Stock Up

Daryl Thompson – Still the fastest riser in the system. Every start he makes and shows he is for real is just more prospects he gets. Both his ERA and Whip are under 0.90 still.

Keltavious Jones – Continues to hit. He doesn’t strike out much, puts the ball in play often, has plenty of speed.

Luis Montano – Going 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP will almost certainly improve your stock. While he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball, he has a real good slider that keeps hitters off balance to go with his good control.

Matt Klinker – The local product started the year on the DL but has played in 4 games with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

Enerio Del Rosario – Another Dragons pitcher who has been on fire. Rosario has a 1.35 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

Chris Valaika – He is tearing through the Florida State League. He is the only hitter in the league with an OPS over .950 and he is sporting a 1.017 OPS while leading the league in hits (by 10!), HR, RBI, TB’s, SLG and AVG. Its only a matter of time until he gets to Chattanooga.

Justin Turner – Hitting .359 and boasting an .868 OPS as a second baseman in the FSL is going to raise some eyebrows if he keeps it up.

Jordan Smith – Being 5-1 with a 1.60 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and just 1 HR allowed in 39.1 innings is keeping Smith on the up trend for as long as he keeps it up.

Ramon Geronimo – 0.00 and 0.51 are the two numbers we need to know with Geronimo. That is his ERA and his WHIP through 13 games and 15.2 innings. He has allowed 5 hits, 3 walks and had 21 strikeouts. While he is old for the league, his dominance simply can’t be overlooked.

Robert Manuel – 17 innings, no runs allowed, 5 walks and 23 strikeouts will get you onto this list.

Shaun Cumberland – 14 walks and 12 strikeouts to go with a 1.061 OPS in AA as a 23 year old. Anyone doing that is going to warrant some serious following.

Sean Henry – After a quick promotion to AA to fill in for Danny Dorn he seemingly has earned a stay after hitting .340/.404/.640 over 15 games.

Danny Herrera – 1.82 ERA and a sub 1.00 WHIP between AA and AAA also will get you a mention on this list. While not very overpowering at all, he is getting the job done big time.

Stock Down

Justin Reed – The 4th round draft pick from 2006 has a .631 OPS and is striking out in 31.8% of his plate appearances. He is real fast, but needs to make more contact.

Brett Bartles – The Duke product is hitting .186/.286/.256 in partial playing time.

Juan Francisco – A 9 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio and a sub .300 on base percentage isn’t promising even with all of the power he does have.

Sean Watson – Still has an ERA near 8 and a WHIP over 2. He does have 15 strikeouts in 11.1 innings, but also has allowed 4 HR and walked 10 batters.

Jose Castro –  Hitting just .250/.304/.344 at shortstop could push him into a backup role soon.

The Chattanooga Bullpen – Carlos Fisher, Josh Roenicke, Derrik Lutz and Pedro Viola were all very good prospects coming into the season. Currently their WHIP’s are 1.40, 1.92, 1.95 and 2.25 a month into the season.

Sam Lecure – 20 walks and 17 strikeouts in 26.1 innings is never a good sign. Lecure’s stock is certainly slipping.

Chris Dickerson – Hitting .242/.342/.337 isn’t looking so good, especially after he hit .260/.361/.435 last year in Louisville. While Dickerson still plays great defense, his bat needs to wake up.

Adam Rosales – He has a .611 OPS on the season. He has a 4 game hitting streak a walk and no strikeouts over that time. He isn’t that bad of a hitter, so expect a turn around. Still, with this start, he is slipping.

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