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UserNameBlank
06-08-2007, 04:22 PM
Which of the following players are truly breaking out? Which ones are playing way over their heads? Will there be another Esteban Loaiza? Are several of these players on the cusp of dominating the league? Here are some players to keep an eye on and their stats so far:

1B Casey Kotchman - LAA (181 AB)
.315 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 20 BB, 15 K, 2 SB, .390 OBP, .536 SLG, .926 OPS

CF Hunter Pence - HOU (141 AB)
.369 BA, 5 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 BB, 25 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .395 OBP, .610 SLG, 1.005 OPS

SP Chris Sampson - HOU (63 IP)
5-5, 3.43 ERA, 64 H, 6 HR, 17 BB, 27 K, 1.29 WHIP

SP Dan Haren - OAK (90 IP)
6-2, 1.70 ERA, 57 H, 7 HR, 21 BB, 70 K, 0.86 WHIP

SP Chad Gaudin - OAK (71 IP)
6-1, 2.41 ERA, 65 H, 3 HR, 28 BB, 48 K, 1.31 WHIP

2B Aaron Hill - TOR (218 AB)
.284 BA, 8 HR, 17 2B, 1 3B, 23 BB, 33 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, .351 OBP, .482 SLG, .833 OPS

2B Kelly Johnson - ATL (220 AB)
.286 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 4 3B, 36 BB, 44 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .387 OBP, .477 SLG, .864 OPS

SS JJ Hardy - MIL (242 AB)
.289 BA, 16 HR, 12 2B, 17 BB, 40 K, 2 CS, .335 OBP, .537 SLG, .872 OPS

SP Braden Looper - STL (72.2 IP)
6-4, 3.72 ERA, 69 H, 6 HR, 24 BB, 39 K, 1.28 WHIP

SP Jason Marquis - CHC (76 IP)
5-2, 2.84 ERA, 62 H, 6 HR, 26 BB, 40 K, 1.16 WHIP

SP Rich Hill - CHC (79.2 IP)
5-4, 2.71 ERA, 53 H, 11 HR, 25 BB, 74 K, 0.98 WHIP

1B Carlos Pena - TB (140 AB)
.307 BA, 12 HR, 8 2B, 18 BB, 43 K, .390 OBP, .621 SLG, 1.011 OPS

2B BJ Upton - TB (199 AB)
.322 BA, 9 HR, 16 2B, 1 3B, 22 BB, 68 K, 13 SB, 5 CS, .397 OBP, .548 SLG, .945 OPS

SP James Shields - TB (90.2 IP)
5-0, 3.08 ERA, 70 H, 11 HR, 18 BB, 74 K, 0.97 WHIP

C Russel Martin - LAD (201 AB)
.308 BA, 7 HR, 14 2B, 1 3B, 24 BB, 31 K, 9 SB, 2 CS, .379 OBP, .493 SLG, .872 OPS

1B Ryan Garko - CLE (169 AB)
.320 BA, 7 HR, 7 2B, 1 3B, 10 BB, 30 K, 1 CS, .386 OBP, .497 SLG, .883 OPS

SP Fausto Carmona - CLE (75.1 IP)
7-1, 3.11 ERA, 77 H, 7 HR, 18 BB, 33 K, 1.26 WHIP

SP John Maine - NYM (74.1 IP)
6-3, 2.78 ERA, 59 H, 6 HR, 34 BB, 66 K, 1.25 WHIP

SP Ian Snell - PIT (86.2 IP)
5-4, 2.91 ERA, 73 H, 7 HR, 27 BB, 71 K, 1.15 WHIP

1B Kevin Youkilis - BOS (220 AB)
.341 BA, 8 HR, 27 2B, 1 3B, 28 BB, 27 K, 2 SB, .428 OBP, .536 SLG, .964 OPS

2B Duston Pedroia - BOS (144 AB)
.319 BA, 2 HR, 13 2B, 17 BB, 11 K, .399 OBP, .451 SLG, .850 OPS

C John Buck - KC (132 AB)
.280 BA, 10 HR, 9 2B, 18 BB, 30 K, .372 OBP, .576 SLG, .948 OPS

SP Gil Meche - KC (84 IP)
3-5, 3.00 ERA, 84 H, 10 HR, 24 BB, 60 K, 1.29 WHIP

CF Curtis Granderson - DET (224 AB)
.290 BA, 8 HR, 18 2B, 12 3B, 20 BB, 57 K, 6 SB, .347 OBP, .585 SLG, .932 OPS

As the season continues we'll see which ones fall off and which ones make names for themselves.

