Bits: Machado, Smoak display their power
September, 27, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
• Baltimore Orioles shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado blasted a pair of home runs Wednesday, giving him six in 45 games. Machado, 20, isn't getting on base at a high clip, but that can be forgiven given his age. The power reminds us of the immense upside. Owned in 36.6 percent of leagues, Machado isn't a must-own this month, but he will be in high demand in 2013. Just remember, he will have only third-base eligibility and won't be a top-10 option there.
• Texas Rangers lefty Martin Perez, only 21 himself, didn't enjoy his Wednesday game as much. Perez retired only two Athletics in the first inning and was ultimately charged with five runs on six hits. Perez has made five starts so far, and this was by far his worst outing. Overall, in 34 big league innings Perez has been too hittable and hasn't missed enough bats. Avoid him in his final outing and in 2013 drafts.
Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty ImagesMartin Perez has 13 walks and just 22 strikeouts in 34 MLB innings this season.