If you need a fill-in for an injury or are simply looking for a short-term spark, Scott White has you covered with 10 sleeper hitters for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. They're not must-starts by any estimation, but they're the best you'll find off the waiver wire.
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Rowdy Tellez 1B
MIL Milwaukee • #11 • Age: 28
Rowdy Tellez has taken advantage of favorable matchups over the past week, restoring his power stroke, and has a chance to keep it going against some of the shakiest pitchers the Mariners and Red Sox can throw at him, including Chris Flexen, Marco Gonzales, Nick Pivetta and Brayan Bello.
LAA L.A. Angels • #14 • Age: 23
It's kind of amazing the rookie is still less than 80 percent rostered given how productive he's been, but it's also a testament to how improved the catcher position is. With the Angels having the third-best hitter matchups, now the time to act on Logan O'Hoppe if you haven't already.
Josh Jung 3B
TEX Texas • #6 • Age: 25
Josh Jung has been making more consistent contact recently and has been fairly productive overall. With the Rangers boasting the second-best hitter matchups, going against the Royals and Athletics rotations, you have every reason to use him.
Jake Fraley RF
CIN Cincinnati • #27 • Age: 28
The Reds have been consistent about sitting Jake Fraley against left-handers, but there's only one of those on the schedule this week. A four-game slate against the Pirates makes for a prime opportunity to show off his power/speed combo.
Joey Wiemer CF
MIL Milwaukee • #28 • Age: 24
Joey Wiemer still has yet to make a big splash batting at the bottom of the Brewers lineup, but he's playing every day and flashing enough power and speed to earn a thumbs-up with the Brewers having the fifth-best hitter matchups this week.
Josh Rojas 2B
SEA Seattle • #4 • Age: 29
Josh Rojas' playing time has been a little sporadic, but he's been on fire so far, batting nearly .400 and running a fair amount. The Diamondbacks are one of a handful of teams with seven games this week, and with only two lefties on the schedule, Rojas will likely start five of them.
PHI Philadelphia • #16 • Age: 25
Brandon Marsh has managed to keep the strikeouts under control so far and has been a steady contributor in the bottom third of the Phillies lineup. He typically doesn't play against left-handers, but the Phillies are scheduled to face only one of those in their seven games this week.
MIL Milwaukee • #5 • Age: 25
Garrett Mitchell finally contributed his first steal of the season Sunday and should get plenty of run against all the shaky right-handers the Brewers are scheduled to face this week, including Chris Flexen, Nick Pivetta, Garrett Whitlock and Brayan Bello.
MIN Minnesota • #47 • Age: 24
There is some risk of Edouard Julien getting sent down mid-week with the return of Joey Gallo, but with the way the Twins have been using him against right-handers, even batting him leadoff, the hope is they opt for someone else instead. The right-handers on tap this week are Corey Kluber, Tanner Houck, Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl
DET Detroit • #30 • Age: 26
Kerry Carpenter is off to a slow start but recently hit his first two home runs (after having a combined 36 between the majors and minors last year). The Tigers have the fourth-best hitter matchups this week, and most importantly for Carpenter, none of them are lefties.