UserNameBlank
06-09-2007, 05:29 PM
So, uh, anyone want to comment?

Who are the overachievers and who are the stars?

I say Jason Marquis and Braden Looper get crushed in the second half.

Danny Haren could win the Cy Young this year. He'll finish in the top 2 for sure IMO.

JJ Hardy's home run total will decrease considerably in the second half.

Russel Martin and BJ Upton are perennial AllStars.

Chad Gaudin = Esteban Loaiza.

Aaron Hill will be a very solid but unspectacular offensive 2B. Kind of like Iguchi for us.

Jjav829
06-09-2007, 05:58 PM
1B Casey Kotchman - LAA (181 AB)
.315 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 20 BB, 15 K, 2 SB, .390 OBP, .536 SLG, .926 OPSFor real. I like him. I think he'll put up precisely these kind of number for his career and he'll have a solid career doing so.
CF Hunter Pence - HOU (141 AB)
.369 BA, 5 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 BB, 25 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .395 OBP, .610 SLG, 1.005 OPSNot this good, but real. He looks like a throwback kind of player.

SP Chris Sampson - HOU (63 IP)
5-5, 3.43 ERA, 64 H, 6 HR, 17 BB, 27 K, 1.29 WHIPNot real.

SP Dan Haren - OAK (90 IP)
6-2, 1.70 ERA, 57 H, 7 HR, 21 BB, 70 K, 0.86 WHIPObviously not 1.7 ERA good, but a very good pitcher nonetheless. Top 10 pitcher in the AL for a while.

SP Chad Gaudin - OAK (71 IP)
6-1, 2.41 ERA, 65 H, 3 HR, 28 BB, 48 K, 1.31 WHIPNot real. He'll crash back to Earth at some point. More a 4.5 ERA pitcher than a 2.5 ERA pitcher.

2B Aaron Hill - TOR (218 AB)
.284 BA, 8 HR, 17 2B, 1 3B, 23 BB, 33 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, .351 OBP, .482 SLG, .833 OPSNot sure. He's shown more power than I expected, but everything else is pretty much in line with what I figured. Solid player.

2B Kelly Johnson - ATL (220 AB)
.286 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 4 3B, 36 BB, 44 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .387 OBP, .477 SLG, .864 OPSFor real. He's cooled off since a hot start, but he's a good player.

SS JJ Hardy - MIL (242 AB)
.289 BA, 16 HR, 12 2B, 17 BB, 40 K, 2 CS, .335 OBP, .537 SLG, .872 OPSI like his game, but that power is absolutely not real.

SP Braden Looper - STL (72.2 IP)
6-4, 3.72 ERA, 69 H, 6 HR, 24 BB, 39 K, 1.28 WHIPNot real. The Dave Duncan effect, I suppose.

SP Jason Marquis - CHC (76 IP)
5-2, 2.84 ERA, 62 H, 6 HR, 26 BB, 40 K, 1.16 WHIPObviously not real.

SP Rich Hill - CHC (79.2 IP)
5-4, 2.71 ERA, 53 H, 11 HR, 25 BB, 74 K, 0.98 WHIPFor real. He'll fall off this pace a little, but he has a bright future ahead of him.

1B Carlos Pena - TB (140 AB)
.307 BA, 12 HR, 8 2B, 18 BB, 43 K, .390 OBP, .621 SLG, 1.011 OPSHe's always been highly thought of. Did it just take him a bit longer to figure things out? Or is this just a fluke? I don't know, but I'd guess probably the latter.

2B BJ Upton - TB (199 AB)
.322 BA, 9 HR, 16 2B, 1 3B, 22 BB, 68 K, 13 SB, 5 CS, .397 OBP, .548 SLG, .945 OPSProbably the most talented of everyone you listed here. Star potential. For real.

