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.
Kyle Lewis, OF, Seattle Mariners
A promising rookie, now finds himself as the every day center fielder for the Mariners hitting out of the third spot in the lineup. Off to a roaring start, hitting .421/.500/.737 with two home runs over a handful of games. With the season being a sprint, it's worth to add hot players who can contribute right away.
Nate Pearson, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
The hard throwing righty will make his big-league debut against the Washington Nationals this week. Pearson, the former first round pick in 2017, features a triple digit fastball, a change-up and a breaking ball. Pearson's workload management will be monitored, but he will post big strikeout numbers while he's out there. Expect Pearson to throw a few innings during his debut.
Dustin May, SP/RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
After Clayton Kershaw was scratched on Opening Day, May stepped in and filled the spot beautifully. Tallying four strikeouts in 4 innings vs the San Francisco Giants, his next start will come against the Houston Astros in Houston. He's likely to only pitch another 4-5 innings, but should remain in the rotation, even when Kershaw returns from the IL, as Alex Wood headed to the IL earlier in the week.
Kike Hernandez, INF/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Typically a plug-and-play utility player, Hernandez is now finding every day starts at second base with the Dodgers. The Dodgers optioned Gavin Lux to open the season, leaving the position open for Hernandez and Chris Taylor. Kike offers fantasy owners versatility all over the field, and can really hit left-handed pitching. Again, with a short season, fantasy owners have to find players to plug and play with hot bats.
Anthony Bass, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Normal closer Ken Giles is sidelined with a forearm strain, so Bass will likely have first shot at closing for the Blue Jays. Bass has one save this season, and nine career saves, with a bulk coming from the playing days for the Seattle Mariners. Cheap saves are the best saves, so be sure to pick Bass up until he loses the job.