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 5 is here, so let's start things off.
George Kirby, SP, Seattle Mariners
One of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues was sensational in his big-league-debut - tossing six shutout innings with seven punch-outs. He's still owned in a low percentage of leagues due to uncertainty of his status, but he'll likely get another look later in the week against the New York Mets. He'll be in the back of the rotation, and may have some starts skipped to keep him fresh.
Juan Yepez, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
The 24-year-old first baseman logged his first big-league homer over the weekend. Something he did 62 times in the minor leagues, including 9 this year at Triple-A Memphis. He has 9 hits in his first 5 games this season, in which 4 of those hits are of the extra-base variety. If you're team is looking for power, Yepez is worth a look at the corner infield spot and DH role.
Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers
Tellez put on a monster display this past week, hitting 2 home runs and collecting 8 RBI against the Cincinnati Reds. Just as we stream pitchers against terrible hitting teams, we can stream hitters against terrible pitching teams. Tellez has a favorable matchup this week - facing the Reds (again) and the Miami Marlins later in the week. Stream his hot start this week and see what happens - if he continues, keep him on the team - if he doesn't, simply move on to the next hot hand.
Dane Dunning, SP, Texas Rangers
The former Florida Gator continues to quietly impress this season, as he strung together his second straight quality start against the New York Yankees. Over his last two starts, he's allowed a total of two earned runs while striking out a total of 12 batters in 13.2 innings pitched. He's owned in less than 15% of leagues, so he's available for the cheap, especially if you are looking for strikeouts. His next start is against the Boston Red Sox.
Josh Winder, SP, Minnesota Twins
Since moving to the starting rotation, Winder is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched. There's only one problem - will they remain in the starting rotation for another week? The Twins have already announced that Winder will pitch later this week versus the Houston Astros. However, there is optimism that Winder will stick around as a starter, as the team is currently facing a lot of injuries related to their rotation. Bailey Ober, Chris Paddack and Dylan Bundy are all currently listed on the injury/out report. He's another viable streaming option this week.