Pirates outfielder Alex Presley went 3-4 with 2 triples and 2 runs scored yesterday. Presley is now hitting .310-.372-.491 with 2 HRs, 13 RBI, 17 runs, and 5 SBs in 116 at bats. He has hit in 6 of his 9 games since returning from the DL. It appears the Pirates like him so much, he could be their starting left fielder in 2012, pushing Jose Tabata to right field. Not much power in that outfield, so they will be counting on a resurgence from third baseman Pedro Alvarez in 2012, but he has struggled since his demotion to AAA a few weeks ago.
With the Cubs firing GM Jim Hendry, it appears that third baseman Aramis Ramirez will become a free agent this offseason. It will be hard for him to turn down the $16 million player option he holds, but he is 33 years old and having an excellent season at the plate. In his 502 at bats, he is hitting .305-.350-.512 with 24 HRs, 83 RBI and 67 runs scored. The Rockies are believed to be interested in a big bat and need a third baseman. He would fit in nicely in the Rockies lineup batting either cleanup or 5th in their lineup.
Tigers ace, and eventual AL Cy Young award winner, Justin Verlander held the White Sox to one run, on 7 hits, a walk and 6 strikeouts to win his 21st game last night. Everyone knows he has been very dominant this season, so there is no reason to give you his stats. Just know he should be a late first or second round pick in 2012.
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Yonder Alonso went 2-4 with a HR, double, 2 runs and 2 RBI last night and is showing the bat that the prospect experts talked so much about the last few years. And he is hitting for power as well. In his 44 at bats in the big leagues, he is hitting .386-.471-.750 with 4 HRs, 11 RBI, 6 runs and an excellent 10-7 K/BB rate. I am starting to think the Reds should just play him in left field in 2012, and bring in a defensive replacement late in games. Either that or deal him in a package for a front of the rotation starter.
Mets third baseman David Wright went 2-4 with a HR, double, 2 runs and 3 RBI in the Mets 7-3 win over the Nationals last night. Wright has had another injury-filled season this year and is hitting .274-.366-.466 with 12 HRs, 49 RBI, 47 runs and 10 SBs in just 292 at bats. The Rockies appear to be real interested in Wright, and I wonder what they would have to offer to trade for Wright.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went 2-2 with 2 walks, 4 runs, 2 RBI and a SB in the Rangers 10-0 win over the Red Sox last night. Andrus is having a solid year at the plate, hitting .274-.337-.348 with 4 HRs, 51 RBI, 80 runs and 34 stolen bases in 44 attempts this season. Andrus also owns a solid eye at the plate as evidenced by his 62-43 K/BB rate.
Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon went 3-5 with 3 runs and 2 SBs last night in the Dodgers come from behind 8-6 win over the Braves. Gordon raised his triple slash line to .256-.268-.298, and has knocked in 7, scored 17 and stolen 14 bases in 17 attempts. He probably won't knock in too many runs leading off in 2012, but the 14 stolen bases in his first 32 games played is quite impressive. I can see him vying for the NL stolen base crown in 2012.
Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder picked a good year to have an excellent season at the plate. Actually, he is one of those hitters who have on years and off years, and this year is his on year. He will be a free agent after the playoffs are over, and he will probably sign a mega-million dollar contract with some team. He went 4-4 with a HR, 2 runs and 2 RBI last night, raising his triple slash line to .298-.410-.555 with 31 HRs and 105 RBI. He took over the NL lead in RBI with the late inning HR last night.