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Early Standouts - National League

Hitters

1B Alexander Henry. Vancouver Manitaineers. Veteran slugger went yard 30 x in 585 PA's last season. Has already mashed 15 in less than 110 AB's this season for a pace of something like 80. Leads the NL in HR and SLG, is 2nd in RBI and OPS, and is carrying a .345/.429/.836 line. Sweet.

RF Melvin Martin. St. Louis Archers. Leading the NL in OBP and SB, a deadly combination, not to mention doubles. Also 3rd in RBIs. On pace for 30HR and 80SB. Hitting .388. Dude is sick.

1B Evan Moore. El Paso Diablos. Another veteran first-bagger on pace for his best campaign to date. 2nd in the league in AVG at .402. 1st in Hits. On pace for 48 HR, a number that would almost double his usual total in the upper 20s. Can he keep it up?


Pitchers

RP Henry Brantley. Little Rock Travellers. A neat story. Spent the first 3 Capra seasons at AAA. Spent the next 3 seasons bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors. Doesn't have naturally great stuff, but has suddenly become unhittable. Perfect in 10 save opps. 1 earned run in 15 innings. Critical to the Travs NL-best record of 21-8.

SP Brandon Stevens. Florida Sunrays. Stevens is 23 and in his first tour of the bigs, but is certainly here to stay. In 5 starts, he is averaging a line of around around 7 2/3 innings, five hits, 1 earned run, 1 BB, and 4 Ks, which is all good for a total ERA of 1.43, WHIP of 0.77. Young pitchers should not be allowed to start out throwing this well.

SP Patrick Spencer. Anaheim Anteaters. Has he arrived? Leading the league in IP, tied for the lead in wins(4-0). 4th in OAV(.198), 4th in ERA(1.76), 5th in WHIP(1.02). Has allowed just 36 hits and 3 HR in 51 innings.

Comments

dmo0215 said…
glad stevens is getting some recognition. now if only i could do something about the rest of his team...

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Claim to fame: 1,496 consecutive games played (Capra record)
Awards: All-Star (1, 4), Silver Slugger (4)

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Wesley Wilson
Years active: 27-41
Years with North Stars: 36-41
Claim to fame: 98 RBI on a dismal 96-loss team in 37

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