Baltimore Orioles’ top prospect Manny Machado showed us exactly why he’s their top prospect last night, putting on an impressive display of power in just his second major league game with two home runs and four RBIs. OMGDROPEVERYTHINGANDGOPICKHIMUP!!! Well, not exactly. All the ‘perts say that Machado isn’t MLB-ready, as evidenced by his .266/.350/.431 line in the minors this year. But Machado is projected to be a stud as soon as next year, so… why not this year? He’s already the youngest player ever to have a multi-homer game. In addition, he’s got 2 hits in each of his first two games starting at third base and if he keeps it up he should be batting in the heart of that Baltimore line up in no time. I mean, really, who else do they have? With the Orioles in a battle for a wild card spot (I know, it still sounds weird), Machado could find himself in the race for October and maybe, just maybe, he’s one of the guys that’s going to help get them there. Manny has all the tools (10 HRs, 14 SBs in AA) to be bona fide fantasy stud and with shortstop and (soon) third base eligibility he could be mighty valuable. I’m not saying he’ll hit 2 HRs every night out, but… wow, wouldn’t that be awesome? And you don’t want to be the guy who waited too long to snatch him up and missed out on the only free agent SS/3B who hits 2 bombs every night! If you can make room on your roster I’d stash Manny Machado everywhere I could for now, just to see what he does next.
Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball Friday night:
Clay Buchholz — 9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 Ks. His second complete game of the year and hasn’t given up more than 2 ER in a start since July 14. All Day Clay has quietly become the Red Sox best pitcher since the All Star break. That’s probably more telling of how bad Lester and Beckett have been than how good Buchholz has been.
Will Middlebrooks — Left the game in the 9th inning after being HBP on the wrist. Early reports say the wrist is broken and he could miss the entire rest of the season. I’d expect Danny Valencia (Ugh) and Nick Punto (double-UGH!) to see time at 3rd if Middlebrooks is out indefinitely. The Red Sox could certainly use a little Youkilis right about now.
Ryan Ludwick — 2-for-5 with a 2-run HR and 4 runs scored. Ludwick lud-whacked his 20th home run, well Lud-dee-da.
Justin Germano — 5.2 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 K. Make no mistake, this was no fault of the Stream-o-Nator. There were a number of factors acting against “the Germ” today including some crazy wind (I guess that’s why they call it the “Windy” City! LOL! Amirite?) and three errors by the Cubbies. I like Justin a lot next week versus Houston, but I like the majority of major league pitchers against Houston.
Starlin Castro — 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and his 19th SB. Oh my Starlin, oh my Starlin, oh my Staaaarlin stole a base! He’s my shortstop, I’m so happy, when Starlin Castro, steals a baaaase!
Aroldis Chapman — 1.1 IP, 3 Ks and his 26th save. How far do you think he can throw a shot put?
Dustin Pedroia — 2-for-3 with a RBI and a SB. Now has a 6-game hitting streak and three straight multi-hit games. Elves always perform better the closer it gets to Christmas. It would surprise no one if Dustin turns into a fantasy monster for the last few weeks of the season.
Paul Maholm — Complete game shut out, 3 Hs, 5 Ks and his 10th win. Somebody likes their new teeeeeam….
Jason Heyward — 1-for-4 with a 2-run HR, his 19th. Call me crazy but something tells me Jay-Hey is gonna be a top 20 player next year. Okay, don’t call me crazy, it hurts my feelings.
Justin Ruggiano — 1-for-4 with his 10th HR. Has now homered in back to back games and has a nice little five game hitting streak. Honestly, 10 HR, 10 SB and a .350 AVG in just 160 ABs? Ruggiano should be owned everywhere right now.
Travis Snider — 2-for-5 with a 3-run HR, his first as a member of the Pirates. Starling Marte (2-for-5, SB, how awesome has this guy been?) and Snider did all they could for James McDonald (4.1 IP, 7 ER) but they were no match for Padres “star” third baseman Chase Headley‘s 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. Big ouch for McDonald owners, not sure I’d trust James until I see a good start out of him.
Huston Street — 1.0 IP and his 21st save. Suffered a left calf injury on the final play of the game. Unfortunately, word on the Streets is not good. Likely head to the DL, Dale Thayer or Luke Gregerson will likely replace him closing game for San Diego, so add if you need saves.
Desmond Jennings — 3-for-4 with 3 runs and an RBI. Now there’s the Desmond Jennings I drafted way too early! He performed so well at the end of 2011, perhaps he’s just been waiting for August? Better August than never.
Brandon McCarthy — 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Ks. A tough assignment in his return from a long DL stint, but Brandon pitched admirably. Grey told you to BUY him, if he’s still a free agent in your league I’d grab him everywhere. He gets KC next week.
A.J. Pierzynski — 1-for-3 with his 22nd HR. With the success of Chooch, Molina and a host of other free agent catchers, I’m definitely not overpaying for a catcher again in my drafts next year.
Mark Rogers — 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks. Rogers has pitched well in his first three starts and amassed 20 strikeouts in just 17.2 IP. (Mmmmm.) I’d stay away from his start next week in Colorado, but I’ve got my eye on you Rogers.
John Axford — .1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER and another blown save. Francisco Rodriguez was just as bad setting him up surrendering a home run to Carlos Corporan. Manager Ron Roenicke announced post game that Jim Henderson will handle the closing duties from here on out. Fantasy owners would have made the change weeks ago. Henderson is an immediate add in all formats as he should see the majority of Milwaukee’s save chances going forward.
Roy Halladay — 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 8 Ks. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say he’s back to form.
Carlos Beltran — 2-for-4 with his 28th HR. Probably 15 home runs more than even he expected to hit.
Prince Fielder — 1-for-4 with a 3-run HR. Batting .484 in August with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs. Bow to the prince. I said bow!
Josh Hamilton — 1-for-3 with his 31st HR. Now has an 8-game hitting streak and has homered in back to back games. Remember earlier this year when you had to mention Hamilton every night, because like Trout he just kept filling up the stat sheet? How the mighty have fallen, but he shall rise again (like the Dark Knight!).
Stephen Strasburg — 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks and his 13th win. The Straborg was a machine last night giving up only one hit as he edges closer to that imaginary/rumored/ever-changing innings limit. That’s 26.2 innings or approximately 4 starts if you believe what they’re saying — just in time to miss your head-to-head playoffs. D’oh!
Jayson Werth — 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs. If he’s still sitting on waivers in your league, he could be Werth the pick up.
Mike Trout — 1-for-3 with his 21st HR and 5 RBIs. As always, I save the best for last. And Mike Trout is the best. I’m not ashamed to say I love him more than I could ever love a human baby.
Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap, as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!