Stocks: Roy Oswalt up, catchers down

July, 20, 2012
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Our weekly stock report, as always, features players that are trending up and others who have struggled over the past week.

STOCK UP

Streaking
Roy Oswalt: After trending down with a couple of rough starts prior to the All-Star break, Oswalt bounced back in his last outing against the A's. He gave up one run on three hits in 6 1/3 innings in a Rangers' win.

Michael Young: The designated hitter appears to be climbing out of his slump. He has a six-game hitting streak and is hitting more balls to right field, a good sign for him.

STOCK DOWN

Slumping
Offense from catchers: Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba are both hitting just over .200. Napoli has three hits in his last eight starts and still hasn't found his comfort zone at the plate.

Josh Hamilton: After crushing opposing pitching in April and May, Hamilton has cooled. He batted .223 in June and is hitting .171 so far in July with three homers and five RBIs.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Pedro Figueroa
WINS ERA SO IP
2 4.50 2 8
OTHER LEADERS
BAE. Andrus .302
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 9
OPSS. Choo .830
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23