The waiver wire is the lifeblood for most fantasy MLB lineups. In May, the New York Daily News identified ten players on the May 10th wire. Now that we’re nearing the end of the season, here’s how these ten held up:
Jose Urena turned out to be a strong pickup, posting respectable wins (13) and strikeout rate (6.18). Fantasy Alarm has him rated as their 78th best pitcher as of September 13th. Luis Perdomo was initially a more attractive pickup than Urena, due to his high K/9 rate (7.94 on May 10th) and his high ground ball percentage (70%). Since May, though, his K/9 rate has dropped and his ERA has crept back up to 4.61. Fantasy Alarm consistently recommends against starting him, though he isn’t a total disaster. The other two Daily News recommendations,Eddie Butler and Hansel Robles, never panned out and were relegated to situational relief.
The biggest name to come out of the Daily News’s May 10 waiver wire was Rhys Hoskins, the Phillies’ outfielder–though he wasn’t called up until August. He hits for both average and power. Fantasy Alarm has him ranked 33rd for outfielders, and he can also play 1B. Rich Lowrie was less impressive, but he was never a power hitter and his BA suggests points to be had. Ben Gamel looked strong in the early season, but his average has come down to reality and doesn’t provide much power, limiting his usefulness. Kennys Vargas doesn’t play enough to matter, Jorge Soler still can’t hit, and Ryan Schimpf strikes out too often.