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 16 is here, so let's start things off.
Jean Segura, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
The veteran infielder is eligible to return from the 60-day injured list on July 31. Segura has been out since May 31 with a broken finger. He's likely to return early next week, when the Phillies are playing the Washington Nationals. He was slashing .275/.324/.731 with 6 home runs and 19 RBI before the injury. If he's available in your league, try and pick him and and stash him.
Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Let's hope Heaney can make it to his next start without an injury. He returned from an April injury on June, but only pitched one game - going 5 innings against the Cleveland Guardians. He's back to end the month of July, and struck out four hitters in four innings against the Washington Nationals on 7/27. Assuming everything works out, Heaney will pitch again versus the San Francisco Giants on Monday (8/1). When he's pitched, he's been lights out, posting a 0.47 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched.
Josh Naylor, 1B, Cleveland Guardians
Over the past two weeks, Naylor is slugging .491 with three home runs and 10 RBI. On the season, he has 14 homers and a .836 OPS. You can usually find him hitting in the clean-up spot for the Guardians. He's owned in just over 50% of leagues, so your chances of picking him up may be running out.
Carson Kelly, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
Thus far into the month of July, the catcher is hitting .370/.424/.704 with 4 home runs. After an abysmal first half, the slugging backstop is picking things up heading into the month of August. If your catcher is struggling, or you have an open utility spot, Kelly is worth a look. As an added bonus, Arizona will sometimes have Kelly hit leadoff, especially against a left-handed starter.
Braxton Garrett, SP, Miami Marlins
After two stellar back-to-back outings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he posted 18 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched - Garrett hit a small roadblock against the Cincinnati Reds on 7/27 - allowing 5 earned runs in 5 innings, but also striking out 8 hitters. Despite the small hiccup, the former 2016 first rounder should still be a waiver wire pickup. His next scheduled start will come against the Cincinnati Reds again, but this time, he will be at home in Miami pitching.