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Catch Me If You Can (Or Can't) | Razzball
A look at all the catchers that are easy to run on for fantasy baseball.
He’s gone on a tear over the last 31 days though, hitting .337/.392/.467 with three homers and nearly as many walks (nine) as strikeouts (ten) in 102 plate appearances to raise his season line to a still poor but more acceptable .274/.332/.354. Loney established himself as a solid AVG, solid OBP, low power guy from 2007 through 2009, but he dropped off last year and really dropped off this year before picking things up of late. With any luck, he’ll be the old Loney for a few weeks until Pujols is healthy.
With nine steals, he looks poised to improve on his total of 13 from last year. Werth is a career .268 hitter, and that's a reasonable expectation, along with 25 home runs if things even out. His walk rate is still in double digits; as his on-base percentage rises, he should run a bit more frequently. Be careful not to overvalue Werth, but if you can find an owner who is willing to give him up for a good price, take a stab at him.
After getting off to relatively a slow start this season, Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan has turned things around in the month of June. Lannan finished Wednesday night against the Mariners with an ERA of 3.40, a full run lower than the 4.40 ERA he had at the beginning of this month.
The good news? His fantastic plate discipline and contact skills have never left him, even in the depth of his biggest slumps. Hanley's 11.6% walk rate remains elite and has been key in allowing him to maintain a respectable run total. His 20.7% strikeout rate is a touch below his typical numbers, but a perfectly reasonable total over such a small sample, mere decimal points higher than the league average.
A major reason for Hardy's power surge this year is that he has cut his percentage of ground balls hit, especially on high pitches. Hardy hit a worm-burner 41 percent of the time against high stuff in 2010. This year, he has chopped the ball into the ground on high pitches around 23 percent of the time (the MLB average is about 35 percent).
Garza has always possessed the repetoire to be a dominant big league pitcher, and if he sticks with his new approach of throwing fewer fastballs and more sliders and change-ups (and so far the evidence indicates that he will), I think we will see Garza continue to keep his strikeout rate above one per inning, and record a rest of season ERA right around 3.00.
Beachy's deceptive delivery and ability to go high and low on hitters has allowed him to strike out more than a batter per inning in 2011. Fantasy baseball players should grab him now: the Rodney Dangerfield of young pitchers is still available in nearly 60 percent of ESPN leagues.
Look closer, however, and you'll see some cracks in that narrative. Oswalt's fielding independent ERA is closer to four. He's striking out a career-low 5.3 batters per nine innings after whiffing 8.2 per nine frames last season. Oswalt isn't fooling many hitters this year, and the culprit is a combination of his fastball lacking zip and a decision to emphasize the changeup in place of his breaking stuff.
As of today, Sanchez has posted a .299/.327/.495 across two levels (A+, AAA) and it appears the GIants are grooming him to take over daily catching duties for the stretch run. SABR types will point to the 44/9 K/BB ratio as a serious red flag. And while I don't disagree completely, there's something to be said for his being 21 and aggressively pushed through the organization.
Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Pirates promotions, Trevor May, more | KFFL.com
The Bucs are calling up Brad Lincoln for a doubleheader, but a couple of other players should see a bit more time. Plus, a top Phillies arm and updates on some prime youngsters.
A hulking presence at 6'3, 245 lbs, Goldschmidt currently leads the minor leagues in home runs with 22 and has assembled a .328/.450/.656 line in 250 at-bats at Double-A Mobile. He has more walks (55) than strikeouts (53) and continues to apply pressure to Juan Miranda, who currently occupies first base in Arizona. Goldschmidt is rapidly silencing his skeptics, many of whom attributed his monster 2010 season (35 HR, 108 RBI) to the notoriously inflated hitting environment of the California League.