Get ‘Em While They’re Hot – Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Freddy Galvis (3B, SS) –  Galvis is quietly having a career year with the Phillies. He has been scorching hot; if he was pizza he would have definitely burned the roof of your mouth by now. His average has increased to .330 in 109 plate appearances. He has been a rock of production for Philadelphia, and is a hit machine. Galvis has 11 hits in his last 11 games and has yet to show any signs of slowing down. He brings a high AVG, can hit the ball out of the ball park, and, most recently, has shown he can swipe some bags for you as well. Okay, his speed may not dazzle, but he does a good job of timing the pitcher. In 2011, he stole 23 bases as a minor-leaguer and is becoming a player that can do a bit of everything. Being only 13% owned in Yahoo! Fantasy, now is the time to pick him up while he’s steamin’.

Chris Colabello (1B, OF) – The perfect example of trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Since being called up to the Blue Jays, Colabello has absolutely mashed baseballs. In six games with Toronto, Colabello is 12-for-21 with a home run and four RBI. People may remember him from his first month with the Twins during the 2014 campaign. He batted .308 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 23 games; good enough to surpass Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett in the Twins record books who recorded 26 RBI in the month of April. Colabello is the definition of a hot hitter right now, and can benefit your team until he cools down.

DJ LeMahieu (2B) – Over 27 games this season, the 2014 gold glove award winner is an underrated offensive gem. His average has skyrocketed, hitting a team leading .348 with five extra base shots and a home run. LeMahieu has also driven in 14 runs, good for third on the Rockies behind Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson. He is a solid start in any league, especially if you are hurting at second base right now. DJ is only 35% owned in Yahoo! Fantasy leagues, lacks power, but will help your average each week.

Tim Lincecum (P) – There is no better way of explaining it: Lincecum has hopped into a time machine and is looking like his former Cy Young self again.  After he got spanked by the Dodgers, allowing four runs in four innings, something prompted me to take a look at him. My pitching situation was in a mess with some starters that went on the DL, so I took a chance. I thought I would give him one start and would see what happens. I was then graced with two quality outings from the 30-year-old who had something to prove. Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings against the Angels, and then blanked the Marlins over six innings while striking out eight. This makes three scoreless outings out of six for the 2008 and 2009 Cy Young winner. His velocity is questionable, but his change-up can still be deadly. Look no further than his last outing when he used it to strikeout Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He is also gaining confidence, immediately telling Bruce Bochy he wanted another inning after that big K and worked a 1-2-3 sixth. With his ERA down to 2.00 and only being owned by 47% of teams in Yahoo! Fantasy, Lincecum is hot right now, and has proven he can still be a quality pitcher in this league.

Noah Syndergaard (P) – The 22-year-old will make his major league debut against the Cubs in place of Dillon Gee. Since coming over from Toronto for R.A. Dickey, Syndergaard has done nothing but impress in the minor leagues. Noah has posted a record of 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA with Las Vegas so far this season, and has held a winning record in each campaign since being drafted. He is a highly-touted prospect who can throw his fastball in the high 90’s, while possessing a nasty curve, slider, change-up, and a sinker that he will mix in every now and then. He has the repertoire of a big leaguer, and deserves to be owned in all leagues. Pick him up before he turns into an MLB stud.

Aaron Sanchez (P) – Proceed with caution. Here is a 22-year-old who has a tremendous arm, and will one day be a top two pitcher in the Blue Jays rotation. With a fastball that heats up around 96+ MPH and a 12-6 curve that has hitters buckling at the knees, Sanchez has shown glimpses of the dominant starter he will one day be. What is he lacking? Consistency and control. Five out of six starts Sanchez has failed to pitch into the 6th inning, averaging about five innings a start. He leads Toronto in walks issued with 25, the next being Dickey with 19. But, he is coming off of his best outing of his season and career, going seven strong innings of shutout, two-hit baseball. Fantasy is a long season, and part of it is adding the right players at the right time; this may be the perfect opportunity to pick up a pitcher who has a very high ceiling, and is trending upwards.

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