Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13

Mike Esposito
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We're a little past the halfway point of the head-to-head fantasy baseball season, and now seems as good a time as any to make those key waiver wire adds in order to stay competitive down the stretch.

While pickings may be slim at this point in the season, there are a still select few players available on the waiver wire that could give your fantasy team the production it needs to finish Week 13 as a winner.

With that in mind, here are five players you should consider picking up off the waiver wire for Week 13 of the fantasy baseball season.

5. Danny Santana, 1B/2B/OF, Texas Rangers

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Danny Santana has flown under the radar for most of 2019, but it's time for fantasy baseball owners to take notice. The 28-year-old utility man has been on an absolute tear over the last week, batting .423 with three homers, five RBI, two stolen bases and a robust 1.231 OPS over his last 26 at-bats. Available in 75 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and able to produce in almost every stat category, Santana should be a priority pickup for almost everyone in need in Week 13.

4. Chris Taylor, 2B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Chris Taylor has had an up-and-down year with the Los Angeles Dodgers thus far, but he's definitely been on an upward trend more recently. The veteran utility man is batting .450 with two homers, eight RBI and an incredible 1.438 OPS over his last 20 at-bats. Taylor is still available in 73 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should be readily available for anyone in need of a bat with position flexibility.

3. Oscar Mercado, OF, Cleveland Indians

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Oscar Mercado has seen his ownership spike considerably over the past week, and it's no secret why based on his recent performance. The 24-year-old rookie outfielder is batting .367, with seven runs scored, five RBI and four stolen bases over his last 30 at-bats. Mercado is still available in 51 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, so look to pick him up on the coin-flip chance he's still available. Especially if you're in need of a good source of steals going forward.

2. Jordan Yamamoto, SP, Miami Marlins

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Alright, I think it's time we all start taking Jordan Yamamoto seriously. The 23-year-old rookie has been absolutely incredible since being called up on June 12. He's sporting a 2-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA, microscopic .64 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in the two starts he's made (14 innings pitched) thus far. The promising young righty is currently available in 53 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, but he's seen his ownership spike by 37 percent in recent days.

1. Michael Lorenzen, SP/RP, Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds' closer Raisel Iglesias could return to form sooner rather than later, but until that happens, Michael Lorenzen appears to be the Reds' bullpen arm to own. The 27-year-old righty has been at his best over the past two weeks, going 2-for-2 in save opportunities with a 1.50 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, along with seven strikeouts over his last seven total appearances (six innings pitched). Lorenzen is currently available in 80 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and he should be a good source of saves in the short term.


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