MLB Notes: Will Texas Open a Spot for Jurickson Profar?
What will the Rangers do with Jurickson Profar next year?
Andy Pettitte looked great Monday, helping the Yanks stretch their lead to 1.5 games, while apparently Josh Hamilton must add caffeine-based drinks to the list of beverages he cannot handle. Heath Bell, meanwhile, did not mince words about his crazy-ass manager, Ozzie Guillen. Yup, it was another fun-filled day in the majors.
Today, we’re going to toss a few quick-hit Fantasy tidbits at you.
- When Jurickson Profar arrived in the Show we wondered how it would play out with Elvis Andrus. Well, Andrus has struggled of late, but Profar hasn’t been able to get off the bench much. Sure, the dude had an amazing debut, homering in his first at-bat to become the youngest Ranger ever to go yard (beating Ivan Rodriguez’s record), but that’s about all he’s done. In fact, Profar doesn’t have a hit in two and a half weeks. We’ll have to wait until next season to see what Texas has planned with this phenom. The rumours suggest the Rangers won’t deal Andrus this winter, but time will tell.
- Remember when we thought Brett Wallace was going to be a serious force in the bigs? I guess there’s a reason he keeps getting dealt from team to team. A lack of strike zone judgment has doomed Wallace as he’s only drawn 16 walks (two of which were Monday) while striking out 68 times (almost 30 per cent of the time). We could live with that if he was a serious 30-homer threat, but he’s not, nor ever will be. Wallace’s upside is as a perennial .300-hitting Mark Grace type, however, he can’t seem to master the strike zone enough to be much more than a .260 hitter. With no power. Uh… no thanks.
- We expressed surprise in a Podcast back in July, when instead of trading Cole Hamels the Phils gave him a contract extension. The southpaw immediately rewarded their confidence by looking like a Cy Young candidate in August. He hasn’t been nearly as effective this month, but he’s still been decent. Overall, he’s been the best Phillies’ starter this season, which tells you as much about how good he’s been as it does about Philly’s season. The fact is, Hamels’ control hasn’t been as sharp as last year and the bottom line numbers have been slightly weaker as a result. He’ll need to be at his absolute best Tuesday if the Phillies are going to stay alive in the playoff race.
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