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Grinding Metal - Adam Frazier, Freddy Peralta 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. After two weeks of regular season baseball, there are a few standouts and injury replacements for your roster.

Freddy Peralta, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Last week, we hit on Corbin Burnes, and the week before that, it was Brandon Woodruff. This week, it's Freddy Peralta, who like the others, is a big time source of strikeouts. Peralta has 14 strikeouts over two starts this season. Much like the other starters, Peralta may only go four-to-five innings because of his pitch count, but his strikeout-to-inning ratio will take care of everything. He's probably owned in your league, and if he isn't, time is probably running out to snag him. His next start comes against the Angels in California.

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
After a week full of games, Adam Frazier has an on-base percentage of .435, 2 stolen bases and one home run. He's hitting lead-off and playing second base for the Pirates, and appears to be an every day player for the Buccos in 2019. His multiple eligibility of second base and outfield gives fantasy owners a nice utility role to use for matchups. 

Trevor Williams, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Quality starts, low walk totals and a hand-full of strikeouts is what we can expect for Williams in 2019. Over two starts this season, Williams has continued his theme of quality starts, by allowing a total of one walk over 12 innings pitched. He doesn't have over-powering stuff and isn't flashy, but he's solid and typically won't blow up your fantasy team's ERA and WHIP. His next start comes against the Nationals later in the week.

Matt Shoemaker, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
After missing most of 2018 with an injury, Shoemaker returns this time with the Blue Jays. He's off to a fantastic start and can be used as a match-up play. 15 strikeouts in 14 innings and just 3 walks. He's owned in over 50% of leagues, but you still have a chance to snag him. His next start comes against the Red Sox during their 2019 Home Opener in Boston.

Ketel Marte, 2B/SS/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Despite coming off a huge series against the Red Sox, Marte is just slashing .279/.273/.558 with zero walks. However, he has three home runs and two stolen bases, and a few extra base hits, including the first cycle of the MLB season. Marte isn't a safe bet like Frazier, but his potential to make contact and run the ball out makes him worth a stash. Additionally, his multiple position eligibility in the middle infield and outfield gives owners plenty of options.