Joey Wendle- SS- MIA- FYI- Wendle has had injury issues this season, but when he's been healthy he has shown some progress from 2021. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a steal yesterday. That puts Wendle with a slash line of .292/.355/.417, a BB% of 8.4% (up from 5.6% last year) and K% of 10.3% (down from 22.6% last season.) His SwStr% has dropped from 10.7% to 6.0%. Wendle's .310 BABIP of .310 is actually lower than his career mark of .325. He also has 5 steals. Because of the injuries this is in a small sample size of 107 PAs, but Wendle has been showing enough to put him on the radar and he has games played this season at 2B, 3B, and SS.
Darick Hall- 1B- PHI- Rookie- Hall got the first hit of his career that wasn't a homer in a 1-for-4 effort. He also got his BABIP off of .000 by singling. Power is definitely the thing that stands out for Hall, as he hit 20 homers in 315 PAs at AAA Lehigh Valley before being called up. He had a reasonable 20.0% K% at AAA and a 9.5% BB% and was slashing .269/.346/.548 when he was called up last week. With Bryce Harper done for a long time, Hall could very well be a major power source for the Phillies and can nail down the DH spot.
Jonah Heim- C- TEX- Hot- Heim went 2-for-4 with a homer yesterday. It was the second consecutive game he went deep. Heim has hit 3 homers in his last 7 games and 5 in his last 13. He hit 10 homers in 285 PAs in 2021 and has exceeded that pace with 12 homers in 211 PAs so far in 2022. Heim has a 90.1 EV, 42.0% HardHit%, 8.0% Barrel%, and 46.3% FB%. His repetition of last year's power makes it look like a trend. A .210 BABIP last season impacted his average, which was south of the Mendoza line at .196. With a more reasonable .268 BABIP in 2022, his average is a more respectable .259. With an improved BB% of 7.6%, has heled boost Heim's OPS to .805. Heim is a regular in the Texas lineup, although they move him up and down. He is rising the ladder of impact catchers.
Garrett Hill- P- DET- Rookie- Hill will make his MLB debut for Detroit today and is slated to get at least two more starts as the Tigers make their future pitching plans. He started this season with a second stint at AA Erie and posted a 2.25 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 14.63 K/9, and 2.81 BB/9 in 32 IP. This earned a promotion to AAA Toledo, where Hill saw his numbers slip a bit. He had a 4.06 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 10.99 K/9, and 3.58 BB/9 in 37.2 IP. Movement is more of a strength for Hill than velocity, so we will see how his arsenal plays out at the major league level. He has a projected ceiling as a back-end starter
Josh Bell-1B- WAS- Hot- Bell went 2-for-4 with a homer, double, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and a HPB. It has raised his slash line to .319/.401/.517. Bell has rediscovered his power stroke, which was absent earlier in the season. Between June 1 and July 2, he had a 90.4 EV and 42.9% HardHit%, with a Barrel% of 11.9%. In his games through May 31 Bell had an EV of 88.6, HardHit% of 36.4%, and 4.9% Barrel%. Besides the power surge Bell has improved his average. It was .298 on May 31 and then he had a .350 average from June 1 through July 2. He has maintained excellent plate discipline and has a 13.4% K% for the season to go with a BB% of 11.0% and SwStr% of 8.8%. Bell has enjoyed good luck, with a BABIP of .340, but with his power return there is less risk that his value will drop significantly, even with regression to the mean
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