As we move into September and football season gears up, sometimes its hard to keep focus. By keeping your focus, you can pickup those points you need and make a move in the standings. We have half a dozen prospects for you, in advance of the 40 man expansion this weekend, Let the other guys focus on the running backs by committee, while you pickup the gamechangers.
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Drew Storen RP Washington- I watch most of the Nationals games, and my tip of the week is Drew Storen. Storen's nasty stuff is returning to the upper-90's and his return to closing could be drawing near. Even if he settles into a setup role, Washington has been the comeback kings this season and this could mean cheap wins for your team. Manager Davey Johnson has been masterful in his use of the bullpen and with all the weapons he has at his disposal, expect him to continue to use Storen in more critical situations.
Casey Kelly SP San Diego- A great start for the Padres top prospect. Shutting out the Braves for six innings will secure him a spot, expecially with rosters expanding to 40 this weekend. The 22 year old Kelly who was called up from Double-A for the start, limited Atlanta to just three hits,while striking out four. Kelly had missed much of the season wiith elbow problems, but showed enough in a trio of Double-A starts this month to get the call.
Joaquin Arias 2B San Francisco- Could Arias be emerging at age 27? A long time prospect in Texas, Arias is now in San Francisco after a season with the Mets. Arias is hitting .282 over 255 at bats, with three home runs and four stolen bases. Arias isn't going to win a category for you, but he has growth potential and will probably qualify at multiple infield positions.
Steve Johnson SP Baltimore- Who is this guy? Johnson picked up his second strong start of the season, limiting Toronto to four hits and two runs, while striking out seven.Johnson's first start came several weeks ago, striking out nine Mariners in six innings of work. The 24 year old Johnson has dominated Triple-A, with a 2.85 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 91 innings at Norfolk.
Andy Dirks OF Detroit- Dirks has been been solid since returning from the disabled list earlier this month. Dirks has been getting regular playing time of late, going 25 of 73 at the plate since his return. On the season, Dirks has 5 home runs, 26 RBI with a 333 average in 207 at bats. The 26 year old Dirks has added a much needed left handed bat to the Tigers lineup.
Brett Anderson SP Oakland- If you were waiting to see if Anderson was back, wait no longer. Hopefully, the crafty left hander is still available in your league. In two starts since recovering from Tommy John surgery, Anderson looks like his old self. Anderson has worked seven innings in both starts, allowing only four baserunners in each starts, both wins. Over the 14 innings, Anderson has 11 strikeouts, with only two walks.
Andrew Bailey RP Boston- Need a closer? Boston fans are saying its about time, but much too late to help save this season. After missing more than four months following thumb surgery, Bailey is in the Bosox bullpen. The Red Sox were counting on Bailey to fill the loss of Jonathan Papelbon to Philadelphia, but the 'pen has struggled all season long. Bailey picked up his first save of the night on Friday and figures to get the bulk of work here on out.
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