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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Best of June

A look at the best of June in fantasy baseball! Who had the most HR? SB? K? SV? That and more.

Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger each had a tremendous June. Who else left their mark on fantasy baseball last month?
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We are now 3 full months into baseball season. Let’s take a look back at June. I will look at the best hitters, power and speed wise, the best starters, from strikeout artists to ERA & WHIP leaders, and the best closers, with emphasis on saves. I will also talk about what stood out to me in this past month’s sample of stats. Here we go!

Top 10 Overall Hitters of June

Rank Player R HR RBI SB AVG PR30
Rank Player R HR RBI SB AVG PR30
1 Trea Turner 23 2 9 22 0.298 13.98
2 Cody Bellinger 22 13 27 4 0.286 11.31
3 Aaron Judge 30 10 25 2 0.324 11.04
4 Andrew McCutchen 22 6 23 1 0.411 9.35
5 George Springer 24 11 21 0 0.333 9.20
6 Paul Goldschmidt 23 7 27 1 0.347 9.03
7 Joey Votto 20 9 15 2 0.364 8.61
8 Michael Taylor 20 7 18 6 0.299 8.54
9 Jose Ramirez 26 5 10 4 0.367 8.52
10 Gary Sanchez 21 9 27 1 0.307 8.41

Trea Turner was the #1 overall hitter in June. Bittersweet news as Turner recently suffered a broken wrist and will likely be out for some time. Andrew McCutchen has come back to life in a huge way hitting .411 in the month of June. Very solid in the other categories for the veteran Pirates OF as well. Michael Taylor definitely stands out on this list. He had a great June contributing across the board. Unfortunately, the K rate for Taylor is still right in line with his career percentage. We will see if Taylor can keep up the production in spite of his strikeout rates in July.

Top Sluggers of June

Player R HR RBI SB AVG
Player R HR RBI SB AVG
Cody Bellinger 22 13 27 4 0.286
George Springer 24 11 21 0 0.333
Aaron Judge 30 10 25 2 0.324
Mike Zunino 14 10 31 0 0.304
Matt Adams 20 10 25 0 0.314
Justin Smoak 16 10 18 0 0.333
Ryon Healy 16 10 26 0 0.265
Joey Votto 20 9 15 2 0.364
Gary Sanchez 21 9 27 1 0.307
Scooter Gennett 19 9 24 1 0.302
Paul Goldschmidt 23 7 27 1 0.347
Justin Upton 18 6 27 0 0.305
Nolan Arenado 15 3 27 1 0.324
Jonathan Schoop 20 8 25 0 0.327

The criteria for the top sluggers of April are 9+ HR or 25+ RBI. 14 players reach one of those marks in June. 6 hitter did both. Cody Bellinger led the way with 13 homers in June. Bellinger has went from dynasty league high upside prospect to top 40 fantasy stud in a matter of a couple of months. The sky’s the limit with the Dodgers All Star. Mike Zunino led all hitter in June with 31 RBI. The career .200 hitter had a .304 average over the past month. Nolan Arenando had 27 RBI in June despite just 3 home runs. I don’t expect this to continue but a very interesting month for the Rockies 3B.

Top Speedsters of June

Player R HR RBI SB AVG
Player R HR RBI SB AVG
Trea Turner 23 2 9 22 0.298
Dee Gordon 14 0 8 13 0.280
Cameron Maybin 20 3 6 11 0.284
Delino DeShields 13 0 3 10 0.293
Chris Taylor 15 3 14 9 0.227
Ian Desmond 14 3 16 8 0.295
Elvis Andrus 16 3 18 8 0.311
Andrelton Simmons 18 3 14 7 0.294

This month saw 8 player with 7 or more stolen bases. Turner stole 9 more bases than the next closest player, Dee Gordon at 13 SB. Again, low power numbers for all the top speedsters. Elvis Andrus stands out having hit 3 HR and 18 RBI in June. Nothing crazy, but still very positive contribution from a player who is not normally giving fantasy owners any power production.

Top 10 Starters of June

Rank Player K W ERA WHIP PR30
Rank Player K W ERA WHIP PR30
1 Corey Kluber 64 4 1.26 0.67 12.88
2 Clayton Kershaw 57 5 2.23 0.84 11.31
3 Max Scherzer 51 3 0.99 0.55 10.98
4 Chris Sale 45 4 2.78 0.90 8.47
5 Jason Vargas 23 6 1.98 1.10 8.31
6 Chase Anderson 33 3 1.56 0.72 8.14
7 Jimmy Nelson 50 3 2.88 1.11 7.33
8 Jacob deGrom 33 4 2.75 0.94 7.30
9 Jacob Faria 35 3 2.23 0.90 6.92
10 Gio Gonzalez 35 3 2.53 0.94 6.54

Corey Kluber takes the top spot on the pitching side. His 64 Ks, which led all pitchers, played a big part in his dominate June, but his 1.26 ERA and 0.67 WHIP make him the best. Right now he is on another level. Jason Vargas only had 23 Ks but earn a lot of his value with 6 wins in June. Wins are a very hard category to predict so another 6 win month from Vargas, or any SP for that matter, is going to be a rarity.

