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Baseball’s Hottest Players of the Week July 3rd – 10th

Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins – Outfield

Giancarlo Stanton’s strength has always been his power stroke, and that has never failed him over the course of a season. But the streakiness of power hitters usually comes with big power surges, as well as big strikeout numbers. Stanton found his stroke this week, blasting 4 homers, and driving in 8 Marlins while hitting .421. At only 26 years of age and in his 7th season in the majors, Stanton has averaged 30 homers per season, and is one of the most feared power hitters in the game today.

Tommy Joseph – Philadelphia Phillies – 1st Base

Joseph appears to be splitting time at 1st base with Ryan Howard, but he made the most of his 16 at bats this week. Of his 10 hits, Joseph had 2 doubles and 3 home runs, while driving in 6 runners and scoring 6 times. The Phillies rookie 1st baseman has big-time power, and he should be taking over permanently from the former ROY, NL MVP, and multiple time All Star Howard at some point this year.

Luis Valbuena – Houston Astros – 3rd Base

Houston’s Luis Valbuena filled up the box score this week, scoring 6 times, driving in 9 runs, and hammering 3 long balls. During a 6 game hitting streak, he raised his batting average .12 points by hitting .429 for the week. If he can stay healthy, Valbuena will have his best season as a big leaguer with a projected .269 BA, a .365 OBP, and solid power numbers of 22 HR’s and 68 RBI’s.

Ervin Santana – Minnesota Twins – Starting Pitcher

Ervin Santana tossed a gem against the Oakland A’s this week. His complete game 2-hit shutout included 8 strikeouts and no walks. The game was one of very few shining moments for the Twins and for Santana this year, and at the age of 33, his career appears to be trending downward.

Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers – Relief Pitcher

In 4 innings of relief work this week, Jansen converted 2 save opportunities while not allowing a hit and striking out 7. Kenley’s last blown save and last earned run allowed, were both on June 11th versus the Giants. The Dodgers are somewhat unfortunate to be in the same division as the San Francisco Giants, who own the best record in baseball. But L.A. will not be losing any ground due to the man locking games down in the 9th inning.