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Juan Francisco, Devin Mesoraco flash skills

9/13/2011

&#8226 Several young Cincinnati Reds enjoyed their Monday night, as third baseman Juan Francisco and catcher Devin Mesoraco each homered. Francisco, a minor league slugger with questionable plate discipline, hit a Rodrigo Lopez pitch off a tree out of Great American Ballpark. His power is legit, and he's a 2012 sleeper. Mesoraco is a better prospect, though. His home run Monday was his first in the majors, and he also doubled.

&#8226 Detroit Tigers veteran Jhonny Peralta smacked his 19th home run Monday, continuing to cement his status as a top-10 fantasy shortstop this season, and perhaps next. Peralta also has 80 RBIs; he's reached these power numbers before, but he's never hit .300 before; Peralta is hitting .306. With shortstop being a weak fantasy position, Peralta isn't a bad keeper.

&#8226 Speaking of Peraltas, Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Joel Peralta struck out the side Monday to earn his third save of the season, and there should be more coming with Kyle Farnsworth nursing a sore pitching elbow. Peralta hasn't been quite as effective as Farnsworth, but with a 0.95 WHIP, he's certainly been solid. And now he should get saves for a streaking team.

&#8226 Houston Astros first baseman/outfielder Carlos Lee slugged his 16th home run Monday, and raised his RBI total to 83. Lee looked nearly done after hitting .246 a year ago, but he's currently batting .278 and hitting well in September, with three home runs. Lee, 35, isn't a great keeper, but he'll make for a decent late-round pick in 2012.

&#8226 New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey didn't win Monday, but he pitched well, allowing two earned runs and fanning seven in seven innings. Dickey, owned in 20.3 percent of ESPN standard leagues, hasn't given up more than three earned runs in an outing since July 20. He doesn't win much, but he contributes in a positive manner in ERA and WHIP.