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MLB Today: Adrian Gonzalez Breaks Out

August 23, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Andy Carter once looked like a promising prospect for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Andy Carter’s career was short-lived. (Thephilliesroom.blogspot.com)

It was 24 years ago today that Phillies farmhand Andy Carter tossed a no-hitter at Double-A, as did his opposing pitcher that day — Boston’s Scott Bakkum. A Philadelphia native, Carter spent two seasons with the Phillies (1995-96) and in his MLB debut, he plunked two of the three hitters he faced to earn an ejection. Talk about announcing his presence with authority.

See more about this game at Call to the Pen.

Around the horn in the majors on Monday, the following items caught our eye…

We slotted Adrian Gonzalez 14th in our rest of season First Base Rankings, released early last month. Given his play since then, we may have been short-changing him. AGon went yard three times for eight RBI on Monday (a hell of a game in any language — see video below), and after batting .315 in July, he’s now smacked six homers already to go along with an OPS of 1134 in August. He’s hit safely in 15 straight and remains among the most durable players in the game, on pace to top 155 games for the 11th straight season.

Just over a month ago, we suggested you pick up Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy. Well, if you didn’t listen then, it’s most likely too late now. Yes, Bundy took a beat down last week against Boston, and he’s had a couple of hiccups here and there, but generally has been a very steady and strong starter. After his quality start to earn the win over Washington on Monday, he’s now given up three earned runs or less in six of his eight starts, five times yielding two or less and three times surrendering just one or none. It’s been a long time coming, but Bundy looks poised to finally deliver on the promise we’ve known he’s had for years.

Houston SP Doug Fister has been roughed around of late, but on Monday, he looked like his old self, hurling seven shutout frames with just three hits allowed against the Pirates. He’s been extremely inconsistent lately, but overall, August has been kind to him, so if you need a starter down the stretch, there’s a decent chance he’s available in your league. Hey, if nothing else, it’s good to see that Fister has stayed healthy — and maintained his rotation spot — this season. His improved hit rates is another pleasant turn of events.

Don’t look now, but David Price has actually put three solid starts together. After his eight shutout innings against his original team on Monday, he has now won three straight starts, giving up 16 hits and four earned runs over 22 IP, fanning 20 and walking just three. It’s the first time Price’s ERA is down to 4.00 since his season debut, and after a superb July (2.80), he’s carried his success into August (2.91). So this is why Boston signed him.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what memories — if any — you have of Andy Carter.

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2016 RotoRob Top 75 MLB Prospects, Part VII

June 6, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Glasnow, a towering righty the Pirates nabbed in the fifth round in 2011, has surged into our top 10 this year after proving he can win at Double-A and then posting an even better ERA after a promotion to Triple-A in 2015. He’s only been taken yard 20 times in five professional seasons (including this year) while maintaining a lifetime BAA under .180. Really?!? All the while, Glasnow has racked up the punchouts, averaging 11.69 K/9 since being drafted out of a California high school. Best of all, he’s been durable, and it’s clear based on the consolidation of his superb Triple-A results this year that he’s ready for the majors as soon as Pittsburgh needs help. The only worry is his control, but he’s made strides in that regard this season as well.
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2016 RotoRob Top 75 MLB Prospects, Part VI

May 27, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Meadows also made a nice move up the rankings this year after enjoying a speed breakout at High-A and then averaging nearly a run per game in a brief trial at Double-A. He’s a .304 career hitter through nearly 1,000 minor league at-bats and has untapped power potential. Meadows is struggling at Double-A this year, but is slowly coming around and we have no doubt he’ll figure it out very soon once his batting eye returns to the levels he showed at High-A.
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2016 RotoRob Top 75 MLB Prospects, Part V

May 16, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Another newcomer this year, Snell thrust his way into the Fantasy consciousness after last year he went undefeated at High-A, proved unhittable at Double-A and then put together an even better WHIP at Triple-A. All told, he won a whopping 15 games last season and while he’s been a bit more wild at Triple-A to start this year, it didn’t stop the Rays from giving him a spot start — in which the southpaw was splendid. Snell, considered by some as a top 15 prospect, has clearly established himself as a star in the making.
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2016 RotoRob Top 75 MLB Prospects, Part IV

April 29, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Another newcomer to the list this year, Frazier was Cleveland’s top pick in 2013 and after improving his contact rates and flashing more speed than ever at High-A last year, he’s landed firmly on the prospect list. He has power, speed, can hit for a pretty high average and will even bunt his way on at times. Frazier has made the jump to Double-A this year and while the Georgia high school product isn’t walking as much, the rest of his numbers have remained solid — a very promising sign, indeed.
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