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AL Waiver Wire 6-17-15


Matt Shoemaker – Angels – SP – Y! 53% – ESPN 30%

Pitching is getting scarce as we move on, and Matt Shoemaker is a guy many have tossed back into the free agent pool over the season. He took a tough loss against Oakland in his last start, but has been pitching better of late. He was struggling keeping the ball in the yard, but hasn’t allowed a homer in the last four starts. His 22.5% strikeout rate can serve some fantasy worth for your fantasy teams, and he isn’t a guy who walks a ton of guys either. If he is out there he is pitching a lot better than earlier in the season.

Jake McGee – Rays – RP – Y! 64% – ESPN 50%

If you are in a casual league, or see Jake McGee out there, snag him up. He has recorded the last three saves, and I don’t see how the Rays can go with anyone else right now. He has only had one rough outing, other than that he has been lights out since returning from the DL. He has allowed eight base runners in 11 innings, and has 18 strikeouts. His swinging strike rate of 17% is proof of how dialed in he is.

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Rougned Odor – Rangers – 2B – Y! 22% – ESPN 10%

With Delino DeShields on the DL, the Texas Rangers recalled Rougned Odor. He hit .352 in Triple-A when he was sent down, with five homers. Odor is only 21 years old and still is held high in the Rangers’ organization. Odor can be an all around fantasy value if he performs to a high ability. He has decent power for a second baseman, and will chip in with the occasional stolen base.

Joey Butler – Rays – OF – Y! 24% – ESPN 31%

Joey Butler is back again, because he has not slowed down from the last time he made the article. He is hitting .364 this month, and has a whopping 34% line drive rate off right-handed pitching. He has some speed, but is really contributing across the board. He has 30 RBI+R, and a couple of homers in 30 games this season. With Desmond Jennings on the shelf, he is a safe play night in and night out.

Brock Holt – Red Sox – 3B, OF – Y! 20% – ESPN 10%

Well I had Brock Holt in here before he went for the cycle, so now you can see how good this guy is. He has position eligibility all over on Yahoo, but is held to just 3B and OF on ESPN. His utility play gives him a great benefit, even if guys return healthy, although he has earned an everyday spot. He is hitting .309 this season, and could have more runs if bats got going behind him. His .400 OBP will have even more value when Ortiz, Hanley, and Sandoval heat up. Holt hit .281 last year with close to 70 runs, and he could be on a better pace this season.