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 few potential rehab candidates highlight this week's pickups.
Joey Lucchesi, SP, San Diego Padres
After posting back-to-back quality starts, Lucchesi will face off against the Miami Marlins this week, with the possibility of big numbers. After a rough April, the second year pitcher has done much better in May, posting a 3.38 ERA and striking out 23 hitters over 24 innings. On the season, the lefty has a 4.25 ERA and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Didi Gregorius, SS, New York Yankees
The Yankees have been dealing with injuries all season, but appear closer to having their veteran shortstop back in action. After undergoing off-season Tommy John surgery, Gregorius has begun a rehab assignment in the minors and could be back in a week-or-two. He hit 27 home runs last year and stole 10 bases. He would be a huge pickup for fantasy owners during the middle of June. He's likely owned in less than 45% of leagues.
Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Angels
The lefty made his first start of 2019, after battling injury issues to start the season. He went 5 innings, stuck out 8 batters and allowed two earned runs. Pretty good first start of the season, and he'll look to continue that trend next time out against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. The lefty is worth a pickup if he's still available, but does come with serious injury concerns/risks.
Cavan Biggio, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
Joining Vlad Jr. in Toronto, Biggio appears to be the next wave of youth for the Blue Jays. After striking out three times in his first two games, the second baseman recorded a three hits, including a home run and two RBI to finish the series against the Padres. This year in Triple-A, he was hitting .307/.445/.504 over 42 games. Biggio appears to be the every day second baseman, and with Toronto willing to be patient with their rookie hitters, Cavan should enjoy some success, which could help fantasy owners looking for middle infield help.