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Week 10 Recap (Hitting Adds under 50%)

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Nolan Jones – COL – 1B, OF (49%)

2023/ 14 G: .348 AVG, 5 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 SB

2022/ 28 G: .244 AVG, 10 R, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB

2023/ 39 G: .356 AVG, 38 R, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 5 SB (AAA)

A former top prospect with Cleveland who never got a chance to play regularly but hit well in the minors. Jones appeared in 28 games in his rookie season before being traded to the Rockies in 2022 for Juan Brito. An injury to C.J. Cron (no timetable for a return) opened up time at 1B and an injury to Kris Bryant opened up time in the OF, allowing for everyday playing time. In more shallow leagues can be a platoon option when Colorado plays at home. 

 

Gary Sanchez – SD – C (31%)

2023/ 11 G: .282 AVG, 8 R, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB

2022/ 128 G: .205 AVG, 42 R, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 2 SB (w/ MIN)

Sanchez was regarded as one of the best hitting prospects in the league and put up several strong seasons. In his rookie season hit .299 with 20 HR in 53 G, followed that up with a career season hitting .278 with 79 R, 33 HR, 90 RBI in 122 G. A groin injury in 2018 slowed his development and poor defense became a liability, led the league in errors in 2019. Injuries continued to slow Sanchez production and as his defense failed to improve leading New York to trade him to the Twins in 2022. Sanchez signed minor league contracts with the Giants and Mets failing to earn a role before being claimed off waivers by the Padres. Although it is a short sample size, it looks like Sanchez might have found a regular role. Replacing Nelson Cruz in the middle of the order, hitting behind Tatis, Soto, Machado and Bogaerts, there should be ample RBI opportunities if he can continue to perform.

 

Joey Wiemer – MIL – OF (26%)

2023/ 63 G: .224 AVG, 26 R, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 10 SB

2021/ 109 G: 27 HR/ 30 SB (A – A+)

2022/ 127 G: 21 HR 31 SB (AA – AAA)

Last two weeks: .341 AVG, 9 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB (14th overall player)

Weimer struggled early on in his rookie season but strong defense has kept him in the lineup every day. The ability to hit regularly seems to be paying dividends, over the past two weeks Weimer is hitting .341 including a 4/4 game with 2 HR and 5 RBI Wednesday vs the Orioles. While the power might not reach his production in the minors, his speed looks legit (sprint speed top 8% of League at 28.9). Has had more success vs LHP and at home, in more shallow leagues could be a matchup-based streamer. Hit second Sunday and while the Brewers have a pretty poor offense (26th in runs at 265 – DET last 223 for context), could be a solid source of runs with some power and above-average speed.

 

Luis Garcia – WAS – 2B, SS (18%)

2023/ 56 G: .271 AVG, 27 R, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 3 SB

2022/ 93 G: .275 AVG, 29 R, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 3 SB

Past three weeks: .280 AVG, 13 R, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB

While his average exit velocity, hardhit%, and BB% are poor, Garcia ranks in the 92nd percentile in whiff% and K% (top 8% of League at 13%). Garcia has gradually improved his exit velocity every season, 83.5 (bottom 2% of League), 86.8, 87.3, 88.9. While his power is limited has shown the ability to hit for average with some speed. The Nationals lineup is weak overall but decent at the top with leadoff hitter Lane Thomas having a strong season. Thomas should provide solid RBI opportunities ahead of Garcia, Meneses and Candelario are decent protection behind him.

 

Jesus Sanchez – MIA – OF (13%)

2023/ 40 G: .286 AVG, 14 R, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 3 SB

2022/ 98 G: .214 AVG, 38 R, 13 HR, 36 RBI, 1 SB

Last two weeks: .278 AVG, 5 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB

Coming up Sanchez was a prospect known for his power but displayed poor plate skills, which have slightly improved. Sanchez increased BB% from 7.6% to 9.2%, his K% is almost the same as last season (26.6% – 26.8%) but much lower than his first two seasons (37.9%, 31.1%). While his max EV is down from last season (114.7 – top 4% of League) to 112.2 but exit velocity is up from 89.5 to 91.5. The Marlin’s offense is weak overall but it is not completely devoid of talent, Luis Arraez has been leading off with Jazz Chisholm on the IL and is currently hitting over .400. Jorge Soler has rebounded from a down season raising his OBP from .295 to .325 and Bryan De La Cruz has emerged as a solid power/ speed threat hitting just under .300. Miami is also missing their best hitter in Jazz Chisholm, who has started baseball activities but has no timetable for a return.

 

Nick Pratto – KC – 1B, OF (11%)

2023/ 39 G: .289 AVG, 18 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB

2022/ 49 G: .184 AVG, 28 R, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB

AAA/ 165 G: .232 AVG, 118 R, 40 HR, 110 RBI, 13 SB

Last two weeks: .317 AVG, 5 R, 2 HR 4 RBI, 0 SB 

Former 1st round pick (14 overall) by the Royals in 2017, struggled in limited playing time last year his rookie season. His minor-league numbers are not impressive but has hit well so far this season. While his K% ranks bottom 5% of League (32.9%), ranks top 10% of League in WOBA (.377) and XWOBACON (.493). Pratto has also increased his hardhit% from 36.5% to 45.3% and BB% 10.4% to 11.4%. The Royal’s offense is pretty weak, ranking 29th with 243 runs, Pratto has been leading off almost every day vs RHP ahead of Salvador Perez, Bobby Witt Jr, and MJ Melendez.

 

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