No, no, no. Haha, I don’t think this song would fit in with culture 50 years later. Actually, I’m quite certain that for anyone under the age of 24 it probably didn’t fit in well in 1965. You really gonna sing a song about wanting to be a weiner? I mean, c’mon…
So, let’s change the name and have a little rhyme time of our own. But instead of getting horribly inappropriate, because when does that ever happen on this site, we’ll just talk about the dingers, not the weiners, of Kevin Kiermaier, not Oscar Mayer. That dude’s a grouch, anywho…
- Kevin Kiermaier, OF (6.4% Owned) – Currently on the DL, Kiermaier’s an interesting case for how to properly and effectively skim the waiver wire for the hidden gems. Before he hit the shelf Kiermaier posted a slash line of .231/18/5/16/6 in 137 ABs. While that won’t blow you away, it’s a pace that was on target to approach an esteemed 25/25 mark. Improving every single major offensive statistic from his 2015 breakout-ish total of .263/62/10/40/18 in 535 ABs, I’m giving Kevin the nod this week, because he’s due to return shortly after the All-Star Break. If he gives you another 250 ABs to finish the season he could be a Top 25-30 OF for the second-half. An improved ISO (.211), increased BB% (8%), and decreased K% (16.1%) were harbingers of his good numbers to start the year. What really excited me for his second-half, though, is his terribly unlucky BABIP (.247). For a guy with 25 SB upside, that’s really low and unlucky. Like, the only thing more unlucky would be if you were caught singing that song posted at the top of this article that’s most certainly stuck in your head now. HA! Gotcha! Now go stick Kiermaier in your DL slots before it’s too late. Here’s to the second-half!
And HERE’S TO THE ALL-STAR BREAK! 1st half is in the books! But enough creepin’…Here are those Top 100 Hitters for Week 15…THE ALL-STAR BREAK!
RED = Falling
GREEN = Rising
BLUE = New to the 100
Dropped from Rankings:
- That’s right…NO ONE! Haha, it’s the All-Star Break, so…take a BREAK! Now’s the time to reevaluate, readjust, make some trades, and check in on some prospect fliers for the second half. Like Josh Bell? Nice! Have fun waiting until mid-August to see him again! Don’t worry, though, he’ll be joined by a bevy of others. And we’ll harp on them then.
- In the meantime, here are some of the names I’m looking to add to the list in the Week 16 edition:
- Now before some of you blow your kiermaier sausage everywhere, (cough ‘knucks’ cough), let me ‘splain a little about Mikael Franco. He’s incredibly hot and cold, and I have a serious negative penchant for players like this. Franco is the equivalent of football’s Mike Wallace. He was crazy hyper coming into the year, then did nothing for the first twelve weeks, then decided to go on a little tear to lead up to the break. He’s now on pace for 30 HR, and could easily reach that mark. But when I say he’s been hot, I mean he’s been torrid. Like Charleston, SC heat index at 8am when there’s 80% humidity in July. Did I just experience that? Yes. It freakin cakes on you like makeup on a pageant girl’s pillow the next morning. As much as I’m not a fan of ol’ Mikael, you can’t ignore what he’s been doing for the past 30 days: .302/16/7/17/0. Let’s see if he can do it through July, too.
Happy All-Star Break, everyone! Hopefully your team’s representatives, or starting squad if you’re the Cubs and Sawx, gives you every reason to watch the game. Check back next week for the now hyped Week 16 edition! And before you go… what hitter are you most excited about for the second-half?