July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA third baseman Mike Olt (20) walks on the field before the start of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Yankees second baseman doesn;t get much press here, but he just continues to hit like the best fantasy second baseman in the game. Cano went 2-3 with a HR, 2 runs and 4 RBI yesterday to lead the Yankees to a big win over the Orioles. Cano is hitting .312-.371-.565 with 24 HRs, 68 runs and 62 RBI this season. Coming into the season, I felt he had a 35 HR season in him, and he is on pace for 37 HRs and 97 RBI. Yeah, he's a first round pick in 2013.
I predicted Matt Wieters would have a breakout season in 2012, but right now he is failing to meet my expectations for him. After going 2-4 yesterday, he is hitting .241-.319-.407 with 13 HRs, 40 runs and 49 RBI. Wieters is just 26 years of age, and some catchers take awhile to reach their potential due to the demands of playing behind the plate.
Coming into the season, Twins outfielder Ben Revere did one thing well. He can steal bases. But, the question was, could he get on base enough to stay in the Twins lineup, and help fantasy owners. This season, as a result of a .342 BABIP, he is hitting .319-.353-.382 with 37 runs scored and 25 stolen bases. Throughout his minor league career, Revere used his speed to maintain a .325-.330 BABIP, and it appears he is doing the same this season. He is on pace for just under 40 stolen bases this season, and is still unowned in 30% of ESPN leagues.
Brewers starter Michael Fiers may not win the National League Rookie of the Year award, but he should certainly get some votes. He held the Astros, yeah I know, it's the Astros, to 2 runs on 8 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched. He is now 5-4 with a 1.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 73-16 strikeout to walk ratio in 72 innings. He has given up 2 runs or less in 9 of his 11 starts thus far. I keep waiting for him to blow up, but it appears he may be for real.
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Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is starting to hit for power, as he has now homered 4 times in his last two games. He went 2-6 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI last night, and is now hitting .284-.350-.519 with 22 HRs and 71 RBI. Since the All Star break, he has 10 multi-hit games with 8 HRs and 20 RBI. Pujols is now on pace for 34 HRs and 110 RBI. Funny thing is I just told another owner yesterday that he won't hit 30 HRs this season. So much for that prediction.
Our own Robert Bishop (@BishopSBN) tweeted last night that the Rangers will call up third base prospect Mike Olt today. Olt has had a great year at the plate at AA Frisco, hitting .287-.399-.575 with 27 HRs, 64 runs and 81 RBI. He may not play much at first, but I have to think the Rangers want to see what they have in Olt. Jason Hunt wrote a piece on Olt a few weeks ago here.
Is Ryan Braun the top fantasy outfielder thus far in 2012? Braun went 2-3 with a HR, 3 runs and 3 RBI last night, raising his triple slash line to .313-.398-.604 with 29 HRs, 72 runs, 73 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 25 attempts. He may not get many MVP votes this season, but he certainly deserves it.