Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 6/27/12

So in Anthony Rizzo’s first two games he’s 3-7 with an RBI from the three hole. Jitters don’t seem to be an issue. He’s still available in a little under half of ESPN leagues so even if you’re set at first base you should grab him as trade bait.

The way young players have performed in the MLB this year has truly been amazing. You see it more with pitchers where their stuff is just so electric that it doesn’t matter if they can’t legally drink, but hitters are usually a different story. It takes awhile to adjust to major league pitchers and yet players like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Will Middlebrooks have stepped right in and produced like seasoned major leaguers.

Maybe it’s how much baseball kids are playing these days between high school, AAU and showcases or it could just be that these guys are just a special influx of talent. Either way, if you have any of them in a keeper league you’re happier than I am whenever a new True Blood is on. Don’t judge me.

Jon Jay – Before he missed a month straight, Jay was having a career year. As it is, he’s hitting .333 with 21 runs in 32 games. Since returning from the Dl, Jay has gone 5 for 21 and seems to be settling in nicely. If you can deal with the way he spells his first name then he could be a great add. He should be the starting centerfielder for the Cardinals from here on out so feel free to deploy him everyday.

Chris Nelson – The Rockies second baseman has been very hot of late. How hot? Well, not exactly Hanzel hot, but close enough. Over the last half of June he’s gone 15 for 35 with 3 homeruns and 10 RBI’s. At a position where guys can go through terrible stretches (I’m looking at you, Dan Uggla, you meathead) you could ride Nelson until he inevitibily cools off and starts striking out other at bat (I’m looking at you, Dan Uggla, you juice monkey).

Stephen Drew – He’s finally back from injury (I know, strange that a Drew would spend time on the DL) and in his first game back as the starting shortstop he went 1-4. Batting in the two hole ahead of Justin Upton and some added power in the Diamondbacks line-up should help Drew some, but with the severity of his ankle injury the D-Backs may ease him back in slowly to everyday play. If he can stay healthy and return to his 2010 form than Drew could be one of the better shortstops in the NL, or he follow in the footsteps of his older brother and spend every other month on the DL with a tweaked hamstring while seeming unintersted and pissing of the Arizona faithful. Plus, there’s always a chance that when the team travels to Philly that the fans will throw D batteries at him, so take a wait and see approach.

Chris Johnson – The similiarities to the Titans running back may end at the name (although I do hear that he’s been thinking about getting gold teeth). After a bit of a slide, Johnson has raised his average back up to .287 and is starting to hit the ball with a little pop and has racked up 7 RBI’s in his last 5 games.

Bobby Parnell – While resident lunatic Frank Francisco is on the DL, Parnell will be the closer for the suprising Mets. He’s had a tendency to get hit around a little bit this season but he’s a hard thrower and can pile up the K’s. Add with caution.

Jair Jurrjens – His time in the minors must have done him some good because he absolutely shoved against the Red Sox the other night. Give him one more start (he’s facing new guy Trevor Bauer who you should take a look at as well) or if your feeling frisky go ahead and put him in your line-up as a streamer.

 

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