Five up, five down for July 

August, 1, 2011

On this fine first day of August, with the non-waiver trade deadline in our rear view mirror, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look on the field at hitting performances of July that could have taught us something that we can apply moving forward. So, here we go!

Five who shined in July

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox: The former AL MVP seems right on track to do it again. In fact, using Wins Above Replacement from as a guide, the only better performer this season -- in either league -- is Jose Bautista. Pedroia not only hit .411 in July but swatted eight home runs, second in the majors. Pedroia has re-established himself as a top-20 overall player, with power and speed, as he and recovered Phillie Chase Utley (.941 OPS, 5 HR, 6 SB in July) make a strong case to join Robinson Cano as a trio of exciting second-round keystone draft picks in 2012.