Clint Frazier, New York Yankees - Clint Frazier got the call to the majors Saturday and got his career off to a huge start with a double in his second at bat and a homer in the at bat that followed. Frazier is a consensus top 20 prospect in baseball and combines power and speed into an enticing mix. Frazier does have a bit of swing and miss in his game though regularly having his K% around the 25% mark though he did have it at 21.3% prior to his callup. He already had 12 homers at the time of his callup to go along with 11 steals. I like Frazier both short and long term although I wouldn't be surprised to see him strike out a bit early on in his big league career.
Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins - Jose Berrios has now "struggled" in each of his last two starts, giving up five runs in 5.0 innings against the Royals. Even with his struggles, he still racked up a strikeout per inning and kept his walks manageable as he continues to have an excellent season after having a horrific big league debut last season. With his last two outings allowing four plus runs in each his ERA has jumped to 3.44 (3.89 FIP) but that's still a huge improvement over his 8.02 ERA last year. A huge credit to his success is his jump in his swinging strike rate with jumped up over 2% from last year to this season and all three pitches of his (FB. Curve. Changeup) all are above average offerings according to Fangraphs Pitch Values chart after each being five runs BELOW average pitches last season.
Keona Kela, Texas Rangers - As Nathan noted yesterday Matt Bush has been shaky as of late and Keona Kela has been downright nasty over the last 14 days. Among qualified relievers he owns the 7th best FIP over the span with a .40 mark and he hasn't allowed run in that span either. He's striking out 14.21 batters per nine and walking just 1.42, showing some numbers that make him look like a closer in waiting. In fact, while he wasn't slated to pitch Saturday due to some bullpen tightness there are reports coming out of Texas that he'll assume the closing role for the club once he gets back. As are almost every closer he's a must add if you need saves as he brings and elite arm to the role.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers - He's been among the league leaders in hard hit rate all season and now Miguel Cabrera seems to be getting the production he deserves. Miggy has homered in three of his last four games and had a pair of hits in the one game where he did homer. His hard hit rate this season is actually the best of his career and his line drive rate is also 6% above his career rate. He currently owns a BABIP that's nearly 40 points below his career average so don't worry, the production is on its way.
Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox - Jose Quintana gets a matchup with the Texas Rangers Sunday and riding the hot hand of Quintana against a Rangers team who has the second worst wRC+ in the majors against lefties. The Rangers have been horrible against southpaws striking out in 27.5% of their at bats against them and haven't done much damage when they do make contact, evidenced by their .133 ISO against them. Quintana's overall numbers still look a little rough around the edges but he's really only had two bad starts this season.
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