Baseball’s Hottest Players of the Week – June 13-19, 2016
Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves – 1st Base
Atlanta’s recent 5 game winning streak can be directly attributed to the hot bat of Freddie Freeman. The last place Braves, despite having the worst record in the National League, have benefited from Freeman’s 7 extra base hits, 2 steals, and a .467 batting average. At 26 years old, it’s hard to believe this is his sixth full year in the ‘Bigs’. Oh, and he just hit MLB’s first cycle of the year on Wednesday.
Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays – 3rd Base
When you can raise your batting average 24 points in one week in mid-June, you are doing something special. The 2015 American League MVP has been raking lately, boasting a line of .500/.618/1.115 this past week. During his current 10 game hitting streak, he has driven in 12 runs, scored 10 times, and has a stolen base. Josh is arguably the best 3rd baseman in the league.
Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals – Catcher
With 5 multi-hit games this past week, Salvador Perez is doing his part to help the defending World Series Champion Royals stay near the top of the American League Central Division. The Royals regular catcher since 2013, Perez has been a steady run producer from the catcher position, and his recent production has raised his season batting average to .304, and his on base percentage to .336. Most teams would love to have the production of this 26 year old backstop.
Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – Starting Pitcher
There’s no surprise in naming Scherzer as a top performer most weeks during the season, and last week was a pretty good one by any standard. In 2 starts covering 13 innings, the Nationals staff ace allowed no walks and only 6 hits, while fanning 21 batters. Max has been a durable and often dominant starter, tossing 2 no hitters last year, and winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2013. A pretty nice resume for the 31 year old hurler.
Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – Starting Pitcher
With 10 wins already this season, 32 year old Zack Greinke is getting back to form after a slow start with his new team. He has won each of his last 7 starts, and in 15 innings this week, Grienke has allowed only 10 hits while striking out 12. Zack is a highly decorated pitcher, winning a Cy Young Award, a Silver Slugger Award, and two Gold Gloves. Who knows what the Diamondbacks record would look like had they not dropped 206.5 million dollars on one of the most dominant starters in the game today.
Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – Starting Pitcher
Why not round out this week’s top players list with another seasoned veteran, Cole Hamels. While winning both of his starts this week, Hamels threw 14 2/3 innings, allowed 7 hits, and struck out 11 batters while posting a 0.61 ERA. Now in his second year with the Rangers, Cole is living up to his “ace” status by going 7-1 on the year with a 2.88 ERA. With an 8.5 game lead over the Mariners, Hamels and the Rangers have a real chance of making some noise in the playoffs this year.