It's another prospect-heavy cast, including a few names we've seen before, on this year's last edition of the waiver wire. Thanks to everyone who read all season long.
Joel Peralta, Rays -- Tampa Bay finds itself in the middle of a playoff race all of a sudden, and with elbow woes again keeping Kyle Farnsworth down, Peralta finds himself in the closer's chair. I'll let you be the judge on whether the added pressure of trying to chase down the Red Sox will help or hurt Peralta, but what I can tell you is he is now closing for one of the hottest teams in baseball. Grab him if you need saves.
Jason Kipnis, Indians -- Kipnis has started every other day since returning from the DL late last week, and is 3-for-10 since coming back. He was hitting .279/.347/.603 before he got injured, and the Indians are completely out of playoff contention, so there really isn't any reason to keep him out of the lineup, so long as he's healthy. Look for him to get plenty of playing time the rest of the way.
Brett Pill, Giants -- Another prospect who should get plenty of burn the rest of the season, Pill's stock received a shot in the arm when Aubrey Huff went down with a back injury. He's 4-for-13 at the major league level with a pair of homers, and slugged .530 with 25 homers at Triple-A Fresno this year. He's a good bet for some pop the rest of the season.
Jerry Sands, Dodgers -- Yet another prospect benefiting from his team's place in the standings. Sands fizzled in his first go-round with the Dodgers this year, but Andre Ethier's season-ending knee injury should mean plenty of playing time for Sands the rest of the season. This is a guy who hit 29 homers in 370 at-bats with Triple-A Albuquerque this year. Like Pill, he could be a nice source of power over the last few weeks of the season.
Zach Stewart, White Sox -- Stewart came back to earth in his last start (five innings, seven hits, three runs) after just missing a perfect game two turns ago against the Twins. Still, I'll take a shot on him at the Royals on Saturday.
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates -- Alvarez will get yet another chance this year, even though he hit just .256 and slugged a paltry .432 in 125 at-bats with Triple-A Indianapolis. Still, he plays a shallow position and should start the rest of the way.