New kids on the diamond
As a long-time
Brown was having a monster year in the minors before he was summoned. In 343 ABs between Double-A and Triple-A, Brown was hitting .327 with 20 home runs, 17 stolen bases, a .391 on-base percentage, and a .589 slugging percentage. Those sick stats, however, only tell half the story. He has that "it" factor that can't be fully described. Sure, I could try to define that "it" factor with excess verbage about Brown's power, speed, athleticism, competiveness, and demeanor. Instead, I'm simply just going to beg you to watch him play. Brown will define "it" for you.
In non-keeper leagues, Brown's long-term 2010 playing time will be dictated by his play and the Phillies' injury situation. In dynasty and keeper leagues, you need to plant this 6-5, 200 pound lefty on your squads by any means necessary. This is the time to make those overwhelming offers that other owners simply can't ignore.
I will spare you any further drooling over Brown. Let's examine other prospects that were called up or dealt during deadline week.
As you know if you've been a loyal "New Kids" reader, Morrison has always been at the top of my underrated prospect list. Coghlan's celebratory injury opened the door for Morrison to finally receive a promotion last week. Morrison is an interesting player. As I've witnessed first-hand in batting practice, Morrison has tremendous power. Yet, because he values plate discipline (17-percent walk rate, 1.37 walk-to-strikeout rate at Triple-A) and has struggled with a hand injury in the minors, this power hasn't translated to huge numbers (53 HRs, .465 SLG in five minor league seasons). Nonetheless, because the natural pop is there, I'm recommending Morrison in all keeper and dynasty leagues. In wake of the
The Astros picked Wallace up via trade last week from the Blue Jays through one of the pieces (
Tomlin is a rare breed because he's known as a crafty righty. He doesn't have an overpowering arsenal, but he keeps hitters off-balance through great location, changes in speeds, and a nasty cutter. Tomlin has impressed in two starts against two of the most powerful lineups in baseball -- the Yankees and Blue Jays: 12.1 innings pitched, 1.46 earned run average, seven strikeouts, and two walks. Tomlin surely isn't as known in the prospect world, but he has been solid throughout his minor league career, posting a 3.20 ERA, 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and 1.9 walks per nine innings in five seasons. The concern regarding Tomlin is he will give up a boatload of bombs in the majors based on his sup-par groundout-to-air-out-ratio (0.76 at Triple-A) and the fact he will pitch to contact in the bigs. I will take my chances in AL-only leagues because his HR/9 rate has been less than one in the minors. Make a small investment despite the lack of name recognition.
This installment of NKOTD is quickly becoming a prospect love-fest. It surely won't stop here with my discussion of the "Twine Kila." Kaaihue was hitting .322 with 24 HRs and a .601 SLG at Triple-A prior to his promotion last week. Despite those ridiculous power numbers, it's his superb plate patience (21-percent BB rate, 1.28 BB/K rate) that has me grabbing him in all of my mono-leagues and deep mixed formats. Let's hope Kaaihue finally gets the playing time he deserves now that
The love stops here. Gose is completely overrated in the fantasy world. His arm, defensive range, and the fact he was dealt in separate deals for
Lambo was dealt last week in the trade that sent him and
The Nationals stole this backstop from the Twins in the deal involving
All statistics as of August 1, 2010.