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. Check out last week's article here.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Perhaps you own Madison Bumgarner
or perhaps you just need another SP - this might be your shot to pick up RHP Brandon McCarthy. Currently owned in ~50% of leagues, the right-hander has pitched at least 6 innings in 3 of his first 4 starts this season. He'll face the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, owning a 2.25 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 24 innings. Act quickly.
Bud Norris, RP/SP, Los Angeles Angels
If you're desperate for saves (and who isn't?) - A mixture of RHP Bud Norris and RHP Blake Parker
may net you some cheap saves, as RHP Cam Bedrosian
is on the DL with a groin injury. Bedrosian's injury isn't serious, so he should return in the allotted time frame. If you have some space, Norris is worth a shot, as he apparently is getting the first shot in the ninth inning.
After hitting a disappointing .262/.292/.385 in his first professional big league season last year, Yuli Gurriel is perhaps starting to find some success in 2017 - hitting .333/.355/.467 including 6 extra base hits. The Astros have a stacked lineup, and Gurriel fits in nicely at the bottom of the order. He won't hit 20 home runs, but getting on base and scoring runs makes a nice addition to your team.
With injuries to Joc Pederson
and other reserves, the Dodgers called up one of their top prospects, Cody Bellinger. Although Bellinger has first base eligibility right now, he's been playing the outfield at Triple-A and also started in left field during his MLB debut this week. Bellinger, 21, was hitting .343/.429/.627 with 5 home runs at AAA Oklahoma City. Expect Bellinger to see a heavy dose of playing time in the OF while the Dodgers deal with injuries.
Soler is a repeat from last week, simply because he's on a rehab assignment now and has hit 2 home runs in 5 games. With the Royals' offense struggling to start the season, Soler could be the jolt they need to get things going. The Royals have scored just 2.5 runs per game thus far, and is hitting a combined .201/.264/.322.