Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – 1st Base
Miguel is having a typical year by his very high standards. He’s hitting .311, and is on pace for nearly 110 runs scored, nearly 40 home runs, and well over 100 RBI’s. Last week’s 13 for 25 performance included a 6 game hitting streak, 4 homers, 3 doubles, and 12 RBI’s. There isn’t much that Miggy hasn’t accomplished in his 13 year career with the Marlins and the Tigers. He has won 2 MVP Awards, a World Series win with the Marlins, and a Triple Crown. Cabrera is well on his way to Cooperstown.
Edwin Diaz – Seattle Mariners – Closer
In 5 appearances last week, Edwin Diaz racked up 4 saves while allowing only one earned run and 4 hits. The Mariner’s rookie also struck out 10 batters in 5.3 innings. With his recent promotion to the closer’s role, Diaz has not disappointed. With a triple digit fastball and a high 80’s slider in his arsenal, the 22 year old is showing he belongs in the big show. For the season, his K/9 ratio stands at an astounding 17.38.
Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins – 2nd Base
Brian Dozier is riding a 15 game hitting streak and during this past week, and he kept it alive with the long ball. Dozier hit .364 for the week, and 9 of his 12 hits went for extra bases. His 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 5 home runs resulted in 10 RBI’s and 8 runs scored. The Twins second baseman is having his finest season behind the plate, with projected career highs in nearly every offensive category.
Travis Jankowski – San Diego Padres – Center Field
During a career high 6 game hitting streak, the Padres leadoff man was on fire hitting .522 last week. He also led all of baseball with 7 stolen bases and 11 runs scored. Good leadoff hitters are hard to find, and with projected stats of 36 stolen bases and a .375 OBP, the 25 year old Jankowski should be roaming the outfield in San Diego for a long time.
Danny Duffy – Kansas City Royals – Starting Pitcher
On May 15th, The Royals Danny Duffy emerged from the bullpen and made his first start of the season. It took a couple of weeks for him to earn his first win, but his record is now 8 -1, and he hasn’t lost a start since June 6th. Duffy’s 14.7 innings of work in 2 starts last week earned him 2 wins, while striking out 22 batters and allowing only 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Danny’s career with the Royals has been a mix between bullpen and starting duties, but he really seems to be earning a spot in Kansas City’s rotation.