Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 7/6/12

Welcome back to the Waiver Wire Watch!

I hope all of you had a fantastic 4th of July as we celebrated our nation’s birthday.

I personally attended the Indians game on the 4th of July for the second straight year, and let me tell you that there is nothing like enjoying America’s pastime on the most important day in our nation’s history.

Here are this week’s potential pickups to add to your fantasy team.

Format for waiver wire watch:

  • 50-75% Owned- Player qualifies for 10-team league
  • 25-49% Owned- Player qualifies for 12-team league
  • Less than 25% Owned- Player qualifies for 14-team league

Again, these percentages are found on Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball.

10-team league hitter to watch

Drew Stubbs, OF, CIN

Though he might not be putting up the production he has in past years, Drew Stubbs is still a good potential steal.

He has an appealing power and speed combination as portrayed by his 8 HR and 16 SB on the season.  Stubbs is a good candidate to possibly have a 20/20 season by year’s end. Remember that this is a player that has scored 90+ runs in each of the last two years, and has 30+ SB in each of the last two years as well.

He might not be having his best season up to this point, but that makes him an even better sleeper choice the rest of the way.

10-team league pitcher to watch

Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA

After a couple of successful seasons out of the bullpen with the Padres, Frieri was acquired by the Angles earlier this season. Thus far he has been nothing short of spectacular.

He has split time in the closer’s role with fellow reliever Scott Downs, and Frieri has converted 10 out of 10 saves.  Since joining the Angels, he has what the experts like to call “Little League Numbers.”  In 24.1 IP with the Angels, he has an ERA of 0.00 (that’s almost comical for me to type out) with a WHIP of 0.90 and BAA of .092.

There might not be a more dominant relief pitcher in the game right now, and he might still be available in your league.  If so, you better take advantage of his availability.

12-team league hitter to watch


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Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC

Highly touted prospect Anthony Rizzo was just recently called up the Cubs this past week, and fantasy owners need to take notice.

Rizzo was one of the top power hitters in the minor leagues for the past few seasons and he has the potential to translate this potential to Major League success.  In 70 minor league games this season, Rizzo was batting .342 with 23 HR and 62 RBI.  He had an OBP of .405 and SLG of .696 as well.

Playing in hitter friendly Wrigley Field only makes him more intriguing.  The sky is the limit for Rizzo.

12-team league pitcher to watch

Edinson Volquez, SP, SD

Edinson Volquez seems to have regained some of the form that made him an All-Star with the Reds back in 2008.

The move from Cincinnati to San Diego has certainly helped Volquez out as he gets the luxury of pitching in pitcher-friendly Petco Park for his home games.  He has held batters to a .222 BAA, and has been able to log 100.1 IP which proves he has been durable.

Throw in the fact that he still has the strikeout pitch working (88 K’s), and you have yourself a solid mid-rotation option.

14-team league hitter to watch

Quintin Berry, OF, DET

Quintin Berry was called up by the Tigers earlier in the season to fill in for Austin Jackson after an injury.  Berry was so impressive in his call-up that he forced the Tigers to continue giving him playing time after Jackson returned.

With Berry, expect him to deliver SB’s for your team…and lots of them.  He already has 12 SB in just 37 games this season.  However, there is more to Berry than just speed.  He can hit for AVG (.295) and get on base as well (.385 OBP).

Spacious Comerica Park should also lead to more doubles and triples for this speedster as well.

14-team league pitcher to watch

Barry Zito, SP, SF

The signing of Barry Zito by the San Francisco Giants will go down as one of the biggest flops in history.  The Giants expected an ace, and he has performed like a mediocre number 3 or 4 starter in most of his time in San Francisco, at best.

That’s exactly why he is a perfect sleeper candidate for you to consider adding.

All things considered, Zito is actually having a decent season.  He has a solid ERA of 3.84 on the season, and he is on pace to win more games this season than he has ever won in a single season in San Francisco.

With the Giants heating up, Zito has a good chance of racking up some more wins if he continues to be consistent.

**All statistics used are as of Monday, July 2, 2012

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