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Grinding Metal - Andrew Miller, Robbie Grossman 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.

Robbie Grossman, OF, Oakland Athletics
The A's are red-hot right now, and Grossman is a huge part of that. The veteran outfielder has 13 walks in 20 games this season, and is hitting .286/.438/.603 with four home runs. He's owned in around 50% of leagues, so now is the time to jump on him. As long as he keeps finding playing time, he's a player to add for any roster.

Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies promoted one of their top prospects for a chance to play third base every day. Bohm, 24-years-old, figures to be the every day third baseman moving forward, while hitting in the middle of the lineup. In five games this season, he's hitting .353/.450/.921. Across two seasons in the minor leagues, Bohm hit .293/.368/.474 with 21 home runs and 97 RBI.

Andrew Miller, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have finally returned to play, and it appears that the closer battle will come down to a mixture of Miller and Giovanny Gallegos. However, since returning to play this week, Miller has two saves, while Gallegos has appeared in the 8th inning. Miller is no stranger to the 9th inning role, as he has 61 total saves and is used to pitching in high leverage situations.

Randal Grichuk, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
The former first round pick in 2009 has been on a tear over his last fifteen games, hitting .358/.424/.679 with five home runs. He's an every day outfielder for the Blue Jays until he stops hitting, plus he's hitting in the upper part of the order. He should be added to every fantasy owner's roster and played until he cools off.

Casey Mize, SP, Detroit Tigers
One of baseball's top pitching prospects is expected to make his big-league debut on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Mize, the former overall #1 pick in 2018 from the University of Auburn has just 26 MiLB starts, but has struck out 120 hitters in 123 innings pitched, to go with a 2.71 ERA. My only concern with Mize is that his innings and pitch count will be closely monitored, which makes him racking up a win, seem almost impossible, as he may be pulled in the 4th inning. However, the strikeouts should be there, along with the hype. If you're an owner who has a free/throw away spot, Mize is worth a pick-up, but it might be a streaming option for many - playing things based on the matchups.

Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Mets
After dealing with an injury to open the season, Cano is showing glimpses of his prime years, hitting .393/.426/.679 with 4 home runs and 13 RBI. Keeping Cano between DH and second base will likely keep Cano healthy enough to play the entire 2020 shortened season. As of right now, the 37 year old is owned in approximately 50% of leagues, and is worth owning at this point.

Tony Gonsolin, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonsolin's latest performance was 6 innings of two hit ball against the Seattle Mariners this week. In three starts this season, "The Cat Man" hasn't recorded a win or a loss, but has a 0.00 ERA (2.12 FIP) with 12 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. As of right now, Gonsolin is still part of the rotation, but that could change at any moment, and his next start is far from guaranteed. However, owners will need to monitor the situation and be prepared to pick Gonsolin up as a streamer. **Update 2:00 PM - Optioned, but will likely return for another start.**