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Doug Fister finishes impressive September

9/27/2011

&#8226 Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister continued his amazing September, finishing with eight shutout innings of three-hit ball and his 11th win Monday night. Fister allowed two earned runs in 34 September innings, a cool 0.53 ERA. Look for him among the top-30 starting pitchers on draft day next season.

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Meanwhile, Fister topped beleaguered Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed six runs and nine hits in five messy innings. He concludes his season with a 4.68 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, numbers worse for the Indians after the trade from Colorado. Jimenez is a big strikeout guy, but the peripheral damage isn't fun. He's a risky top-30 pitcher.

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey had three hits Monday, including his 18th home run, and stole his sixth base. Despite slugging close to .500 this season, Heisey couldn't earn 300 at-bats, and there's no guarantee it changes in 2012. Still, Heisey is only 26 and if he gets opportunity somewhere, he'll be draftable.

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas smacked his fifth home run Monday, four of them coming in the past two weeks. Moustakas, a rookie who made his debut in June and struggled until September, brings major power potential. He should be available after the top 10 third basemen in 2012 drafts.

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Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum was tagged for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Monday, closing his regular season with poor outings in three of four starts. Still, Marcum's 3.54 ERA and 1.16 WHIP mirror his 2010 stats, and he fanned 158 hitters in 200 2/3 innings. The No. 29 starting pitcher in ESPN average live drafts should go in a similar spot next season.

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Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Mike Morse slugged his 30th home run Monday. Morse, 29, entered 2011 with 21 home runs over parts of six seasons. Fantasy owners who sold high on Morse at the All-Star break shouldn't have; he has 15 home runs and a .300-plus batting average in each half. Don't bet against a repeat in 2012.