Plouffe has always been an above average power threat for a middle infielder but what he is doing this year is even better than that. Through 37 games at AAA he is hitting .303/.374/.627. Plouffe played 18 games in Minnesota while Tsuyoshi Nishioka was out. He hit only .200 but managed 5 extra base hits. The Twins seem happy with Alexi Casilla and Nishioka up the middle so Plouffe will have to bide his time before he gets another shot. If either of the Twins middle infielders struggles there is a chance Plouffe will be given another crack at it.
The Braves could do well in trading an arm or two for a bat since they have a major league arm waiting in the minors. Teheran is too good for International League hitters and has allowed only 4 earned runs in his past 5 starts. He has a 1.79 ERA in AAA and could produce an ERA easily under 4.00 ROS for the Braves. I've already stashed him away because if he is pitching every fifth day in the majors he will be a plus for my fantasy team.
After reeling off a string of 8 straight starts without giving up more than 2 earned runs, Barnes gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 5.2 innings the last time out. The Indians lefty is making a case for a call-up but so is Zach McAllister who is also having a fine season in Columbus. Barnes fans more batters so he has more fantasy appeal but he lacks command and gets hurt by the long ball.
In a season where he is fast becoming one of the minors' breakout stars, Weiland had his most dominant outing tonight. In 8 innings he allowed 1 hit, an unearned run and struck out 12 while walking 0. He has struck out 93 in 86.1 innings this year and holds a 3.02 ERA.
Montero's bat has faded since a hot April. In his past 10 games he is batting just .222/.333/.250. His season line of .282/.338/.392 isn't horrible but you have to wonder where all the power went.
Jason Kipnis - Indians 2B DOB: 04/03/87
Kipnis is on fire right now with 9 hits in 16 at bats with 3 home runs over the past 4 games. The powerful second baseman will be the next impact player at the position to make their MLB debut. Kipnis has the potential to be a top 5 fantasy second baseman one day and I could see him hitting 25 home runs with a .290 AVG and about 10 SB in his prime.