Yesterday was a huge day for the top two prospects in baseball, as Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were called up and will make their major league debuts on Saturday.
I like the call up of Trout by the Angels, as the team has struggled to a 6-14 start. Trout was hitting .403-.467-.623 with a HR, 4 doubles, 5 triples, 6 stolen bases, 21 runs scored and 13 RBI in 77 at bats at AAA Salt Lake City. He struggled in his call up to the big leagues last year, but AAA does not appear to be a challenge for him this year.
The Harper call up is too early in my opinion, as I expected him to be called up sometime in May. But, I assumed it would be after a hot start to the 2012 season, but Harper's performance has been far from hot. He is hitting just .250-.333-.375 with one home run, 3 RBI, 8 runs scored, 6 extra base hits, but had a very good 14-9 strikeout to walk ratio in 72 at bats. In his last 5 games, he is 5-14 with a HR and a 4-5 strikeout to walk ratio.
There is a chance Harper gets sent back down after third baseman Ryan Zimmerman returns from the DL on May 6th, and I think I agree with our Bret Sayre who said that Harper will have to fall on his face to be sent back down to AAA.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Former Yankee Austin Jackson went 4-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and a stolen base last night against his former team. Jackson is having a very nice bounce back year, as he is hitting .297-.388-.527 with 3 HRs, 7 RBI, 14 runs scored, and a 17-11 strikeout to walk ratio. He struck out 181 times last year with only 56 walks, so if he can maintain this ratio, he could be very productive for fantasy owners this season, especially with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder hitting behind him.
OK. This is getting ridiculous now. Albert Pujols went 1-4 with a run scored in Friday night's loss to the Indians. He is now hitting .225-.279-.313 with no homers. I was down on Pujols this offseason, due to the downward trend in his power numbers, but this is getting crazy. I am sure he will bust out soon enough.
If it wasn't for Pujols struggling after signing that huge contract, I think we would be hearing more about Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista went 0-4 with a walk and is now hitting just .183-.341-.324. Is it possible he returns to Jose Bautista pre-2010?
You know times are tough for the Phillies when they lose 2 of 3 to San Diego on the road, win 2 of 3 in Arizona, the come home and lose 5-1. To the Cubs. With Roy Halladay pitching. Halladay pitched well, going 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks and striking out 5. He is 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders had a big night at the plate last night as he went 2-4 with 2 HRs, 3 runs and 5 RBI. Saunders has been hot of late, going 8 for his last 22 in his last 6 games, with 2 HRs and 9 RBI. He has his triple slash line up to .254-.343-.508 for the season.
Saunders teammate Jesus Montero went 2-5 with a HR and 2 runs scored in the Mariners 9-5 win over the Blue Jays, Montero is now catcher eligible in Yahoo leagues, as he caught his 5th game of the year a few nights ago, with Felix on the mound to boot.
Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen earned his first save of the season last night, and one has to wonder if manager Don Mattingley will stick with the hot hand-Jansen-in the next save opportunity. Jansen almost blew the game as Danny Espinosa's long fly ball to right field was BARELY foul. He gave up two line drive outs to center field and struck out
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-5 with a double, triple, a run scored and 2 RBI last night, and is now hitting a scorching .378-.427-.581 with 10 extra base hits, 10 RBI and 4 stolen bases in his 74 at bats. The man is short, but he can hit. In his last 5 games, he is 11-22 with 7 runs scored and 4 RBI.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon stayed hot last night as he went 2-3 with a HR, 2 walks, 3 runs, 2 RBI and a stolen base last night. Teammate Billy Butler is flashing some power this season, and he went 2-5 with his 5th HR and drove in 3 runs as well.