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Grinding Metal - Nick Senzel, Blake Parker 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.

Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
With the Dodgers losing A.J. Pollock for an extended period of time, the team will likely use a mixture of players in center-field. Chris Taylor, Verdugo and Enrique Hernandez will see plenty of opportunity, but with Hernandez as the primary second baseman, Verdugo could see an extended look in CF. He's hitting .346/.376/.605 with four home runs this season in limited playing time. At this point, I would take a shot on the 23-year-old Verdugo over Chris Taylor.

Blake Parker, RP, Minnesota Twins
The Twins haven't had a "number one" closer this year, but Blake Parker continues to creep towards that title. Taylor Rogers appeared to be the favorite during the month of April, but has recently come in during the 8th inning, leaving the ninth for Parker. The 34-year-old reliever is 6-for-6 this year in save opportunities, has a 1.69 ERA and has struck out 8 hitters in 10.2 innings pitched.

Shawn Kelley, RP, Texas Rangers
Reliever Jose Leclerc was temporarily removed from the closer's role, opening the ninth inning for Kelley. Prior to this year, Kelley last recorded a save in 2017 while with the Nationals. Early on, Kelley has 2 saves in 3 opportunities for the Rangers and has struck out 12 hitters in 14 innings. Kelley is likely a temporary solution at the closer position, but if you need saves, he's worth a pick-up.

Nick Senzel, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
The highly ranked prospect made his debut with the Reds after rehabbing an injury to start the season. Senzel, typically an infielder, will likely be the primary centerfielder for the Reds on an every day basis. The former No. 2 overall pick in 2016 projects to get on base with a decent batting average, some power and the potential to steal bases. The Reds have been hitting Senzel behind Joey Votto and Jesse Winker, only adding to the potential for runs scored. He's currently owned in approximately 50% of leagues, so act fast if you want him.