Elvis Andrus- TEX- Hot- Andrus extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 1-for-4. He is 17-for-51 in that span. This may e a continuation of some regression to the mean. Last month, Andrus hit .287 after a mark of only .196 in June. His BABIP last month was .325 after being at only .238 in June. Andrus' BABIP for the season is at .297, which leaves some room for more positive regression as his career BABIP is .314.
Alejandro De Aza- CHA- Stats- De Aza's average and BABIP have risen each month while his K% has decreased each month of the season. Currently his average stands at .274 with his BABIP at .332 and K% at 22.7%. De Aza's career BABIP is .341 so he has room for some more positive regression to the mean. He seems to have exchanged some speed for power this season. De Aza has a dozen each of homers and steals in 101 games this year. In 2012, he has 9 homers and 26 steals in 131 games. He has given decent value for a leadoff hitter and if his average creeps up some more, closer to the .281 he hit last year, he will finish with even more.
Oswaldo Arcia- MIN- Rise Value- Arcia returns to the majors after being recalled following yesterday's game. He has hit .313 at AAA this year and .257 at the major league level. The main thing he needed to do after being sent down last month was work on his Batting EYE. In the 9 games prior to his demotion, Arcia had struck out 16 times without walking. He seems to have rediscovered his patience at Rochester, striking out 7 times while walking 6 in 14 games.
Bud Norris- BAL- Hot- Norris threw his 5th quality start in his last 7 outings and first as an Oriole. He had the benefit of facing his former team, the Astros. Norris registered 8 strikeouts in 6 IP, which is a good sign for a pitcher whose K/9 had dropped from 8.82 last year to 6.43 this season. A change of scenery may prove beneficial.
Jimmy Paredes- HOU- Rise Value- Paredes went 1-for-4 in his first game since being called up for the 3rd time this season. His .273 BABIP has had an impact on his .181 average. However, the biggest part has been his Batting EYE of .16, coming from a BB% of 5.5% and K% of 34.5%.Paredes' Batting EYE at AAA was .47 so he has the potential to turn things around.
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