CHICAGO, IL - JULY 01: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson #33 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It is never too early to start speculating on trade deadline activities. With current Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez apparently available for trade, Parnell is the likely replacement. The good news: Parnell’s strikeout rate has increased each season in the Majors, as has his average fastball velocity.
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Bautista is slugging .603 on outside pitches in 2011, while the big league average is just .327. Jason Giambi and Laynce Nix are the only batters who have outslugged Bautista on outside offerings. Inside, middle, outside -- it hasn't mattered this season. Pitchers are getting whacked when Joey Bats pulls the trigger.
It's too early to go buying in on Jackson -- his career numbers serve as a caution -- but he may be worth watching in the second half. His BABIP of .341 is bound to come down, and as it does, we should expect an ERA closer to 3.50 with good strikeout numbers, some more victories, and a WHIP much, much closer to the league average rate of 1.31. Jackson should be a good buy in deeper leagues and is worth monitoring in the second half.
Five reasons to sell high on Jair Jurrjens | Fantasy Baseball 365
I agree with three of these...and if you can get Andrew McCutchen for Jurrjens as suggested in the article, you don't need to agree with any of them. Go do it.
Joel Hanrahan's pitching approach this year is simple, yet devastating. He's forcing batters to take cuts at a fastball that flirts with the triple digits, with the result being weak contact. And he's burying sliders low and away to right-handers or in on the legs of lefties. Hanrahan, once a control-challenged farmhand for the Dodgers and Nationals, is now a focal reason why the Pirates are no longer pushovers.
I've heard different opinions about how "complete" of a hitter [Reddick] is. Red Sox officials seem optimistic that he'll produce across-the-board, as he's doing on his current hot streak. Sources outside the organization aren't quite as sanguine, projecting that he'll hit for plenty of power, but concerned that his strike zone judgment will hold him back, that he'll be streaky and prone to large fluctuations in batting average and OBP.
It’s easy to write off [Frazier's] power explosion, considering he had never hit more than 19 HR prior to 2011, but he is 25-years old. It’s not unthinkable that he has simply added power, is it? He did have 32 doubles in 2010 and 45 in 2009, so there certainly is hope. However, don’t consider it a lock.
Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Bryce Harper, James Darnell, more | KFFL.com
Bryce Harper cruises to Double-A. James Darnell one of two Padres youngsters breaking out. Plus, should you bank on Blake Beavan after a stellar MLB debut?