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. Coming out of the All Star break, Week 15 is here, so let's get started.
Max Meyer, SP, Miami Marlins
The highly touted made his big-league debut, and as expected, hit a few rough spots. However, despite giving up five earned runs, Meyer struck out 5 over 5.1 innings and only walked one. Meyer's next start will likely come against the Pittsburgh Pirates and should go much more smoothly. Meyer is owned in less than 25% of leagues, and makes for a great streaming option against the Pirates.
Leody Taveras, OF, Texas Rangers
The 23-year-old outfielder has supplanted himself as the every day center fielder for the Rangers thanks to a red-hot performance over the past two weeks. On the season, Taveras is hitting .341/.367/.553 with 15 RBI and several multi-hit games. He's making a ton of contact, putting baseballs in play, and doesn't strikeout (or walk much). It would be hard for fantasy owners to ignore his red-hot numbers coming out of the All Star break.
Jhoan Duran, RP, Minnesota Twins
With Emilio Pagan out of the ninth inning role, Duran is poised to take over permanently for the Twins moving forward. He has 51 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched with a 2.36 ERA this season. He throws 100+-mph which will play in any role on fantasy teams. Current ownership is under 25%.
Aaron Hicks, OF, New York Yankees
If Hicks can stay healthy, he'll play and produce, but the health is a big "IF". He's produced nice power numbers thus far in July, slugging 3 home runs and hitting .333/.478/.722, but has also missed the last few games with a leg injury. However, with the All Star break and extra days to rest, hopefully he's ready to go.
Brett Martin, RP, Texas Rangers
Regular closer Joe Barlow is dealing with a blister issue, so Martin has taken over the ninth inning recently. The lefty has a 2.61 ERA this season, along with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks. Martin is a source of cheap saves right now, but his closer role could be short lived with Barlow returning soon.