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30 Fantasy Baseball thoughts from Week 15 of MLB Action

Marcus Stroman isn’t allowing much hard contact.

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In this week’s edition, we are looking at some regular and advanced stats since June 1st.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles: Keon Broxton leads the league with a 47.4% strikeout rate, almost half of his at-bats.

Boston Red Sox: Brock Holt is batting .387 since June 1st with about 2/3 the amount of AB as a normal player, that’s still a decent flier.

New York Yankees: Edwin Encarnacion has the second-most homers since June 1st.

Tampa Bay Rays: Willy Adames has struck out 42 times, fifth-most in the league since June 1st. I’m officially off the Adames train.

Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman has a league leading 29.8% soft contact off his pitches since June 1st.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: Ivan Nova has 50% of his pitches being pulled since early June, the 7th-highest rate in the league.

Cleveland Indians: Roberto Perez has an ISO of .390 since June 1st, second to only Mike Trout in the league.

Detroit Tigers: Harold Castro (0% owned) has a 38% line drive percentage since June 1st, third-highest in the league. Potential deep flier here?

Kansas City Royals: Adalberto Mondesi has pulled 60% of his hits since June 1st, third-highest in the league (and maybe cause for some shifting).

Minnesota Twins: Luis Arraez might have half the plate appearances as most players since June 1st but he leads the league with a .400 batting average. That’s still impressive given the quantity of at-bats.

AL West

Houston Astros: Yordan Alvarez has a 1.108 OPS since June 1st, fifth-highest in the league.

Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout has the highest ISO since June 1st.

Oakland Athletics: Matt Olsen is tied with Edwin for the second-most homers since June 1st.

Seattle Mariners: Dylan Moore has been caught stealing four times with four successful steals in his last 24 games.

Texas Rangers: Danny Santana has been caught stealing four times and has successfully stolen three times in the last 29 games. Dylan and Danny are tied for being caught the most.

NL East

Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuna Jr. has the most plate appearances since July 1st, this is interesting because you could say Atlanta played more games or went deep into some contests but the next closest Atlanta player is Freddie Freeman at sixth.

Miami Marlins: Garrett Cooper with a 45% HR/FB rate since June 1st, second-highest in the league. Jorge Alfaro is 4th.

New York Mets: Wilson Ramos has a 61% ground ball percentage since June 1st, sixth-highest in the league.

Philadelphia Phillies: Vince Velazquez has 38% of his hits going opposite field since June 1st, the most in the league. Maybe he’s pushing outside pitches?

Washington Nationals: Max Scherzer has the highest K% since June 1st but honestly who is surprised at this stat?

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish has a very low BABIP (.202) so there is a decent chance he gets worse than he is now.

Cincinnati Reds: Luis Castillo has a league leading 14.2% walk rate since June 1st. I'm really nervous about some regression here.

Milwaukee Brewers: Zach Davies has a .346 average against his pitches since June 1st. The coming back down to earth period has arrived.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Elias Diaz has a 30% soft contact rate since June 1st, the highest in the league.

St. Louis Cardinals: Miles Mikolas has a .368 BABIP since June 1st. I maintain that he is a viable fantasy option but he’s not getting enough help right now.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: Nick Ahmed has hit four sacrifice flies in his last 31 games, tied for the most in the league over that time.

Colorado Rockies: Tony Wolters has a 38% line drive percentage since June 1st, second-highest in the league.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Justin Turner has a 58% hard contact rate since June 1st, second to only Nelson Cruz.

San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis has three triples in his last 28 games, the best in the league.

San Francisco Giants: Tyler Austin has a 41.7% strikeout rate since June 1st.