MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 10: Dontrelle Willis #50 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after fielding a bunt against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 10, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Fantasy Baseball Top 100 for Second Half of 2011 | Razzball
The best thing you'll read all day...unless you were already planning on sitting down with The Great Gatsby.
I will freely admit that a guy who is hitting .185 with an OBP (.257) that would be a poor batting average is a disaster. At the same time, his power is finally starting to show, and that should remain a constant moving forward. Don’t overlook the fact that, despite being an absolute dead weight to a club in the average and steals categories, that Uggla is fourth at the second base position in homers, has as many RBI as Ian Kinsler and has scored more runs than Michael Young (42).
His 10.29 K/9 for the season is inflated by his time as a reliever, but he’s whiffed 21 batters in 16 IP as a starter so far, walking just three. That doesn’t really jive with his minor league track record (7.5 K/9 in 430.2 minor league innings), and ZiPS sees Luebke’s strikeout rate dropping to 7.02 K/9 the rest of the season. There’s a decent amount of upside here, almost like a 2011 version of 2010 Tim Stauffer, who moved out of the pen and was lights out down the stretch last summer.
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Looking at it from a distance, I don't like the trend lines in [Davis'] ratios and there are all kinds of caution flags going up here. Let's see how he comes back from the forearm thing; it wouldn't surprise me if this has been bothering him for some time. If the decline in his strikeout rate is something that sticks around the rest of the year, my expectations for his future will have to be trimmed back.
But Willis tried to use his slider and changeup as chase pitches, with little success. Batters went after just two of Willis' 15 out-of-zone sliders, and none of his three changeups that were off the plate.
[Rodriguez] will most likely go through about 7-14 days of basic leg strength and range of motion, progressing into more functional baseball activities. Like most injuries, he will be back soon with regards to how the knee feels and the like. The extra time will be in how he reacclimates himself back to baseball activities. This is what minor league rehab assignments are for.
The 6-2, 205 pound Moore isn't doing this with junk pitches: as he showed in the Futures Game, he's got a very live arm. He doesn't normally throw 98 MPH, working more commonly at 90-95, but even at the lower velocity his fastball has considerable movement and can be overpowering. He mixes it with an outstanding breaking ball, and his changeup has developed into an above-average pitch. The combination of the three gives him a complete arsenal. Add greatly improved command over the last year, and you have a truly elite prospect. Moore has the physical, mental, and statistical attributes of a future number one starter.
Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Matthew Moore, more | KFFL.com
Sunday's Futures Game showcased some of baseball's top youngsters that are nearing a call-up, including triple-digit-hitting Matthew Moore.
Somewhat surprisingly, after a poor season in Hi-A in 2010, the Rays aggressively promoted [Beckham] to Double-A where he’s improved and posted better numbers than last season. It’s looking like a coin flip as to whether he sticks at the position, but that’s a better proposition than the forgone conclusion of a move some had suggested would be the case coming into the year. In the event he sticks at shortstop, his bat has a chance to develop into above average at the position, which instantly makes him noteworthy in fantasy given the dearth of offensive talent there.
Spitballing: The Future is Now | Baseball Prospectus
Futures Game recap
Daily Dish: Brewers’ Caleb Gindl Hits For The Cycle | Baseball America
Gindl, Worley, May, Pena, Dietrich
Minor League Notes, July 11, 2011 | Minor League Ball
Victor Mateo, Adrian Salcedo, Pat Lehman, Eric Surkamp
The BP Broadside: Momento Mori, Clarence Budington Kelland and Joe Crede | Baseball Prospectus
This thing reads like the Book of Ecclesiastes. "Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!"