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 8 is here, so let's start things off.
Spencer Strider, RHP, Atlanta Braves
The right-handed reliever was already an elite reliever, but the Braves are now going to push that talent to the starting rotation. Strider will make his first big-league start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Strider has a 2.22 ERA this season with 37 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched. He was going to be a must add this week for a reliever option, but with the start coming now, he's definitely worth adding now. The Braves always planned on him as a starter, and this now gives them more time for his starts, instead of bullpen innings. His season high on pitches thrown was 71 in April, and the most innings he's tossed is 4 in early May. Although he may not qualify for "quality starts", he should produce a ton of strikeouts while throwing 4-to-5 innings until he's built up to toss more innings later in the season.
Edwin Rios, 1B/DH, Los Angeles Dodgers
The talented power bat is starting to see extended playing time, especially with Max Muncy landing on the injured list. Rios, 28, has 6 home runs in 76 plate appearances this year. Overall, he's hitting .278/.316/.542 this season. He figures to see time at third base and designated hitter, as the Dodgers look to keep Justin Turner off his feet.
Royce Lewis, SS, Minnesota Twins
After a brief appearance covering for Carlos Correa, the prospect is back in the big-leagues. He figures to see a lot of time with multiple positions up in the air. Upon his return to Minnesota, the Twins have in centerfield - which could indicate the team plans on moving him around the outfield for the foreseeable future. In his 11 games before his demotion, he was hitting .308/.325/.564 with two home runs.