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Some other Nationals' first-round pick seems to be getting all the fantasy love, but don't forget about
Storen was promoted by the Nats yesterday after posting the following digits between Double-A and Triple-A: 16.2 innings pitched, 1.08 earned run average, 15 strikeouts, three walks, and a .207 batting average against. Storen's impressive arsenal includes a mid-90s heater and a duo of impressive breaking pitches. Some gurus are writing Storen off for 2010 merely because of
Let's get to the rest of the promotions and potential prospect targets.
Jack "It or Bust" Cust leads off a group of grizzled oldies who were promoted from the minors last week. The power-starved Athletics were in desperate need of Cust's big bat. Cust had a .273 batting average, four home runs, and a .436 slugging percentage at Triple-A. Impressively, he had also cut his strikeout rate down to 16.7 percent. Despite a recent surge, it's time for the A's to make up an injury for current DH
He's back. Shoot, the last time Francis had mild success, the humidor was a novel Mile High technology and owners shied away from all Colorado pitchers. The 29-year-old southpaw is back after numerous shoulder woes and he created some buzz with a nice start on Sunday (seven IP, seven hits, one earned eun, six strikeouts, and two walks) versus the Nationals. That said, you're looking at a dude who was whiff adverse in his glory days and who has had his share of command issues. Francis' velocity looks to be just about back, but he's only mono-league material because of his limited upside and risk baggage. Don't get caught up in a good story at your squad's expense.
Oh boy. You know its throwback week when we're talking Patterson. I remember when
Carter is the next power reinforcement for the A's and the Cust contingency policy. The 6-4, 225-pound monster hit .329 with 28 home runs, 13 stolen bases, and a .570 SLG last year. Those numbers got your attention, huh? Even though he's only hitting .249 at Triple-A this year, he has nine dingers in 140 at-bats. The A's need Carter's power and he remains an option if
Here's one of those post-hype beauties that make me tingle. The 6-5, 200-pound Tillman has pitched well at Triple-A since his April 28 no-hitter. Overall, he has solid numbers: 3.83 ERA, 7.33 strikeouts per nine innings, 1.83 walks per nine innings, and .256 batting average against. The fact that he's showing much better control and command within the zone this year will only help in his next major league tour. Tillman has most likely moved ahead of