HG – The frigid spring weather has started to dissipate and warmer weather means warmer offenses. This week’s list is chalk full of players who have found their groove and are now producing stats expected of them for 2017. And with any baseball season there are going to be pitchers that surprise and you need to jump on.
Eric Hosmer 1B Royals - Hosmer got off to a brutal start to 2017 but has been on an 18 for 40 tear that has his average near 290. The KC first sacker has also hit two long balls along with 8 runs scored, 8 driven in. The ‘Hos’ sits at 14 RBI for the season with 3 long balls and two stolen bases and should be owned in all leagues.
Yonder Alonso 1B A’s - Alonso has already set his career high in long balls with 11 and is also batting 303 with 27 RBI. The former Red is to the point that anything else he does is gravy for those owners who have snagged him.
Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B Cubs - Baez got off to a very slow start but has picked it up since the calendar flipped to May with 14 hits in 10 games. The Cub’s second sacker has jacked 4 home runs, driven in 9 runs, scored 8 times and swiped two sacks making Baez worth owing and using going forward.
Aaron Hicks OF Yankees - Hicks has been a very unanticipated offensive source both for the Yankees and fantasy owners. The former Twin is batting 333 with 6 homers, 16 RBI, 22 runs scored and 6 stolen bases making Hicks and five category player that can help all fantasy teams.
Kenyon Broxton OF Brewers - Broxton is another player who got off to a horrid start but has found his rhythm of late with hits in nine of his last ten games. The young Brewer outfielder has gone 14 for his last 37 along with 8 runs scored, 2 long balls, 6 runners knocked in and 3 stolen bases. Broxton is now batting 265 with 19 runs scored, 9 swiped sacks, 3 dingers and 9 RBI for 2017 and makes for a nice injury replacement.
Aaron Altherr OF Phillies - Altherr is having a very good year to date that is going by largely unnoticed. The 26-year-old outfielder is hitting 351 with 7 home runs, 21 RBI, 19 runs scored and 3 stolen bases for the Phils.
AJ Griffin RP/SP Rangers - Griffin is off to an excellent start for the Rangers with just 8 earned runs allowed in 29.1 innings for a sparkling ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 0.88. The former Athletic is 4-0 with 27 punch outs in 29 frames this season and his last outing was a complete game white washing of the Friars in San Diego. He deserves to be owned in all leagues.
Antonio Senzatela SP Rockies - Senzatela is having an impressive rookie campaign with a 5-1 record, ERA of 2.86 and WHIP of 1.07 for the Rockies. The freshman righty isn’t a big source of Ks but he has quality starts in 5 of his 7 trips to mound.
Zach Wheeler SP Mets - Wheeler is beginning to show signs of consistency and improvement in his first season post Tommy John surgery. His last outing was his best going six innings and allowing just 1 earned run. Though his walk totals are still problematic Wheeler is worth owning especially this week with two starts.
Trevor Cahill RP/SP Padres - Cahill has reinvented himself relying more upon his curve ball with better than expected results for the Padres. Cahill has thrown scoreless outings his last two trips to the bump and has K’ed 44 batters in 35.1 innings this season. Cahill’s hook is giving hitters fits and with an ERA of 3.06 and WHIP of 1.16 with 23 punch outs over his last 17 innings, he is worth using in the near term.