Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Additions for Week 5

The 2016 fantasy baseball season is here and that means it’s time to dig in for the long haul in your season long leagues. Each week we will be looking at solid waiver wire picks of the week via our friends at numberFire. Also, be sure to check out the Daily Fantasy Tools for your DFS needs.

Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays (SP)

ESPN Percentage Owned: 11.3%

Blake Snell is still readily available in most ESPN leagues and has made just one start since being called up, lasting five innings and giving up one earned run on two hits with six strikeouts. The 23-year-old left-hander has always been a high strikeout guy in the minors, averaging 12.36 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) in four Triple-A starts this year and 11.57 K/9 in nine starts there last season. Snell also spent a chunk of time in Double-A last season and dominated there too, with 10.35 K/9 and a 1.57 ERA in 12 starts.

Snell has been sent back down to Triple-A after making his one start with Tampa, but if you managed to snag him for your roster, he’s worth a stash for whenever he’s called up this year to stay with the team long-term.

Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins (SP)

ESPN Percentage Owned: 37.8%

Fireballing right-hander Jose Berrios has made just one start since being called up by Minnesota, and while he lasted just four innings and gave up five runs, he flashed some of the reasons why he came into the season as the number-seven pitching prospect by ESPN’s Keith Law.

Like Snell, Berrios has been a strikeout machine in the minors, averaging 9.87 K/9 with a 2.62 ERA in 12 starts with the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate last year, and his numbers were similar in Double-A last year too.

The kid has a ton of talent and, if he’s able to get his feet under him quickly, could be a difference-maker.

Sean Manaea – Oakland A’s (SP)

ESPN Percentage Owned: 21.4%

Oakland’s Sean Manaea made his Major League debut on Friday and lasted five innings, giving up four earned runs hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Chalk it up to rookie jitters for the young left-hander, who specializes in a mid-90s fastball with a ton of spin that helps keep him effective against right-handed hitters.

Control is an issue for Manaea, as it is for many young pitchers, but he can miss a ton of bats as well. He struck out 10.50 batters per nine in three Triple-A starts this year and K’d 10.76 per nine in seven starts there last year. In fact, at every stop along the way since 2014, he’s never averaged fewer than 10 strikeouts per nine innings.

Tyler Glasnow – Pittsburgh Pirates (SP)

ESPN Percentage Owned: 11.5%

For a dude who isn’t even on a big league roster at the moment, Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow sure is owned in quite a number of ESPN leagues. But there is a reason for that.

Glasnow is really dang good. In four starts this season at Triple-A (21 innings), Glasnow has a 2.57 ERA and is striking out 12.86 batters per nine innings. Last year, in eight starts there, he whiffed 10.54 per nine, but walks are a problem — 4.83 per nine innings last year in those eight Triple-A starts. He features a hard fastball and a nasty changeup that keeps lefties honest.

When he gets the call, you’ll want to have him on your roster.

Rich Hill – Oakland A’s (SP)

ESPN Percentage Owned: 47.3%

Oakland’s Rich Hill is the polar opposite of the pitchers mentioned above. He doesn’t throw particularly hard and, at 36 years old, is no spring chicken. However, he’s been ridiculously good this season, now 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA, 2.99 fielding independent pitching (FIP) and 11.53 K/9.

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