Adam Frazier- 2B- PIT- Trade- Frazier exited yesterday's game early and reports emerged that he was traded across the continent to San Diego. His .324/.388/.448 slash line may take a bit of a hit. Frazier trades a home park that is slightly above average for offense (measured by runs) for one that is a distinct pitcher's park. PNC Park is actually easier for homers than Petco Park, but with 4 homers this season, that isn't a major part of Frazier's game. Regression to the mean may also negatively impact Frazier's average, as he has a .359 BABIP and his Statcast numbers aren't much different than normal. This could be a time to sell high on Frazier.
Josh Bell- 1B- WAS- Hot- Bell was hot out of the gate after the All Star Break, hitting safely in 5 straight games. Then he only picked up 1 hit in his next 3 games. Yesterday Bell went 2-for-5, putting him back in the hot category. This is particularly true when looking at his overall .264 average with 3 homers since the break. In his 8 games before yesterday, Bell had also been experiencing bad luck, with a BABIP of .211. For the season, Bell is slashing .247/.305/.456 with 15 homers. His Statcast numbers of a 92.9 Exit Velocity and 53.1% HardHit% indicate that his production can still improve.
Austin Riley- 3B- ATL- Hot- Riley went 3-for-4 with a homer and double to continue a hot pace since the All Star Break. He is 11-for-33 with 3 homers, 6 runs, and 8 RBI in 10 games. Riley's plate discipline as also been excellent, with 6 walks and 7 Ks. He got off to a slow start this season but has produced consistently with the occasional short cold stretch. Riley has an Exit Velocity of 89.5, below last season's 91.0 but his 44.9% HardHit% is higher than his 42.9% in 2020. His .282 average has been helped by a .339 BABIP, so regression to the mean will negatively impact his average, but power is his main asset and he has been exhibiting it.
Tommy Edman- OF- STL- Stats- Edman has a couple of things going for him. First is versatility. He is eligible in most leagues to play any IF position but 1B and at least LF and RF in the OF. Second is Edman's total of 17 steals, tied for 6th in the majors. His overall .256/.302/.373 slash line doesn't add a whole lot else but also doesn't hurt you too much. Edman gives you an option to move around your lineup to try and get a boost in the steals column.
David Bote- 3B-CHC- Hot- Bote had a successful return from the IL yesterday, going 1-for-2 with a homer, walk, run scored, and 2 RBI. Bote has 6 homers in 166 PAs this season. His .204 average has been impacted by a .226 BABIP, so if he gets playing time, regression to the mean will help him. The homer total makes it looks like last seasons 7 homers in 145 PAs wasn't an outlier. Depedning on what happens between now and the trade deadline, Bote could get a lot of playing time going forward and get a chance for his luck to even out. With an Exit Velocity of 90.1 and HardHit% of 45.5%, the power is sustainable.
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