Baseball’s Hottest Players of the Week – June 27 – July 3rd
Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals – DH
This past week, Kendrys belted 9 extra base hits including 6 homers,12 RBI, and 8 runs scored. His slash line of .630/.643/1.407 for the week is just ridiculous, and for the month of June, he hit .402. Since joining Kansas City last season, Morales has flourished. He hit .290 with 22 home runs and 106 RBI in 2015. The Royals DH is living up to his two-year, $17 million deal.
Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels – OF
Mike Trout is arguably the best player in baseball. He’s a true five-tool player, and he had very productive week for the Angels. During a 9 game hitting streak, Trout had 8 multi-hit games. His line for the week was .542/.641/1.000. Mike belted 2 homers, scored 9 runs, knocked in 3, and swiped 2 bases. Trout fills up the box score on a nightly basis, and his combination of hitting for power and average makes him the most complete offensive player in the game today.
Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs – 3rd Base
The versatile Kris Bryant is putting on a power hitting clinic this year, and he is on pace to hit 46 bombs, and drive in over 120 runs. He jacked 5 home runs this week, while driving in 11 Cubs, and scoring 9 times. On June 27th, Bryant went 5 for 5 with 3 home runs, driving in 6 runs. At only 24 years of age, Kris is going to be terrorizing National League pitchers for a long time. He is a key piece in Chicago’s lineup, and with the best record in baseball, the Cubs should threaten to end their 108 year World Series drought in 2016.
Bud Norris – Los Angeles Angels – Starting Pitcher
The Angel’s Bud Norris was dominant in his 2 starts this week. While winning both games, he allowed only 6 hits over 13 scoreless innings, with 16 punch-outs and only 1 walk. Since his return to the starting rotation on June 6th, the Angels have won 5 of his 6 starts. Norris will struggle to get to double digit wins this year, but he is giving his team a fighting chance each time out.
Steve Cishek – Seattle Mariners – Closer
In 3-1/3 innings of work, Steve Cishek converted all 3 of his save opportunities. He allowed 3 hits and no earned runs, while striking out 5 hitters. He is on pace for a 40 save season, and has allowed only 1 earned run since early June. Cishek is a proven veteran, and will help keep the Mariners in the playoff conversation in 2016.