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Grinding Metal - Hunter Dozier, Max Fried 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.

Hunter Dozier, 1B/3B, Kansas City Royals
One of the biggest surprises this season has been the production of the former first round pick from 2013. Dozier, 27, is hitting .304/.410/.623 with 6 home runs to start the season. His strikeouts were a major concern over the past few years, but he's been able to cut down on the strikeouts and increase his walks. He's a nice corner infield option that is owned in less than 30% of leagues.

Jordan Lyles, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
From long-man in the bullpen in 2018 to starting rotation in 2019, Lyles is making the most of his time with the Pirates. He's posted a strong 18:5 Strikeout-to-walk ratio over 17 innings, to go along with a 0.53 ERA. His next start will come against the Diamondbacks. Ride the hot pitching while you can.

Ryan McMahon, 1B, Colorado Rockies
McMahon is back from the 10 day Injured List and figures to play regularly at second and first base for the Rockies. Despite missing time, he's hitting .225/.340/.425 with four extra base hits. He was likely drafted in your league prior to the season, but was dropped after the injury. 

Max Fried, SP, Atlanta Braves
One of Atlanta's top pitching prospects continued his dominance this season, after holding the Cleveland Indians to just two runs over 6.1 innings pitched. On the season, Fried has a 1.38 ERA and has struck out 18 batters over 26 innings. After starting the season in the bullpen, Fried has established himself as a force in the Atlanta rotation. Since he's been moved to the rotation, he's thrown three straight quality starts and only allowed 4 earned runs. His next start comes over the weekend against the Rockies.

Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Typically used as a platoon player against left-handed pitching, Walker is quickly becoming the every day first baseman for the Dbacks. He's hitting .353/.421/.545 with 6 home runs and 3 stolen bases. Although the strikeouts are a concern, (23 in 20 games) - as long as Walker continues to produce, he'll play.