If you're like me, you were especially active on the waiver wire this weekend. Of course, if you're like me, you need as much starting pitching as you can get.
The two are interrelated, you see.
Perhaps in part because Super 2 concerns have eased up in June, we're seeing a spike in young pitchers who show the potential to contribute in mixed leagues. And in a year like this one, it doesn't take much -- a couple good starts in a row or maybe just one, if it's backed by a top prospect pedigree. Shoot, the pedigree alone might be enough in some leagues.
But back to the waiver wire. This week was the first time I had to pass over pitchers who, given my reduced standards at the position, genuinely excite me. As much as I need pitching, I can only turn over so much of my roster in a given week. After all, we're only guessing as to the rest-of-season value for these pitchers, having so little track record to go on. Chances are half of them will amount to nothing in 2017 -- maybe more -- and you can't expend half your roster speculating to fill the need.
So like me, you have to choose, and while you'd like to think if you misfire on one, you can just swap him out for another, everyone else in your league is still playing. By the time you learn you've misfired, it may be too late.
Since we don't have much in the way of data to guide us, let's go old school with these 12 and weigh the pros and cons for each. I've listed them in the order I'd prioritize them on waivers, but it's a thin line. If you like the case for a lower pitcher more, feel free to go your own way.
Sean Newcomb Atlanta SP
Zack Godley Arizona SP
Joe Ross Washington SP
Jordan Montgomery N.Y. Yankees SP
Buck Farmer Detroit RP
Jacob Faria Tampa Bay SP
Jeff Hoffman Colorado SP
Alex Meyer L.A. Angels SP
Seth Lugo N.Y. Mets RP
Josh Hader Milwaukee RP
Joe Biagini Toronto RP
Francis Martes Houston RP