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Triple A Power Threats

Power.  You need it, and the waiver wire is uninspiring.  Which Triple A players might be able to make an impact in the second half of the season?

  • Shelley Duncan has 21 HR and a .633 SLG in 226 ABs.  He's been playing right field for Scranton, and the Yankees already have Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera as options there.  Plus Xavier Nady will return in a week or two.  Left field, first base, and DH don't look much better for Duncan, so he'll hope for a trade.  No one wanted him when he was designated for assignment in January.
  • Brandon Wood still has a chance to break into the Angels' infield.  He's got 15 HR and a .594 SLG in 207 ABs.  His former teammate Sean Rodriguez is another infield name to monitor.
  • He's in the bigs with the Cubs trying to find ABs in LF and at 3B.  But don't forget that Jake Fox slugged .841 with 17 HR in 164 ABs in Triple A.  This guy needs to be cut loose in a DH spot in the AL.
  • Carlos Gonzalez hasn't done much for the Rockies yet.  But he did slug .630 with 10 HR in 192 Triple A at-bats.
  • Consider John Bowker as a power/speed threat, if the Giants give him another look.
  • If your league counts walks/OBP, monitor Kila Ka'aihue in the Royals' system.  He leads the PCL with 57 walks, and you have to think he could top Mike Jacobs' .229/.313/.430 line as the first baseman in KC.
  • Mitch Jones, a 31 year-old right fielder in the Dodgers system, is slugging .693 with 21 HR in 192 ABs.  He's hopelessly blocked and is probably viewed as minor league filler despite the stats.
  • A quick glance at the Double A numbers uncovers Chris Heisey, a center fielder in the Reds' system.  The 24 year-old leads the Southern League with a .581 SLG, and also has 13 HR and 13 SB in 260 ABs.

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