Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered. Check out these players for immediate roster help. Check out the previous edition of Grinding Metal here.
It remained to be seen if Happ would stick around on the Chicago roster early on, but after Kyle Schwarber
was sent to Triple-A earlier this week, Happ appears to have a grip on the super utility role for now. With Ben Zobrist
out, Happ has primarily seen playing time at second base, hitting second in the lineup. His .254 batting average may discourage owners, but he also carries a .336 OBP and a .590 SLG line.
One of baseball's top prospects is finally in the big-leagues. Barreto, 21, made his big league debut against the Chicago White Sox, and went 2-for-5 with his first big league home run. Oakland has Barreto playing second base (due to the injury to Jed Lowrie
) - and with Marcus Semien
due back in a few weeks, Barreto could see an extended look at second base. He's a must pick-up for keeper leagues, but be aware of his strikeout totals.
The Athletics shook up their roster earlier in the week, releasing veteran Stephen Vogt
and making room for a younger wave of players. With Vogt removed, the A's look to have Maxwell and Josh Phegley
as their main catchers, with Maxwell playing a bulk of the time. Maxwell has already recorded two, three-hit games since being named the starter. He has a .308/.400/.346 triple-slash line in 11 games this season.
The lefty has won three of his previous four starts, while striking out 18 batters in 18.1 innings. He has a 5-4 record this far, with a 3.74 ERA. He's a two start pitcher next week, facing off against the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros - both on the road.
One of the bright spots for the Braves, Newcomb has yet to record his first big league win, but has posted a 1.96 ERA over his first three starts. He's struck out 13 over 18.1 innings, while walking 7 and allowing only one homer. He's pitched six full innings in his first three big-league starts, showing that he can keep the Braves in games. He'll get the San Diego Padres next on June 27th.