Yes, we are back with our 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings, but today I realized something crazy.
I was scrolling through the channels on my TV, looking for something to watch. I went to ESPN and there I found the MLB Prime-Time game between the Cubs and the Yankees.
The first thought in my head was: the World Series Champions versus the Pinstripes. Sweet! Then came the: oh wait, the Yankees suck now. However, then there was a third thought, a very new thought: the Yankees are back.
The Yankees were supposed to be awful this year. Many commended them for finally taking a conventional approach to rebuilding rather then trying to buy themselves a title. While they had a lot of young talent on this years roster, it was supposed to take them a while until they were ready to contend. Instead, they currently hold the best record in baseball.
As we always do before we go into the rankings, we look at players who have recently had their stock change. The first player that we will go over is someone who has arguably been the key to the Yankees success this year.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
Yes, as many of you probably guessed, that player that was mentioned above is in fact Aaron Judge. The huge 6’7″ 280 lb rookie outfielder was one of the Yankees highest rated prospects, and he is showing that the scouts were right so far. Through 113 plate appearances, he is slashing .320/.416/.773 with 28 runs scored, 27 RBI and a league leading 13 home runs.
There is almost certain regression in store for Judge, but a start like this can’t be all due to luck. He should continue to be a very good player for Fantasy owners both this season and in the future.
Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Owings is next on the list of players with their stock up, and he is someone who’s barely had any stock coming into the year. After a few unproductive seasons, he looked like he was once again going to be one of the bottom-tier starting shortstops in the MLB this season. However, it has been quite the opposite. The 25 year-old is enjoying a breakout season so far, hitting .308 with 14 runs scored, 21 RBI, five home runs and eight stolen bases.
This is a player who also will likely be unable to keep up this level of production through the course of the entire season, but should still end up being a mid-tier Fantasy shortstop. Considering his stock had nowhere to go but up coming into the season, he is definitely worth a spot on this list.
Ervin Santana, SP, Minnesota Twins
Ervin Santana is basically the pitcher version of Ryan Zimmerman this season, whom I went over in this section in last week’s article. He is a player who has enjoyed a successful career, but has never been a superstar, and could be having the best year of his long career this season (not to mention at an unusually old age for someone to peak). Like I said, this profile matches both Zimmerman and Santana perfectly.
So far through seven starts, Santana sits at 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA and a .79 WHIP. Like the other two players on today’s list and just about every player who will ever make this list, he is due for regression. However, his stock is up for a reason and he should be a solid player for the rest of the season.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
I fully admit that I loved Chris Davis coming into the season. He obviously was a power contributor, but I also thought that his average could go back to his career average (excluding his awful 2014 and 2016 seasons). I thought that not only was there potential to be a .260 hitter with 40 home runs, but I thought that that was an extremely likely scenario. After a hot start that really made me think that I was right, Davis has let me down quite a bit.
The average has actually been fine. He is batting .250, which is a number that I would be very happy with if the power numbers were there. However, surprisingly, they haven’t been. Through 117 plate appearances, he only has four home runs. His other two categories that he is a big contributor in (runs and RBI) have also been down this year, as he only has 13 runs scored and seven RBI. I am certainly holding out hope for Davis, as he is an established power hitter, but until he starts to produce in that department, he is basically unplayable for Fantasy purposes.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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