Found June 12, 2013 on 643ball:
Keith Allison The fantasy stock report is a weekly article that will provide insight on particular hitters or pitchers whose stock is either rising or falling based on recent performances. This week we’ll look at a pair of 2nd baseman: Jedd Gyorko and Robinson Cano. Bullish: Jedd GyorkoJedd Gyorko came up lame on the base path on Sunday and the Padres promptly put him on the DL with a groin strain. I think this is the perfect opportunity to try and trade for a very good hitter at a position that is thin this year. Gyorko is batting .284 with 8 HR, 36 R, and 25 RBI for the San Diego Padres. Those numbers are good enough to be a top four second baseman in wRC+, trailing only Matt Carpenter, Dustin Pedroia, and Marco Scutaro at the position. Gyorko has put up those great numbers after getting off to a slow start. In the month of April, Jedd only hit .247 with 0 HR, 8 R, and 8 RBI. He was batting towards the bottom of the lineup and was hitting doubles (7) instead of home runs (0). Gyorko had a better month of May, he hit a healthy .303 with 6 HR, 20 R, and 12 RBI. Jedd did much of the same in the June by accumulating 6 XBH, 13 total hits and his first stolen base of the season. He was beginning to produce at the level many expected when he entered the season. This guy has always been able to hit as evidenced by his .319 minor league batting average and his 62 home runs in just three seasons in the minors. The Padres decided in the beginning of the season, that they would not let Chase Headley’s occupation of Jedd’s natural position of third base to hold him back from reaching the majors. They converted him into a second baseman and he’s rewarded the Pads, as he is currently the 6th highest second baseman according to WAR(+1.8) and this is mostly due to his ability to hit the baseball. I would offer guys like Rickie Weeks, Omar Infante, Neil Walker and even Jose Altuve for Gyorko. Make the move for Gyorko now while he’s on the DL because when he returns, his owners won’t be willing to sell.Bearish: Robinson CanoI know, how can someone possibly be bearish on Robinson Cano. I get it, Robinson Cano is a perennial MVP candidate and certainly the best fantasy baseball player at his position, right? Well no, not this year at least, that distinction belongs to Matt Carpenter. Cano is batting .272 with 15 HR, 31 R, and 40 RBI. Great numbers for a second baseman but Cano isn't just any second baseman. He was more than likely, a top five pick in your league. You can’t afford to have Cano contributing a wRC+ of 123 that ranks 51st among qualified batters.What’s worse is that Cano is only sporting a wRC+ of 98 in the past 30 days, which qualifies him as the 12th best second baseman among qualifiers  In June, Robinson is batting just .133 with 4 hits in 30 at-bats. What is Robinson differently this year? Actually not much, his plate discipline is slightly better  than years past, his ISO is still proficient and he’s already matched his stolen base total from last year. However, there are two red flags. Cano is striking out a career high percentage (15.9%) and also hitting closer to his career average in line drive rate(19.7). The increase in strikeouts and the decrease in line drives may be contributing to Cano’s slow start to the season. If you're looking to hang your hat on something, Cano is hitting more fly balls this year and that could contribute to more home runs as the season progresses. Cano has a BABIP of .277 this year while his career BABIP is .320. Maybe it’s just early season luck not falling his way but something tells me that Cano may be pressing at the plate because he is in a contract year. I’m not exactly sure if anything is wrong with Cano but I do know he is not contributing top 5 statistics and although he has in the past, I’m not certain he will this year. I would most likely hold in any scenario because I doubt you will receive equal value. However, I wouldn't just instantly delete any offers that come in for your contract-year second baseman.  Try your hand at a two-for-one deal and ask for Gyorko or Zobrist and a pitcher. Maybe someone in your league doesn't believe in Chris Davis’ hot start or that Matt Carpenter can keep it up. See Cano’s name holds weight and he is someone that almost any team is willing to trade for. Someone out there in your league loves Robinson Cano and I don’t blame them, see if you can take advantage of that admiration of the Yankees slugger. One last thing I almost forgot, the Yankees lineup just isn't that scary.Trevor SteelFollow Trevor on Twitter @TrevorCSteel
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