Welcome back to another edition of the weekly 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings. As of June 11, we are exactly one month away from the annual MLB All-Star game. Even though it is a month away, the All-Star voting has been open for quite some time now. So I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how the voting is stacking up as to this point to open up this week’s article.
In the NL, Buster Posey has been the league’s best catcher this season, and the fans have recognized this. Fellow Nationals Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy top their respective positions in both performance and voting as well. At third base, the Cubs “bandwagon boost” finally works in getting a starter in Kris Bryant. While the spot should go to Nolan Arenado, when there is a star player coming off of a World Series win, you know what happens. At shortstop, Zach Cozart (who we will discuss later) is getting slightly snubbed in favor of Corey Seager, but that is what you can expect when you have a star vs. a boring veteran. In the outfield, Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon easily make it as they have over a 500,000 vote lead over the next closet player who is … Jason Heyward. Also, how is Kyle Schwarber in the Top 10? Damn it Cubs fans. Can everyone right now go open a new tab and vote for Marcell
At shortstop, Zach Cozart (who we will discuss later) is getting slightly snubbed in favor of Corey Seager, but that is what you can expect when you have a star vs. a boring veteran. In the outfield, Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon easily make it as they have over a 500,000 vote lead over the next closest player who is … Jason Heyward. Also, how is Kyle Schwarber in the Top 10? Damn it Cubs fans. Can everyone right now go open a new tab and vote for Marcell Ozuna please?
In the AL, we have Salvador Perez starting rightfully at catcher, but our first problem starts at first base. Miguel Cabrera leads Yonder Alonso by 50,000 votes, but again, that’s what happens when the fans vote. Moving on, Jose Altuve and Miguel Sano rightfully top the leaderboard of their respective positions, and the same can be said of Francisco Lindor. With no clear leader in the DH position, I am fine with Nelson Cruz leading there. Then, in the outfield, we have Aaron Judge, Mike
Then, in the outfield, we have Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Michael Brantley. I don’t think that this is terrible, but there are two issues. Mike Trout is obviously injured, so while he may deserve the spot, that fourth outfielder race is going to be a battle. Right now its Mookie Betts, which I guess is OK with me as long as Asivail Garcia (who also will be discussed later) finds a way in over Michael Brantley.
So, that basically sums up the All-Star voting picture right now. Outside of a few unworthy stars, I believe that the fans have done a nice job voting this year. They have especially done a good job in recognizing breakout stars like Ryan Zimmerman, and even though Zack Cozart and Yonder Alonso aren’t starting right now, they are getting a fair share of votes and will likely end up in the All-Star game off the bench. Also, I won’t even get started on the Cubs. I refuse. Let’s just get into the stock changes.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
I recently made this tweet:
Zimmerman/Andrus basically have the same profile right now: solid careers, past injury issues and both amidst arguably their best season.
— Joshua Morgan (@SCFE_Josh) June 5, 2017
Well, besides the fact that you should follow me on Twitter, you can add Zack Cozart to this list.
Cozart has been a solid shortstop for quite some time now. While Cozart doesn’t necessarily have the injury issues that have plagued Ryan Zimmerman or Elvis Andrus, he sure is having a breakout season. As a 31-year-old, he is batting .337 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 38 runs scored. Every single one of those statistics is on pace to be career highs, and you can add his .424 OBP, 1.018 OPS, 32 walks, 15 doubles and five triples to that list as well. And those numbers aren’t just career highs: they are numbers that can help
As a 31-year-old, he is batting .337 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 38 runs scored. Every single one of those statistics is on pace to be career highs, and you can add his .424 OBP, 1.018 OPS, 32 walks, 15 doubles and five triples to that list as well. And those numbers aren’t just career highs: they are numbers that can help any Fantasy team.
Avisail Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox
Garcia could almost be added to the list that I was talking about above, but he had only been a solid big leaguer for two years. In fact, that list/club definitely needs a name. Stay tuned.
All joking aside, Garcia is another player that has had an unexpected breakout this year. He is currently slashing .333/.373/.550 with 10 home runs, 33 runs scored and 42 RBI, which are numbers that not only deserve to be on your team but are numbers that should, in my opinion, be showcased in the All-Star Game.
Justin Smoak, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
I’m doing it. I am adding Smoak to the PHOGBOL. Yes, I named it (Post-Hype Older-Guy Breakout List), yes I will be referring to it in future articles, and yes Smoak is in it. For a while now, Smoak has been an irrelevant high-strikeout, low-average power bat. This year, it has all changed.
The 30-year-old is batting slashing .296/.358/.606, which are all career bests. His 18 home runs and 43 RBI also could end up surpassing his career high total by the time we reach the All-Star Game. This type of crazy breakout is definitely deserving of a spot of the PHOGBOL.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Texas Rangers
You may be surprised that I am only now dropping Lucroy down in my rankings. However, you have to keep in mind the fact that these are Rest-of-the-Season rankings, and I gave Lucroy my vote of confidence that he would turn it around. Well, time is up on my watch.
Yes, Lucroy is hitting better as of late, and has even got his batting average up to .266. However, that is not why I am disappointed. I was waiting for Lucroy to break out of his cold streak in order to gauge his ROS value, and now he has and I don’t like what I am seeing. The average isn’t bad, but the four home runs, 12 runs scored and 16 RBI can be found elsewhere until he proves that he is back to full form.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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