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.
We're just about a week into the 2017 season, but speedy outfielder Andrew Toles appears to be the every day leadoff man for the Dodgers - at least when the team is facing right-handed pitching. Toles posted a career .348 on-base percentage in the minor leagues, and currently has a .366 OBP in 112 career major league at-bats. He's not entirely mixed league worthy yet, but hitting leadoff for a run scoring team is always worth monitoring.
Chris Owings, SS/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Owings will likely split his time between RF and SS in 2017, while hitting in the 2 hole vs. left-handed pitching and towards the bottom of the order when right-handed pitchers are on the bump. Owings stole 21 bases in 2016, but perhaps the biggest achievement was lowering his strikeout rate from 26% in 2015 to 18% in 2016. He's a player that could easily post double digit home runs and steals this season, plus, his SS and OF eligibility are an added bonus.
Santiago Casilla, RP, Oakland Athletics
Despite RHP Ryan Madson
closing for the A's in 2016, Manager Bob Melvin gave Santiago Casilla first crack at the 9th inning during the season opener against the Angels. Casilla, who was with the Giants the past 3 seasons, appears to be the front runner for the 9th inning job (for now) - thrown into a late inning mix with Madson, RHP Ryan Dull
and LHP Sean Doolittle
. It's likely that Dull and Doolittle are destined for the 8th inning jobs at this point, but Madson should still be in the mix for saves, with it being Casilla's job to lose.
If you're looking for a streaming option for the upcoming weekend, all signs point towards hard throwing Robert Gsellman. He's struck out close to one batter per inning during his brief MLB career, allowing just 1 career home run. He's set to take on the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Saturday (4/8).
The Rangers have lost three games in a row and the bullpen has been terrible - specifically closer RHP Sam Dyson
. Dyson, 38 saves in 2016, has imploded early on, allowing 8 earned runs in 1 inning pitched, striking out zero. Yes, it's an early, small sample size, but if Dyson is injured from the World Baseball Classic or just not feeling it, enter Matt Bush. Bush, the former first overall pick in 2004 by the San Diego Padres, held down the 8th inning role for the Rangers in 2016. If Dyson continues to struggle, Bush figures to get first crack at the situation, as the Rangers demoted Keone Kela
before the start of the season. Bush is owned in less than 30% of Yahoo! leagues, but that could change by the end of the weekend.