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Grinding Metal - Brendan Rodgers, Austin Riley 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. In this week's edition of Grinding Metal, we go rookie call-up heavy.

Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies
With the right side of the infield hitting poorly for the Rockies, Rodgers was called up from Triple-A to help out the lineup. After hitting .356/.421/.644 in 35 games with Albuquerque, Rodgers earned the promotion to help out at second base. Currently only eligible as a shortstop, Rodgers should gain second base eligibility rather quickly, as the job will be his to lose.

Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves
When Ender Inciarte hit the injured list early last week, Riley earned the promotion to Atlanta. Typically a third baseman, Riley was working in the outfield at the Triple-A level. Riley, 22, is off to a fast start at the major league level, hitting two home runs in his first four big-league games. It remains to be seen if Riley will continue to be an every day player once Inciarte returns from injury, but if Riley continues to produce offensively, the Braves will have little choice but to play him every day.

Cole Irvin, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
The lefty picked up his second win of the year against the Rockies during his last outing. On the season, he's 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and has struck out 7 hitters in 13 innings pitched. It appears he will remain in the rotation for the time being, with his next start lining up against the Chicago Cubs during the middle of this week. He's owned in less than 10% of leagues, and may be a streamer option.

Willie Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers
Calhoun was recalled after Elvis Andrus landed on the injured list with a hamstring injury. Calhoun, 24, has spent part of three seasons with the Rangers. In 2018, he hit .222/.269/.333 with two home runs in 35 games. This season, he already has two home runs and six RBI in four games since being recalled. Owners who are looking for a hot player, should keep Calhoun on their list, but with the Rangers having plenty of outfield depth (Joey Gallo, Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara, Hunter Pence) - Calhoun could find sparse playing time, and will likely be sent back down once Andrus is healthy.

Diego Castillo, RP, Tampa Bay Rays
Choosing any reliever from the Rays is a toss up, but Castillo has four saves since April 7th, while Jose Alvarado has a total of one save during the same time span. Both pitchers are used in high leverage situations, but with Alvarado pitching for extended periods during an outing, Castillo might be the closer to take a chance on for the time being.

Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
With Travis Shaw landing on the injured list, Hiura will be given the every day opportunity to play second base, as Mike Moustakas rotates back over to third base. Hiura is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and proved he could hit at every level in the minor leagues, posting a career .316/.380/.534 slash-line with 28 total home runs. He has played in every game since being recalled from Triple-A, collecting 6 hits in 6 games (27 total plate appearances). Hiura looks to be set in Milwaukee for the foreseeable future.