Brandon Belt went 1-4 with his 8th homerun of the year Saturday night. Belt has been a pleasant surprise to many so far this season. Belt posted strong numbers in the second half of 2013 and has carried that success into this year. Belt is prime candidate to sell high on. His FB% is the same, but his HR/FB% of 25% is way above his career norm. He is still relatively young, but Belt's power numbers will be regressing back towards the norm at some point this year, so why not deal him now and market him as the new power hitting Brandon Belt.
Adam LaRoche stroked his sixth homerun of the year off of A.J. Burnett on Saturday night. It is nice to see LaRoche showing signs of bouncing back from his 2013 season. LaRoche is hitting .323 with 6 HR and 19 RBI. LaRoche will regress in terms of BA due to .385 BABIP, which is way above his career norm. LaRoche also hits a large number of FB, which doesn't usually lead to a .300 average. LaRoche's power is legit, but the increase in batting average is not.
Yasiel Puig went 2-6 with his 4th HR and also had 3 RBI. Puig worked recently with Mark McGwire on his approach at the plate. Puig has been a very aggressive hitter since coming up last year. Puig has shown a refined approach this year so far. He has an OBP of .397 to go along with a .311/4/21 slash line. Puig's 0-Swing% has gone down while his Contact % has gone up. These are great strides for Puig to make in his second season. This makes his BA and power potential even more legitimate. Look for Puig to be a beast going forward.
Marcell Ozuno went 2-6 with a homerun and 3 RBI against the Dodgers. Ozuno was rushed to the big leagues almost the same way that his teammate Fernandez was. Ozuno has made great strides so far in 2014. He is hitting .289 with 5 HR and 19 RBI. If you look deeper into his stats, you will see a regression candidate. Ozuno has a heavy GB rate and poor contact rate, which will limit his average and power numbers going forward.
Johnny Cueto improved to 3-2 with 8 innings and 10 K's against the Brewers. Cueto has a 1.31 ERA with 60 K's in 55 innings. Cueto's xFIP is 2.75, which suggests his hot start is legit and the only concern with Cueto is whether he will stay healthy or not. He has made multiple trips to the DL with lat strains, which many believe to be a result of the turn in his delivery. The Reds wanted Cueto to limit the turn this year, but from what I have seen, his delivery does not look any different. Enjoy the results now, because he will more than likely hit the DL at some point.
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