LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Pitcher Brett Myers #39 of the Houston Astros follows through on his last pitch in the ninth inning to retire James Loney #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not in photo) with a ground out to first base during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on June 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Wily Mo's biggest problem had always been strikeouts and along with his home run last night, he struck out twice in four at-bats. While at triple-A, Pena managed to limit his strikeout rate to about 20-percent, but we can certainly expect that rate to be higher against better pitching at the big-league level. Even so, there is at least some hope that he can limit his strikeouts enough to hold a .265-.275 AVG and make his power numbers worth owning.
Myers' is back to throwing to the middle of the zone again. Opposing RHB aren't hitting Myers much better than last season. Their weighted on base average is basically the same as it was for the 2010 season. However, lefties are crushing Myers this season. Opposing LHB have a wOBA 87 points higher than last season. They have hit 10 home runs against him already; last season lefties hit all of 8 against Myers.
Lowe knows his strengths, and he uses them to his advantage, even if he’s getting older and losing some effectiveness. He should be able to stave off some aging just thanks to his pitch selection and control, and is certainly worth having around in NL-only leagues.
As a reliever Cory has thrown less Two-seam Fastballs and Change-ups in favor of his Slider. The Slider is showing more horizontal movement and sinking action. The Whiff% has responded well (11.9% in '10, 19.5% in '11). Even though it doesn't show in his walk rate, Luebke is locating all of his pitches better. All four pitches are hitting the strike zone more often and his First Strike percentage is up two points. The velocity is up a bit on his two Fastballs, but that should be expected. The improved Slider and control has helped increase Cory's strikeout potential.
So for this season or next, I would not devalue Albert Pujols because of the injury. A person may actually be able to get him a little easier because Albert’s current owner may be looking to get rid of him.
Dirks is already 25 years old, so his upside is more limited than many prospects, but he has a broad base of skills. He has a compact swing that hits liners to all fields. Although he can be overpowered by plus fastballs, he holds in well against breaking balls and changeups thanks to a discerning eye. He doesn't draw a huge number of walks, but he avoids excessive strikeouts.
Betances has been extremely lucky this year, posting a ridiculously low .234 BABIP combined with leaving an unsustainable number of runners on base (81.7 LOB%). The peripherals are inline with career numbers – good strikeout rates with below-average command. There are no questions about his skills and talents; he throws two plus-pitches and an average changeup.
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Minor League Notes, June 22nd, 2011 | Minor League Ball
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Clippard's fastball allows him to do more than just induce whiffs. Due to his extreme approach, he has a batted ball profile that should allow him to sustain above average batting averages on balls in play. According to Baseball Info Solutions data, he allows very few line drives; he has a career rate of 14.3 percent, which is much better than the league average of around 19 percent. He also garners a very high proportion of flyballs, many of which turn into pop-ups; he has a career infield flyball rate that is almost double the league average. While it's very unlikely that he will sustain his current BABIP of .207, he should continue to post above average values in the future.