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I don’t often interest myself with indie league baseball, but with this whole 50-year-old Roger Clemens comeback ordeal, I just had to watch.  And from what I witnessed, Clemens was good.  He allowed just one baserunner (a hit) over 3.1 IP, striking out two, showing good command of a fastball in the mid-upper-80s.  After watching the outing, there’s no reason to believe that Clemens couldn’t be as effective as Jaime Moyer was when he pitched with the Rockies this year.  A sideshow type return to the bigs seems plausible here — scouts from the Astros and the Royals were reportedly in attendance.  Of course, my cynical mind wonders how, after five years away from the game, a 50-year-old man can compete at a major league level.  I can’t help but think The Rocket’s return is PED-fueled — and it’s not like there’s no precedent with this guy.  Clemens has an enormous ego.  That’s no secret.  The past five years have been brutal on his legacy, and a “legitimate” return to the majors could go a long way in repairing his image.  I’m not familiar with the PED testing policy employed by the independent Atlantic League, or if there is one at all.  And obviously this is purely speculative thinking.  But, c’mon.  Doesn’t it seem a little fishy?

Darin Ruf | 1B, Phillies – Ruf has been mashing since the calendar rolled over into August, slugging 15 homers since the 1st of the month.  On the year, the 26-year-old has hit .313/.404/.609 with 34 HR and 93 RBI through 541 PA at Double-A Reading.

Trevor Bauer | RHP, D’Backs – Bauer’s posted a 21/2 K/BB over his last two outings.  The mid-season savior-that-wasn’t seems to be back on track, although it’s unlikely we’ll see him resurface in the bigs as Tyler Skaggs has worked his way into the Arizona rotation.

Jedd Gyorko | 3B, Padres — After a hot week at Triple-A Tuscon, Gyorko is up to 28 homers and 94 RBI on the year, along with a slash line at .321/.383/.561 in 519 PA between Double-A and Triple-A.  One would assume he’ll join the Padres come September, with a chance at regular play if San Diego uses him at 2B.

Shelby Miller | RHP, Cardinals – Miller’s recent dominance continues:  12 more K’s and zero walks in 7 IP since I highlighted him in last Sunday’s post.  Should this hot streak keep up, Miller could be an attractive option for the Cardinals down the stretch, especially if Joe Kelly regresses upon his return to the St. Louis rotation.

Billy Hamilton | SS, Reds – With 148 stolen bases on the year, Hamilton is the all-time leader in that category, passing Vince Coleman’s mark of 145 earlier this week.  With ten games remaining on Pensacola’s schedule, 160 is surely in sight.  Crazy.

Delino DeShields | 2B, Astros – Lost in all the Billy Hamilton hoopla are the 96 SB’s DeShields has collected this year between Low-A and High-A.  Also worth noting is Delino’s 14% CS rate, 6% better than Hamilton’s.

Corey Seager | SS, Dodgers – LA’s 2012 first-rounder Corey Seager — younger brother of Kyle — has been terrific in his first go at pro ball, hitting .317/.385/.524 with 7 homers and 8 steals through 42 games in the rookie-level Pioneer League.

Jorge Soler | OF, Cubs – In 11 games since his promotion to Low-A Peoria, Soler has hit .333/.375/.533 along with 2 long balls and 11 RBI.  The 20-year-old should surface in Double-A by the time next year.  More on him here.

Tyrell Jenkins | RHP, Cardinals – Cardinals prospect Tyrell Jenkins has been shut down thanks to a shoulder injury.  It was a disappointing year at Low-A Quad Cities for the highly touted 20-year-old:  5.14 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 80/36 K/BB in 82 IP.

Miguel Sano | 3B, Twins – The 19-year-old slugger is up to 26 homers on the year at Low-A Beloit.  The Snappers, by the way, wore tuxedo-jerseys recently.  Not sure why.  But here‘s a look at Sano in the curious threads.

Mike Zunino | C, Mariners – Having blasted two homers in his first seven games at Double-A, Zunino hasn’t slowed a bit since his three-level promotion to Jackson.

