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Stock Watch: Buy & Sell Analysis

Last week's Stock Watch recommended claiming Kris Medlen where available, and after another strong start this week giving up only one earned run Medlen's stock continues to rise.  


  • Eric Young, Jr. - Started four of the last five games as injuries and trade have opened up playing time.  Young is enjoying a nice season with a .299 and 12 steals in 152 plate appearances, and has a chance to establish himself as the Rockies' lead-off hitter for the remainder of the season.  Young's batting average is inflated by a .355 BABIP but the speed is for real.
  • Manny Machado - Another middle-infield eligible player that could provide sneaky value over the remainder of the season, Machado was called up by Baltimore to provide an offensive boost at 3B for their playoff run.  Machado has been rated the last two seasons by Baseball America as a top-15 MLB prospect, and he has shown a power/speed combination in the minors that is certainly intriguing to fantasy owners.  Machado has also demonstrated a good eye at the plate with 48 walks to 70 strikeouts this season at AA, which is a good sign for a future bump to his minor league career batting average of .263.
  • Jean Segura - Continuing with the middle infield eligible theme, Segura was also recalled this week and may pay dividends to fantasy owners this season.  Segura is a less-heralded prospect (ranked #55 overall by Baseball America before this year) than Machado, but his minor league statistics have been more impressive as Segura is three years older and was given more time to develop before being recalled.  Segura had stolen 37 bases with seven home runs in 451 minor league plate appearances this season.  Since Segura is currently hitting 8th in a National League lineup, Machado should be targeted before Segura.
  • Jim Henderson - Saved consecutive games for the Brewers this week, and may be given an opportunity to run with the job after previous closers John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez both struggled with 5+ ERAs.  Henderson has a 10/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings for Milwaukee, and has put up big strikeout numbers in AAA with 56 strikeouts in 48 innings this season.  Henderson's ERA in the minors was 1.69 with a 2.91 FIP.
  • Alex Cobb - Gave up one run in seven innings with seven strikeouts against Toronto in his last start, and has thrown three consecutive quality starts.  Cobb's 4.32 ERA does not jump off the stat sheet, but he has a 3.33 FIP and 3.59 SIERA.  Take a chance on Cobb in his next start at Seattle.
  • Grant Balfour - Pitching much better recently with no earned runs allowed in July and one earned run in five August innings, Balfour may shift back shortly into a closer role as Ryan Cook has allowed nine runs and blown four saves over his last eight appearances.  With Oakland in the midst of a playoff run and every save given heightened importance, their patience in Cook will be tested.


  • Mike Fiers - The Brewers have announced that they will "monitor" Fiers' innings, and the Brewers' beat writer speculates that Fiers may only have 35 innings left this season.  Even though Fiers has been a dominate stud and waiver wire gem, owners may want to explore selling Fiers before a shutdown becomes imminent.  Owners in head-to-head leagues should also be concerned that Fiers will not be available for the fantasy playoffs.
  • Dexter F0wler - After starting the season on a relative home run and RBI binge, Fowler's power production has predictably fallen off the table with only five RBIs in July and none so far in August.  Fowler's walk, strikeout, line drive, ground ball and fly ball rates are close to his career rates, and his batting average is more the product of a slightly inflated BABIP rather than an advanced hitting approach.

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