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We had to be patient with Upton, but now he's rewarding us in the most awesome of ways; it's just a year later than a lot of people had expected. He hasn't just taken his all-around performance to a whole new level this season; he's doing it in a way that's likely to be sustainable over the next few seasons. We're talking about a player that's potentially setting himself up for a period as the best player in baseball.
Ackley has chased a little over 18 percent of pitches thrown out of the zone, compared to the 28 percent league average. That's the twelfth-lowest chase rate among MLB batters with 150+ plate appearances. And when Ackley does swing, he rarely misses: The lefty has missed slightly less than 14 percent of the pitches that he has swung at, well south of the 20 percent league average.
[Ackley] has quickly proven that he has as much upside for 2011 as those types of players (and significantly more moving forward), as well as being given the opportunity to produce. In other words, there is no reason for him to be anywhere but in your active lineup (unless you are lucky enough to own one of the elite options).
Joe Mauer is still a great hitter, and he appears to be over the injuries that plagued him for the first half of 2011. The Twins offense should improve, and along with his new ability to play first base and get in the lineup everyday, Mauer should start accumulating more runs and RBI. Don't expect a ton of power, but Mauer will produce more than the one home run he's hit in 2011. It's a great time to buy low from a fantasy owner who is likely frustrated.
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2011 Closer Rankings: August | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
If Feliz belongs in the fourth tier, so does Marmol.
Fantasy Baseball Investment Market: It's a Sellers Market! | COSFBA
You can sell any of these three to me, especially for 50 cents on the dollar.
In his five starts last month, he carried a 2.19 ERA and struck out 27 batters in 37 innings while walking only nine. What makes his July even more impressive is that he twice faced Texas, one of the best offenses in the American League, and even posted a complete game shutout against them in Arlington. Cecil could continue his current hot streak well into August, considering his next four opponents are at Tampa Bay, home against Oakland, at Seattle, and finally at Oakland.
In short, D'Arnaud has everything you want in a young catching prospect. A good dose of Triple-A would help him polish his defense and maintain his hitting progress, and barring something unforeseen happening to Arencibia, D'Arnaud should head to Las Vegas next year. However, by 2013 he'll be ready to challenge for a major league job, and his good balance of offensive and defensive skills will help him get it.
I don’t see the move to Colorado putting a damper on [Pomeranz's] prospect value. Expect a 2012 ETA with similar early results as a young Clayton Kershaw (8.5 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9).
Daily Dish: Robbie Erlin, Jarred Cosart Go Head-To-Head | Baseball America
Cosart, Erlin, Zeid, Cron, Moore, Banuelos, Montero, Adam
Impossible Trivia Time | Baseball Nation
I just wasted a ton of time thinking about this. What do you think?