Chipper Jones- ATL- Old Player- With the season he's been having you couldn't blame Jones for doing a Brett Favre and taking back his end-of-season retirement. He has 10 homers in 266 ABs. Jones' .315 average isn't hugely luck-based since his .326 BABIP isn't that much over his .315 career mark. However there have been no hints that he might try for one more year. Injuries have cut into his playing time but right now Jones is getting the bulk of the playing time at 3B and looks to have fantasy value in the last few weeks of his great career.
Todd Redmond- CIN- Rookie- After being called up 3 times (twice since being traded to the Reds) already this season Redmond might finally get his major league debut if he gets the call a fourth time for the nightcap of tomorrow's doubleheader. He has pitched decently at AAA the past 2 seasons but doesn't have the blazing fastball that can get lots of attention. Redmond has struck out 125 in 134.2 IP and might have a good debut against the Cubs. Redmond is likely only going to be up for the day, so his fantasy value is limited. A good first impression might get him some more work in September, though.
Yamaico Navarro- PIT- Rise Value- Navarro was called up as the Pirates added a player to their bench and reduced their bullpen head count. He has hit .275 with 8 homers and 9 SBs in 200 ABs over 60 games since being sent down to AAA at the end of May. The Pirates had hoped that Navarro could fill a super utility role but his .178 average in 51 PAs at the major league level early wasn't cutting it. That was a small sample size and his .212 BABIP undoubtedly had an impact. Navarro has some potential to add value in the homer and steal categories from a middle infield slot if he can get enough playing time.
Kris Medlen- ATL- Hot- Medlen continues to impress as a starter. He needed only 14 pitches to fashion his first major league shutout, also his first complete game. He allowed 5 hits and walked none while striking out 6. Medlen has allowed only 3 runs in 4 starts covering 25.2 IP since moving to the rotation. His control has been superb, with only 4 walks allowed. Medlen's status as a potential sleeper is in jeopardy because he is doing too much to stay under the radar.
Garrett Jones- PIT- Hot- Jones continued his torrid August by hitting a pair of 3-run homers yesterday. This gives him a .383 average for the month. Regression to the mean is happening in a big way. Entering yesterday's game Jones' BABIP was .395. This brought his yearly mark to .308. This season is looking remarkably similar to the 2009 season for Jones. In 358 PAs he hit 21 homers, a number he equaled the following year, but in 654 PAs. This year he has hit 19 homers in 342 PAs. In both 2009 and 2012 his HR/FB ratio spiked without much of an increase in FB% or decrease in GB%. If this year goes like 2009 for Jones he will finish strong. That year he batted .296 and hit 5 homers in the final month.
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