NEW YORK –Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael […]
The Pirates’ first rounder from 2010 is still only 22, so we maintain our belief in him as a top 10 prospect despite this setback which derails any value he might have had this year. Now, we’ll have to wait until 2015 before this talented hurler is unleashed on the majors. This kid has the potential to average better than a strikeout per inning, and the valuable experience he accrued at Double-A last year should allow him to hit the ground running as soon as he’s healthy. Taillon hasn’t put together impressive won-loss records in the minors, but we’re not worried. A mid-season Eastern League All-Star last year, he really helped alleviate our worries about home run issues last year — and that was the one weakness he had. Every other part of the towering 6’6″ righty’s game should translate well into the bigs when he arrives.
The second half is officially underway, which means rumours about who stays and who goes from teams’ rosters is now all the rage. No one expected the San Diego Padres to be anything but sellers at the trade deadline, so the deal sending Huston Street up the coast to Anaheim was no surprise. For Fantasy owners, this means Joaquin Benoit is the man to own, just as he was last year for Detroit. For now, at least.
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ESPN owners are taking notice, with Wong experiencing a 34.8 percentage point increase to 38.9. That number still dwarfs his 55 per cent ownership in CBS leagues, but his popularity spike is justified. Wong has hit in seven of eight games this month at a .321 clip, tattooing five long balls while driving in eight and also stealing three bases.
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Mercer is slapping the ball all over the place and is scorching hot with a .415 BA in July, following up a five-homer June. What’s not to like? If you’re looking for a middle-infield replacement for Phillips, look no further.
We would define this as the prototypical “solid if not spectacular” draft class for Cleveland, with more substance than flash. There is plenty of upside with many of the Indians’ top choices, especially Zimmer and Sheffield. Cleveland did not overload on pitching as some teams had a tendency to, but it need make no apologies.
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Goldschmidt’s ISO is slightly below what he put up last year, he remains a DH waiting to happen (which won’t be easy as long as he’s a D-Back), and we wonder if we’ve seen the best he has to offer. With a flyball rate that just keeps dropping, it’s hard to envision him topping his 2013 homer total unless that trend reverses itself.
It’s not often we showcase a player hitting below the Mendoza Line, but the Moose appears to have loosened up lately. In the ESPN world, Moustakas gets no respect (5.8 per cent ownership), although CBS owners have been more loyal (34 per cent). He’s 7-for-17 (.412) in his last five games with a pair of homers of and six RBI, and though he’s only batting .195 overall, that’s 50 points higher than where he was at exactly one month ago. Moustakas has 10 homers and 35 RBI on the season.
Jones has had a rough weekend against the Pale Hose so far, but he came in red hot, batting nearly .310 in the last week. The rookie hasn’t received much ink so far, but it’s hard not to be impressed with the numbers he has quietly amassed in Em City. Jones is averaging over a hit per contest through 59 games and 215 at-bats, and while we’d like to see his walk rate closer to what it was in Triple-A, he’s managed to slightly reduce his strikeout rate since being promoted. The key to his game, though, is speed, and with a success rate like he has (17-of-18), any increase in his walk rate is going to translate into value.
So while Crawford, six years her junior, nurses his way back from yet another injury, keep in mind that he may soon be bumping uglies with a grandmother.
It’s yard sale season once again, much to the enjoyment of my wife Debbie. Me? I like yard sales in principle, but I usually feel let down. I’m all excited to go out a find some rare books or CDs to add to my collection, but find myself sifting through…