This week we take a look at another two rookies out in Oakland and the reason why in Boston they are starting to ask the question: Kevin who ?
RP- ADDISON REED (CHI SOX)- Reed has been lights out in Chicago this year in his 9 innings of work. Reed has struck out 12 batters, has a 0.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. Manager Robin Ventura removed one rookie from the closer role in Hector Santiago, now he has another rookie Chris Sale in the role. It is just a matter of time before Reed, the team's true closer gets his shot. I recommend keeping an eye on the situation and being ready to grab Reed at any time.
RP- RYAN COOK (OAKLAND)- Cook like Reed above has been lights out in the Oakland bullpen with a stat line consisting of 14 games, 14 2/3 Inn, 0.00 ERA, 14 K's and 8 holds. Even more impressive is he has only given up three hits in those 14+ innings. As Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes continue to be inconsistent the door is opening for Cook to slide into the closer role. Keep a wait and see approach on this situation.
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SS- TYLER PASTORNICKY (ATLANTA)- Tyler who beat out Braves prospect Andrelton Simmons for the starting gig has been pretty much mediocre so far as he owns a .271 BA , 1 HR and just 8 RBI's in 85 AB's. The key to his game is his speed though where he averaged 36 steals per season in the minor leagues but for some reason he has not even attempted a stolen base yet in the majors. For now he should only be owned in N.L. leagues only.
3B- WILL MIDDLEBROOKS- (BOSTON)- Middlebrooks who was called up to play third base when the Red Sox placed Kevin Youklis on the DL is off to a flying start for the Bosox as he owns a .381 BA, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.361 OPS and a stolen base in just 21 AB's. While no one expects him to continue at this torid pace, he does own impressive power numbers in the minor leagues and may be just what is needed in Boston to jump start the hapless Redsox offense. If Will continues to hit like this, the Red Sox will have no choice but to keep him in the lineup even when Youklis returns from the DL. Pick him up ASAP if you are willing to take the chance.
OF- MICHAEL TAYLOR (OAKLAND)- The A's called up one of their top prospects in Taylor to replace starter Coco Crisp who was placed on the 15 day DL. Taylor a Stanford product is 6"5" and has all the tools to succeed at the major league level. He has just 8 AB's this year and owns a .250 BA. He is worth a flier if you need help in the OF especially flying under the radar with phenoms Bryce Harper and Mike Trout already called up.
(September 3, 2011 - Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America)