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.
Jay Bruce, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Bruce, acquired from the Seattle Mariners, has done nothing but produce since joining the Phillies. However, even with Bruce producing for the Phillies, the outfield is very crowded in Philiadelphia and he could be a platoon role rather quickly when he starts to struggle. Owners can take a shot on picking him up, but I would be careful about dropping a player with regular playing time for Bruce.
Zach Plesac, SP, Cleveland Indians
Now with three starts under his belt, Plesac is showing that his ownership should be over 50% in fantasy leagues. He's allowed 4 earned runs over 3 starts and 19.1 innings pitched. The strikeout numbers won't blow you away, but now allowing home runs and limiting walks are all good things. Plesac's next start comes against Cincinnati at home.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, Atlanta Braves
Finally, after a long delay, Keuchel has finally signed a big-league contract. The southpaw figures to make a few "rehab" starts in the minors, to ensure his timing is up to speed before facing big-league hitters. However, the lefty has stayed active during his off-season, throwing multiple bullpens, so it shouldn't be long for him to get up to speed. Through seven big league seasons, Keuchel carries a 3.66 career ERA and has proven to be a ground ball machine, posting a carrer 58.8% ground-ball rate. He's worth a waiver wire add in all formats.
Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Originally expected to be a bench player, Reynolds has hit his way into an every day player. The outfielder has shown that he can play all three positions and flat out hit. In 43 games this season, he's posted a .348/.403/.533 slash line that includes five home runs. More recently, Reynolds is working on a pretty nice hit streak, as he's hit in 17 games straight. Additionally, Reynolds has reached base in 24 straight games. He's a must add.