Desmond Jennings - Rays OF DOB: 10/30/86
With Sam Fuld cooling quicker than cookies on a windowsill it couldn't be a better time for Jennings to get piping hot. The toolsy outfielder is batting .342 over his past 10 games with 3 HR. He is showing that last season was just a bump in the road. Jennings is ready for The Show and simply needs an invite.
Julio Teheran - Braves SP DOB: 01/27/91
After a cup of joe in Atlanta, Teheran went back to beating up International League hitters.This week it was Pawtucket feeling his wrath. Over seven and two thirds innings he gave up three hits and two runs (both earned). He walked four and struck out seven. The strong performance saw his AAA ERA rise to 1.91.
Devin Mesoraco - Reds C DOB: 06/19/88
Devin Mesoraco's triple slash of .303/.398/.532 is impressive, but his road .224/.356/.367 raises a few questions. What happened to the power on the road, and should Mesoraco owners be concerned about the .143 split in home/away AVG? The split is concerning but you also can't ignore the fact that he is hitting .367/.435/.667 at home.
Jesus Montero - Yankees C DOB: 11/28/89
It's hard to say Montero isn't hitting well when he is batting .336 but he has yet to show much power. Through 29 games he has just a..101 ISO. The fact that he is striking out five times as much as he is walking is also a concern. Montero still has plenty of time to turn his season around, but as of now his bat is heading in the wrong direction. A 3 hit night tonight could be the spark to re-ignite the hitting machine.
Josh Reddick - Red Sox CF/RF DOB: 02/19/87
Reddick doesn't hit for much AVG otherwise he could project to be a future fantasy stud. He could have seasons where he gets near .300 but he seems destined to produce Nick Swisher-esque numbers with fewer strikeouts. He has the power to hit 30 HR. Reddick owners will have to be patient as playing time in Boston is hard to come by. A trade to a less crowded outfield would do wonders for Reddick's stock.
Domonic Brown - Phillies RF DOB: 09/03/87
Brown was on fire after coming back from hand surgery and looked to be pushing for a roster spot. Then he sprained his thumb in Wednesday's game and will sit for a week. Brown's strong recovery from hand surgery is promising but you have to wonder if that right hand of his is going to be prone to injury going forward. For now just look at it as a minor set-back in his eventual rise to the major leagues.
Yamaico Navarro - Red Sox SS/3B DOB: 10/31/87
The Red Sox have played Yamaico Navarro at six different positions this season, mainly due to Jose Iglesias taking over at shortstop, Yamaico's natural position. His flexibility bodes well for his major league hopes since at the very least he can hope to latch on as a super utility player. I'm sure Navarro's hopes are higher than that. If given the chance to start at SS he could have an above average bat for the position. He has solid BB/K ratios and can hit for some average and power while stealing a few bags.
Kyle Gibson - Twins SP DOB: 10/23/87
Gibson has nice peripherals with 9 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 but has been victimized by 6 longballs. He has a 4.14 ERA which could have been much lower had it not been for all of the home runs. He is giving up moon shots 3 times more often than last season so you can expect the high home run totals to slow. I won't be surprised when Gibson is called up this year. His mix of command and power could mean he could provide value once promoted.
Fernando Martinez - Mets OF DOB: 10/10/88
Mets manager Terry Collins did not have very encouraging words regarding Fernando Martinez this week. The chronic knee problems at 22 are not a good sign and now might be a goodtime to sell high while his name still has value. Collins did point to Beltran as a similar example so there is reason for hope. Martinez's top prospect billing was based mostly on projectability and physical tools so word of chronic knee problems sounds like bad news to me.
Alex Cobb - Rays SP DOB: 10/07/87
Cobb has not been nice to opposition batters this year. In 6 starts he holds a 1.31 ERA with some more terrificnumbers in his 10 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 0.3 HR/9 and 6.8 H/9. There is little room for Cobb in the Rays rotation but he is first in line whenever something opens up.
Mike Minor - Braves SP DOB: 12/26/87
Lost amongst all of the Teheran hoopla is Minor. His 1.82 ERA, 6.6 H/9, and 9.8 K/9 all top Teheran. Granted, Minor is 3 years older and far more experienced at the upper levels but he remains one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues.
Lonnie Chisenhall - Indians 3B DOB: 10/04/88
Chisenhall's home run power has been absent but everything else is present. He has a triple slash of .285/.373/.446 with much of the slugging percentage coming from his 10 doubles. He has put only 3 over the fence.