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 19 is here, so let's start things off.
Franmil Reyes, DH/OF, Chicago Cubs
After hitting waivers earlier in the month via the Cleveland Guardians, the slugger has looked very comfortable in Chicago. Since joining the Cubs, Reyes has a slash line of .367/.367/.733 with two home runs and five RBI. Almost half of hits have been for extra bases, which is an encouraging sign. He's proven he can hit for power, and could be valuable over the final two months of the season for fantasy owners.
Alexis Diaz, RP, Cincinnati Reds
There may not be many save opportunities for the Reds moving forward, but Diaz should be the reliever to see those opportunities. Since the start of July, he hasn't allowed an earned run. The brother of Mets' closer Edwin Diaz has struck out 63 hitters in 46.1 innings pitched this year. He has a 1.75 ERA and 5 saves this year. He's owned in less than 10% of leagues and should be picked up immediately.
Brett Baty, 3B, New York Mets
The former 2019 MLB first round pick made his big-league debut and didn't disappoint, as he hit a home run in his very first at-bat. Across Double-A & Triple-A, Baty hit .315/.410/.533 with 19 home runs, with a bulk of the production happening at Double-A. While Baty is an exciting prospect, his status remains uncertain once Eduardo Escobar & Luis Guillorme return from the IL. However, if Baty comes out and blow up production numbers, it won't matter.
CJ Abrams, SS, Washington Nationals
The highly touted prospect involved in the Juan Soto trade is back in the big leagues with the Nationals and should remain there for the rest of the season. Abrams will immediately provide a speed boost for any fantasy owner's roster. Although he may have some adjustment periods over the first two weeks, the 21 year old prospect will get the steals. This pickup would strictly be for owners looking for steals.
Scott Effross, RP, New York Yankees
With Clay Holmes landing on the IL, the Yankees will likely return the ninth inning to Aroldis Chapman. However, given Chapman's recent struggles, it's worth monitoring the situation and potentially picking up Effross. He has two saves this season along with a 2.81 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched.
Michael Wacha, SP, Boston Red Sox
The veteran righty has returned to the rotation after missing a month with an injury. His first start back from the IL was brilliant, striking out 9 hitters across 7 innings against the New York Yankees. His next start will likely come against the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend (Aug 20-21). He's currently owned in less than 50% of leagues.