New kids on the diamond
I never thought I would be repeatedly writing about underrated rookies. Most seasons, the kiddies are entirely overhyped, overdrafted and overvalued. Times are changing.
As I wrote last week regarding
Let's be honest, if it wasn't for the arbitration clock issues,
The White Sox would have preferred to give the 21-year-old Viciedo more time in the minors. Nevertheless, the injury (fractured finger) to
I've been hammering this guy for two years; I won't stop now just because he was promoted on Sunday. Castro was hitting .261 with four HRs and a .351 SLG in a hitting-friendly environment at Triple-A. Yep, those are the type of numbers that earn you a promotion when you're in Houston's organization. The 23-year old has shown very limited power at advanced levels and his batting average has been in a continuous free-fall since High-A. Castro will have some value in NL-only leagues because of his ability to take walks (13-percent BB rate at Triple-A) and make contact (84 percent contact rate at Triple-A). Nevertheless, most of his value comes from name recognition because he's a former first-rounder. Take advantage of that fact if you're already a Castro owner.
Even though LuCroy has been up for a month, his value is just now beginning to rise. Brewers manager
Jennings hasn't lived up to expectations this year, but that doesn't mean you should forget about him. Specifically, Jennings is hitting .273 with zero HRs, a .355 on-base percentage, and .391 SLG. Jennings missed time at the beginning of the season with both wrist and shoulder issues. It has taken time for him to find his swing and get healthy. In June, he posted an impressive .313 BA, .373 OBP, and .493 SLG line. I will also point out that Jennings has stolen 16 bases on the year and has only been nabbed once. His SB ability will make him an impact mixed-league option once he's promoted. Jennings will find his way into Tampa Bay's lineup in the second half. Stash now.
As I mentioned in
Allen has fallen off the radar because he's only batting .250 with six HRs and a .464 SLG. I'm still a big-time believer. Allen has focused on improving his pitch recognition skills this year and it's worked. He has amped his BB rate up to 21 percent; his new-found patience will only benefit him in the long-term in combination with his massive power. There's a strong possibility the Diamondbacks deal
Seriously, you have to feel a little compassion for Drabek. After being acquired in the Roy Halladay deal, Drabek is under a microscope in the minors. The 22-year-old has handled the pressure well at Double-A. In 84 IP, he has a 3.11 ERA, 7.18 K/9, and .236 batting average against. Drabek's power curve and ability to induce grounders (1.63 ground out to air out ratio) make him a solid target in keeper leagues. He will only make his debut this year if injuries strike the Jays' starting staff.
All statistics as of June 20, 2010.