SP James Shields - TB (90.2 IP)
5-0, 3.08 ERA, 70 H, 11 HR, 18 BB, 74 K, 0.97 WHIPFor real. If Kazmir can stay healthy, and improve his control a bit, Kazmir, Shields and Price could be a nice 1-2-3 for the Rays in 2 years.

C Russel Martin - LAD (201 AB)
.308 BA, 7 HR, 14 2B, 1 3B, 24 BB, 31 K, 9 SB, 2 CS, .379 OBP, .493 SLG, .872 OPSAbsolutely real. Love his game. Hell of a player. Wish he was a Sox.

1B Ryan Garko - CLE (169 AB)
.320 BA, 7 HR, 7 2B, 1 3B, 10 BB, 30 K, 1 CS, .386 OBP, .497 SLG, .883 OPS:dunno: Probably not this good, but he always hit in the minors.

SP Fausto Carmona - CLE (75.1 IP)
7-1, 3.11 ERA, 77 H, 7 HR, 18 BB, 33 K, 1.26 WHIPFausto! For real. Love that sinker. He's put the bullpen disaster behind him and is pitching like he is capable of pitching. Quickly becoming one of my favorite young pitchers to watch.

SP John Maine - NYM (74.1 IP)
6-3, 2.78 ERA, 59 H, 6 HR, 34 BB, 66 K, 1.25 WHIPGood, not this good. Not another Loaiza, though.

SP Ian Snell - PIT (86.2 IP)
5-4, 2.91 ERA, 73 H, 7 HR, 27 BB, 71 K, 1.15 WHIPIncomplete. Really haven't seen much of him.

1B Kevin Youkilis - BOS (220 AB)
.341 BA, 8 HR, 27 2B, 1 3B, 28 BB, 27 K, 2 SB, .428 OBP, .536 SLG, .964 OPSFor real. Really like his game.

2B Duston Pedroia - BOS (144 AB)
.319 BA, 2 HR, 13 2B, 17 BB, 11 K, .399 OBP, .451 SLG, .850 OPSFor real, I suppose. He'll be a decent player for a while. Kind of like Aaron Hill.

C John Buck - KC (132 AB)
.280 BA, 10 HR, 9 2B, 18 BB, 30 K, .372 OBP, .576 SLG, .948 OPSProbably not real.

SP Gil Meche - KC (84 IP)
3-5, 3.00 ERA, 84 H, 10 HR, 24 BB, 60 K, 1.29 WHIPNot real.

CF Curtis Granderson - DET (224 AB)
.290 BA, 8 HR, 18 2B, 12 3B, 20 BB, 57 K, 6 SB, .347 OBP, .585 SLG, .932 OPSFor real. That's about right for him. Good average, but not many walks. A lot of K's with good power.

FedEx227
06-09-2007, 06:01 PM
Which of the following players are truly breaking out? Which ones are playing way over their heads? Will there be another Esteban Loaiza? Are several of these players on the cusp of dominating the league? Here are some players to keep an eye on and their stats so far:

1B Casey Kotchman - LAA (181 AB)
.315 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 20 BB, 15 K, 2 SB, .390 OBP, .536 SLG, .926 OPS
He will keep this up, most people forget that he's been one of their top prospects for a bunch of years now. He's never going to be overly spectacular, but he should put up respectable numbers for the rest of the season.

CF Hunter Pence - HOU (141 AB)
.369 BA, 5 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 BB, 25 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .395 OBP, .610 SLG, 1.005 OPS
Again, I think he'll keep it up, he's been highly touted for many years and IIRC was the one guy Kenny wanted to add when the Astros nixed the Garland deal.

SP Chris Sampson - HOU (63 IP)
5-5, 3.43 ERA, 64 H, 6 HR, 17 BB, 27 K, 1.29 WHIP
That ERA will no doubt go up... hes a decent pitcher but just by looking at his career numbers and seeing him pitch he's got 11-14, 4.50 ERA written all over him.

