Normally a position with deep player potential, there were a few players who started to come alive and reassure their owners they will get value. A few deep league hot bats made some noise this week as well.
1. Matt Olsen – OAK – OF (81%) .409 AVG, 8 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB
Highest hard hit percentage in baseball. Stay tuned more is to come.
2. Edwin Encarnacion – CLE (97%) .320 AVG, 6 R, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB
Edwin’s bat has come alive again and he’s crushing home runs and is doing his best to dig himself out of the batting average hole he’s made for himself.
3. Joey Votto – CIN (99%) .350 AVG, 7 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB
To think that people were concerned early this season. He’s hitting .305 and walking fifth-most in baseball.
4. Mitch Moreland – BOS (56%) .435 AVG, 8 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB
Moreland is showing 20 plus home run power with a .299 average on the season in one of the best lineups in baseball. He needs to be added in 12 team leagues.
5. Carlos Santana – PHI – OF (84%) .238 AVG, 7 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB
It’s good to see Carlos hitting dingers again since if you drafted him, you mostly bought into the low average and great power numbers he has been putting up for some time.
6. Cody Bellinger – LAD – OF (98%) .286 AVG, 5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB
There were definitely questions about a sophomore slump, and if pitchers had found the holes in his swing, but Bellinger has adjusted since the beginning of the season. He’s heating up in June with 7 home runs and a .279 batting average. He’ll be just fine.
7. Kendrys Morales – TOR (16%) .500 AVG, 5 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB
The 35-year-old veteran is hitting the ball hard, and hitting it in the air, a great combo. He’s shown he still has some relevance in fantasy and should be added in 14 team leagues.
8. Jesus Aguilar – MIL (75%) .353 AVG, 4 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB
16 HR and a .299 average backed up by really solid hard hit rates, pull rates and fly ball rates say this guy is for real.
9. Paul Goldschmidt – ARI (99%) .250 AVG, 5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB
Again, like with Votto, if you drafted Goldy in the first round, you’re breathing a sigh of relief that he’s hitting again.
10. Yuli Gurriel – HOU (43%) .348 AVG, 3 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB
The power shows itself! We always knew the hit tool was there and he could hit for average. Now that he’s doubled his home run total it’s a good sign that he can be even more productive in the Astros lineup. He should be added in most 12 team leagues.
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