The 2017 MLB season is now in full swing and so are the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
It feels pretty good to be able to say that. Now we are past the “Holy crap, baseball is back!” phase and can now enjoy the rest of a long, awesome season.
Another thing that this means is that we can start taking hot and cold starts seriously.
Sure there will be players whose performances won’t end up being representative of what is in store from them for the rest of the season. However, we are at the point now that hot starts could easily really be breakouts and cold starts could be busts.
With that being said, there is a lot of movement in these weeks rankings due to passing this sample-size threshold. Before we reveal the entire Top 200 from this weeks 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings, let’s take a closer look at a few of the players that had some extra movement in the rankings this week.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley came into this season with plenty of sleeper upside. Last season, he was a sleeper because of a shoulder injury that would force him to miss a good chunk of the start of the 2016 season. When he returned, he ended up needing a second surgery. However, this was a player who was one of the top outfielders in the majors before his injury. Savvy Fantasy owners scooped him up in the hopes that he could stay healthy for the 2017 season.
So far this season, the Indians have managed him cautiously and given him plenty of off days, but he has played extremely well. He is batting .297 with 11 runs scored, 15 RBI, four HRs and four SBs through 19 games. He is looking healthy, and that should result in very good production for the rest of the year.
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals
Remember the last time Ryan Zimmerman was actually good? He has had a long, good career, but hasn’t been an elite player since the 2009-2010 seasons and hasn’t been productive at all since 2013. Since then, he has been a disappointment, struggling to stay on the field and struggling to produce when he did. Well, this year he has been baseball’s top redemption story.
Right now, Zimmerman leads the entire majors in batting average, hits, RBI, slugging percentage, total bases and OPS. He is tied with Eric Thames for the lead in home runs. His stats on the season are as follows: .410/.456/.892 with 11 home runs, 27 RBI and 19 runs scored. He is due for regression once he cools off from his ridiculous April. But at this point, it is fair to say that he still will carry value for the rest of the season. It may be a long-shot, but he could even have a career best year. You never know with baseball.
Aaron Sanchez, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Following an amazing 2016 season, many expected Aaron Sanchez to be a contender for the Cy Young award this season. Sanchez went out on his first start of the year and dominated the Rays in a seven inning four-hitter in which he only gave up one run. However, he got blown up in is next start. After the game, he was placed on the 10-day DL with a blister on his right middle-finger. He underwent a minor procedure where he has part of one of his fingernails removed (don’t ask me how that would help his blister) and he returned to the mound to the mound on April 30.
It was said that he would be on a pitch limit, but he never reached it. He was pulled after one inning after suffering a setback to the same finger. This time it being due to a split nail on the finger. Wow, I guess the procedure didn’t work out after all. Either way, Sanchez had been dealing with blister problems since March and those are never good (see Rich Hill). It is also never good to have two trips to the DL this early in the season. It isn’t time to panic, but he does lose a bit of value in this weeks rankings.
Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
After a very good season last year, Rougned Odor seemed primed to take the next step in becoming one of the game’s top second basemen. However, after a hot first week or so that showed that he might fully breakout this season, he has cooled off tremendously.
Not only has he cooled off, but he turned a hot streak into an ice-cold one. Now his stats on the the season lie at an abysmal .194/.242/.376 with four home runs, 13 RBI and nine runs scored. Odor obviously has plenty of time to turn it back around, but you have to be a little bit worried to see his batting average under .200 at this point in the season.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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