Aug 19, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; Frisco Roughriders shortstop Jurickson Profar (10) bats during the fourth inning of the game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Roughriders beat the Naturals 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
Jason wrote this piece on Monday discussing some potential September call ups that help you in September or in the future. Among them is Padres starter Casey Kelly who has some upside. Like Jason stated in his article, Kelly is probably auditioning for a rotation spot in 2013. Another guy he mentions is Cardinals starter Shelby Miller who more than likely will get a call this month. Miller had a rough start to the 2013 season, but has rebounded in the second half. Over his last 10 starts, he owns a 63-7 strikeout to walk ratio in 54.1 innings, with a 5-2 record and a 3.15 ERA.
The Rangers are going to call up the best prospect in the game today:
In AA this season, Profar was hitting .281-.368-.452 with 14 HRs, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 76 runs, 62 RBI, 16 stolen bases and an excellent 79-66 strikeout to walk rate in 480 at bats. Profar will be nothing more than a backup this month, spelling Elvis Andrus and possibly Ian Kinsler once a week or so. Even still, it will be very exciting to see him on the big league stage.
Cubs third base prospect Josh Vitters has struggled in his first taste of the big leagues and could be used sparingly in September, and for good reason. Vitters went 0-4 yesterday and is now hitting a pitiful .086-.115-.172 with a 20-2 strikeout to walk rate in 58 at bats. He will have to improve his plate discipline if he wants to play on a regular basis in September and in 2013, yet haven't we been hearing that about him since he was a top prospect?
If there is one player I will target in my AL-only league this offseason is Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. Beltre went 4-5 with 2 runs and an RBI in the Rangers 5-3 win over the Indians. Beltre had a hot month of August, hitting .311-.367-.594, but he has been even hotter over his last 10 games, where he is 19-40 with 6 HRs and 14 RBI. For the season, he is hitting .316-.353-.530 with 25 HRs, 76 runs and 82 RBI this season. Beltre is a top 5 fantasy third baseman and is one of the more consistent producers at the hot corner.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera may give Angels outfielder Mike Trout a run for his money for the AL MVP award this season, and as the No.1 overall pick in fantasy drafts in 2013. Cabrera went 3-4 with a HR, double, 2 runs and 2 RBI, and is now hitting .329-.393-.589 with 33 HRs, 34 doubles, 86 runs and 109 RBI. Miggy is on pace for a 41 HRs, 135 RBI season, his first 40 HR season in his career.
With that said, it will be tough to NOT take Trout and his 25 HRs, 40+ stolen bases with the first overall pick in 2013.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez silenced the bats of the NL's best hitting team last night, tossing a complete game shutout vs the Cardinals. He gave up just 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 8 to win his 17th game of the season. He is now 17-7 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP to go along with his 176-63 strikeout to walk ratio in 168.1 innings of work. He has a very good shot to win 20 games this season, and the Nationals will go into the playoffs with Gio as their #1 with Stephen Strasburg set to be shut down in the next few weeks.
After starting the season struggling with a shoulder injury that impacted his triple slash line in big way, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been on fire the last two months. Here are his monthly stats for July and August:
July: .366-.434-.752, 10 HRs, 24 RBI
August: .311-.390-.406, 1 HR, 11 RBI
The power dropped in August, but he has stayed hot. Zimmerman went 2-5 with a double, HR and 2 RBI last night, and is now hitting .282-.350-.457 with 17 HRs, 76 runs and 69 RBI on the season. He is prone to injury, so his value on draft day 2013 may take a slight hit.
Mets starter R.A. Dickey continued his march toward the NL Cy Young award last night, throwing a complete game, 5 hit shutout of the Marlins last night. Dickey walked 3 and struck out 7 to win his 17th game of the season, and is now 17-4 with a 2.63 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a 190-44 strikeout to walk ratio in 191.1 innings. He has given up just 2 runs in his last 3 starts, covering 23 innings pitched, giving up just 13 hits, walking 6 and striking out 15.
Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario batted cleanup last night, and it appears he likes the spot in the Rockies lineup, as he went 2-4 with a solo HR. Rosario's power breakout is a surprise to many fantasy owners, as he started the season as the backup to Ramon Hernandez, but took over the starting role when Hernandez landed on the DL. Thus far in 2012, Rosario is hitting .255-.299-.545 with 23 HRs and 57 RBI, and is on pace to hit 29 HRs and drive in 71. A nice start to his big league career, Rosario will get much love this offseason due to his power and that he calls Coors Field home.