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.
A.J. Minter, RP, Atlanta Braves
Minter now becomes the primary closer for the Braves, as Arodys Vizcaino went on the 10-day Injured List. The door is wide open for Minter to take the job and run with it, even when Vizcaino comes back. The 25-year-old righty has 16 career saves, with 15 coming last season. For his career, he's struck out 99 batters over 80.1 innings pitched. He's a must grab for fantasy owners for cheap saves.
Kevin Pillar, OF, San Francisco Giants
The change of scenery has helped Pillar, as he's hitting .190/.200/.500 since being acquired from the Blue Jays early in the season. Pillar, mostly known for his defense, has hit 4 home runs and stolen two bases for the Giants, but is likely an NL-option for most fantasy owners.
Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds
After just one hit over the first week and a half to start the season, Winker has really turned it on over the past week, hitting .389/.476/1.056 with four home runs. The Reds have him playing almost every day in left field, while hitting leadoff in front of Joey Votto. The Reds outfield can be crowded at times, but if Winker continues to get on base and hit homers, he'll find at-bats.
Daniel Vogelbach, 1B/DH, Seattle Mariners
"Vogey" has helped the Mariners shoot out to a first place start in 2019. The 26-year-old is hitting .378/.478/.973 with six home runs in 12 games. His typically a free swinger, who can hit for power, but will also strike out a few times in a game. The Mariners have a collection of first basemen and designated hitters (Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce, Ryon Healy) so if you do pick Vogelbach up, be prepared to play him as a platoon player.
Trevor Richards, SP, Miami Marlins
The right-handed starter has thrown three straight quality starts to start the season, allowing no more than 3 earned runs during any game this season. Thus far, he's 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. Richards certainly won't blow you away with strikeouts and may walk a few hitters, but if you play in a league that doesn't care about wins (Quality starts) - Richards is worth a look. His next start will come at home against the Chicago Cubs.