, Salem, MA


June 15, 2013

Puig-a-mania running wild



Not to be a naysayer, but I wouldn’t jump to add Daniel Nava to your roster.

He’s currently on a roll, hitting .327 with 2 HR and 11 RBI The last two weeks. He is quietly making a bid for an all-star nod, with a season stat line of .299, 9 HR and 44 RBI.

While Nava is certainly a feel-good story — and trust me I’m glad he’s a feel good story for the Red Sox — his career splits paint a picture that is murky for the second half.

For his career, Nava is a .290 hitter in the first half with an OBP of .387, .461 slugging percentage, 13 HR and 86 RBI in 549 plate appearances. Not bad. But he takes quite a dip in the second half — .186 batting average, .308 OBP, .282 slugging, 3 HR and 17 RBI. Granted, his playing time in the second half is almost half (209 plate appearances) what it is in the first half, but the underlying message is there: Nava does most of his damage before the league makes its adjustments.

I hope I’m wrong, and Nava certainly has been proving people wrong for his entire career. But I’m not buying prolonged production like he’s had thus far.


The Mets will reportedly call up top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler on Tuesday to make a start against the Braves in Atlanta.

Wheeler, ranked in the preseason as the No. 11 prospect in baseball by Baseball America and No. 8 by, doesn’t have a great ERA (4.14) in Triple-A this season. But he does have a 4-1 record and his strikeout per nine rate (9.4) is right in line with his career average in the minors (9.6).

He’s still a little wild (3.6 walks per nine innings pitched), so that could be an issue in the majors. But he does throw a mid-90s fastball and has what is considered to be a plus curve, so despite the growing pains he may be worth a roster spot (especially if you can take the hit to your WHIP).

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