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As I write this, it is the first day of summer. This means warmer weather is up ahead for us in baseball and that usually means more offense.

We have already seen some hitters we are used to being able to rely on get better as the weather warms up. Take Adam Jones for example. He has hit eight home runs in the month of June already.

Some other hitters have come off the DL or back from being sent to the minors and seemingly figured things out again.

Kolten Wong is one. He crushed minor league ball and got the call back pretty quickly. Now I still like him as a player in dynasty, but for those of you in season long I wouldn’t take the bait. He is going to be in a pretty big timeshare right now in the Cardinals outfield. Unless there is an injury there or in the infield, stay away for now.

Carlos Gomez is another. Now for Gomez if he is still available I’m picking him up.  Since his call back, he has hit .295 with three home runs, eight RBI , eight runs and stolen two bases. The Houston offense has heated up with his return too, so you can hopefully expect good things from him the rest of the way.

However it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for all sluggers we are used to getting big time production from. Continue on to read about a couple of guys that are sliding down.

Stock Down

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins

Over the last month of the season he has hit .225 with two home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored. Yeah that doesn’t exactly make me want to rank him in the Top 15 anymore.

I have moved him down until he can prove to be both healthy and consistently productive.

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

It is weird to say, but Cutch is no longer the best outfielder on his team. Starling Marte passed him in that department already and you could argue that Gregory Polanco has too.

For now I’m going to keep Cutch just ahead of Polanco, but if he can’t improve upon his .243 batting average soon, then he will drop even farther.

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

The lone pitcher I am discussing in the stock down section, Rosenthal is in trouble.

He has allowed five total runs in his last five times out (three innings total) raising his season ERA to 4.91.

If he does not get his act straight soon, you can expect Kevin Siegrist or Seung Hwan Oh. My bet would be Oh, but

Stock Up

Whit Merrifield, 2B, Kansas City Royals

Where did this guy come from? I know I had not heard of him before he got the call up and started performing right away.

Do I think he keeps this pace up of hitting .333 the rest of the season? No. But I did not rank him like so. There is some regression likely to come, as his BABIP is sky high at .400 right now. He will still be productive though as long as he can stay atop the Royals lineup, and score plenty of runs.

Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jake Lamb has been great this season, although he is doing it without a lot of the fanfare.

His line is pretty incredible though for a guy who went undrafted in most leagues and actually can be picked up still. We’re talking .283 average, 14 home runs, 45 RBI and 34 runs. That is good enough to be ranked as the eigth best third baseman according to the ESPN player rater.

Fernando Rodney, RP, San Diego Padres

I had my doubts coming into the season with Rodney and for good reason. Last season he was down right terrible accumulating a 4.74 ERA and 1.40 WHIP for both the Mariners and Cubs. He also only saved 16 games, while blowing seven.

This season we are getting the Rodney we saw in 2012 when he finished with under a one ERA and WHIP, while saving 48 games for the Rays. In fact you could argue he is having a better season since he has not allowed a run all season.

