Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Victor Scott II Leads Priority Early Pickups Ahead of Opening Day

By | March 27, 2024

Max Meyer #23 of the Miami Marlins
Max Meyer has major fantasy upside this season. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

It should go without saying that all of your designs were virtually flawless and reflected an absolute mastery of modern fantasy baseball principles. Incredible work from you. Really beautiful. If any of your players disappoint, that’s on them. Your process went smoothly.

Except, well… remember that An a late-round pick that didn’t feel quite right at the time and has filled you with crushing regret ever since?

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Yes, we have to solve that. Let’s take care of it Today, straight away. It’s never too early in the season to adjust a fantasy roster that requires minor repairs.

For those not entirely satisfied with their recently drafted rosters, today we offer nine names to consider ahead of Opening Day…

It’s not every day that a 90-steal player with a starting role just pops up, but today is such a day. Make this addition and then come back for the details.

Scott swiped 94 bags across two minor league levels last season – yes, ninety-four – while slashing .303/.369/.425. He then made the most emphatic effort to break camp with the Cardinals, producing a .409 spring OBP with four steals, but was initially ticketed to the minors. And then this happened:

Scott is now the most obvious addition to the game. He can have exactly the game-changing impact that Esteury Ruiz had a year ago. He should be of interest to any fantasy manager, regardless of your stealing situation. Add him as a trade chip even if you think you have an abundance of speed drafted.

Meadows was unstoppable all spring and earned his spot at the top of Detroit’s lineup. At the time of writing, the 24-year-old is slashing .373/.407/.706 with four home runs, eight XBHs, and three steals. Last season he went 19-19 at Triple-A over 114 games, then added three more bombs and eight steals in the Majors. Meadows doesn’t necessarily emerge as a high-average hitter, but he was a willing walker at every minor league stop, so we can expect power, speed and on-base ability. It’s a skill set that should definitely play for fantasy purposes.

Rafaela essentially made it impossible for the Red Sox to leave him off the Opening Day roster by raking all spring (9 XBH, 3 HR) while delivering daily highlights. He certainly doesn’t seem overmatched. Rafaela has been given work at second base this spring and is preparing to be part of Vaughn Grissom’s (groin) short-term replacement plan. Last year he hit 20 homers and stole 36 bags in the high minors while hitting .302/.349/.520, so his profile is extremely fantasy-friendly.

After hitting .319/.356/.491 with seven home runs in 49 games for the Padres last season, Campusano entered 2024 as the team’s unrivaled starter at catcher. He went 3-for-10 with a pair of double plays to open the season against the Dodgers, getting his year off to a respectable start. Campusano was a .300/.369/.473 hitter over six seasons in the minors, so last year’s MLB production wasn’t unusually fluctuating. He’s a good bet for a double-digit power total this season, with an average north of .275. At catcher, these numbers will work in our game.

Frelick first landed on the fantasy radar in 2022, when he slashed .331/.403/.480 with 24 steals across three minor league levels, improving with each stop. He had a big lead for Milwaukee, reaching base at a .383 clip and producing an OPS north of .900 while learning the basics of playing third base. It now appears he could start at third for the Brewers this season, at least against right-handed pitching. Frelick’s defensive versatility will help alleviate Milwaukee’s talent crisis in the outfield. In the minors, Frelick has posted a lifetime .393 OBP and has walked almost as many times as he has struck out, so he’s basically as MLB ready as he can get.

After a flawless spring (7.0 IP, 5 K, 4 H, 0 ER), Meyer will most likely opens the season in Miami’s rotation and his fantasy advantage is clear. He averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors, largely relying on his nasty slider. Meyer is returning from Tommy John surgery, so his usage will likely be limited to some extent this season, but his innings should be full of K’s. He is an excellent lottery ticket and deserves a spot in deeper mixed leagues.

Gavin Stone, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (43%)

If you bought into last year’s hype on Stone, um… well, we’re sorry. It wasn’t everything we had hoped to see. But the team decided He was throwing pitches last season, so several changes were made. Stone is still the guy who struck out 168 batters in 121.2 minor league innings in 2022, posting stellar ratios (1.48 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) while spending most of his season at Double-A and Triple A. The stuff is of the best quality:

Stone was great this spring, striking out nine batters and issuing just one walk and one run over 9.2 innings. Injuries during the Dodgers’ rotation paved the way for him to open the year as a starter for a team that would likely win more than 100 games, so he deserves a look in virtually all formats.

Jones struck out 146 batters in 126.1 minor league innings last year, walking too many along the way (50) but demonstrating elite stuff overall. He has triple-digit heat and a nasty slider and was almost unhittable in the spring (16.1 IP, 0 ER, 15 Ks), find his way to the Major League roster. If the command is acceptable and he continues to overwhelm the hitters, he’ll clearly stay around. He’s another flyer worth checking out for anyone looking for K’s.

Arizona closer Paul Sewald will open the season on the IL with a grade 2 oblique strain (not the worst, certainly not the best), leaving Ginkel as the team’s presumptive closer. Ginkel was actually pretty solid in the role last year before the Diamondbacks added Sewald via trade, saving four games while posting a 0.98 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. He offers the traditional closer arsenal (fastball, slider) along with a handy K-rate. Add where you save little.

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