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  1. Jabronies says:
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    14% CS is better than 6%? I guess for a catcher maybe.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jabronies, Hamilton’s CS rate is %20, which would make DeShields’ rate of 14% “6% better” — sorry if that was worded poorly.

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey Scott, all well and good for Hamilton, but for us in non-keepers what will we see of him this year, strictly a PR role in September?

    Looking forward to seeing Shelby in the Cards rotation soon, they won’t be keeping him down much longer if he continues like this. Could be a very useful back-end starter in deep non-keepers.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yea if Billy gets the call next week, I really doubt he’ll be used as anything other than a PR. Inevitably, he’ll finagle a few PAs, but I assure you Dusty will be trying to avoid that. And re: Miller, totally agree — if he surfaces he’ll help in all formats, especially in H2H as leagues approach the playoffs.

  3. Curt says:
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    Any news on Hultzen or Cole?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Curt, Command has been a major problem for Hultzen since he arrived at AAA. He wont reach Seattle this year, but has a good shot at starting 2013 in their rotation. Cole had his best outing of the year on 8/16 (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 k), but followed it with a forgettable start on 8/22 (4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K).

  4. knighttown says:
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    I need steals pretty badly. Would dropping Uggla for a guy like Hamilton make any sense? I’ve now benched Uggla most days for Ciraco.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @knighttown, If you’re in a situation where adding SBs puts you in position to win your league, it might be worth the gamble. Keep in mind there’s been no firm statement on a Hamilton call-up.

  5. Barry says:
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    Hey Scott – Hope all is well.

    Nice update on Gyorko. I have an interesting question for you. As you may recall, I have what certainly appears to be a dominating dynasty, salary cap franchise. I am still in position for the 1st pick in your draft next year and I am pounding a playoff team this week 11-4.

    Anyway, to the matter at hand.

    Mesoraco was demoted last week (probably to get some regular at-bats) and as you may recall, I traded for Altuve as a starting 2B. With that in mind, I have Mesoraco, Wilson Ramos and Wil Myers who is still catcher-eligible. Additionally, I have Gyorko and Jean Segura in addition to Altuve.

    I am tempted to keep Ramos instead of Mesoraco while obviously keeping Myers who will be my starting OF slot while having catcher-eligibility.

    Do you think that would be wise to drop Mesoraco, in case Jonathan Singleton is not up with Houston next year, since Myers can also play catcher and keep Ramos instead of Mesoraco?

    Additionally, do you think that Gyorko will be the starting 2B for San Diego next year and if so, would you keep him over Altuve?

    One final thought – I don’t know one dynasty franchise owner that cannot be concerned over Julio Teheran’s season. I am seriously thinking about not keeping him for the 2013 season since I now have the financial flexibility (as long as Josh Hamilton’s salary is over $20 million a year) to have a starting rotation (for next season) of Sabathia, Wainwright, Scherzer, Kennedy, Hanson, Skaggs, along with Cole, Taillon, and Archer.

    I am seriously considering keeping Archer over Teheran if Archer receives a predominant role with the Rays next year.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated. BTW, I can grab Gary Sanchez right now and keep him to boot in lieu of Mesoraco/Ramos.

    • Barry says:
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      @Scott, I meant as long as Josh Hamilton’s annual salary is NOT over $20 million a year…..

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Barry, Hold Mesoraco over Ramos…although Sanchez is an intriguing guy, but a little further off. Hold Altuve over Gyorko for 2B (but if Jedd comes up & plays 2B everyday in September, I’d reconsider… big IF). Teheran’s regression is worrisome, but scouting reports remain strong & he’s only 21 years old. Definitely hold Teheran over Archer.

      • Barry says:
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        @Scott Evans, ok, sounds good Scott…..Thanks for the affirmation on Teheran and Mesoraco…..

  6. Yeah, I Remember When says:
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    Evidently Ruf hit another one yesterday. That’s 16 HR since August 1.

    That’s Tuloian.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Yeah, I Remember When, HUGE month. This would all be quite a bit more exciting if he weren’t already 26 years old.

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