Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From steals to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered. Check out these players for immediate roster help.
Batting second and playing left field every day for the Phillies this season, Howie Kendrick will have plenty of opportunities to score runs and steal a handful of bases. Kendrick, 33, is part of the Phillies rebuild this season, but is a career .290/.333/.418 hitter, while also having multiple position eligibility in the infield and outfield.
Wily Peralta, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Peralta, 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA to start 2017, will see the Cincinnati Reds next up on April 16th. While not an overpowering pitcher, Peralta should see 5-7 innings of work with a strikeout per inning. Peralta is off to a nice start, striking out 7 hitters during his last start against the Blue Jays in Toronto. His ownership is under 10% in Yahoo! leagues, so there's plenty of opportunity to pick him up.
Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners
Mitch Haniger has taken the No. 2 lineup spot for the Mariners and run with it. Although his strikeouts are a concern, the former first round pick is still getting on base - including a 3 walk night against the Houston Astros on 4/11. He's slugging .600 in his first 9 games, including 3 home runs and 7 walks. If he can continue to get on base and cut down on strikeouts, hitting in front of Robinson Cano
and Nelson Cruz
will make Haniger very valuable for fantasy owners.
After entering the season with an unknown playing status or position, Joey Gallo could see a heavy dose of third base time in 2017 - especially with Adrian Beltre
's leg injury. Gallo, 23, has major power, but also has trouble making contact. (10 strikeouts in 7 games). His batting average will likely sit around the .230-.260 mark, but 20-30 home runs isn't out of the question for Gallo. Beltre, 38, suffered a setback with his calf injury earlier this week, meaning Gallo should see plenty of at-bats. Even with Jurickson Profar
on the roster, Gallo is seeing a bulk of the playing time - as he's started two straight games against left-handed pitching.
Earlier this week, the Phillies announced that Joaquin Benoit would get first crack at saves, as the team decided to remove Jeanmar Gomez
from the role. With the move, Benoit becomes worth a pickup in all leagues due to the save opportunities. Benoit, 39, is owned in less than 50% of leagues, but that will likely continue to rise. He's collected 51 saves during his career, owning a 3.78 ERA. Hector Neris
is still worth keeping an eye on, as he could see a chance at saves for the Phillies in the not so far future.