It’s rare to see a player having a breakout year in his age 35 season in the post-Selig era, but Yuli Gurriel needs just 2 runs, 1 RBI and even 2 SB to set career highs in all of those categories. He already has a career-high in HRs with 25 and could end the season with 30-35. With 37 games remaining Gurriel could end the season with an 85/33/100/8/.300 line for the year. Not too shabby from a guy with an ADP in the 200s. This production uptick is due to a career-low ground ball rate, career-high fly ball rate, career-high hard contact rate — the underlying numbers are pointing to this being for real and he should finish the year strong.
|4||Ronald Acuna Jr.||OF||ATL||4||0|
There’s a new girl in town
Who just came on the scene
The new girl in town
Can’t be more than sixteen
The young Devers has put up phenomenal numbers in his age 22 season. He’s on pace to finish with 115+ runs, 30+ HRs, 110+ RBI, 10+ SBs with around a .325 AVG. That’s first-round numbers for 2020 baby. He’s earned the push into the top-10.
Last year saw Starling Marte finally reach the 20/20 threshold and this year he’s got a good shot for 25/25. As Marte enters his 30s I think we’ll start to see less steals so it’s good to see that he is gaining value in the power game to still make him a viable fantasy pick. In any other season these would push him into the top-10 and in NL MVP conversation, but the 1, 2, and 4 players on this list are out of this world.
Jonathan Villar 2016 blah blah blah now here we are. Perhaps the most impressive stat for Villar is the 80 runs. The .340 OBP is the second-highest of his career and is all well and good — but he’s, unfortunately, toiling away on the AAA Orioles. Luckily he’s had Trey Mancini to knock him in 20 of those opportunities. Still — 90/20/70/30 has to have his owners living la Villar loca.
Machado is having another awful month. Machado started the season with a .236 AVG/.693 OPS, but rebounded over the next three months with a .293/.925 mark. Well, August is here and March Machado is back with a vengeance: .177 AVG/.448 OPS with 0 HRs and only 1 SB in 62 ABs. Where will you draft Machado next year? 2nd round? 3rd round? Avoid altogether?
Everybody chill — Ramirez has started his climb. He’ll be back in the top-25 if he keeps this up. You already know what he’s done this year, but just for fun here it is: April, May, June: 295 ABs, 32/5/30/18/.214. July and August: 164 ABs, 33/15/44/6 SB/.323. Like Machado I’m curious to see where he’ll be drafted in 2020.
|65||Vlad Guerrero Jr.||3B||TOR||69||4|
Yordan Alvarez is the real friggen deal. I’ve denied him his climb because I was waiting for him to hit the rookie wall and for pitchers to start figuring him out. In 405 total ABs between AAA and MLB Alvarez has 84 runs, 42 HRs, 126 RBI and a .344 AVG. Thems some mid-90’s Juan Gonzalez numbers and there are still a lot of games to be played!
|94||Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||2B/SS/OF||TOR||96||2|
The man with the best name in the game, Aristedes Aquino, makes his debut this week. In only 55 ABs he has 11 HRs. Much like Alvarez above, Aristides was crushing in the minors this year with 28 HRs in 294 ABs. Will this trend continue? Obviously not. I’m a little worried about the walk and K-rates. He’ll get figured out, but enjoy this outburst while it lasts.