SP Dan Haren - OAK (90 IP)
6-2, 1.70 ERA, 57 H, 7 HR, 21 BB, 70 K, 0.86 WHIP
Going to keep it up, and maybe win the Cy Young, absolute stud pitcher that's been coming into his own for a couple of years now and has finally put it together, nothing in his stats or of his starts I've seen tells me he'll slow down at all.

SP Chad Gaudin - OAK (71 IP)
6-1, 2.41 ERA, 65 H, 3 HR, 28 BB, 48 K, 1.31 WHIP
As you said, Loaiza, I don't see him doing a whole lot the rest of the season. Pretty high WHIP which will probably bite him eventually, plus the walk total is going to get him eventually. He's having a good season no doubt but I doubt he'll keep up this pace.

2B Aaron Hill - TOR (218 AB)
.284 BA, 8 HR, 17 2B, 1 3B, 23 BB, 33 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, .351 OBP, .482 SLG, .833 OPS
Great little player from what I've seen. Does a whole lot really well, has good gap power, good patience at the plate, should keep putting up at least solid numbers.

2B Kelly Johnson - ATL (220 AB)
.286 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 4 3B, 36 BB, 44 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .387 OBP, .477 SLG, .864 OPS
Also a good player, might hover around that .286 for the rest of the season. Was a top prospect only a couple of years ago until some injuries bit him.

SS JJ Hardy - MIL (242 AB)
.289 BA, 16 HR, 12 2B, 17 BB, 40 K, 2 CS, .335 OBP, .537 SLG, .872 OPS
My boy JJ! Sorry, I love ya Hardy but an injury or a return to Earth is imminent. Obviously he won't keep up that home-run total, but he'll have a solid season none the less, but don't look for him to slug 40 homers at the end of 2007.

SP Braden Looper - STL (72.2 IP)
6-4, 3.72 ERA, 69 H, 6 HR, 24 BB, 39 K, 1.28 WHIP
Don't know how he's lasted this long. Nothing ever really impressed me with this guy, I have a feeling interleague play will bring him back to the Looper of old.

SP Jason Marquis - CHC (76 IP)
5-2, 2.84 ERA, 62 H, 6 HR, 26 BB, 40 K, 1.16 WHIP
Doing surprisingly well, but as I said with Looper, let's see how he does with interleague play, if he makes it out of there alive then he has a chance.



I'll do the rest later, I need to beat my head against the wall for watching another sweet Grinder White Sox loss.

UserNameBlank
06-09-2007, 06:19 PM
Thank you JJav and FedEx. I completely agree with both of you. Hopefully if this thread doesn't get closed I can update it here and there just to keep tabs on guys. It's hard to follow all the players you want to follow over a major league season.

FedEx227
06-09-2007, 06:20 PM
When I get a chance I'll go over the other guys. I've been a huge BJ Upton and Ian Snell fan for years now so those are two guys I'm really happy for.

Jjav829
06-09-2007, 06:24 PM
Thank you JJav and FedEx. I completely agree with both of you. Hopefully if this thread doesn't get closed I can update it here and there just to keep tabs on guys. It's hard to follow all the players you want to follow over a major league season.

Go ahead.

FWIW, Dan Haren had another dominating outing today - 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. He picked up his 7th win and lowered his ERA to 1.58.

Another guy who maybe hasn't had the best season, but who I've enjoyed following is Shane Victorino. He has 17 steals and 9 assists this season. Victorino has one of the better throwing among outfielders. He's a fun player to watch.

And if you want to add to the list, I think Alex Rios is worth a mention. He is one hell of a player.

UserNameBlank
06-09-2007, 06:42 PM
Go ahead.

FWIW, Dan Haren had another dominating outing today - 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. He picked up his 7th win and lowered his ERA to 1.58.

Another guy who maybe hasn't had the best season, but who I've enjoyed following is Shane Victorino. He has 17 steals and 9 assists this season. Victorino has one of the better throwing among outfielders. He's a fun player to watch.

And if you want to add to the list, I think Alex Rios is worth a mention. He is one hell of a player.
I love Alex Rios. I didn't add him (there are a lot of guys I didn't add BTW) because I considered his 2006 as a breakout. But I won't have any problem adding him in the future because he's one of my favorite players to watch. I just want him to move to another team so I can watch him in CF.

