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Grinding Metal - Andres Gimenez, Edward Cabrera 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 9 is here, so let's start things off.

Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins
After a cup-of-coffee last season, the hard throwing righty returned to big-league action last week against the Colorado Rockies. The 24-year-old tossed 6 quality innings in Colorado, allowing just one hit and striking out 9 batters. His next scheduled start, assuming the Marlins don't push him back will be against the Washington Nationals early in the week. This is a terrific matchup for the youngster and fantasy owners. Assuming Cabrera can build off the start against the Rockies, he figures to stay in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The start against the Nationals is a must, but owners will need to watch the additional starts, especually outside of NL-only leagues.

Matt Carpenter, 2B/DH, New York Yankees
I'm including Carpenter in the article, as when he does seem to play - he hits a home run for the Yankees. The problem is - just that - finding playing time - especially now that Giancarlo Stanton has returned from the IL. Don't rush out to pick up Carpenter, but keep an eye on him in daily leagues - depending on the matchup, and if he's playing at home in New York.

Andres Gimenez, SS/2B, Cleveland Guardians
After cleaning up in Baltimore, and hitting two homers in two straight games, perhaps this is a sign of steady playing time for Gimenez moving forward. Over the past 7 games, he's hitting .385/.407/.769 with three home runs. On the season, he has 7 home runs and an .869 OPS. The power numbers are a nice addition, but as long as Gimenez is hitting singles and getting on base, he's a must add for fantasy owners who have a middle infield spot open.

Patrick Wisdom, 3B/1B/OF, Chicago Cubs
The right handed slugger has a full season under his belt with the Cubs as of this week. In 157 games since being promoted by the Cubs in May 2021, Wisdom is hitting .227/.302/.502 with 40 home runs, 92 RBI and 227 strikeouts. He's proved the type of player he is for fantasy owners - a lot of strikeouts, but also a lot of home runs. If you're looking for homers, and can tolerate a lot of 0-3 games with 3 strikeouts, take a look at Wisdom.

Brendan Donovan, 3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
The long-haired rookie continues to rack up hits in the bunches to start his career. Through his first 90 MLB at-bats, he's hitting .322/.445/.889 with one home run and two stolen bases. He currently has eligibility as a third baseman and outfielder (depending on your league settings) and that is likely to grow to include shortstop and second base. With Corey Dickerson on the IL, and even with the potential return of Tyler O'Neill - Donovan figures to continue to find playing time around the diamond. He's not known for his power numbers, but he has low strikeout totals and puts the ball in player consistently. He's owned in less than 15% of leagues according to ESPN.

Jon Gray, SP, Texas Rangers
Gray put together a masterful start against the Tampa Bay Rays to open the month of June, striking out 12 and allowing one earned run. Although his ERA is 4.83, he is a two start pitcher this week - taking a start against the Cleveland Guardians & Chicago White Sox to end the week. I would expect lots of strikeouts and hopefully a quality start mixed in. He's owned in just about 50% of leagues.

 

AUTHOR Reggie