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 back for future editions of Grinding Metal.
Scott Kingery, 2B, Philadephia Phillies
After a blistering spring training and a new six-year deal, Kingery finds himself as a super utility player when the season opens for the Phillies. He's likely to receive multiple looks around the infield as well as the outfield. He's a nice addition off the waiver, or as a late-round draft pick.
Signing late during spring training, Neil Walker has a starting job with the Yankees. Greg Bird, injured and expected to miss 6-8 weeks, was going to be the starting first baseman. Walker, 32, won't carry your fantasy team to a championship, but playing in Yankee Stadium with an All-Star lineup is too hard to pass on.
Spring Training stats mean nothing. Spring Training stats mean - oh forget it, yes, they don't mean anything for fantasy owners, but for a player finding his swing headed into the first week of play - ride the hot hand - it's only a waiver pickup. He's hitting .392/.466/.902 with 7 home runs as of this article.
Adam Wainwright will begin the season on the DL, opening up a rotation spot for righty Flaherty. Flaherty, 22, appeared in 6 games last year for the Cardinals, with 5 starts. Over his four years in the minors, he's struck out 398 batters over 400.1 innings pitched.