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Grinding Metal - Kyle Lewis, Nick Wittgren 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 wins, Grinding Metal has you covered. This is the last waiver wire article of the season. Thank you for reading and good luck in your league(s).

Nick Wittgren, RP, Cleveland Indians
With Brad Hand dealing with an injury, the Indians will likely turn to Wittgren to close out the ninth innings. Hand, the normal closer, isn't expected to pick up a baseball for a few days, and then will be reevaluated again. For now, any owner looking for saves should pick Wittgren up. He has a 2.68 ERA with four saves and 54 strikeouts in 53.2 innings this season. 

Kyle Lewis, OF, Seattle Mariners
The former 2016 first round pick has finally cracked the big-leagues, and is putting on a power display in the process. Lewis, 23, is hitting .316/.333/.842 with three home runs in five games. He's a must add if you're looking for outfield help, as he figures to see a good bit of playing time during the final two weeks of the season.

Johnny Cueto, SP, San Francisco Giants
Dia de Cueto is back, and looks fairly good thus far. Making his first start of the season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Cueto struck out four hitters and allowed just one hit spread across four innings. His next start is against the Marlins, with his next start figuring to come against the Braves late next week. Cueto should be around 5-to-6 innings during his starts, but if his pitch counts start to pile up, he may only last four innings.

Nico Hoerner, SS, Chicago Cubs
With Cubs superstar Javier Baez expected to miss the rest of the season, the Cubs promoted highly touted prospect Hoerner to the big-leagues. Hoerner, 22, is off to a fast start, posting a .417/.481/.750 slash line with two home runs and 11 RBI. In 70 games at Double A this season, he hit .284/.344/.399 with three home runs. Obviously Hoerner will run into some rooke struggles, but for the time being, he's hot and should be owned.