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After last week’s roster update, which included Justin Turner going diamond as well as Luis Severino getting the bump to the gold tier, we look to this week to bring even more changes again. But despite last week’s update, there are still players who deserve to see an update. Below are the players I feel have will see an upgrade or downgrade.
Jose Altuve 97 to 99
Jose Altuve is slashing .365/.431/.574 on the year. There is no doubt that Altuve is one of, if not, the best hitters in all of baseball. Altuve needs an upgrade in both power categories desperately. He is slugging .593 vs lefties and .568 vs righties so look for his 56/49 power to see a decent boost.
Charlie Blackmon 88 to 91
Like Altuve, Blackmon has been deserving of this upgrade for quite some time. He is hitting .333 vs lefties this season after he hit .331 vs lefties last season. Look for his 72 contact vs lefties to see a boost this week.
Mike Moustakas 84 to 86
Moustakas is slugging .277/.307/.568 on the year with 29 HRs. He has 8 HRs vs lefties this season in just 99 ABs so look for him to see his 65 power vs L to see an upgrade. He also could/should see an upgrade in power vs R as he is slugging .588 vs righties.
Todd Frazier 80 to 77
The new Yankee is slugging a miserable .203/.323/.416 on the season. Look for Frazier to see a downgrade in every hitting category including vision. The main decrease should come from Power vs L as he has just 6 HRs on the season despite having 89 power.
Cody Bellinger 83 to 87
Bellinger has been incredibly impressive this season, to say the least. He is slugging .269/.350/.622 with 28 HRs on the year. He is hitting .275 vs righties so could see his 65 contact see a slight upgrade. But where I expect him to really see the upgrade is in both speed and power. He is slugging a whopping .642 vs righties this season so expect his 84 power to see a boost.
Giancarlo Stanton 88 to 90
Stanton is one of the premier power hitters in all of baseball. He is slugging .274/.360/.596 on the season with 32 HRs. He could see an upgrade in contact vs R as he is hitting .276 vs righites. He has 24 HRs on the year vs right-handed pitching so he could easily see his 92 power see an upgrade.
Jonathon Schoop 83 to 85
Schoop is having an incredible season, slugging .304/.349/.548 with 21 HRs and 71 RBIs. The All-Star is hitting .311 vs right-handers despite only having 68 contact so look for an increase there. Also, Schoop is hitting .286 vs lefties despite only having 52 contact so look for upgrades in both categories.
Honorable mentions (may be included in part 2): Jacob Degrom, Jose Ramirez, Aaron Judge, Nolan Arenado, Marcell Ozuna, Roberto Osuna, Justin Bour, Aaron Nola, Justin Wilson, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Johan Camargo, Scooter Gennett and Eric Hosmer.
Keep posted for a potential part two to be released soon.
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