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Grinding Metal - Kevin Newman, Brendan McKay 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.

Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
After a questionable demotion earlier in the season, Hiura is back in the big-leagues and appears to the every second baseman moving forward. With Travis Shaw optioned and Mike Moustakas moving to third base, second base is Hiura's to lose. Hiura is hitting .270/.325/.486 with five home runs this season. He's worth a pickup in most leagues.

Brendan McKay, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
The left-handed prospect made his MLB debut over the weekend against the Texas Rangers, and showed why he's one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Over six innings, he allowed only one hit, one walk, and struck out three hitters. He's a must own in all leagues. His next start (if it happens on schedule) would be against the New York Yankees.

Kevin Newman, SS/2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
While he isn't flashy and doesn't hit for power, Kevin Newman keeps finding a way to reach base. He has a .379 on-base percentage this season and had an 18-game hitting streak earlier in June. His ownership numbers are under 10% in most fantasy leagues, and if you're looking for a SS/MI replacement, Newman is your guy.

Scott Oberg, RP, Colorado Rockies
Wade Davis continues to meltdown for the Rockies, so expect Oberg to recieve an extended look in the ninth innings moving forward. Davis has a 5.76 ERA, has walked 16 and only struck out 16 hitters in 25 innings pitched. On the opposite side, Oberg has a 1.99 ERA and has struck out 44 hitters in 40.2 innings pitched. Despite the Rockies giving Davis a mega contract, he's clearly not the dominant closer they pad for. It's time to pick up Oberg.