Waiver Wire: September 2nd

Some players to keep your eye on during the last month of the season.

Freddy Sanchez | 2B | 17% Owned
Seeing that he was a fantasy darling only a few years ago, I’m surprised Sanchez isn’t owned more. He had a big August, mostly due to a huge BABIP. However, his line drive rate was impressive the past couple of months, so the days of Sanchez hitting over .300 may have returned. He still won’t steal any bases or provide you with much power, but he is a low-risk option late in the year. Pick him up if he need help in the “runs” category, or don’t want to risk losing points in the batting average column.

Felix Pie | OF | 4% Owned
With playing time has come return for the Orioles, as Pie is showing some of the promise that made him a highly thought of prospect in the Cubs organization. Given a full year of starting, Pie may be able to produce a .300/15/15 season, good enough for a backup outfielder in most leagues. He’s done a great job lowering his strikeout rate, but his walk rate has suffered. While not a great option in OBP leagues, he’s worth your time in standard leagues.

Chris Narveson | SP | 2% Owned
Narveson has done a great job of not issuing free passes recently, even if he doesn’t strike anyone out. He’s nothing special, but he’ll give you a chance to rack up a couple wins during the last month on the season. As an extreme fly ball pitcher, you’re taking a risk, but he’s worth it.

Wade LeBlanc | SP | 11% Owned
The pitcher from Petco had a fantastic August, upping his whiff rate to over 10% and striking out close to a batter every inning. His ground ball rate stayed the same, so I’m loving LeBlanc right now. He doesn’t really have the arsenal for that high of a strikeout rate, but hovering around the 7.5 mark per nine isn’t out of the question.

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5 Responses to “Waiver Wire: September 2nd”

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  1. Eddie in NYC says:

    I think those are pretty low expectations with Pie. He’s looking like a pretty clutch bat with 20-20 potential if he gets consistent playing time. We have to remember that Pie has been out of the lineup much of this season due to injury. His approach at the plate has been a world of difference than what it was when he first came from the Cubs.

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  2. verd14 says:

    I like Mejia who’s getting the look Saturday against the Cubs. Showed some plus signs in his last start in the minors.

    Some other guys I like are Kawakami and Padilla (assuming he’s available coming off the DL).

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  3. Carl says:

    Which Wade leBlanc are you referring to? His last 4 outings have been horrendous.

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  4. joelq says:

    I think I’d prefer a flyball pitcher at petco.

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  5. Stu says:

    Maya on the Nats goes Tuesday

    Looking forward to it

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