left-handed pitching is in play. Oakland likes Canha right now and are sticking with him, why wouldn’t they? He is hitting .367 so far this season with seven RBI and seven runs.