Considered a potential first round selection, Will Meyers’ asking price caused him to fall to the third round of the 2009 draft where the Royals happily selected him. Currently listed as a catcher, there has been some talk that he may ultimately move out from behind the plate, possibly to the outfield. What he’s proven early on in 2010, however, is that his bat should translate anywhere on the diamond:
239 At Bats
.293 Batting Average (70 Hits)
10 Home Runs
10 Stolen Bases
.409 On Base Percentage
.506 Slugging Percentage
.345 Batting Average on Balls in Play
The 19-year old is certainly showing that he has both power and speed while playing at Single-A. You don’t expect too many catchers to be 10/10 at this point at any level, meaning he has the potential to go 20/20, an impressive feat considering his age.
The power he’s shown is 100% for real. He currently has a fly ball rate of 44.6%, certainly conducive to hitting home runs. He has also been consistent, with no more then 4 HR in a month to date, telling us that it wasn’t one little hot streak. On top of that, he has hit a bunch of doubles (19), which just adds to things. Read more
By Ryan Lester
Here’s a look at the unheralded players who played well yesterday.
Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s
Crisp went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 SBs to raise his average to .414. He’s playing extremely well hitting leadoff for the A’s.
Vin Mazzaro, Oakland A’s
Mazzaro gave up 1 run on 3 hits to improve to 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA.
Alberto Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Gonzalez went 4 for 4 for a run and an RBI. He’s hitting .292. He’s got steady at bats the past three games, but isn’t worth a roster spot. Read more
We discussed Wade Davis last week when we discussed those pitchers with poor BABIP in June (click here to view), but I thought he was deserving of a much closer look. He won the Tampa Bay Rays’ fifth starter spot in Spring Training though hasn’t delivered quite as people expected:
57 Strikeouts (6.2 K/9)
38 Walks (4.1 BB/9)
You look at the ERA and WHIP and figure that he has to be suffering from some bad luck, but that just isn’t the case. You can see the BABIP is a very realistic number, as is his strand rate, currently at 76.3%. To explain his struggles, we will have to look elsewhere.
One explanation could be his lack of strikeouts. Over his minor league career he posted a K/9 of 8.7. In his 36.1 inning cup of coffee in 2009, he posted an 8.9 K/9. He clearly has the ability to strikeout more batters then he has, we just haven’t seen it yet.
In fact, his season high is just seven strikeouts, which he’s done twice. He’s had nine starts where he’s struck out four batters or less. That just doesn’t cut it. While he’s not overly unlucky in the BABIP department, he’s also not striking out as many batters as you’d expect. That’s extra balls put in play, meaning extra hits. It certainly has an impact. Read more
Closer is one of the most unpredictable positions for fantasy owners. Injuries and inabilities cause the options to shuffle, but here’s an extremely early look at how I’d rank the Top 15 Closers for 2011 for those looking to build for next season:
- Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Joakim Soria – Kansas City Royals
- Jonathan Papelbon – Boston Red Sox
- Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees
- Andrew Bailey – Oakland Athletics
- Francisco Rodriguez – New York Mets
- Brian Wilson – San Francisco Giants
- Jose Valverde – Detroit Tigers
- Carlos Marmol – Chicago Cubs
- Neftali Feliz – Texas Rangers Read more
It’s time to check in on three more prospects from around the minor leagues. Are any of them primed to make an impact in the not too distant future? Let’s take a look:
Brett Lawrie – Milwaukee Brewers – Second Baseman
Double-A: .300 (92-307), 6 HR, 40 RBI, 48 R, 17 SB
He is one of the premier second base prospects in the game and it likely won’t be long before he forms a dynamic pairing with Alcides Escobar up the middle. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have things to work on, however. While the stolen base total is impressive, he’s actually been caught 8 times this season. Last year at Single-A, he was 19-for-30. Having the wheels is nice, but being effective is more important. The 2008 first round pick has been an extra base machine, with 21 doubles and 10 triples to go along with the home runs. That is tremendous production and leads you to believe that the 20-year old could add some power as he continues to mature (he hit 13 HR in 372 AB last season at Single-A). He appears to have the potential to be, at a minimum, a 20/20 player, with 30/30 possible as well. He’s not likely to get a look in 2010, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to see him reach the big leagues at some point in 2011. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress the rest of the year. Read more
Interleague play has come to an end, but that certainly didn’t stop the excitement. Who would have thought both Stephen Strasburg & Ubaldo Jimenez would look human on the same night? Chase Utley owners need to be holding their breath, as he left yesterday’s game with an apparent injury. Carlos Quentin continued to roll. Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games:
- Jason Bay (2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) – New York Mets - It took going to Puerto Rico for him to possibly wake up. He entered the day with just 4 HR and 31 RBI and while we knew his power would regress going to CitiField, this was a bit extreme. Since 2003 he’s never had a HR/FB rate below 11.4%, but entered the day at 4.3%. In other words, an extended power surge could come at any time, making him a strong buy if someone has lost faith.
- Carlos Quentin (1-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) – Chicago White Sox - He just continues streaking. Since June 16 he’s gone 15-38 with 5 HR, 16 RBI and 8 R. Needless to say, if you didn’t buy low on him already, the opportunity has passed you by. He’s a solid play in all formats moving forward.
- Chase Utley (1-3) – Philadelphia Phillies - The biggest problem is that he apparently has suffered a thumb injury, forcing him to be lifted in the ninth inning. We’ll get an update out as soon as we have it, but right now owners have to just hope for the best. Read more