Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Red-Hot Pickups You Must Make

Christopher AmickCorrespondent IMay 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 19:  Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at AT&T Park on May 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Its almost nine weeks into fantasy baseball season, and now is the time where leaders start to distance themselves from the pack.

A well-placed move can either keep your team on top, or give your squad enough juice to make an early summer run.

The dog days of summer are here, so here are some fantasy pickups that are sure to help your team heat up.

Ryan Vogelsong

With four consecutive quality starts under his belt, Ryan Vogelsong has been lights out during the month of May.

His resume also included a one-hit gem over the weekend against Oakland, and Vogelsong has been a pretty consistent starter thus far in 2012.

Vogelsong is a guy you could roll with until he falters, and it never hurts to stockpile pitchers in your league.

Alfonso Soriano

Here is a name that fantasy owners should remember well and now that is on the mend, Alfonso Soriano could add some pop to your lineup.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 24:   Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs receives a Gatorade bath from teammates Reed Johnson #5 (L) and Jeff Baker #3 after hitting a game-winning RBI single scoring Tony Campana #1 during the 10th inning against the St. Louis Ca
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Soriano returned in grand fashion, hitting three home runs last week and even though his sore knee is somewhat worrisome, he is a player you should consider adding to your squad.

Mike Trout

How a guy like Mike Trout is available in roughly 33 percent of fantasy leagues is incomprehensible.

The speedy outfielder has been rock steady since his call up this season. Trout is hitting .315 and has cranked four home runs.

Trout also brings great base-stealing ability to your team and he will fill out your categories nicely.

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer is an elite prospect that has amazing stuff and his recent promotion to Triple- A Reno means that he is that much closer to a spot in the show.

Bauer had a dazzling debut for Reno last week, when he pitched eight innings and only allowed one run, while striking out 11 batters.

Arizona tends to wait to call up their  hottest prospects, but don't be surprised to see Bauer in the coming months.

He would be a welcome depth pitcher for your fantasy  team upon his arrival to the big leagues, and it would be wise to get Bauer before his name starts to gain momentum.