It took me a while to warm up to the fact that Rodney is indeed good again, but I’m not sleeping on him any longer.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
5Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
8Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
9Anthony RizzoCHC1B
10Jose AltuveHOU2B
11Miguel CabreraDET1B
12Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
13Starling MartePITLF,CF
14Jake ArrietaCHCSP
15Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
16Carlos CorreaHOUSS
17Chris SaleCWSSP
18Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
19Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
20Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
21George SpringerHOUCF,RF
22Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
23Madison BumgarnerSFSP
24Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
25Andrew McCutchenPITCF
26Lorenzo CainKCCF
27Max ScherzerWSHSP
28Jose FernandezMIASP
29Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
30Xander BogaertsBOSSS
31Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
32Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
33Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
34David PriceBOSSP
35Johnny CuetoSFSP
36Jacob DeGromNYMSP
37Zack GreinkeARISP
38Kenley JansenLADRP
39Robinson CanoSEA2B
40Corey KluberCLESP
41Cole HamelsTEXSP
42Matt KempSDRF
43Adam JonesBALCF
44Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
45Jon LesterCHCSP
46Giancarlo StantonMIARF
47Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
48Eric HosmerKC1B
49Joey VottoCIN1B
50Danny SalazarCLESP
51David OrtizBOS1B,DH
52Christian YelichMIALF,CF
53Carlos CarrascoCLESP
54Buster PoseySFC,1B
55Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
56Todd FrazierCWS3B
57Corey SeagerLADSS
58Ian KinslerDET2B
59Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
60Matt HarveyNYMSP
61Chris ArcherTBSP
62Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
63Jose QuintanaCWSSP
64Wil MyersSD1B,CF
65Rougned OdorTEX2B
66Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
67Craig KimbrelBOSRP
68Wade DavisKCRP
69Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF,DH
70Zach BrittonBALRP
71Carlos MartinezSTLSP
72Sonny GrayOAKSP
73Kole CalhounLAARF
74Gerrit ColePITSP
75Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
76Justin UptonDETLF,CF
77Mark MelanconPITRP
78David RobertsonCWSRP
79Freddie FreemanATL1B
80Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
81Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
82Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
83Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
84Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
85Michael WachaSTLSP
86Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,CF,RF
87Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
88Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
89Steven MatzNYMSP
90Adam DuvallCINLF
91Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
92Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
93Jay BruceCINRF
94Kyle HendricksCHCSP
95Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
96John LackeyCHCSP
97Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
98Salvador PerezKCC
99Dexter FowlerCHCCF
100Taijuan WalkerSEASP
101Cody AllenCLERP
102Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
103Francisco LindorCLESS
104Evan LongoriaTB3B
105Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
106Wilson RamosWSHC
107Yasiel PuigLADRF
108Marcus StromanTORSP
109Carlos GomezHOUCF
110Hector RondonCHCRP
111Welington CastilloARIC
112Maikel FrancoPHI3B
113Kyle SeagerSEA3B
114Alex GordonKCLF
115Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
116Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
117Jason KipnisCLE2B
118Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
119Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
120Jackie BradleyBOSLF,CF,RF
121Adam WainwrightSTLSP
122Jason HammelCHCSP
123Fernando RodneySDRP
124Lance McCullersHOUSP
125Trevor StoryCOLSS
126Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
127A.J. RamosMIARP
128Francisco RodriguezDETRP
129Adrian BeltreTEX3B
130Roberto OsunaTORRP
131Leonys MartinSEACF
132Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
133Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
134Julio TeheranATLSP
135Rajai DavisCLELF,CF,RF
136Santiago CasillaSFRP
137Brian DozierMIN2B
138Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
139Danny ValenciaOAK3B,LF
140Neil WalkerNYM2B
141Jake OdorizziTBSP
142Kenta MaedaLADSP
143Brian McCannNYYC,1B
144Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
145Mike NapoliCLE1B,LF,DH
146Elvis AndrusTEXSS
147Carlos BeltranNYYRF,DH
148Aaron NolaPHISP
149Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
150Alex RodriguezNYYDH
151Joe RossWSHSP
152Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
153DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
154Chris TillmanBALSP
155Huston StreetLAARP
156Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
157Joc PedersonLADCF
158Steve CishekSEARP
159Carlos RodonCWSSP
160Brandon CrawfordSFSS
161Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF
162Drew PomeranzSDSP,RP
163Patrick CorbinARISP
164Nick CastellanosDET3B
165Michael ConfortoNYMLF
166Francisco LirianoPITSP
167Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
168Gio GonzalezWSHSP
169Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
170Felix HernandezSEASP
171Evan GattisHOUC,LF,DH
172David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
173Rich HillOAKSP
174Brad ZieglerARIRP
175Justin BourMIA1B
176Drew SmylyTBSP
177Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
178Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
179Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
180Will HarrisHOURP
181Edinson VolquezKCSP
182Jimmy NelsonMILSP
183J.D. MartinezDETRF
184Chris CarterMIL1B
185Yadier MolinaSTLC
186Aledmys DiazSTL2B,SS
187Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
188Rick PorcelloBOSSP
189Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
190Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
191Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF
192Jeremy JeffressMILRP
193Justin VerlanderDETSP
194Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
195Matt AdamsSTL1B
196Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
197Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
198Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
199Matt WietersBALC
200Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
201Lucas DudaNYM1B
202Billy HamiltonCINCF
203Ian KennedyKCSP
204Sam DysonTEXRP
205Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
206Nathan KarnsSEASP
207Yasmani GrandalLADC
208Jhonny PeraltaSTL3B,SS
209Steven SouzaTBRF
210Ryan MadsonOAKRP
211Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
212Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
213Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
214Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP
215Yan GomesCLEC
216Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
217Tyson RossSDSP
218Justin TurnerLAD1B,3B
219Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
220Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
221Yu DarvishTEXSP
222Tanner RoarkWSHSP,RP
223Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
224Russell MartinTORC
225Jake LambARI3B
226Whit MerrifieldKC2B,LF,CF
227Joe PanikSF2B
228Scott KazmirLADSP
229Billy BurnsOAKCF
230Collin McHughHOUSP
231Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
232Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
233Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
234Arodys VizcainoATLRP
235Andrew MillerNYYRP
236Dellin BetancesNYYRP
237Michael PinedaNYYSP
238Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
239Melky CabreraCWSLF
240Tony WatsonPITRP
241Devon TravisTOR2B
242Shelby MillerARISP
243Jerad EickhoffPHISP
244Marcus SemienOAKSS
245Pedro StropCHCRP
246Derek NorrisSDC,1B
247Jurickson ProfarTEX2B,3B,SS
248Justin WilsonDETRP
249Shawn KelleyWSHRP
250Yordano VenturaKCSP

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