Baseball’s Hot Players Right Now
We are about a quarter of the way through the MLB season and we are beginning to see who the elite players in the league are. Troy Tulowitzki is hitting at an incredibly high average of nearly .400, Jose Abreu is leading the league with 15 homeruns, and there are three American League pitchers who have already collected 7 wins.
This is also the time of the year when we start to really see the professional hitters and pitchers hit their strides. Players that have been making adjustments over the last two-plus months of the season truly begin to separate themselves from the average players in the league. With that said, who is the hottest player right now?
Over the last 5 games, there may not be anyone in Major League Baseball as hot as Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion. Collecting just 6 hits, but with 5 of them being home runs, the Blue Jays first baseman has found his timing and has been an absolute handful for the pitching staffs of the Texas Rangers and currently the Boston Red Sox.
When Edwin gets hot, opposing pitchers need to be very careful. Possessing one of the deadliest swings in the game, once he nails his timing there are very few ways to get this quality hitter out. Generally, over the last couple of years, Edwin finds timing like this only once or twice a season. Yet in that time, he hits a lot of baseballs a very long way.
He is sitting on two multi-homerun games in the last week alone and since the Jays hitters in front of him are getting on base, pitchers are forced to challenge him. If the hot bats at the top of the lineup continue to get on base, look for Edwin and his new-found timing to collect a lot more extra-base hits over the next few weeks.
Blue Jays hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has done a masterful job getting Edwin, and the rest of the Blue Jays offense, to swing at strikes. It seems to be paying off, especially with the skilled players beginning to bring up their batting averages and on-base percentages. Jose Reyes, after missing some time with an injury, is just starting to find his top-gear on the base-paths.
Melky Cabrera leads the team with a .323 batting average, and besides the 11 home runs coming off the bat of Jose Bautista, he’s drawn 38 walks and has an on-base percentage of .432. Cabrrera finds himself batting one spot in front of Encarnacion in the lineup, a great place for him to be as the team aims to win with runs.
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