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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Michael Brantley:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .278.  Brantley is a classic blah guy who we once thought could be a prime stolen base threat.  Didn't happen and the occasional home runs he swats are not enough for ownership.

Nick Markakis:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .292.  Markakis deserves props for salvaging his career and he has sneaky value as an outfielder 3 given that he hits for average and has always had a knack for scoring runs.

James Loney:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .304.  I like to call the Rays the Cardinals of the AL.  In other words washed up players go there and instantly turn back into good to great hitters or pitchers.  I present to you annual bust Loney whose empty batting averages over the years let to nowhere but the wire.  The pop is clearly surprising since he plays his home games in Tampa but we have learned not to argue with anything that goes on there.

Wil Myers:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .294.  Myers is already showing the power that had him as the top hitting prospect in baseball this side of Oscar Taveras.  He even attempted a steal which was nice to see.  The average will take a hit soon however as his high K rate will come to the forefront.  Also in redraft leagues his value may never be higher so selling high is always a good idea since other owners tend to overpay for guys like this.

Jeremy Hellickson:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.11.  On the seventh day, the BABIP gods rested.

Yasiel Puig:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .442.  It is cases like Mike Trout last season and Puig this season that will continue forcing us overly enthusiastic owners to pay through the nose for top prospects during the draft.  Damn this kid is ridiculous.  Right now NO ONE has any clue how good he could be but so far this is scary.

Chase Utley:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .267.  Utley has hit when in the lineup this season so his skills are still there.  The DL stint reminds us how fragile he is though.

Eric Stults:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.20.  Stults is gaining our attention since he also carries a 1.09 WHIP.  Love the ballpark and even though he is not a K guy, those in non-innings capped leagues can surely use those ratios.



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