UserNameBlank
07-04-2007, 10:20 AM
Updated as of 7/4:

1B Casey Kotchman - LAA
06/08: (181 AB) .315 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 20 BB, 15 K, 2 SB, .390 OBP, .536 SLG, .926 OPS
07/04: (232 AB) .306 BA, 9 HR, 16 2B, 3 3B, 24 BB, 19 K, 2 SB, .379 OBP, .517 SLG, .896 OPS

CF Hunter Pence - HOU
06/08: (141 AB) .369 BA, 5 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 BB, 25 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .395 OBP, .610 SLG, 1.005 OPS
07/04: (249 AB) .345 BA, 10 HR, 21 2B, 3 3B, 10 BB, 46 K, 7 SB, 4 CS, .373 OBP, .590 SLG, .963 OPS

SP Chris Sampson - HOU
06/08: (63 IP) 5-5, 3.43 ERA, 64 H, 6 HR, 17 BB, 27 K, 1.29 WHIP
07/04: (95.1 IP) 6-5, 4.15 ERA, 100 H, 13 HR, 25 BB, 40 K, 1.31 WHIP

SP Dan Haren - OAK
06/08: (90 IP) 6-2, 1.70 ERA, 57 H, 7 HR, 21 BB, 70 K, 0.86 WHIP
07/04: (123 IP) 10-2, 2.20 ERA, 90 H, 10 HR, 31 BB, 98 K, 0.98 WHIP

SP Chad Gaudin - OAK
06/08: (71 IP) 6-1, 2.41 ERA, 65 H, 3 HR, 28 BB, 48 K, 1.31 WHIP
07/04: (101.2 IP) 7-3, 2.92 ERA, 94 H, 5 HR, 44 BB, 65 K, 1.36 WHIP

2B Aaron Hill - TOR
06/08: (218 AB) .284 BA, 8 HR, 17 2B, 1 3B, 23 BB, 33 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, .351 OBP, .482 SLG, .833 OPS
07/04: (305 AB) .269 BA, 9 HR, 23 2B, 1 3B, 28 BB, 49 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, .328 OBP, .439 SLG, .767 OPS

2B Kelly Johnson - ATL
06/08: (220 AB) .286 BA, 7 HR, 13 2B, 4 3B, 36 BB, 44 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .387 OBP, .477 SLG, .864 OPS
07/04: (286 AB) .280 BA, 8 HR, 14 2B, 6 3B, 47 BB, 61 K, 6 SB, 4 CS, .382 OBP, .455 SLG, .837 OPS

SS JJ Hardy - MIL
06/08: (242 AB) .289 BA, 16 HR, 12 2B, 17 BB, 40 K, 2 CS, .335 OBP, .537 SLG, .872 OPS
07/04: (307 AB) .283 BA, 18 HR, 14 2B, 1 3B, 28 BB, 47 K, .344 OBP, .511 SLG, .855 OPS

SP Braden Looper - STL
06/08: (72.2 IP) 6-4, 3.72 ERA, 69 H, 6 HR, 24 BB, 39 K, 1.28 WHIP
07/04: (89 IP) 6-6, 4.65 ERA, 92 H, 9 HR, 30 BB, 41 K, 1.37 WHIP

SP Jason Marquis - CHC
06/08: (76 IP) 5-2, 2.84 ERA, 62 H, 6 HR, 26 BB, 40 K, 1.16 WHIP
07/04: (100.2 IP) 6-4, 3.31 ERA, 84 H, 10 HR, 38 BB, 59 K, 1.21 WHIP

SP Rich Hill - CHC
06/08: (79.2 IP) 5-4, 2.71 ERA, 53 H, 11 HR, 25 BB, 74 K, 0.98 WHIP
07/04: (98 IP) 5-5, 3.49 ERA, 77 H, 16 HR, 31 BB, 90 K, 1.10 WHIP

