Dynasty Baseball - Waiver Wire Week 2 2022


Every week I will be taking a look at about five free agents that are 80% rostered or below according to Fantrax that you should keep an eye on or look at picking up. With a small sample size to judge on from the 2022 season thus far, it is hard to tell if you should be looking at dumping guys that you either drafted recently or have been sitting on in a dynasty for a while. This week we look at five players that are a little bit safer to want to pick up according to their playing time and overall potential. Out of those five players, I will also list one player that I will highlight that I think should be picked up immediately. If you haven't yet, check out the forum and interact with other users and ask questions of the DLR writers. Check out the podcast page and check out our top 300 player rankings and top 100 prospects.


Merrill Kelly – Arizona Diamondbacks – 73% Rostered


Do we really think Merrill Kelly is worth rostering? The answer is yes. Between his first two starts over 9 1/3 innings pitched, Merrill has a K rate at 12.5% and a WHIP at 1.179. His fastball, sinker and cutter have all gained over 1MPH speed. For someone that mixes 5 pitches regularly, this additional speed has played a huge factor in his early success. What makes it even more impressive was the competition that Merrill managed to do it against. His first outing he faced the Padres where he went 4 IP with 7K’s, needing 75 pitches. His next outing was even better where he went 5 1/3 IP with 6K’s, needing 79 pitches. The biggest concern I have for Merrill is the lack of run support he will get over the season and injury history thus far in his career. I suggest rostering him now, however, and riding out the wave of great starts he will be providing.


Next starts – Washington Nationals (04/19/2022) and New York Mets (04/24/2022)


Jeremy Pena (SS) – Houston Astros – 80% Rostered


Did Houston move on from their gold glove, all-star shortstop into another one? Well that’s a premature notion, but what I can say is Jeremy Pena seems to be filling in quite nice in Houston’s lineup. Houston knew that it could afford, however, to move on from Correa. Across 8 games, Pena is batting .350 with a .375 OBP and 1 HR. During 2021 across 37 games in AAA, Pena managed to put up 10HR’s with a .297 BA and a .363 OBP. If you’re looking for a middle infielder with 20+ HR potential and the ability to manage a .275+ BA, Pena looks to be a great answer.


Brandon Marsh (OF) – Los Angeles Angels – 71% Rostered


As an Angel fan, I am quite sick of talking about Marsh and Adell and wheter or not they’ll ever pan out. Marsh so far seems to be looking pretty solid though. Across 8 games, Marsh has 1 HR, 8 RBI’s, 1SB to go with a .261 BA and a .357 OBP. If you’ve stayed up to watch the Angels games, you will have noticed the plate discipline that Marsh has been showing. With the Angels moving on from Upton, look to see Marsh be a cornerstone in their outfield this season. With his speed and 20+ HR potential, he could be a great addition in Roto leagues.


Alec Bohm (3B) – Philadelphia Phillies – 64% Rostered


Talk about a rollercoaster of a player. In 2020, Bohm amazed us with what he could do offensively for the Phillies batting .338 with 4 HR’s across 44 games. There was concern with his launch angle that he might not be able to hit 20+ HR’s though. In 2021, we watched Bohm struggle mightily. Across 115 games he only managed 7 HR’s with a .247 BA and a terrible K/BB ratio. This paved the way this year for Bryson Stott to get the call up, and the Phillies knew at the very least this would be a big improvement defensively. I don’t know if this has been the motivating factor for Bohm’s early success, but across 8 games he is batting .636 with an average exit velocity at 97MPH. It’s just a fact that there is no way that is sustainable, but the early signs from Bohm’s hard hit contact and his great plate discipline show promising signs if you want to jump on this train before it leaves the station. If you, for some crazy reason use defensive stats, I wouldn’t touch this with a 10ft pole.


Owen Miller (2B) – Cleveland Guardians – 76% Rostered


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

If you have been watching the Cleveland “Guardians,” you might find yourself quite surprised with how productive their lineup has been so far. Steven Kwan (86% rostered) caught everyone’s attention to start the season with his inability to swing and miss. Veterans Jose Ramirez and Myles Straw also got a lot of attention with their success early on. With all that being said, it kept Owen Miller slightly under the radar. Through the first 9 games for him, he is posting a .500 BA with a .545 OBP, 2 HR’s and 7 doubles. This was not surprising if you watched his hot start in spring training where he batted .333 and put up 3HR’s. Can we trust this small sample size however?


Drafted by the Padres in round 3 out of Illinois State University, Owen tore it up in A ball and AA before being traded where he posted an average around .310 between the two seasons. He also slugged 17 HR’s across 205 games in his first two professional seasons. After being traded to the Indians, he started in 48 games in AAA where he batted .297 and put up 7 HR’s. The hit tool has always shown for Miller, but now we started to see the power come to fruition. This earned him a promotion to the bigs where he struggled mightily against big league pitching. So why should you buy into the small sample size in 2022? He is posting an exit velocity currently around 93MPH and a hard hit percentage around 50%. In the minors, he was known to also have good plate discipline and very strong contact rates. The potential I see out of Owen Miller at a position that is very limited is - .305 BA, .375 OBP, 18 HR’s.

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