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Since May 1st, Wigginton has hit .281 with seven home runs. Both his power output and playing time are trending up and he is eligible at 1B/2B/3B/OF in Yahoo leagues. He's only 34% owned, so if he's available on your wire, get him now, or miss his 2011 power streak.
The start of Pavano's 2011 was very unlike his start last year, however, and it appeared as if his success last season may have been a bit of a fluke. Pavano has pitched well enough lately to quell some of that talk, and the 35 year-old is just one start away from wrapping up a fantastic June. This month, he has won three of his four starts and allowed just 6 runs in 33 innings, good for a 1.64 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Over his last five starts he’s allowed a total of eight runs and only four walks. The last two starts have been masterful. Baker spun a complete game, one run gem on June 11th and followed that up with a 10K, eight inning performance June 18th. Despite that run of success – he’s actually won three starts in a row to push his record past .500 – Baker is owned in just 57% of leagues.
Since his recall from Triple-A in mid-April, Alburquerque has been scary good, giving up a mere 10 hits in 26 1/3 IP (a .118 BAA… really?!) with a whopping 44 strikeouts. Yes, control has been an issue (18 walks), but judging by the results, you can definitely classify Alburquerque as "effectively wild."
d’Arnaud doesn’t have great patience or pop — his walk rate in the upper minors is under nine percent, and his Isolated Power is just north of .130 — but he is speedy. The righty batter nabbed 33 bases in 40 tries at Double-A Altoona last season and was 18-for-21 in Triple-A this year.
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While it could lead to a little bit more power, if [Heisey] continues to hit this many fly balls he is not likely going to hit for a good average. He’s currently at .271, but if the power waivers, the fly balls continue and his 26.3% strikeout rate stays constant, his average will drop significantly (yes, there is hope for him to improve on the strikeouts, though he hasn’t shown it in the Major Leagues quite yet).
The last two "Fluke Watch" posts have involved the idea that sometimes pitcher improvements in their peripherals are unlikely to continue because the pitcher's pitches have remained the same. With Bumgarner, the opposite is true: His pitches seem to have improved, as has his usage of them, and so we might expect to see his peripherals rise throughout the year. As a result, he's certainly a good candidate for a breakout.
Tim Stauffer is legit because he's not getting lucky right now. Read his ERA-FIP-xFIP line - 3.13/3.17/3.13. Yeah, that's pretty luck-neutral. While his health holds, he should be able to repeat this sort of performance going forward.
A high strikeout, ground ball pitcher is the combo fantasy owners dream about and right now Garza possesses that highly sought after arsenal. While Garza’s numbers don’t back up the underlying stats, his FIP of 2.88 and xFIP of 2.90 both agree the move to the NL combined with the change in Garza’s approach has him looking more like an ace than a middle of the rotation starter.
San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez has never been known as a control pitcher, but the 28-year-old lefty is having serious problems finding the strike zone in 2011. Sanchez has issued 5.6 walks per nine innings pitched, by far the highest rate among starters qualified for the ERA title. Sanchez's control woes stem from his fastball. He's not locating the pitch in the zone as much as he did last season.
If the surgeon is able to adequately decompress the nerve, Morneau’s symptoms should subside. It’s also good news that the procedure is being billed as "non" or "minimally invasive" (meaning smaller cuts), the less tissue that’s disturbed the less there is to heal. In a best case scenario Morneau can expect to be sidelined from baseball activities for roughly six weeks, just as reported, and will likely require another 2-4 weeks to further rehab before returning to the Twins. This should also be enough time for his wrist to heal, so he can kill two birds with one stone. Unfortunately, not everything is sunshine and rainbows here, and I can tell you first hand from treating people recovering from spine surgery that the success rate is not as high as other types of orthopedic surgery.
Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Zack Cozart, Chris Carter, Yasmani Grandal | KFFL.com
Paul Janish's glove and some loyalty to a veteran may be all that's keeping the Cincinnati Reds from calling on this solid contributor.
At this point, it’s time to believe in and buy into the power. You get the sense that Goldschmidt could probably hit 20 homers over a full season in the majors right now. He just might hit sub-.250 along the way. He’s definitely curtailed his Ks this year (22% vs. 31% in 2010), so he’s showing progress.