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Happy Carlos Correa Day!
It certainly seems like we're being spoiled every week now with the debut of a new young player. Kris Bryant. Joey Gallo. Now it's Carlos Correa making his big-league debut with the Astros, who will call up the former first overall pick of the 2012 draft on Monday. He's expected to start at shortstop against the White Sox.
Correa, who was hitting .266/.336/.447 in Triple-A with three home runs, 18 runs and 11 RBIs and three steals, is one of the top prospects in baseball, and he could eventually be a difference maker at the shortstop position, which hasn't been strong. Between Double-A and Triple-A this year, he was hitting .332/.402/.602 with 10 homers and 18 steals in 52 games.
Correa has an advanced control of the strike zone. But, like any rookie, it wouldn't be surprising to see him overmatched initially. Temper your expectations. He should provide speed at the bottom of Houston's lineup, and there is double-digit pop in his bat. It's just hard to know if he'll find success right away given his 23 game sample size in Triple-A. The 20-year-old shortstop needs to be owned in the majority of formats.
Last night, Ray wrote about the call-up of Correa here.
Another stinker for Jeff Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija continued his up-and-down season with the White Sox on Sunday, allowing six runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Tigers, a team that came into Sunday's game struggling on offense. Samardzija has now tossed two straight clunkers. On June 2, Samardzija was torched for nine runs on 12 hits against the Rangers. Sunday's start pushed the Shark's ERA to 4.94 through 12 starts. He's now 4-4.
Part of the problem continues to be the long ball. Samardzija has allowed a home run in eight of 12 starts, including two in each of the last two starts. He entered Sunday's start with a 9.5 percent swinging strike rate, his lowest mark since 2010 with the Cubs. Opponents are making harder contact against Samardzija (27.7 percent Hard% in 2015, 24.7 percent in 2014). We've also seen a pretty steep decline in strikeout rate (18.3 percent in 2015, 23 percent in 2014), as he has struck out just 63 batters in 80 1/3 innings. Samardzija was widely ranked as a top-30 arm, but this new Samardzija will have a hard time cracking the top 60.
I don't think he's 5-ERA bad, but I wasn't a huge Samardzija fan entering the season. Chicago doesn't fit Samardzija's best strengths, and I don't see him bouncing back from this start. He's a risky No. 3 for me, and you just don't know what you're going to get from start to start. Samardzija next faces the Rays in Tampa, and I think you have to continue to start him despite the last two hiccups. But its time to start dialing down your expectations. Sell if you can. (But I've been saying that since Week 2).
Glen Perkins recorded his 21st save Sunday in a 2-0 win against the Brewers, striking out one and walking one. Not much to take away here, but Perkins, who leads all closers with 21 saves (zero blown saves), doesn't get enough credit for being a shutdown closer. The Twins 32-year-old stopper has recorded 91 saves over the last three seasons. Only Craig Kimbrel (110), Greg Holland (101) and Fernando Rodney (99) have more. While the strikeouts are down this year, his velocity is up. Sunday's free pass was just his fourth in 27 innings. Strictly for your enjoyment, I turned down a trade of Perkins for Jake Marisnick earlier this year.
In that same game, Jonathan Lucroy was 2 for 4 with two singles in the Brewers' loss. Milwaukee isn't going anywhere this year, and the Brewers are likely to be a big-time seller. Carlos Gomez could be available. Adam Lind could be available. But don't expect Lucroy, one of the best offensive and defensive catchers in the game, to go anywhere. He had a home run and two RBIs Saturday, and the opportunity to buy low on Lucroy, if there ever was one, is passing. He has 10 hits in six games game since returning from a fractured toe.
Joe Panik extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 3-for-5 day against the Phillies, including a double. Panik, 24, is now hitting .316/.384/.456 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 29 runs scored. There's certainly a lot to like about Panik, who doesn't strike out a lot and makes a lot of hard contact (22.9 percent line drive rate). ZiPS projects Panik to hit .273 the rest of the way with four homers, 49 runs and 37 RBIs. That would give him eight long balls and about 80 runs and almost 60 RBI.
Rusney Castillo hit his first career major league home runs in a 7-4 come-from-behind win against the Athletics. Castillo, 27, is now hitting .245/.260/.306 with 11 strikeouts and one walk in 50 plate appearances. It's hard for me to get excited about the outfielder, however. A conservative estimation had Castillo hitting .250-.260 with 15-20 home runs. So far, other than Sunday, he's shown no power and zero on-base skills. It could just be an adjustment phase (we're dealing with a way small sample size), but there are plenty of outfielders that do more in fantasy that I'd rather gamble on.
Gerrit Cole was awesome again. He threw seven awesome innings against the Braves. He allowed no runs, striking out an awesome seven batters an improving to an awesome 9-2 record with a 1.73 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in 78 innings. Cole, 24, is among the frontrunners for NL Cy Young. Just. Really. Awesome. Johnny Cueto was also awesome (one might say more awesome), striking out nine in seven scoreless innings against the Padres. Cueto is 4-4 with a 2.64 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings. He could very well be on the move before the July trade deadline. Chris Archer? You guessed it. AWESOME. He struck out 11 and moved to 7-4 with a 1.84 ERA, including a K/BB ratio of 108/20 in 83 innings. He has to be the frontrunner for AL Cy Young right now.
It took Matt Wieters only three games to get his first home run of the 2015 season. Wieters, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, hit a ninth-inning solo shot of Zach McAllister in a 7-3 win against the Indians. He also had a triple earlier in the game. Wieters has three seasons with 20-plus home runs, so those looking help behind the plate could do a lot worse than Wieters, who is still available in about 40 percent of ESPN leagues.
Did you know Albert Pujols, who hit his 15th home run in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday, is on pace for 43 home runs? It's true.
Brandon Morrow left his second minor league rehab start with Double-A San Antonio after 49 pitchers after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder. The Padres lottery ticket had a hot start to the 2015 season, posting a 2.73 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in his first five starts. Morrow, who has a long history of injuries, was expecting to rejoin the Padres rotation after his second rehab start - now that's not going to happen. Look elsewhere for pitching help.
Javier Baez left Sunday's Triple-A contest with a fractured right ring finger, and he's expected to miss 4 to 8 weeks, according to ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers. It's a shame because he had really started to turn things around of late. He's still a smart stash in long-term leagues.
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