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Roto Roundup: Russell Martin Drives in 6, Jim Thome Traded to Indians, Brian McCann Homers Twice

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Before I get to the Roundup, I want to second what pooptallica wrote in his fanpost last night. i encourage everyone to comment as much as possible, in our articles here on the front page, as well as in the fanposts, but let's do so with sound reasoning and statistical analysis to support your opinions. Doing so benefits everyone in the community. Thanks.

The Yankees hit 3 grand slams and scored 22 runs yesterday and here are some of their top performers:

Russell Martin: 5-5, 2 HRs (grand slam), 3 runs, 6 RBI 

Curtis Granderson: 2-4, 2 BBs, HR (grand slam), 4 runs, 5 RBI

Robinson Cano: 2-4, grand slam, 5 RBI

Derek Jeter-3-6, BB, TRIPLE!!, 2 runs, RBI

Russell Martin was non-tendered by the Dodgers last offseason, for good reason, as his triple slash line had dropped several years in a row, but this year he still isn't hitting well or getting on base, but his power has returned. He is hitting just .243-.332-.429 with 17 HRs, 59 RBI and 8 SBs. I think Yankee stadium has inflated his power stats this season.

Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds homered for the second straight day yesterday but is hitting just .220-.321-.477 with 29 HRs and 70 RBI this season. I wonder if teams will start to waive/non-tender guys like Reynolds since he swings and misses so often.

More Roundup after the jump:

The Indians have traded for Twins DH Jim Thome for a player to be named later. Thome started his career in Cleveland and could very well retire as an Indian after the season. The future Hall of Famer had some tremendous power seasons in the beginning of the decade where he hit 190 homers from 2001-2004.

Coming into the 2011 season, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria had 3 very good seasons at the plate:

2008-.272-.343-.531, 27-85-67-7

2009-.281-.364-.526, 33-113-100-9

2010-.294-.372-.507, 22-104-96-15

So what happened this season? Longoria is hitting just .234-.327-.465 with 22 HRs, 74 RBI and 52 runs in 372 at bats. Taking a quick look at Fangraphs tells us that he has been very unlucky this season, as his BABIP is just .234, or about 70 points below his career BABIP. He is also striking out less and walking more as each have gone in the right direction in each of the last 3 seasons. He is a nice bounce back candidate for 2012.

Braves catcher Brian McCann went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI yesterday afternoon. If there is a consistent catcher to grab in drafts, it's McCann. This season, he is hitting .292-.365-.512 with 22 HRs and 62 RBI. The RBI are down, but runs are down across baseball (except in New York and Boston), so that is not a big deal. He will be my #1 fantasy catcher for 2012.

Diamondbacks first base prospect Paul Goldschmidt has continued to hit for power since his call up to the big leagues. He went 3-4 with a HR, SB and 3 RBI last night and is now hitting .262-.314-.523 with 5 HRs, 13 RBI and 2 SBs in 65 at bats. One negative is the 27 strikeouts to 5 walks in those 65 at bats. Could he hit 25+ HRs in 2012?

Royals DH Billy Butler went 4-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and 2 RBI last night. Butler will probably never hit for the power we expected from him, but he is a very productive fantasy hitter. This season, he is hitting .300-.374-.473 with 16 HRs, 34 doubles, 75 RBI, 60 runs and a solid 77-57 K/BB rate. 

Butler's teammate Mike Moustakas has struggled since his call up to the big leagues, but there are signs that he is putting things together at the plate. In his last 10 games, he is 15-35 with 4 RBI and 5 runs scored hitting at the bottom of the Royals lineup. He has raised his BA from .186 to .222 in the last 10 games.

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia went 1-3 with a HR and 3 RBI last night and if you are looking for a power hitting catcher in 2012 drafts, Arencibia is hitting just .213-.277-.440 with 20 HRs and 60 RBI this season, but like Goldschmidt, Arencibia creates a lot of wind with his 108-29 K/BB rate in 352 at bats.