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Sunday's Roto Roundup: Is Alex Rios A Top 5 Outfielder?

Alex Rios continued his dominant season against the Nationals yesterday, going 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored, 2 runs batted in, and a stolen base. For the year, he is now hitting .317 with 13 HR, 37 RBI, 20 SB, and 46 runs scored. His advanced numbers actually look reasonable as well (.313 BABIP, 18% Line Drive rate), and while his HR/FB rate (13.7%) is higher than any season he has had before, he still looks real to me. I think at this point, I could see a .300+ batting average with 25+ HR, 80 RBI, 45 SB, and 95+ runs scored. Is this enough to get him into the top 5 for outfielders for the remainder of the season?

We are in the process of working up our midseason rankings, and a player who stands out to me as someone who is likely to be high up is Indians' C Carlos Santana. He went 3-4 with a homerun and 3 RBI, and is now hitting .393 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in just over a week's worth of games. Granted that the Indians haven't been playing the best competition, but the bat looks legitimate.

Corey Hart drove in 3 yesterday, and raised his season total to 53. Here's another outfielder who is likely to jump quite a bit in the rankings coming out soon, as he is leading the NL in homeruns. I'm not convinced he can keep up the homeruns at this rate (21.7% HR/FB rate), but I think he will still be able to get to 30 HR and 100 RBI on the season.

The Astros announced that they were making a few roster moves, with prospect Jason Castro being the most notable call up. He is going to be in the lineup going forward, and had been hitting reasonably well in AAA Round Rock. To date, he has hit .265/.365/.355 with 4 HR and 26 RBI. Clearly, he's not quite in the same class as some of the other top catching prospects who have come up in recent weeks, but in NL-only leagues he could be worth a pickup. Looking further into his minor league numbers, he hit reasonably well at AA, but posted his best numbers in the hitter friendly California League.

Nobody is hotter than Josh Hamilton right now, as he went 5 for 6 yesterday with 2 RBI. In the month of June, he is now hitting .474 with 7 HR and 25 RBI. Clearly, he's back, but he is likely to see at least a little bit of regression due to an inflated BABIP of .368. That said, nearly every other advanced stat is showing him right in the ballpark of the rest of his career. Could he finish with 30/110?

Roy Halladay took his 3rd straight loss yesterday, but didn't really pitch all that badly. Over 8 innings, he struck out 8 and allowed 11 hits and 3 earned runs, but the Phillies offense wasn't able to pick him up. No concern here for me.

A pair of pitchers were both sent down on Sunday, with the Tigers' sending starting pitcher Rick Porcello down to work on some of the issues he has been having so far in 2010, and the Mets' sending reliever Jenrry Mejia down to lengthen him to be a starting pitcher. For both players, this really seems like the best move, as both of them are not really able to live up to their potential right now, and need to work on some things outside of the Majors. For Mejia, this seems like what they should have done with him out of Spring Training.