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.
Chris Taylor, INF/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
With Corey Seager landing on the IL for an extended period, Taylor appears to be the front runner for the bulk of innings while Seager is out. His season numbers are nothing super, but he is hitting .265/.338/.529 with four home runs during the month of June. If you need a replacement for Seager or Trevor Story, Taylor is the pick-up.
Liam Hendriks, RP, Oakland Athletics
The regular and reliable Blake Treinen hasn't been his normal dominant self this season. Additionally, he's now on the IL with a shoulder issue. Hendriks, their pitcher with many different roles, is the likely candidate to see ninth inning saves. Hendriks has been lights out in all his roles this season, posting a 1.49 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched. Look for Hendriks to hold down the ninth inning, even if/when Treinen does return this year.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
After injuring his groin during spring training, Gennett is expected to see his first major league action later this week. He's currently owned in less than 50% of leagues, so this is your friendly reminder to check your waiver wire on his availability.
Jordan Yamamoto, SP, Miami Marlins
Three starts for Yamamoto, three wins and a 0.95 ERA for the right-handed, rookie pitcher. His next start is scheduled against the Phillies on Saturday (29) - a team he just faced and allowed only two runs over five innings, while striking out 7 hitters. Through his first three big-league starts, he's allowed a total of two earned runs.
Oscar Mercado, OF, Cleveland Indians
The 24-year-old outfielder is quietly putting together a solid rookie campaign, hitting .310/.365/.484 with four home runs and six stolen bases. Cleveland has him hitting second, behind Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana, putting him in plenty of positions for success. He's now more than a platoon player, playing a bulk of his innings in centerfield, but will also shift over to leftfield when Leonys Martin plays. He's a player that needs to be owned in almost every league.