A pleasant surprise
Every year in fantasy baseball or through the course of the regular season we have over achievers and under achievers. This is no surprise considering all the factors set in place regarding the sport of baseball. Some have off years and some have break out years. Baring in mind factors such as injury or age its hard to judge a player simply by one year’s performance. In this article we are going to count down the top 5 surprises in the world of baseball.
Before we start lets just list the honourable mentions.
Rickie Weeks, Aubrey Huff, Chris Young, Vladimir Guerrero, Nick Swisher, Kelly Johnson, Martin Prado, Angel Pagan, Andres Torres, Scott Podsednik, Marlon Byrd, Scott Rolen, John Buck, and Mike Napoli
#5: Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox
Yes, we knew this kid had mad potential and skills. Regarded as one of baseballs rare 5 tool players just a few years back we all knew Alex Rios had the talent to deliver great numbers. But after having an abysmal season splitting time with the Bluejays and the White sox he had many people questioning his skills. Shipped to Chicago for virtually nothing Alex Rios has shown this year he is still the same player of old. A few years removed from his all-star status this fantasy stud has given all his owners and white sox fans something to cheer about. Hitting .300 with 16 homeruns with a nice serving of 23 steals. For anyone who picked him up as a late draft choice, good job.
#4: Vernon Wells, Toronto Bluejays
While Wells is still overpaid and not producing at the highest level the veteran outfielder has shown signs of brilliance during the year. A year removed from his worst year that was plagued by injury Vernon Wells has shown he still has the power that put him as one of the elite outfielders in the game. Say what you want, 20 homeruns as of this point is no mistake.
#3: Alex Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves
What is it with the Toronto Bluejays and having players with bounce back years. Sadly their stay in Toronto is not long but it seems like Toronto has turned many low profile players into solid potential all-stars. Just to name off the top of my head Marco, John Buck, Jose Bautista and Fred Lewis. Signed for virtually nothing Alex Gonzalez has been amazing. Hitting 259 with 18 homeruns at the shortstop position.
#2: Delmon Young, Minnesota Twins
Initially when this young talent was traded for Matt Garza many people questioned the deal, but after having an off year last year the fans in Tampa were almost sure that they could write off Delmon Young. Luckily for the outfielder he has had a great bounce back year proving everyone wrong. He was nobodies radar come draft day. From a potential star people viewed Delmon Young as having no fantasy relevance. Luckily for Twins fans he has proven everyone wrong hitting .335.
#1: Jose Bautista, Toronto Bluejays
Viewed as a 4th outfielder or a backup 3rd baseman last year Jose Bautista has shocked the baseball world. Showing that he has a strong bad and he simply a late bloomer. The once journey man has hit a thumping 32 homeruns putting him as the major league leader in this department. Believe it or not as of this year he has more fantasy value than Albert Pujols, and that’s saying something. There is no guarantee that Baustisa can keep up these numbers but anytime you can get a 3B/OF to hit 32 homeruns and 80 rbis, you take it.