Baseball season is in full swing. Cliche? Yes. True? Most definitely.
I’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up before I start picking for baseball. Now, it’s mid-May, it’s time to pick my nose…err, I mean baseball players noses…I mean…Here are some hot bats that may not be on the radar of your competitors.
Jose Lobaton: Catcher, Washington Nationals. Yes, he backs up Wilson Ramos, but on Ramos’ nights off? Lobaton has pummelled opposing pitching. In the past seven days he’s hitting .750, with a run and a home run. Pretty good for a guy that doesn’t get much playing time. If he were in the American League, he’d be DHing and likely knocking the leather off the ball. Also, don’t discount Wilson Ramos. Right now, the Nationals catchers are both doing very well and could see an uptick in tier production in the coming games.
Carlos Beltran: DH, New York Yankees. Beltran has been cold in the recent weeks, but like a beat drop in a dubstep song he has come alive. with 7 hits over his last 26 at-bats, he’s not red hot in the sexy number department, but he has batted in 5 runs, 2 homers, with 3 runs. Pretty good numbers for a guy that is near the bottom of the lineup and essentially an afterthought in the Yankees power hitting lineup.
Chris Colabello: 1b, OF, Toronto Blue Jays. He’s popping with a .571 batting average and a run and RBI machine! He’s also going up against some teams with shaky pitching soon. I’m keeping him on my watch list to see when he has a favorable pitching matchup.
Andrelton Simmons: SS, Atlanta Braves. He is atop the Braves depth chart with an incredibly weak schedule ahead. He’s hitting .320 with nine runs, two homers, and 2 RBI’s in the past seven days. I expect those numbers to go up considering his future opponents.
Kolten Wong: 2b, St. Louis Cardinals. Ten for 21 in the last seven days. His batting has been a model of efficiency and balance while knocking the ball around with five runs, two homers, and 7 RBI’s. I’m seeing some challenging pitching ahead of him, but there are glimmers of brilliance ahead as well.
Aaron Hill: 2b, 3b, Arizona Diamondbacks. He is right in line with Kolten Wong on his production and strong at-bats. I also really like his opponents in the near future as he is catching the tail-end of the Nationals, then the Phillies, Marlins, and Cubs. So aside from a few nights, he’s got some very strong potential with a good upswing on his stats.
Till next time, look for patterns and follow me @Deepdfspicks.