Last week it was Chris Tillman, and this week Brian Matusz makes the leap to the majors. Check here for some solid discussion on the rookie. Also making a jump is Desmond Jennings, although he’s merely moving up a minor-league level and joining the Rays’ Triple-A team. Carlos Santana is working on an 11-game hitting streak. Jason Heyward hasn’t slowed down a bit in Double-A. And for some sad news, Jesus Montero will miss the rest of the season with a fractured finger. He attained the injury while catching, and since most don’t see him behind the plate in the majors, this might be the straw that breaks the Yankees into moving him to 1B/DH full-time. So who should we add to the Future Rookies class this week? How about a couple players formerly in the White Sox organization?
Featured Add – Hitter
Brandon Allen, 1B, Ari, Age 23, Triple-A
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|2009 AAA ARI||83||17||9||19||4||11||12||.361||.442||.759||1.201|
Talk about responding to a change of scenery. After the 23-year-old Allen held his own in his second Double-A stint early in the season, he struggled when called up to the International League. When the White Sox wanted to deal for Diamondbacks reliever Tony Pena, Allen was the bait. Since coming into the Arizona organization, Allen has been on fire, with an OPS of about 1.200. He’s done much better with his plate patience, drawing double-digit walks already after not walking once in 61 ABs at Charlotte. He’s got the body to be a HR hitter in the majors, which will play well in Arizona. With the Diamondbacks not getting much production from 1B this season, Allen could be making his big-league debut very soon.
Hitter Performance Review (as of 8/3/09)
Former features Nolan Reimold, Andrew McCutchen, Josh Whitesell and Kyle Blanks have moved on to the majors.
Featured Add – Pitcher
Aaron Poreda, SP, SD, Age 22, Double-A
After being rebuffed by Jake Peavy earlier in the season, the White Sox were able to convince the San Diego ace to waive his no-trade clause and come to Chicago. Of course, acquiring a player of Peavy’s caliber doesn’t come without a steep price; in this trade, the top prospect surrendered was Poreda. He’s a groundball pitcher than strikes out a lot of people with a great fastball. Pitching in the NL West and in Petco Park, he’s likely to post some great fantasy seasons in the near future. I added him in my dynasty league immediately, as I think he’ll be up by the beginning of 2010 and be an every-week fantasy starter by mid-season.
Pitcher Performance Review (as of 8/3/09)
Former features Mat Latos, Scott Elbert, Jhoulys Chacin, Kris Medlen, Derek Holland, Chris Tillman, and Tommy Hanson have moved on to the majors.
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