Posted on 08 May 2012.
Over a month into the season now, some players are working their way out of preseason slumps, while others are still struggling to find their swings. Here are the hottest and coldest baseball players of May.
All of these stats are for the last week of games played.
Depending on which category you need help in, there are different players to suit your needs.
WHO IS HOT HOT HOT
MIAMI, FL – APRIL 29: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the ninth inning during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on April 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
1. Giancarlo Stanton – 5
2. Adam Dunn – 4
3. Carlos Beltran – 3
3. Carlos Gonzalez – 3
3. J.J. Hardy – 3
3. Chris Johnson – 3
3. Bryan LaHair – 3
3. Will Middlebrooks – 3
3. Hunter Pence – 3
3. Wilin Rosario – 3
3. Kyle Seager – 3
Mike Giancarlo Stanton has finally found his power stroke as he has cracked 5 HR’s in the last week, one of the hottest waiver wire pickups right now is Bryan LaHair who is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball for the Cubs. Will Middlebrooks is doing his best to make an impression on the Red Sox as he smacked 3 HR’s in 2 days at Fenway, and Kyle Seager is showing everyone the early season success wasn’t a fluke and he is here to stay for the Mariners.
Stolen Base Leaders
ATLANTA – APRIL 15, 2012 – Michael Bourn pulls in with a double(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
1. Emilio Bonifacio – 5
2. Michael Bourn – 4
2. Jose Reyes – 4
3. Alejandro De Aza – 3
3. Rafael Furcal – 3
3. Cameron Maybin – 3
3. Angel Pagan – 3
3. Jordan Schafer – 3
I was dubbing this the year of the stolen base, and so far there are plenty of young speedsters running wild on the base paths. Most notable is Emilio Bonifiacio who is showing no signs of slowing down, and could eclipse 75 SB’s this year. Rafael Furcal is nearly old enough for social security, but that isn’t stopping him from running for the surprising Cards, and if he can stay healthy he looks like the steal of the draft thus far. Jordan Schafer is doing his best to stay fantasy relevant as his only HR came off Jamie Moyer, but with guys like Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez hitting behind him, he will score plenty of runs and steal you some bases.
HOUSTON, TX – MAY 02: Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros gets a high five from Dave Clark #35 of the Houston Astros after hitting a three run home run against the New York Mets in the second inning on May 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
1. Chris Johnson – 10
1. Kyle Seager - 10
2. Carlos Beltran – 9
2. Allen Craig – 9
2. Chipper Jones – 9
2. Will Middlebrooks – 9
2. Carlos Ruiz – 9
3. Freddie Freeman – 8
3. Carlos Gonzalez – 8
3. Brian McCann – 8
3. Hunter Pence – 8
3. Hanley Ramirez – 8
3. Giancarlo Stanton – 8
No surprise here that most of the HR leaders are also RBI leaders as guys like Will Middlebrooks and Giancarlo Stanton are doing their damage with men on base. Freddie Freeman has continued his assault on the baseball, I thought he was 2 years away from elite status, but he is trying to get there now. Hanley Ramirez still isn’t hitting for a high average, but he is doing well in the power and RBI departments, and now that he qualifies at third base and SS, his value has gone up.
High Average Leaders
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 1: Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves and teammates celebrate with Chipper Jones #10 after Jones’ solo home run in the second inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on September 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
1. Chipper Jones – .524
2. Asdrubal Cabrera - .481
3. Elvis Andrus – .480
4. Yunel Escobar – .450
5. Rafael Furcal – .429
6. Austin Jackson – .423
7. Derek Jeter – .423
8. Allen Craig – .421
8. Andy Dirks – .421
9. Howie Kendrick - .417
10. Starlin Castro – .407
Even though Chipper leads the high average category he isn’t an advisable add due to his age and AB’s per week. Asdrubal Cabrera and Elvis Andrus are proving they are elite shortstops and should be started in all formats right now. Derek Jeter who is one of my favorite sell high candidates is still hitting for a high average, but as expected the power pretty much disappeared. Austin Jackson’s new swing seems to have improved his contact rates this year, and he should be picked up in most mixed leagues.
WHO IS ICY COLD
Last 7 days
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 4: Corey Hart #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers goes down swinging for the 3rd and final out as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Brewers during their game at Miller Park on July 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, WI. The Diamondbacks defeated the Brewers 8-6. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Michael Saunders – CF - Seattle Mariners – .125/1/1 24 AB/ 12 KO 0 SB
Dan Uggla – 2B – Atlanta Braves - .233/1/2 30 AB/ 12 KO 2 BB 5 R
Corey Hart – OF – Milwaukee Brewers - .174/0/0 23 AB/ 11 KO 3 BB 0 SB 2 R
Ryan Raburn – 2B – Detroit Tigers – .059/0/1 17 AB/ 9 KO 0 R
Adam Lind – 1B – Toronto Blue Jays – .111/1/1 18 AB/ 8 KO 0 SB 1 R
Buster Posey – C – San Francisco Giants – .200/0/2 25 AB/ 8 KO 2 R
Dustin Ackley – 2B – Seattle Mariners - .208/0/0 24 AB/ 7 KO 5 R 1 SB
Robinson Cano – 2B – New York Yankees – .240/1/4 25 AB/ 7 KO 0 SB 3 R
Danny Espinosa – 2B – Washington Nationals – .150/0/0 20 AB/ 7 KO 1 SB 2 R
Dexter Fowler – OF – Colorado Rockies – .133/0/3 15 AB/ 7 KO 0 SB 2 R
Rickie Weeks – 2B – Milwaukee Brewers – .130/0/0 23 AB/ 7 KO 0 SB 2 R
Brennan Boesch – OF – Detroit Tigers – .125/1/3 24 AB/ 6 KO 0 SB 2 R
Ike Davis – 1B – New York Mets - .118/0/1 17 AB/ 6 KO 0 SB 2 R
This list could go on forever, as there are plenty of star players not producing up to their potential (Albert Pujols). A quartet of disappointing second basemen in Uggla, Cano, Weeks and Ackley are on the list. Cano was a late first or early second round pick for most owners in 2012, and he is going to need to heat up soon in order to approach the 30 HR/ 100 RBI plateau most his owners expected him to reach. Ackley was a favorite sleeper, and after cracking a HR opening day it seemed like the sky was the limit. Now hitting out of the leadoff spot, he sports a lowly .208 average and just 1 SB so far in May. Rickie Weeks is playing his way out of many fantasy lineups as he hasn’t showcased much power or speed in 2012, he might be injured, because there is no way he is this bad… right? There were plenty of owners (not me) who felt that Dexter Fowler was poised for a breakout season this year, and he has shown some power early on, but over the past week hitting just .133 with 0 HR’s and 0 SB’s isn’t helping his cause. For a supposed speedster he doesn’t steal many bases, and with that long looping swing I still feel it takes him too long to get to the baseball. I think Fowler gets another year or two with the Rockies and they move on, I keep hoping to see Tyler Colvin get regular playing time as I like his power potential, but with CarGo, Fowler, and Cuddyer in the OF for the Rox, Colvin is currently the odd man out.
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