Alek Manoah- P- TOR- Great Player- Manoah threw his 16th quality start in 19 outings this season and ran his record to 11-4. He allowed 1 run on 7 hits in 6 IP while striking out 7 and walking no one. Manoah threw 68 of 97 pitches for strikes. He has been helped by some good luck, as his 2.24 ERA is below his 3.32 FIP. Manoah has thrown strikes and hitters haven't been able to hit them with authority. They have an 86.8 EV and 28.0% HardHit% against him.
Carson Kelly- C- ARI- Hot- Kelly went 1-for-3 with a homer and walk yesterday. That makes him 18-for-50 with 4 homers this month. It looks like regression to the mean has kicked in and Kelly has performed with more confidence. His HardHIt% for the month is 50.0%. That probably won't be sustained, but signals that Kelly is set to have a strong close to the season.
Zach Jackson- RP- OAK- Rise Value- Heading into last night's late game against Texas, Jackson had 19 holds, the second highest total in the major, picking up his 19th on Fridays. Last night he picked up his first save since April. He retired all 3 batters he faced, striking out 2 of them. Jackson has also posted a 12.68 K/9 and 2.82 ERA in his 38.1 IP. His FIP is 2.57. Jackson has bouts of wildness, as he owns a 6.57 BB/9. He has issued a walk in 19 of his 41 relief appearances. In 7 of those he gave up at least 2 walks. So, Jackson tends to either be very wild or very controlled. Overall, the results have been good, so especially in leagues that count holds Jackson is worth owning. If he gets more save opportunities his value goes up across the board.
Nick Pratto- 1B- KC- Rookie- Despite going 0-for-4 yesterday, Pratto has had a good start to his MLB career. In 23 PAs, he has a slash line of .273/.304/.545 with a homer and 3 doubles in his 6 hits. Pratto hit 17 homers in 337 PAs at AAA Omaha this season. This was after hitting 26 homers in 2021 between AA NW Arkansas and Omaha. The early returns in a small sample size show the power translating to the major league level. That's his biggest asset, but with a BB% of at least 13.7% at each minor league stop in the last two seasons, OBP will also be a plus.
MJ Melendez- C- KC- Stats- Melendez went 2-for-5 with a run scored yesterday. It was his 3rd multi-hit games in his last 4. Some regression to the mean may be kicking in. In the first 15 games Melendez played as the primary catcher in place of the injured Salvador Perez he slashed .148/.233/.333 with 3 homers in 60 PAs. His BABIP in that stretch was .152. He has gone 8-for-26 in the 6 games since then. Melendez has a .266 BABIP for the season so there is more room for positive regression.
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