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Ronald Acuna Atlanta Braves

Heresy... Is it possible Mike Trout has a rival?

Ronald Acuna (OF) ATL - Aug. 16

Acuna went 1-for-4 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He not only hit a homer of his own, Acuna robbed J.D. Davis of one with a leaping grab over the left-field wall in the sixth inning. The 21-year-old now has an incredible 10 home runs through 14 games in August to go with a .355/.403/.871 slash line, three steals, 19 runs and 19 RBI.

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Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

Joins the club.  Is he the fastest ever?

I allocated my remaning FAAB $$ between him and Grisham (with more to Grisham) two weeks ago.  I won Grisham by 1$, and lost Aquino by $1.  I could be crying for years.

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Ty France San Diego Padres

Back in the show, reportedly to be tried at 2B with Urias sliding to Tatis' SS spot.  

Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox

Leading the league in hits, doubles, RBI, total bases, and caught stealing.  Last year's sophomore slump be damned.  He's been everything he was supposed to be.  He's not going to get to Earl Webb's record, but he could get into the high-50s in doubles, which would be really cool.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Looks like we will need page for Logan Webb brought up from depths ...

Source: Giants’ top pitching prospect to make major league debut SF Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb will make his major league debut on Saturday in Arizona

Webb, 22, began the season with Double-A Richmond and made five starts before receiving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. 

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Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego Padres
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Billy Hamilton Atlanta Braves


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Ian Kinsler San Diego Padres

Bids here were (now) obviously too high ... now he's on the IL ...

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Avisail Garcia Tampa Bay Rays

Clearly the valuation guy at BHQ plays in 4x4.

In the Friday newsletter:

Rays | Avisail Garcia on injured list

Tampa Bay Rays OF Avisail Garcia (oblique) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Aug. 14, because of a right oblique strain. The team also recalled RP Jose De Leon from Class AAA Durham. Source:

BHQ take: Garcia has only had one season (2015) since 2013 in which he did not spend time on the IL, and so heads there now in 2019 with the oblique strain. Statistically, 2019 has been his second-best season to date; earning $20 in rotisserie value with 17 HR, nine steals, and a .278 BA. He is currently estimated to miss 10-14 days, and the Rays bench players listed below are expected to pick up the playing time slack during the period. De Leon has not pitched in the majors since his 2018 Tommy John surgery, and is expected to work in the early-to-middle innings when needed. —Matt Dodge

Another pitch (here) for First Pitch Arizona:

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Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

He didn't hit a HR last night.

I thought that was noteworthy.

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Jared Hughes Philadelphia Phillies

How is it that he found his way on waivers all the way to Philly? He throws strikes and gets grounders: just what you need at some point in almost every game.

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Joel Kuhnel Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds — Jared Hughes was claimed off waivers by the Phillies, ending his tenure in Cincinnati. The Reds then called up highly touted youngster Joel Kuhnel, who has triple-digit heat and “the potential to be a power arm in the back end of the bullpen,” according to manager David Bell.

Hierarchy remains: Iglesias | Lorenzen | Garrett.

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Matt Olson Oakland Athletics

Lots of members if the two-homer club yesterday.

Yesterday's Top Performers


Carlos Santana* (CLE): 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R

Jose Ramirez* (CLE): 2-3, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R

Michael Brantley* (HOU): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Matt Chapman (OAK): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Josh Donaldson (ATL): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Matt Olson (OAK): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Freddie Freeman (ATL): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jose Abreu (CHW): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Carlos Correa (HOU): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at

Is that a record? Probably not even close. But it might be a record for a day when there were only ten games on the slate.

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Juan Soto Washington Nationals

I don't understand why no MLB team has hired him. Has he had offers that he's declined?

I'm guessing Howard means The Athletic.

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Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

Yes, hence my "triple crown" comment a few days back.  His "combined year" including AAA is better than Trout or Yelich.  Minute Maid is positively electric when he comes to the plate.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Is this rookie having best start to career ever?

... if Alvarez is in the lineup, it will be his 50th MLB game. It also will cap what might be the best 50-game debut by a hitter in at least the past 80 years.

That’s a strong statement, but through 49 games, Alvarez owns a .339/.422/.694 slash line, which produces a park-adjusted wRC+ of 190 (90% better than league average). He has bashed 14 doubles and 17 homers, while driving in 52 runs.

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Dom Nunez Colorado Rockies

Updated. Dom slashed .244/.362/.559 at Albuquerque. In his minor league career (1968 AB) he's slashed .242/.338/.405. The combination of the PCL and the major league baseball led to 17 HR in 213 AB after hitting 9 in 324 last year in the Eastern League.

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Juan Soto Washington Nationals

I've been a John Sickels fan for a long time (he's now with The Atlantic, due to issues with host for ... while looking for info about a prospect, I came across this comment from an article at about the 2015-international-prospect-signings ... and it includes this *FANTASTIC* comment ...

Shadow Twins

This won’t be official for some time, but right now the Shadow Twins plan is to sign Juan Soto ($1,650,000 to beat the Nationals by 10 percent), Gregory Guerrero ($1,650,000 to beat the Mets by 10%), and Fernando Tatis Jr ($770,000 to beat the White Sox by 10%) instead of Wander Javier ($4,000,000 to the Twins in real life).

Posted  by John Sickels  on Jul 2, 2015 | 11:47 AM

... my only question is ... what became of Gregory Guerrero???  Classic that it's the Mets kid that hasn't (yet) made it :-)

PS.  Wander Javier isn't yet worth $4M ...

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Dom Nunez Colorado Rockies

Could use an update; he's the Rox #2 catcher and hit a homer in his debut.

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Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

And the best Game Score yesterday belongs to...


Clayton Kershaw* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 83 GmSc

Homer Bailey* (OAK): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 79 GmSc

Aaron Nola (PHI): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 73 GmSc

Steven Matz (NYM): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 68 GmSc

Dallas Keuchel (ATL): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 67 GmSc

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* - pictured above

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