1B/3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball – Week 9

Welcome back RotoBallers! It’s already June. It’s almost time to make some important decisions about your fantasy teams. If you’re struggling, hopefully some of these additions can help turn your season around. Today we’re back with another edition of our First Base and Third Base Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire pickups.

For those unfamiliar, we at RotoBaller publish a wire waiver article for each position each week. This article covers infield corner options for both 1B and 3B. You can also read our other articles for Middle Infield (2B and SS), Outfield, Starting Pitchers and more.

Let’s continue here with some of the names that we have in mind for this upcoming week of the MLB and Fantasy Baseball season – May 6th.

36% estimated

The 25-year-old slugger eventually received daily playtime and put together a breakout season on the record in 2021. Lowe appeared in 157 games and recorded 24 doubles, three trebles, 18 homers and a .771 OPS.

Like many of Rangers’ sluggers, Lowe has started this season a bit slowly, but he appears to be on the way to turning things around. In his last 15 games, he has hit four of his five home runs this season.

In that span, Lowe has also posted a .302/.351/.585 slash line and notched nine RBIs and 10 runs. Lowe’s performance metrics are a little lower than last season, but he seems to be heading in the right direction again on the record.

23% applied

It was a tough start to the season for the experienced Tigers infielder. In 51 games, Schoop has just .576 OPS and 69 OPS+ while recording just 15 extra base hits. This comes after Schoop booked a career year on the record in 2021.

While Schoop and the Tigers are still fighting, he’s been turning it on a bit lately. In his last 15 games, the slugger has hit .281 and an .832 OPS with two homers and nine runs clinched.

Despite still batting below the Mendoza line, Schoop has reached base in seven of his last nine games and is trending in the right direction. His most affected percentage is at a career high of 42.9%, which could be a sign that good things are to come.

22% set

At the end of May, Espinal found themselves in a massive 2-to-23 slump. The 27-year-old soon forgot that as he had a pretty hot start to June. Espinal is 4-for-11 with one homer and four RBI in his first three games.

Following his breakthrough on the record last season, Espinal has been getting daily playtime at the start of the year and is off to a great start. In 51 games played, the infielder bats .269 and has .330 OBP, 113 OPS+, 14 doubles, three homers and three stolen bases.

While his advanced metrics have dipped around the league average, Espinal has posted career grades so far this season. Espinal was looking for the role earlier in the year and as long as he continues producing he should continue to receive daily playtime.

20% sorted

The Reds aren’t very good this season, there’s no denying that. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have some good ball players at their club this year. Kyle Farmer is certainly one of those guys.

Farmer is quietly putting together another season of quality on the plate. In his last seven games, the veteran infielder has hit 11-to-24 with four homers, 11 RBI, seven runs and a stolen base.

This year he’s now batting .263 with .317 OBP, .752 OPS, 11 doubles, five homers and three stolen bases. While Farmer won’t get you your fantasy league, he’s a solid middle or corner player option in a pinch.

16% set

As a Mets fan, I have to give my husband Luis Guillorme respect. He’s always been known more as a defensive guru, but this season he’s morphed into an offensive juggernaut.

Guillorme was absolutely unstoppable at the plate in May. In 21 games, he hit his first homer of the season, three doubles, stole a base, and had a .414 batting average and an excellent .477 percentage on base.

With Dominic Smith sent to Triple-A and Travis Jankowski on the IL, Guillorme has had a little boost in playing time, and boy did he take advantage of it. The 27-year-old has an elite plate discipline and is an on-base machine.

If you’re looking for a little boost in the batting average department, I would definitely consider riding Luis Guillorme while he’s smoking hot.

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