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Grinding Metal - Tanner Houck, Ramon Laureano 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 10 is here, so let's start things off.

Tanner Houck, RP/SP, Boston Red Sox
At the beginning of the week, it was Matt Strahm who looked like the new closer for Boston, but that was before he blew a save over the weekend. Now, righty reliever Tanner Houck could potentially lock down the role after going 2-for-2 for saves over the weekend, after Strahm blew a save. Houck, 25, hasn't allowed an earned run during the month of June, and has a 0.50 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 18 innings since May 15. While the Red Sox have a crowded bullpen, manager Alex Cora is looking for consistency - which might be just what Houck brings to the table for the ninth inning.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Oakland Athletics
After sitting out the first month of season due to a PED suspension, Laureano finds himself hitting at the top of the order for one of the worst teams in baseball. However, despite the record, he's still an outfielder who can provide some fantasy owners with home runs and the ability to get on base via the walk. He's currently hitting .248/.331/.694 in 113 at-bats, and could start to heat up as he finds his footing due to the delayed start of his season.

Gabriel Moreno, C, Toronto Blue Jays
The highly regarded prospect wasn't promoted to the big-leagues to sit around and play occasionally, so he plans on splitting time with Alejandro Kirk at the catching spot and the DH. Danny Jansen is injured, another indicator that Moreno should have plenty at-bats.

Zach Eflin, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
The right-handed starter was pulled in the fourth inning of his last start, but was already on 96 pitches. This week, Eflin is a sneaky starting pitching play with two scheduled starts - the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals, respectively. Eflin isn't big on strikeouts (20.2% this season) but will likely keep lineups in check, and giving fantasy owners a shot at a win or quality start.

AUTHOR Reggie