05 Jul The All He’s Doing What?!? Team
There’s a lot of surprises every year in baseball. Guys with career years, unbelievable starts and unprecedented breakouts occur annually. I have compiled a list of guys who’s performance is shocking to most fantasy owners.
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HOU C, Evan Gattis:
Gattis has a ridiculous 56 ribbies from the catcher position, a nice benefit due to hitting in the heart of the Houston order. He is only hitting .249, but in deep (15+ teams) 2 catcher leagues, anything that is above .220 is helpful. This guy has been a nice buy.
MIL 1B, Jesus Aguilar:
Aguilar has been untouchable thus far in 2018. He’s the 40th ranked player in all of 5×5 roto leagues, per Yahoo! His .308/.371/.617 slash line has been ridiculous, and he’s forced the Brewers into playing him much more than initially expected. In deeper leagues, Aguilar has been pure gold as a FAAB buy or a super shrewd late round elite skills flyer guy.
OAK 2B, Jed Lowrie:
Stanford Educated Jed looks to topple his career high in homers, before Mid-July. Thus far, Lowrie has launched 14 yabbo’s, in addition to his ridiculous RBI total (he’s tied for 8th in the bigs in RBI). A trade out of the Bay Area maybe imminent, as he is impending free agency and could help the A’s get something for his services.
CHC SS, Javier Baez:
Even better than Lowrie, Baez is 5th in the MLB in RBI thus far (61). He is doing this with a puny walk rate (4%), but he is swinging more than ever, yet making loads of contact, at a career high rate. Expect this young power bat to only grow as his career extends.
CIN 3B, Eugenio Suarez:
The Hot Corner Man in Cincy is a obliterating baseballs, his slash line is .305/.393/.571! He has cut down on the K’s to a MLB career low, expect this slugger to be a supreme bat for years to come.
MIN OF, Eddie Rosario:
The AL Only darling Rosario has rewarded owners of any size league handsomely in 2018. He still isn’t walking, his BABIP is sky high (.337, but his career rate is .327, and he has some solid speed). Rosario is hitting the ball harder than ever before, and is pacing towards a 5+ win season.
ATL OF, Nick Markakis:
The man headed towards the 3,00 hit mark has done it quietly his entire career, until 2018. Thus far he’s the 31st best player in all of 5×5 roto leagues. Markakis is hitting .326, is walking more than he’s striking out, and is in top ten in baseball in RBI. The Perpetually Underrated Markakis is rewarding those who drafted his unspectacular but useful stats.
SEA OF, Mitch Haniger:
Seattle has had a spectacular season, and Haniger has had a huge hand in that. He has bumped his walk rate up to a career high, while swatting a career high in homers as well.
CIN UTIL, Scooter Gennett:
Coming off a season in which he improbably hit 24 percent better than league average, Scooter is hitting much better in 2018, unbelievably. He is 1st in the NL in batting average (.332), and is hitting the ball harder than ever (40% hard hit rate).