Top Strikeout Pitchers of June

Player K W ERA WHIP
Player K W ERA WHIP
Corey Kluber 64 4 1.26 0.67
Clayton Kershaw 57 5 2.23 0.84
Max Scherzer 51 3 0.99 0.55
Jimmy Nelson 50 3 2.88 1.11
Stephen Strasburg 48 3 4.58 1.19
Chris Sale 45 4 2.78 0.90
Robbie Ray 44 3 3.19 1.42
Yu Darvish 44 4 3.38 0.94
Carlos Matinez 44 2 2.43 0.99

June saw a total of 9 pitchers reach 40 or more strikeouts. Jimmy Nelson, who also made the Top 10 SP of June, is among the pitchers to get 50 or more Ks in June. Nelson has been phenomenal this year and the strikeouts have been a huge reason why. I feel confident he can continue his solid pitching if the strikeouts remain high. Stephen Strasburg is not a new face to this group by any means, but he bears mentioning because of his high ERA. The landscape of baseball has changed dramatically so a 3.51 ERA (which is what he has on the season) can still make him an elite option.

Top ERA and WHIP of June

Player K W ERA WHIP
Player K W ERA WHIP
Max Scherzer 51 3 0.99 0.55
Corey Kluber 64 4 1.26 0.67
Sean Newcomb 21 1 1.48 1.07
Chase Anderson 33 3 1.56 0.72
Kenta Maeda 25 2 1.71 0.76
Jose Quintana 30 2 1.78 1.09
Jason Vargas 23 6 1.98 1.10
Alex Wood 27 3 2.10 0.74
Zack Godley 27 2 3.08 0.80
Clayton Kershaw 57 5 2.23 0.84
Jacob Faria 35 3 2.23 0.90
Chris Sale 45 4 2.78 0.90
Nick Martinez 9 2 2.78 0.93
Gio Gonzalez 35 3 2.53 0.94
Jacob deGrom 33 4 2.75 0.94
Yu Darvish 44 4 3.38 0.94
Ariel Miranda 22 2 3.32 0.96
Mike Fiers 28 3 2.32 0.97
Carlos Matinez 44 2 2.43 0.99
Austin Bibens-Dirkx 12 3 3.76 0.99
R.A. Dickey 28 3 4.02 0.99

21 pitchers make this list with an ERA at or under 2.00 OR a WHIP at or under 1.00 with minimum of 20 innings pitched. Only 4, Max Scherzer, Kluber, Sean Newcomb, and Chase Anderson, achieved both in June. Scherzer was the only SP to have an ERA under 1.00! An incredible month just adds to the incredible season the Nationals ace is having. Sean Newcomb made his MLB debut in June and quickly left his mark. He should be added in most formats and be used in practically any matchup for the time being. Both Nick Martinez and Austin Bibens-Dirkx make this group in June. The interesting stat about this pair of Rangers starters is their low strikeout totals. They combined for 21 Ks in June! Kluber had more than 3 times that number! Nonetheless, they qualify for this list mostly by not issuing a high number of walks.

Top Closers of June

Player K W SV ERA WHIP
Player K W SV ERA WHIP
Kenley Jansen 18 2 10 0.00 0.36
Corey Knebel 24 0 10 1.23 1.23
Craig Kimbrel 19 0 8 1.54 0.69
Brandon Kintzler 7 0 8 2.31 0.69
Roberto Osuna 19 0 8 0.79 0.44
Fernando Rodney 14 1 7 0.00 0.22
Greg Holland 12 1 7 1.69 1.31
AJ Ramos 15 1 7 1.64 0.91
Brandon Maurer 7 0 7 7.71 1.39

We had 9 closer who had 7 saves or more in the month of June. Kenley Jansen and Corey Knebel led the way with 10 saves each. Jansen did so without allowing a run all month. This feat is match by Fernando Rodney of all people. Not only did Rodney not allow a run in June, he didn’t even allow a hit! Brandon Kitntzler had more saves (8) than Ks (7). Brandon Maurer matched his ERA (7.71) with his save total (7). I hope those saves were worth it for the Maurer owner.

That's it for the top performing players of June. See you next month! Feel free to let me know what you found most interesting in this research.

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