The 2010 baseball season has been chock full of talented young prospects bursting onto the scene. It seems that every team has had contributions from their farm at some point this year. Here’s a look at the top rookies of the week, along with a slumping bat, and a prospect on the way.
Today’s Rookie of the Week is…Travis Wood!
Travis Wood, selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft, was called up in July to replace the injured Aaron Harang. Since his debut, Wood has been as impressive as Stephen Strasburg (besides the K/9 rate). In four starts, he has compiled a 2.02 ERA, but he has been more impressive over his last two games. On July 10th, Wood pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only one hit, while striking out eight batters. It was a night where he took a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but his team ended up losing 1-0 in extra innings. His next start was pretty efficient as well, pitching six strong innings, allowing one run on three hits and four walks–he struck out six. He has yet to win his first major league game, but they will come with time. Wood is available in 75% of Yahoo! Formats, so add him for pitching depth.
Advice: Good pickup for all leagues. He could help pitch the Cincinnati Reds to a pennant.
Pedro Alvarez, picked second overall in the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, is the best free agent investment at third base these days. After beginning his major league career batting .152 in June, he’s turned things around this month. He has seven multi-hit games in 17 games played in July, and he’s slugged seven homeruns while driving in fifteen runs. He’s cut his strikeout rate from about 50% to around 30% from June to July as well. His ability to make more contact has allowed him to raise his batting average to .250 on the season in only a few weeks. Available in 78% of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues, Alvarez is one of the best options for a position that’s been lagging this season.
Advice: Add in NL only leagues or deep mixed leagues. He has incredible power and looks like he’s found his comfort zone.
Brennan Boesch, who is easily the top candidate for AL Rookie of the Year this season, has recently struggled at the dish. Since July 9th, the Tigers outfielder is 7 for 40, with only three RBIs and two runs scored. Only two of those hits went for extra bases, and he hasn’t hit a homerun since the end of June. His average has dropped from .341 to .316 in a two-week span. The 25-year old has hit the first snag of his career, so it will be interesting to see how he responds and adjusts to the pitchers. Boesch is available in 32% of Yahoo! Formats.
Advice: Major hold. Bench him until he breaks out of the slump.
On The Way Up?:
With the Phillies shopping Jayson Werth before the trade deadline, Domonic Brown is in line to take over right field in Philadelphia. The 22-year old, who has split time between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is the Phillies top hitting prospect and the closest to a promotion with the big league club. His combined 2010 statistics look like this: .321 19 HRs 64 RBIs 15 SBs. His strikeout-t0-walk ratio looks very solid and he projects as a typical run producer. The lefty/righty splits (.303/.345 respectively) are what scouts love to see. Brown is available in 98% of Yahoo! Formats, but that will change come July 31.
Advice: Let him swim in free agency until Jayson Werth gets traded. It’s not a certainty yet, so if Werth remains with the Phillies, Brown will make a September debut as a fourth outfielder.
Do you agree with my choices? Did I miss anyone important? Feel free to comment.