1B Carlos Pena - TB
06/08: (140 AB) .307 BA, 12 HR, 8 2B, 18 BB, 43 K, .390 OBP, .621 SLG, 1.011 OPS
07/04: (212 AB) .283 BA, 19 HR, 13 2B, 34 BB, 62 K, .387 OBP, .613 SLG, 1.000 OPS

2B BJ Upton - TB
06/08: (199 AB) .322 BA, 9 HR, 16 2B, 1 3B, 22 BB, 68 K, 13 SB, 5 CS, .397 OBP, .548 SLG, .945 OPS
07/04: (200 AB) .320 BA, 9 HR, 16 2B, 1 3B, 22 BB, 68 K, 13 SB, 5 CS, .396 OBP, .545 SLG, .941 OPS

SP James Shields - TB
06/08: (90.2 IP) 5-0, 3.08 ERA, 70 H, 11 HR, 18 BB, 74 K, 0.97 WHIP
07/04: (122 IP) 6-4, 3.76 ERA, 107 H, 19 HR, 19 BB, 110 K, 1.03 WHIP

C Russel Martin - LAD
06/08: (201 AB) .308 BA, 7 HR, 14 2B, 1 3B, 24 BB, 31 K, 9 SB, 2 CS, .379 OBP, .493 SLG, .872 OPS
07/04: (288 AB) .306 BA, 9 HR, 20 2B, 2 3B, 31 BB, 43 K, 16 SB, 3 CS, .371 OBP, .483 SLG, .854 OPS

1B Ryan Garko - CLE
06/08: (169 AB) .320 BA, 7 HR, 7 2B, 1 3B, 10 BB, 30 K, 1 CS, .386 OBP, .497 SLG, .883 OPS
07/04: (231 AB) .294 BA, 9 HR, 11 2B, 1 3B, 14 BB, 48 K, 1 CS, .358 OBP, .468 SLG, .826 OPS

SP Fausto Carmona - CLE
06/08: (75.1 IP) 7-1, 3.11 ERA, 77 H, 7 HR, 18 BB, 33 K, 1.26 WHIP
07/04: (102.1 IP) 9-4, 3.78 ERA, 108 H, 10 HR, 26 BB, 56 K, 1.31 WHIP

SP John Maine - NYM
06/08: (74.1 IP) 6-3, 2.78 ERA, 59 H, 6 HR, 34 BB, 66 K, 1.25 WHIP
07/04: (102 IP) 9-4, 2.74 ERA, 79 H, 10 HR, 38 BB, 84 K, 1.15 WHIP

SP Ian Snell - PIT
06/08: (86.2 IP) 5-4, 2.91 ERA, 73 H, 7 HR, 27 BB, 71 K, 1.15 WHIP
07/04: (108.2 IP) 6-5, 2.90 ERA, 95 H, 8 HR, 32 BB, 88 K, 1.17 WHIP

1B Kevin Youkilis - BOS
06/08: (220 AB) .341 BA, 8 HR, 17 2B, 1 3B, 28 BB, 27 K, 2 SB, .428 OBP, .536 SLG, .964 OPS
07/04: (292 AB) .329 BA, 9 HR, 22 2B, 1 3B, 40 BB, 40 K, 2 SB, 1 CS, .420 OBP, .503 SLG, .923 OPS

2B Duston Pedroia - BOS
06/08: (144 AB) .319 BA, 2 HR, 13 2B, 17 BB, 11 K, .399 OBP, .451 SLG, .850 OPS
07/04: (225 AB) .320 BA, 3 HR, 20 2B, 28 BB, 21 K, .402 OBP, .449 SLG, .851 OPS

C John Buck - KC
06/08: (132 AB) .280 BA, 10 HR, 9 2B, 18 BB, 30 K, .372 OBP, .576 SLG, .948 OPS
07/04: (181 AB) .243 BA, 14 HR, 11 2B, 22 BB, 45 K, .333 OBP, .536 SLG, .869 OPS

SP Gil Meche - KC
06/08: (84 IP) 3-5, 3.00 ERA, 84 H, 10 HR, 24 BB, 60 K, 1.29 WHIP
07/04: (116 IP) 5-6, 3.26 ERA, 118 H, 11 HR, 32 BB, 84 K, 1.29 WHIP

