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Grinding Metal - Ryan Pressly, Carter Kieboom and More Waiver Wire Pickups

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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.

Kwang Hyun Kim, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
The early favorite for saves in St. Louis is Kim, as Cardinals manger Mike Shildt made the announcement before the season opener. Ryan Helsley was the "favorite" to open the season, but as we know, projecting saves is tricky and not desirable. Giovanny Gallegos could regain the job once he's up to speed, but Gallegos has had issues traveling to St. Louis from Mexico, so he will likely open the season on the IL. All fantasy owners should monitor the situation on a week by week basis. 

Carter Kieboom, 3B, Washington Nationals
With the departure of Anthony Rendon, Carter Kieboom will be the every day third baseman. With the few exceptions of match-up specific games, in which Asdrubal Cabrera will start at third base, Kieboom is a worth a pick up. Kieboom has done nothing but hit in the minor leagues, slashing a .287/.378/.469 across four minor league seasons. 

Ryan Pressly, RP, Houston Astros
Much like the Cardinals situation, the normal closer, Roberto Osuna will not open the season as the ninth inning closer. Osuna isn't ready, so the Astros will likely turn towards veteran Pressly. Pressly, 31, is battling a blister on his finger, but that hopefully won't play a factor in the long term. Pressly has six career saves, but has pitched in high leverage situations during his time with Minnesota Twins and the Astros.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, C/INF, Texas Rangers
If you had a chance to follow baseball during the suspension, you were able to read about Kiner-Falefa's swing re-design during the time off. Apparently the team is raving about his development in camp, and Rangers manager Chris Woodward has named Kiner-Falefa as the team's starting third baseman, pushing Todd Frazier to first base. Taking a gamble on IKF is worth it, as you will not only gain catching position eligibility, but could be in a for a nice surprise. The fact that the pickup will be minimal, it's a low risk - high reward move.