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.
Aristides Aquino, OF, Cincinnati Reds
There isn't much to type about Aquino that hasn't been said already, but he's worth a pick up in every league right now. Nine home runs in his first 14 games has taken the 25-year-old prospect into the MLB record books. Fantasy owners who added early could look to deal the outfielder as a "sell high" candidate down the road.
Mark Melancon, RP, Atlanta Braves
The Braves bullpen was a mess prior to the trade deadline, and is still a mess even after the team acquired Shane Greene from the Tigers. Melancon, acquired from the Giants in July, appears to be the favorite for saves moving forward, as Greene has struggled since joining Atlanta. If you're looking for the next reliever for saves, Melancon is the pitcher to pick up.
Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland Athletics
After missing all the entire season with a shoulder injury, the 27-year-old could see a return to the rotation by the end of August. In six rehab starts, he's struck out 35 hitters in 24.1 innings pitched, but during this point in his rehab, it's about stretching the left-hander out, getting him ready for big league action. He's thrown at least 70 pitches in his last three outings, including 82 during his last outing on August 13. He's owned in less than 10% of leagues, and should be monitored going forward.
Eric Sogard, 2B/SS, Tampa Bay Rays
If you're searching for middle infield help due to the Jeff McNeil injury, than Sogard is likely your player to pick up. Since joining the Rays, the 33-year-old utility man has slashed .382/.475/.735 with three home runs in 12 games. He appears to be the every day favorite to play second base for the ever-changing Rays lineup. He's owned in less than 30% of fantasy leagues.