Lose a stud bat to injury and need a fill-in in a pinch? Tired of that dead weight in your utility spot and looking to catch lightning in a bottle? Scott White has 10 recommendations for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. They're not must-starts by any means, but they're the best you'll be able to do off the waiver wire.
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All information is up to date as of Sunday afternoon.
CHC Chi. Cubs • #5 • Age: 23
Morel pulled himself out of his first slump with a home run on back-to-back days Wednesday and Thursday. His power-speed combo should play nicely against pitchers like J.T. Brubaker, Zach Thompson, Jose Quintana and Andre Pallante this week.
CHW Chi. White Sox • #25 • Age: 24
With Gavin Sheets in the minors, Vaughn has been getting more consistent playing time than ever of late, his batting average climbing well over .300. The White Sox have the fourth-best hitter matchups this week, including a four-game series against the Orioles.
Jorge Soler LF
MIA Miami • #12 • Age: 30
Soler remains one of the best pure power hitters in baseball even if he's hit the skids so far in June. The Marlins' favorable hitter schedule, the best of any team this week, should be enough to spring him back to life.
Luke Voit 1B
WAS Washington • #34 • Age: 31
The Padres are looking at a seven-game slate this week, which is more than most teams can say, and their matchups are decent enough. Given the way Voit has laid into the ball lately, you can't pass up the chance to use him.
MIA Miami • #26 • Age: 31
Back from a brief COVID-related absence, Cooper is looking to continue a torrid month of June during which he has hit .415 (22 for 53). He's been hot for even longer than that, actually, and will enjoy a particularly favorable hitter slate this week.
Alek Thomas CF
ARI Arizona • #92 • Age: 22
Thomas enters the weekend on an eight-game hitting streak and has been particularly good against right-handers this season, batting .291 with an .861 OPS. The Diamondbacks have five on this week's schedule, including mashables like Rony Garcia, Drew Hutchison and Alex Faedo.
STL St. Louis • #33 • Age: 25
The Cardinals are finding creative ways to keep Donovan in the lineup, making him eligible at five different positions, and he continues to deliver multi-hit game after multi-hit game. His stats are beginning to look like those of Luis Arraez, and his matchups this week are hardly prohibitive.
Jon Berti 3B
MIA Miami • #5 • Age: 32
Berti may be a light hitter, but he's a light hitter who's been burning up the base paths for about a month now. With three more stolen bases Saturday, he's up to 16 just since May 27. He should spend a fair amount of time on base this week, too, with the Marlins having the most favorable hitter matchups.
A.J. Pollock LF
CHW Chi. White Sox • #18 • Age: 34
Pollock recently enjoyed seven straight multi-hit games, and even when the streak was snapped with only one hit Friday, that hit was a home run. We've seen him perform like a high-end hitter often enough in the past to bet on him in a week he's facing the Orioles four times.
Jake Burger 3B
CHW Chi. White Sox • #30 • Age: 26
Recently back from a bruised hand, Burger is looking to continue a torrid stretch in which his premium exit velocities have finally begun to yield big power. He has the right matchups to do so, going against bottom feeders like Ross Stripling, Dean Kremer, Kyle Bradish and Jordan Lyles