Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Season 7 Surprises, Part Two

Atlanta's Stone O'Neil is taking a big step forward in Season 7.

Stone O'Neil
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Simi Valley, CA
Position(s): 1B/3B/COF/DH
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After an impressive Season 1 as a 23-year old, O'neil had become a slugger that strikes out too much and doesn't get on base. He's still not Adam Dunn, but with a batting average hanging in the .260s and 39 HR's (one short of his best since Season 1), he's turning into a difference maker.

Rochester's Matt Andrews has traveled a hilly course through HBD.

Matt Andrews
Age: 28B/T: R/R
Born: Tucson, AZ
Position(s): 2B/1B/OF/DH
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After blasting 25 HRs and driving in 86 runs in Season 3, Andrews been demoted to the minors for parts or two seasons and failed to hold down a starting job while getting less than 350 ABs in each of the last two Seasons. Now, the Tucson native has finally put it all together, hitting .317 with 24 HRs (one short of career high) in 82 games with the Rochester Rockets. The Rockets are using Andrews at both 3B and 1B with the occasional start in LF and he hasn't disappointed. His 82 RBI's and 24 SB have been critical to the Rochester offense that relies on both power (league leading 235 HRs) and speed (league leading 158 SBs) to score more runs (289) than any other team in Second City.

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