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Grinding Metal - Carter Kieboom, Vince Velasquez 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.

Matt Strahm, SP/RP, San Diego Padres
Since lasting just 2.2 innings during his first start of the season, Strahm has put together a string of 4 straight solid starts for the Padres. He has a 1.50 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 24 innings. His record on the year stands at 0-2 with a 3.04 ERA, but he's continuing to show growth with each start, featuring a fastball, slider and change-up combination. His next start comes against the Atlanta Braves.

Carter Kieboom, SS, Washington Nationals
The top prospect for the the Nats was promoted last week, setting up plenty of playing time due to the injury to Trea Turner and the struggles of Wilmer Difo. The former first-round pick has not disappointed, as he's slugged two homers in his first three games. With Turner out for several more weeks due to a broken finger, Kieboom figures to see a majority of the playing time.

Vince Velasquez, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Through the first month of the season, the righty has a 1.99 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 22.2 innings pitched. The 26-year-old has gone at least 5 innings during every start this year, although he has only a 1-0 record in his 4 starts. His next start comes against the Detroit Tigers, a prime match-up.

Yandy Diaz, 3B/1B/DH, Tampa Bay Rays
As long as Diaz continues to hit, the Rays will find a spot for him in the lineup. The right-handed slugger is enjoying regular playing time for Tampa Bay this season, hitting .289/.385/.600 with seven home runs and 54 total bases. He's split time between first base, third base and the DH spot - all while hitting anywhere from clean-up spot to the lead-off spot. If you need a corner infielder who is hot right now, take a look at Diaz.