NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees celebrates his first inning home run against the Baltimore Orioles on September 5, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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On the heels of this four-category production, Teixeira has been a top 20 drafted player each of the past six seasons. And not without reason. He has annually repaid the faith of those bold enough to draft a first baseman with their first or second pick. But is Teixeira really worth a top 20 pick if he's hitting only .250?
Much was made of his blue eyes and squinting issues under the bright sun. But Hamilton now has a routine he follows and it's made a difference. He uses some eye drops to help lubricate his eyes, helping him let in enough light to see, but not too much where he's blurry or a bit blinded. And he has a new pair of sunglasses that he's worn the past few months.
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Baker has never been a flashy pitcher, but he is safest bet for a starting pitcher coming off the DL. He has a near 4:1 K to BB ratio for the season. He will make a nice addition to a team needing a little starting pitching help, especially in H2H playoffs.
[McDonald's] had a solid season marred by a horrific start -- he had a 7.66 ERA and 0.9 K/BB in his five April starts -- and will likely drop down the 2012 draft boards because of it. Think of him as a potential post-hype sleeper for next year, but watch his remaining starts in 2011 for confirmation.
Minor has racked up at least six strikeouts and allowed no fewer than three earned runs (zero, one, three twice) in his last four starts. He is prone to the high pitch count though, so it’s rare to see him out there beyond the sixth inning. Minor will start against the Mets in CitiField on Thursday, and the rest of his starts line up against the Marlins, Mets again, Marlins again, and the Nationals.
Although [Hoover] doesn't have a genuine plus pitch, none of them are weak, arsenal is diverse, he mixes them well, throws strikes, and has been extremely durable in his career. He's maintained his strikeout rate and K/BB ratios at each level, and he's never had a serious injury. He is a strong fly ball pitcher, but doesn't give up an excessive number of home runs.