CF Curtis Granderson - DET
06/08: (224 AB) .290 BA, 8 HR, 18 2B, 12 3B, 20 BB, 57 K, 6 SB, .347 OBP, .585 SLG, .932 OPS
07/04: (316 AB) .285 BA, 11 HR, 22 2B, 15 3B, 26 BB, 76 K, 9 SB, .338 OBP, .554 SLG, .892 OPS

Dan the Man
07-04-2007, 11:42 AM
It's a shame that James Shields and Ian Snell play on such bad teams because they are both very good strikeout pitchers, but they can't get many wins.

champagne030
07-04-2007, 02:40 PM
You need to add Jeremy Guthrie to the list. I picked him up on May 20th and he's money. I've watched at least a part of his starts since then and he's throwing a 95-96 fastball, power sinker and a knuckle curve. No walks and I don't think he's given up more than 7 hits in any of those starts. He gave up 4 runs, 4 hits, no BB's and 7 K's in 8 innings last Sunday against the Angels. 3 of the runs were due to routine flyballs that went out of the shoebox known as Camden. His team and bullpen stinks, so his win total may not be impressive, but it looks like the Injians made a big mistake.

HawkDJ
07-05-2007, 09:05 AM
How about Ryan Braun of the Brewers?

UserNameBlank
07-05-2007, 11:49 PM
You need to add Jeremy Guthrie to the list. I picked him up on May 20th and he's money. I've watched at least a part of his starts since then and he's throwing a 95-96 fastball, power sinker and a knuckle curve. No walks and I don't think he's given up more than 7 hits in any of those starts. He gave up 4 runs, 4 hits, no BB's and 7 K's in 8 innings last Sunday against the Angels. 3 of the runs were due to routine flyballs that went out of the shoebox known as Camden. His team and bullpen stinks, so his win total may not be impressive, but it looks like the Injians made a big mistake.

How about Ryan Braun of the Brewers?
If someone else wants to add to the list, go ahead. I just picked some players out that were off to really good starts to chart their progress, and quite honestly that is a lot of players to keep up with as it is.

There are a ton of young interesting players out there that would be great to keep an eye on too. Besides those you've both mentioned, off of the top of my head: Delmon Young, Scott Kazmir, Nick Markakis, Phillip Hughes (on DL now), Robinson Cano, Jon Lester, Adam Lind, Alex Rios, Matt Garza, Boof Bonser, Alex Gordon, Mark Teahen, our Josh Fields and Ryan Sweeney if he ever gets brought up, Grady Sizemore, Josh Barfield, Nick Swisher, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jose Lopez, etc. and those are just a few in the AL. But feel free to add anyone you want and update it. I think it would be cool to see how some of these guys progress month to month. Sizemore and Rios you'd think are pretty much already at the top of their game, but who knows how much better they can both get. Swisher has a chance to be an absolute monster and I really like watching Seattle's MIF.

russ99
07-10-2007, 07:50 AM
Updated as of 7/4:

CF Hunter Pence - HOU
06/08: (141 AB) .369 BA, 5 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 BB, 25 K, 5 SB, 3 CS, .395 OBP, .610 SLG, 1.005 OPS
07/04: (249 AB) .345 BA, 10 HR, 21 2B, 3 3B, 10 BB, 46 K, 7 SB, 4 CS, .373 OBP, .590 SLG, .963 OPS


Hunter Pence is awesome. He's leading the National League in hitting at the break.

He's a lot like Matt Holliday with the Rockies, he'll be one of the top outfielders in the majors within 2-3 seasons, and he's probably the 2nd or 3rd best hitter on the team now. I'm surprised he didn't get any All-Star Game consideration, but the Astros waiting a month to call him up had to hurt his chances.

I can't wait to see him (and Good Ol' # 45) take it to the Cubs this weekend. :tongue:

Sampson's a passable starter, but not a legit high-rotation starting prospect. The two main reasons the Astros fell back a step this year is that they got no experienced starter replacements for Clemens & Pettite, and their bullpen just is as horrible as the Sox.