As the calendar rolls into June, we have also reached the one-third mark of the season. Trends are meaningful and gaps are real in your fantasy standings. It seems we get an influx of prospects in bunches and this week was no exception. The All-Star ballots are out at major league ballparks across the land and also on the Internet. I like the "select team" option, allowing you to vote for all the players on your favorite team with one click. Also the home run derby voting is an interesting touch. On to the most important news each and every week, our top choices on the waiver wire and free agency.
Have an iPhone or iPad? Get the #1 selling Fantasy Sports tool this season! Fantasy Alarm's award winning 2013 Fantasy Baseball App!
Michael Wacha SP St.Louis- Easily the top pickup of the week, if your league hasn't run waivers yet, best of luck. If you are in a shallow league or the clueless variety, grab him now! Wacha scattered two hits over seven innings, holding the Royals to a single run in his major league debut on Thursday night. Wacha struck out six, without issuing a walk.
Tyler Lyons SP St.Louis- Lyons has turned in a pair of gems on the road and looks like he will slide right into Jaime Garcia's spot in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Lyons working 14 innings in the wins over the Padres and Royals, allowing only eight base runners, a pair of runs, while striking out nine. He'll face a bigger test against the Giants next.
Tommy Hanson SP LA Angels- Hanson finally returned after four weeks on bereavement due to a death in the family. Hanson showed some rust against the Astros on Friday night, which can be expected under the circumstances. Hanson worked into the seventh inning, allowing four earned runs, allowing eight hits, a walk and a pair of strikeouts.
Jacob Turner SP Miami- The key to the deal that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Detroit makes his long awaited contribution to the Marlins cause. Turner struggled in the minors early on, but was solid late, earning the call up. Turner tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Mets, allowing only six base runners, while striking out three.
Chris Archer SP Tampa Bay- The Rays keep rolling out all the young Triple-A studs and Archer has earned his 2013 debut. Archer struggled at Cleveland, lasting only four innings. Archer gave up five earned runs on seven hits, giving up three walks. Archer did strikeout four, but gave up two home runs. Archer may get sent down before he gets another start.
Vinnie Pestano RP Cleveland- Arguably the top setup man in the American League last season, Pestano gets the first shot to close in Chris Perez' absence. Concerns about Pestano's velocity may be short lived, as he was clocked back up at 92 after a pedestrian 87 immediately after returning from injury. Pestano worked another non-save situation on Saturday.
Francisco Rodriguez RP Milwaukee- A couple of weeks ago, "K-Rod" wasn't playing baseball, now he is closing games in place of the injured Jim Henderson. He will never be the lights out closer of Angels days, but Rodriguez has been stellar thus far. K-Rod with six and a third scoreless innings, with only one hit and one walk, striking out seven with a pair of saves.
Robert Coello RP Anaheim- My sleeper pick of the week. Ryan Madson continues to struggle in his return from injury and Ernesto Frieri is starting to get hit pretty good. Coello struggled at Chavez Ravine on Memorial Day, but has been otherwise lights out. Coello has 18 strikeouts in less than a dozen innings of work, with an ERA of 0.79 and 0.71 WHIP.
Yasmani Grandal C San Diego- Grandal returns from his 50 game suspension and wants to prove that his minor "breakout" of 2012 was no fluke. Grandal is a bit of a rarity, a catcher who can potentially help your cause becoming available mid-season. Grandal is off to a slow 1-13 start, but figures to emerge as the everyday catcher over Nick Hundley.
Adam Lind 1B Toronto- It seems like Lind has either struggled or been battling back from injury for the better part of a decade now. Lind has been white hot over the past two weeks, hitting .348, with a home run, three RBI and eight runs scored. Toronto is juggling their lineup a bit, but Lind will carve out a role if he can maintain the current pace.
Anthony Rendon 2B Washington- We hear that Rendon will soon get the call again and you have to figure he will get a look at second base for the struggling, injured Danny Espinosa. Update: Rendon has been bumped up from Double-A to Triple-A and will continue to work at second base. Working him at corner outfield spots would probably be a good idea as well.
Nick Franklin 2B Seattle- The former first rounder picked right up where he left off last season, absolutely raking over-matched minor league pitching. Franklin blew any chance we had of sneaking him through waivers with a pair of home runs on Thursday. Franklin will soon be eligible at both middle infield spots and also can help in the stolen bases department.
Chris Johnson 3B Atlanta- With the Chipper Jones shadow finally fading and former platoon partner Juan Francisco banished to reassignment, Johnson will play everyday. Johnson is hitting .380 over the past two weeks, but has actually compiled good numbers all season long. Three home runs, 14 RBI and a .336 average can start for most teams.
Matt Joyce OF Tampa Bay- No surprise here, this guy is a major league hitter. Joyce has been sitting against left handers, but find himself atop the Rays lineup whenever a right hander is on the hill. Joyce has earned a spot on your roster over the past two weeks, hitting .341 with four home runs, a dozen RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
Colby Rasmus OF Toronto- His batting average in recent seasons has killed his value and he doesn't run anymore, but Rasmus is quietly making a nice contribution. Rasmus had four hits on Friday night and his average is starting to climb. Three home runs, eight RBI, while hitting .283 over the past two weeks is landing Colby on some fantasy rosters.
Aaron Hicks OF Minnesota- All anyone will remember from Hicks rookie season is the sensation Spring Training, followed by one of the most horrific April's in major league history. Hicks is hitting only .200 over the past month, but it is bringing up his average. What you should focus on is six home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored over that time frame.
Listen to The Fantasy Alarm Show Tuesday-Friday 10 PM -1 AM EST on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio XM channel 87/Sirius 210. We want to hear from you! 888-XM-FANTASY (963-2682)
Tom Blaz is a writer for Fantasy Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics. Follow Tom on twitter @RecruitingEagle
Rounding The Bases - Todd Zola Looks At The First 10 Rounds of a Likely 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft
Master Fantasy Baseball Notes From Todd Zola - Looking Ahead To The 2014 Fantasy Baseball Season
Rounding The Bases - Master Fantasy Baseball Notes From Todd Zola
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (20 Prospects for '14)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 24
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (September Call-Ups)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 23
Rounding the Bases: A Day For the Little Man
Rounding The Bases: Morse, Willingham On the Move?
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Roster Expansion)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 22
Rounding the Bases: Five Surging Pitchers & Hitters
Rounding the Bases: Rookies, Veterans & Roster Movement
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Pitching Help On The Way!)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 21
Master Notes From Todd Zola - Taking A Look at Starting Pitching In Keeper Leagues
Rounding the Bases: Small Names, Big Production?
Rounding the Bases: A First for Stephen Strasburg and the (Near) Final Round-Up
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Hitting Help On The Way!)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week Twenty