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Grinding Metal - Nick Lodolo, Nathaniel Lowe 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 14 is here, so let's start things off.

Nick Lodolo, SP, Cincinnati Reds
The rookie left-handed pitcher is back after missing several months with a back injury. Prior to the injury list, Lodolo had 19 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched. In his return against the Mets (limited pitch count) - he struck out 8 hitters in 4.2 innings pitched. His next start comes this Sunday against the Rays, and he's a good bet to rack up strikeouts, but may not make it past the 5th inning due to a pitch restriction. 

Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, Texas Rangers
After a hot start and then cooling off, Lowe had picked up the production numbers once again. He's hitting .333/.414/.608 with four home runs since June 21st. He's still owned in less than 50% of leagues, but this might be the last time to grab him, as his numbers continue to climb in the month of July.

Tyler Stephenson, C, Cincinnati Reds
A friendly reminder to check the waiver wire for Stephenson, who is expected to be activated by the Reds in the next 2-3 days. He's a power bat with catching and first base eligibility. He's owned in over 65% of leagues, but maybe someone dropped him.

Isaac Paredes, 1B/INF, Tampa Bay Rays
Paredes has minimal appeal with the exception of his power bat. He hits a ton of fly balls (31%) and usually hits fourth or fifth in the Rays' lineup. Strikeouts are not an issue, but he does have a .216 BABIP (league average is .240). He's popped two home runs already in the month of July, and is playing this weekend against the Reds on the road, so he may be useful for the weekend or as a daily lineup pickup.