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 11 is here, so let's start things off.
Seranthony Dominguez, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Corey Knebel is out for the foreseeable future, with the Phillies going to a "committee" approach between Brad Hand and Dominguez. While Hand may have previous experience closing, Dominguez also racked up saves for the Phillies back in 2018 (16). Seranthony has been electric this season, posting 32 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched - with a 1.88 ERA. My bet is on Dominguez being the first out of the bullpen in the ninth inning, and should be the first pick on the waiver wire.
Kendall Graveman, RP, Chicago White Sox
Liam Hendriks is injured, but for how long? In the meantime, Graveman will likely take over closing duties. Although Joe Kelly is also in the mix, he's recovering from an injury and is unlikely to pitch on back to back days. "Digger" already has two saves this season with a 2.51 ERA. Graveman won't post big strikeout numbers, but will certainly get the job done.
Jake Burger, 3B/DH, Chicago White Sox
The former first round pick is finding plenty of playing time between the DH spot in a crowded lineup for the White Sox. Although he's dealing with a slight injury from being hit by a pitch, Burger is usually in the lineup every day - against righty and lefty starting pitching. He absolutely mashes left handed pitching (.400/.463/.800) - he's had some struggles against RHP this season - hitting .227/.265/.402 - but does have five home runs. Playing time was a concern during the month of May, as Burger was being platooned, but now he's becoming an every day player. Overall, he's hitting .273/.322/.508 with 8 home runs.
Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
This is a reminder to check if Heaney is on the waiver wire. He's owned in over 60% of leagues, but perhaps he's still out there in your league. Heaney is scheduled to return this weekend, and pitching coach Mark Prior has done wonders with the pitching staff in Los Angeles.
Michael Harris II, OF, Atlanta Braves
The centerfielder has been red hot during the current Braves' winning streak. In his last 7 games, he's hitting .423/.464/.731 with two home runs and two stolen bases. Although he's coming off a tear against the Washington Nationals, the Braves now travel to Chicago to play the Cubs, where the momentum is very likely to carry over. On the season, Harris II is hitting .328/.357/.537 with seven extra base hits.