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. With the calendar about to flip to September, owners will need to keep in mind that MLB rosters can expand to 40, allowing for a lot of rookies to be called up.
Pablo Lopez, SP, Miami Marlins
After returning from a lengthy injury absent, the 23-year-old righty pitched 5 innings against the Cincinnati Reds, allowing four runs. On the season, Lopez has 76 strikeouts in 81.2 innings and a 4.41 ERA. However, Lopez has shown signs of life during the season, putting together four quality starts in a row before landing on the injured list. Lopez may not qualify for a lot of wins due to anemic Marlins offense, but he should help owners in leagues that value quality starts. Up next, he'll face the Washington Nationals on the road.
Mark Canha, OF/1B, Oakland Athletics
Canha, a multiple position player, is still owned in less than 40% of leagues. The 30-year-old utility player has 23 home runs this season and a triple-slash line of .277/.391/.547. As long as he continues to produce, the A's will find a home for him. As Oakland continues to hunt for a playoff birth, Canha figures to see time between the outfield and designated hitter.
Mauricio Dubon, SS, San Francisco Giants
After being acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers in July, Dubon is finally seeing big-league action. The 24-year-old rookie has eligibility at SS right now, but is expected to see plenty of at-bats as the every day second baseman for the Giants. In 123 Triple-A games this season, he hit .302/.345/.477 with 20 home runs and ten stolen bases. If your team is down a player like Max Muncy, it's worth taking a look at Dubon as a part-time replacement.
Brock Burke, SP, Texas Rangers
Two quality starts in a row to begin your big-league career is a sure way to get you noticed by fantasy owners, and Burke has done just that as he heads into the month of September. He has an ERA of 0.75 and 9 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched. Burke, 23, will face the Seattle Mariners on Saturday (8/31) at home for his next start, making him a terrific waiver wire grab.
Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners
Since the beginning of August, Seager has been a firecracker, hitting .329/.430/.741 with 9 home runs and 25 RBI. While the Mariners lineup may be stagnant on most nights, Seager has provided plenty of excitement. With ownership under 50%, Seager will likely become a favorite add to finish the season, especially if he continues to hit at a torrid pace.