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Grinding Metal - Brandon Woodruff, Jurickson Profar and More Waiver Wire Pickups

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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. With spring training wrapping up, some interesting waiver wire additions have popped up.

Greg Holland, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Holland, acquired over the off-season, replaces Archie Bradley as the ninth inning-out-getter for the DBacks to start the season. Neither Bradley or Holland rank high on the ranking list, but if you need an extra save or two (and who doesn't) - go ahead and grab Holland, as he'll be the closer to start the season.

Alex Colome, RP, Chicago White Sox
Continuing with the closer theme, Colome was officially announced as the closer for the White Sox. Chicago has a bullpen full of potential closers, but Colome is the first candidate to get first shot at the duties. Nate Jones, Kelvin Herrera and, Jace Fry are all potential relievers down the road to get a shot, assuming Colome falters. However, Colome is worth the addition off the waiver wire.

Brandon Woodruff, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
After posting 47 strikeouts over 42.1 innings, while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen, Woodruff now begins the season in the rotation for the Brew Crew. Spring training stats are usually meaningless, but he's struck out 26 hitters over 14.2 innings this spring. Woodruff has the stuff to strike hitters out, but be careful of expecting him to go deep into games, as Brewers manager Craig Counsell likes to limit his starts to around 4-5 innings (most of the time). Woodruff is worth a pick-up likely on a spot-start basis.

Jurickson Profar, INF, Oakland Athletics
Profar, acquired via trade during the off-season, is expected to see a large chunk of time at first base with the injury to Matt Olson. Profar already has first base eligibility in most leagues, in addition to shortstop and third base. The 26-year-old infielder could see time between first base and second base while Olson is out, but eventually stick at second base. Either way, Profar is worth a a pick-up in all leagues. After a sluggish career in Texas, Profar finally put things together in 2018, hitting .254/.335/.458 with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases. His home run total may take a slight hit while playing in Oakland, but he's still a lock for double digit home runs and stolen bases.

Chris Paddack, SP, San Diego Padres
The Padres confirmed that Paddack will break camp with the big-league team and face the San Francisco Giants in his MLB debut. Paddack, 23, has never pitched about Double-A, but made a strong showing during spring training against big-league lineups. He struck out 20 batters over 12.2 innings and had a 2.13 ERA. While Paddack is a great pickup for fantasy owners, expectations should be held in check, as he likley won't go deep into games (due to his age and pitch counts) and could only see 5 innings a start.

Jung Ho Kang, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
After missing most of the 2017 and 2018 seasons due to injuries and off-field issues, Kang was named the starting third baseman for the Pirates, beating out Colin Moran. Additionally, Kang could see time at shortstop, giving him another position of eligibility. I'm strictly considering Kang as a corner infield platoon/bench bat as of right now, especially if you own Matt Olson or an injured third baseman. However, if he does produce a season full of at-bats, Kang could see a 20 home run season.