Oscar Taveras has been snapped up in all competitive leagues, but check your waiver wire just in case. His walk rate and ISO mildly improved in Triple-A this season, but that is really just icing on the cake. He is capable of hitting for both average and power right away.
Jacob deGrom cannot seem to buy a win but he put up eleven strikeouts against two walks while facing Philadelphia. His peripheral stats indicate some regression is coming but he should be considered for spot starts.
Three third basemen are having noteworthy seasons, having worked their way off many waiver wires:
Lonnie Chisenhall is in the top ten at the position over the last month. He was a highly regarded prospect and works over right handed pitching. He is available in over half of ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
Yangervis Solarte continues to look completely legitimate. He has a 0.91 BB/K, a .309 BABIP, and 11.3% HR/FB. Like Matt Carpenter he will not garner big home run or stolen base numbers but he is solid in the other categories.
Todd Frazier checks in as the #3 overall third baseman. His BB/K and batted ball mix are almost identical to 2013. The difference is his BABIP and HR/FB are up, although neither is inflated above average. He is tied for first among 3B in steals, boosting his value.
Brian McCann’s average has not improved in May, but every other offensive indicator looks better. He needs to keep improving to make his owners happy, but he is heading in the right direction.
Rubby De La Rosa held Tampa Bay scoreless over seven innings on Saturday night. He allowed four hits, struck out eight, did not walk a batter, and recorded eleven ground ball outs. Given how awful Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront have looked De La Rosa could be up to stay.
Spring Training stud Brad Miller hit his fourth home run on Sunday. His BB/K improved from 0.08 in April to 0.65 in May. His extra base power is MIA and his BABIP is hovering around the Mendoza Line, however. A sub-15% line drive rate is at least partially to blame. Leave him alone in mixed leagues.
In the same game Roenis Elias shut out Detroit. His overall numbers are nothing spectacular but for players in leagues where an average starter is valuable he is a solid bet.
Josh Willingham landed on the DL with a wrist injury but it does not appear to be lingering. He has three home runs since being activated on May 26. In twelve team mixed leagues he may be one of the best power bats available.