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Bat­ters the past two weeks

OAK .319, 8 HRs, 14 RBIs NYM .300, 4 HRs, 5 SBs, 12 R CHW .407, 2 HRs, 5 SBs PHIL .393, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs ---------- LAD .032, 1 HR, 2 RBIs ARZ .182, 1 HR, 0 SBs Mon­cada 2b Abreu 1b AGar­cia rf 5 5 4 1 5 3 42 5 2 5 7

One last week on base­ball while we give hockey train­ing camps time to get up to speed. So, let’s take an early, early look at some po­si­tion play­ers who, at the mo­ment, could be un­der­val­ued come draft time next spring — at least un­til their po­ten­tial play­ing time has become clearer — and, given the op­por­tu­nity, could out­per­form their pre-draft rank­ings in 2018. There were plenty of those this sea­son, names such as Justin Smoak, Ed­die Rosario, Aaron Hicks, Scooter Gen­nett Paul DeJong.


is wide open for 2018 with only Avi­sail Gar­cia as­sured a job. And un­less the club has­tens its re­build via the freeagent mar­ket (un­likely), he’s been the best of an untested, and in­jury-plagued batch of no-names given a chance to play in the se­cond half.

■ Dansby Swan­son ATL: For­mer No. 1 over­all pick has strug­gled in his first full sea­son as the Braves start­ing SS and was even sent back to triple-A in late July. But since re­turn­ing, he is hit­ting .303 over 130 PAs.

■ Teoscar Her­nan­dez

■ Jorge Al­faro PHIL: Cameron Rupp is still un­der con­tract, but has done noth­ing this sea­son to jus­tify au­to­mat­i­cally hand­ing re­new­ing him as the start­ing C next year. Al­faro, cur­rent 2-for-16 skid not­with­stand­ing, has shown enough since his midAu­gust callup that he at least de­serves con­sid­er­a­tion.

■ Raul Mon­desi KC: In and out of the Roy­als lineup at 2B, speed­ster can also play SS, which is where he could wind up next year on a per­ma­nent ba­sis if Al­cides Es­co­bar — try­ing to sal­vage a grim 2017 with a hot Septem­ber — is not re-signed.

■ Jose Per­aza CIN: Saw plenty of ABs be­cause of team­mates’ in­juries and, as long as the Reds do not re-sign Zack Cozart (which we fig­ure they won’t, de­spite his ca­reer year and two-HR game on Fri­day), Per­aza will be their start­ing SS.

■ Jorge Boni­fa­cio KC: Played lit­tle of late, but showed enough power po­ten­tial to sug­gest there is a start­ing role wait­ing for him again if one or both of Melky Cabr­era and Lorenzo Cain de­part as free agents.

■ Some mi­nor-lea­guers who could grad­u­ate to a start­ing role, re­plac­ing po­ten­tial free agents who do not get re-signed: Rock­ies 1B-OF Ryan McMa­hon (for Car­los Gon­za­lez or Mark Reynolds); Yan­kees IF Gley­ber Tor­res (for Todd Fra­zier), Ori­oles C Chance Sisco (for Wel­ing­ton Castillo), Roy­als 3B Hunter Dozier (for Mike Mous­takas), Rays 1B Jake Bauers (for Lo­gan Mor­ri­son).


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