Royals’ Vinnie Pasquantino finally strikes


Just because a player is considered a top prospect doesn’t mean their impact is immediate after getting the call.

Look at Jarred Kelenic. We’re still waiting for him to do, well, anything.

For some young people, it takes time to get comfortable. It takes patience as a fantasy manager, but when they find their footing, you want to make sure they’re on your side.

The Royals’ Vinnie Pasquantino entered August averaging .219 with three home runs, five RBIs, nine runs and .646 OPS. It’s not the type of performance expected from one of the game’s top prospects – someone who hit .293 with 56 home runs, 204 RBIs and a .956 OPS over three underage seasons – including .280 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs in 69 Triple-A games this year before getting the call in late June.

But it was only a matter of time before Pasquantino took off – especially after entering August with a .241 BABIP. And now the 24-year-old is starting to show pitchers why his nickname is ‘The Italian Nightmare’.

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Pasquantino was 12 for 37 (.324) with three home runs, five RBIs, four runs and a 1.015 OPS in his first 10 games this month, raising his season average to .246 in the process. He had at least one hit in eight of those games while walking three times and breathing five times. He entered the weekend having managed three of his last four games.

Even when Pasquantino was struggling, his stats remained impressive and indicated a turnaround was coming.

Despite the small sample size, he entered the weekend ranked 13th in slugging percentage (.649), 21st in OPS and 25th in strikeout rate (12.2%) in the majors to start. the month.

Among players with 100 slapped ball events, he entered the weekend ranked 17th in the majors (two spots below Mike Trout) in speed out (92.3 mph) and 21st in hard hit percentage (49, 6) for the season. Among AL players with a minimum of 160 plate appearances, he had the 25th lowest strikeout rate (14.8%) and ranks in the top 35 in walk rate (10.5%) ).

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Vinnie Pasquantino rounds the bases.
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Pasquantino’s ownership has remained under 10% in ESPN leagues and under 20% at Yahoo, despite being an everyday player with a searing bat and an incredible skill set at the plate. This is a great time to pick it up (especially in Dynasty Leagues).

A look at some other hitters, registered in less than 40% of ESPN leagues, who can help your team:

Although Jorge Mateo (32.4%) is primarily the Orioles’ No. 9 hitter and hits in 29.4% of his at-bats, he’s been swinging a hot bat since July 10. He’s 25 for 84 (.298) with five homers, 12 RBIs, 15 runs and a .937 OPS over his last 24 games. He also stole six bases, the sixth most in the majors during that span.

Vaughn Grissom (16.4%) went 2 for 4 with a home run, stolen base and two runs in his Braves debut on Wednesday. The 21-year-old – who hit .324 with 14 homers, 67 RBIs, 27 stolen bases and an .899 OPS in the minors – should get a decent run with Ozzie Albies within weeks of his return.

Daniel Vogelbach (6.8%) can be terrible against left-handers (.132, 7 RBI, .410 OPS), but he crushes right-handers (.282, 14 HR, 37 RBI, .941 OPS) while being the batter most patient in the game. (32% swing rate, highest rating in the majors among batters with a minimum of 300 plate appearances). He was 15 for 44 (.341) with two home runs, 10 RBIs, 10 walks and 1.041 OPS in his first 15 games with the Mets. (FYI: The Amazin are expected to face a right-hander, at minimum, seven of the next eight days.)

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Daniel Vogelbach
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The Twins’ Jose Miranda is still available in nearly 60% of ESPN leagues despite scoring .361 with three home runs, 15 RBIs, 12 runs and a .959 OPS in his first 16 games since the break. In his previous 51 games (since June 1), he increased his ERA from .169 to .278 while going 56 for 171 (.328) with nine homers, 40 RBIs, 23 runs and a .916 OPS.

Just because he gets consistent game time with Kris Byrant’s latest stint in IL, rookie Elehuris Montero (2.4% owned) deserves mention as an under-the-radar option. He was 13 for 34 (.382) with one home run, four RBIs, five runs and .988 OPS in his first nine games this month. He was a .304 hitter at Coors Field, where the Rockies will play six of their next nine games.

Great Hits

MJ Melendez C/OF, Royals

Although he hit .237 for the year, he was 10 for 29 (.345) with four homers, 13 RBIs and 1.193 OPS in his previous eight games heading into Friday. That included 10 RBIs over a four-game stretch from Aug. 4-7.

Shane Bieber SP, Goalkeepers

Undefeated since July 24 – 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA, 24-3 walk rate and 0.178 opponents average and 0.443 OPS in his last three starts.

Rowdy Tellez 1B, Brewers

Hit five times in 12 games from July 27 to Wednesday – 13 of 37 (.351) with 13 RBI, nine walks, .478 OBP and 1.289 OPS.

Tyler Naquin OF, Mets

Went 11 for 30 (.367) with three home runs, seven RBIs, seven runs, one stolen base, .867 SLG and 1,254 OPS in his first 10 games at Flushing.

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Gerrit Cole SP, Yankees

He’s 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA, four FCs allowed and an average of .276 opponents in his last four starts. He was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA and .307 ERA in three starts before going seven shutout innings on Tuesday.

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Gerrit Cole
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Jared Walsh 1B/OF, Angels

He entered Friday without a hit in his previous four games (0 for 10, 4K) and reached .169 with 23 strikeouts in his first 20 games since the break.

Joe Ryan SP, twins

Allowed 17 runs (16 earned) in his last three starts (10 in one start), going 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA, six FCs allowed and an average of .313 opponents.

JD Martinez OF/DH, Red Sox

In his first 17 games since July 16, he was 7 for 61 (.115) without a homer, six RBIs, 22 strikeouts and .357 OPS. His last home run came on July 10.

Check the swings

  • Whatever Phillies or Pirates you have on your roster, make sure they’re in your lineup next Monday and Sunday, when the Reds’ Mike Minor is set to take on the mound against them. In his first 12 starts, he allowed 47 runs (43 earned), 28 walks and 18 homers. He allowed at least one homer in all but one of his starts, and two or more out of five.
  • Prior to his scheduled departure Saturday, Reid Detmers of the Angels was 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA, 38-10 walk-at-bat, 0.181 opponents average, 13 swing strike rate, 6%, 2.15 FIP and 2.98 xFIP in his previous five starts. . He was the most added pitcher in ESPN leagues this week and is still 55% available. Round restrictions could become a factor, limiting his workload over time.
  • In his first two starts this season, Jacob deGrom had an insane 26.7% strike rate, including 46.3% against his slider.

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  • Francisco Lindor entered the weekend scoring .386 with four home runs, 15 RBIs, 20 runs, one stolen base and 1.099 OPS in his first 19 games of the second half. He had scored at least one run in 13 consecutive games and had at least one hit in 27 of his previous 30 games (.350, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 26 R, 2 SB, 1.024 OPS).
  • Despite being an All-Star and hitting .304 for the season, the Guardians’ Andres Gimenez is still available in over 40% of ESPN leagues. Since the break, he’s hit just .329 with two home runs, seven RBIs, 12 runs and an .896 OPS. He also had seven stolen bases, the most at the majors since the break.
  • Randal Grichuk of the Rockies, held in 56% of ESPN leagues, swings a hot bat since the All-Star break, going 25 for 72 (.347) with three homers, 16 RBIs, 10 runs, a stolen base and .953 during of his first 20 games in the second half.
  • Marlins’ Jesus Luzardo, on 33.5% of ESPN rosters, is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA, 11-1 walk rate and 0.095 opponent average in his first two departures on the injured list. His 13.2% batting rate ranks 19th among majors among pitchers with a minimum of 40 innings pitched.

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