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Grinding Metal - Adley Rutschman, Tyler Anderson 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 strikeouts, Grinding Metal has you covered. Week 7 is here, so let's start things off.

Adley Rutschman, C, Baltimore Orioles
The number one prospect in all of baseball is here. Unless you have a very good catcher, you should pick Rutschman up. He'll catch a lot and when he's not catching, he will likely be the designated hitter for the Orioles. He's owned in 50% of leagues, but that will continue to grow as the season moves on.

Tyler Anderson, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Anderson has a bloated 4.04 ERA thanks to a stinker of a start against the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the month, but despite that start, he's been pretty good - throwing up a 34:5 K:BB ratio over 35.2 innings this season. He's a two-start pitcher this week, with favorable match-ups against the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks. He's owned in less than 30% of leagues.

Nolan Gorman, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
If you're looking for power, Gorman is a great pickup for fantasy managers. Gorman is up with St. Louis after hitting 15 homers for Triple-A Memphis and posting a stat line of .308/.367/.677. Again, a great power pickup, but his strikeouts (35% of plate appearances) should be of concern. If you have a balanced team, and can afford to roll with Gorman, go for it. He figures to be the every day second baseman moving forward. He, too, is owned in less than 30% of leagues.

Clay Holmes, RP, New York Yankees
With Chad Green out for the season, and Aroldis Chapman struggling, and potentially pitching with an injury (maybe headed to the IL) - it's worth keeping an eye on Holmes. Not only will he see move high leverage situations moving forward, he could be in line for the ninth inning role. Michael King is a very good relief pitcher, but it likely a multi-inning leverage pitcher, so the bet is on Holmes.