It’s not very often that a walkoff homer by a rookie — Pedro Alvarez — in a 3-for-6, 3-RBI day feels unexciting, but no rookie or prospect news can top what J.P. Arencibia did on Saturday.
Not that the news here is ho-hum. On the contrary, there’s some big news here, it’s just floating in the wake of Arencibia’s arrival.
Pedro Alvarez — There are times when I wish I could beam a Chinstrap Ninjas’ blurb into people’s minds. Alvarez is still 83% available in Yahoo leagues. I can’t believe so many people would give up on such a huge prospect after a 2-for-28 slump. Alvarez’s 3-for-6 and game-winning homer Saturday aside, check out Alvarez’s work so far in this very young August: .348, 3 HR, 8 RBI. Check your wire, ninjas.
Stephen Strasburg — Will take the mound Tuesday in his first start since a shoulder issue. The Nationals will hold Strasburg to 90 pitches against the Marlins. That’s not a lot of pitches, but there are a handful of pitchers who could rack up 10Ks in that few pitches. Strasburg is one of them.
Drew Storen — The Nationals other super pitching prospect earned his first major league save on Friday. He issued one walk in a shutout inning. As we discussed in our trade deadline bullpen review, Storen is currently splitting closer duties with Tyler Clippard. But Storen has been tagged as the closer of the future so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get more saves as the season progresses.
Ruben Tejada — Was scratched moments before the start of his game in AAA on Saturday. The 20-year-old will man 2B for the Mets. He signed at age 17, so he has some minor league work behind him, but he’s still developing. Tejada has shown signs of speed and doubles power (19 steals and 24 doubles in 2009). He’s not a must-add, but we’ll keep an eye on his development.
Fernando Martinez — Like Tejada, F-Mart was a late scratch so he could join the Mets. He’ll be in a rotation with Jeff Francouer in right field. Less to be excited about with Martinez not getting regular time. Martinez’s minor league numbers are not as impressive as Tejada’s (he looks like a 10/10 player with a low average), but he’s only 21.
Dale Thayer — Was optioned back to AAA on Saturday. We didn’t recommend him too hard in the rookies update anyway. We’ll see what 2011 brings for Thayer.
Lorenzo Cain — The Brewers rookie OF was called up and put in the starting lineup Friday. He’s 2-for-4 with a run and a double in two games since his callup and will get some regular playing time. Cain, 24, hit for high average through all levels of the minors and had a couple seasons with big steals totals (34 in 2006 was the most). He’s not owned in any Yahoo leagues yet, but we’ll monitor his progress and let you know if he should be.
Tyler Skaggs — The Dan Haren trade was completed when Skaggs, an 18-year-old lefthander, arrived in Arizona. Skaggs, although his body of work is only in rookie league and A ball, has strikeout per inning promise.
Jeff Larish — Claimed off waivers (DET) and optioned to AAA Tuesday by the Athletics, Larish made AAA pitchers pay for the move on Friday. He drove in 10 runs in a double-header and is hitting .474 with three homers and 12 RBI since joining Sacramento. The A’s won’t let him rot in the minors for long. Larish’s minor league power didn’t translate in three different stints with the Tigers. Let’s see what he does with a fresh start.