Friday May 30th, 2014

George Springer has finally come out of his shell, hitting five home runs in the last week.
George Springer has finally come out of his shell, hitting five home runs in the last week.
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No matter how highly touted a prospect is, most are going to struggle in their first exposure to the majors. There are only so many Mike Trouts in the world. That's why fantasy owners should have remained patient with George Springer when he got off to a slow start after his promotion. Most did, though some cut bait with the 24-year-old. Those who did that are surely regretting the move.

Springer has been on a tear at the plate after an 0-for-5 on May 11 dropped his batting average to .215. Since then, he has gone 19-for-52 with seven home runs and 19 RBI. When he entered play on May 12, his slash line was .215/.270/.323. After play on May 28, it was up to .269/.361/.510. The hot streak also helped him top the SI.com Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings for this week.

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These rankings highlight the 30 best players in fantasy baseball from the previous week, not going forward. This might shine a light on a few players owners may not know about who are on a hot streak, potentially worth picking up to slot into the utility spot for a week or so, or help owners make decisions regarding a trade. All stats are from games played from May 22 to May 28.

Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings
 
1 George Springer
Recent ranking: N/A
Just please tell me you held on while Springer adjusted to the majors. If you did, you're getting your reward now. He went 9-for-20 with five homers, 10 runs and 12 RBI in the last week.
 
2 Nelson Cruz
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 11
Cruz keeps hitting homers at a ridiculous rate, belting five in the last week to give him a MLB-leading 19 for the season. He's also first in the AL with 48 RBI.
 
3 Khris Davis
Recent ranking: N/A
Davis had a big week for the Brewers, going 12-for-27 with four homers, eight runs, seven RBI and a .516 OBP. The power has never been in question, but Davis simply hasn't made enough contact this year to be an asset in most fantasy leagues.
 
4 Felix Hernandez
Recent ranking: Week 1, No. 3
Hernandez was at his best in wins over the Astros and Angels last week. He held Houston to one run on five hits in eight innings, striking out nine and walking one. He then came an out away from a complete game against Los Angeles, again allowing just one run on four hits with nine strikeouts.
 
5 Jose Reyes
Recent ranking: Week 6, No. 10
Reyes had a strong week, going 8-for-23 with a homer, nine runs, three steals and a .400 OBP. It's the three swiped bags that made him so valuable in fantasy leagues over the last seven days.
 
6 Pablo Sandoval
Recent ranking: N/A
Sandoval had a monster week, going 10-for-24 with three homers and 12 RBI. After a terrible start to the season, he's hitting .246/.296/.414 with seven home runs and 24 RBI.
 
7 Chris Sale
Recent ranking: Week 1, No. 7
Sale's first start back from the DL was great, as he shut out the Yankees for six innings while allowing one hit and fanning 10. His next start was cut short due to two long rain delays, but he still gave his owners another three shutout innings and four strikeouts.
 
8 Anibal Sanchez
Recent ranking: N/A
Sanchez was excellent in starts against the Rangers and A's last week. He gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out five in a win over Texas. He was even better in Oakland, surrendering just one run on three hits, striking out nine and walking one in a no-decision.
 
9 Carlos Gomez
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 22
Last week was just another in the life of one of baseball's best players. Gomez went 12-for-24 with a homer, seven RBI, six runs and three steals. He's hitting .323/.394/.594 with 11 homers, 30 RBI, 35 runs and 10 steals this year.
 
 
10 Giancarlo Stanton
Recent ranking: Week 5, No. 8
Stanton continues to crush at the plate. He hit three more homers last week, increasing his season total to 15. He went 9-for-21 with five runs, five RBI and a .521 OBP.
 
11 Alex Rios
Recent ranking: Week 1, No. 28
Rios didn’t homer last week, but he did just about everything else for his owners. He went 15-for-31 with a .500 OBP, scored eight runs, drove in four, and swiped two bags.
 
 
12 Martin Prado
Recent ranking: N/A
Prado went 9-for-24 with two homers, eight RBI, six runs and a .464 OBP last week. The jacks were his first two of the season, and he's hitting just .267/.315/.364.
13 Josh Donaldson
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 23
Donaldson makes another appearance in the power rankings (he's been ranked four times this year) after going 8-for-24 with three homers, six RBI and a .467 OBP last week. The A's third baseman is hitting .277/.370/.529 with 13 homers this year.
 
14 Adam Wainwright
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 8
At 32 years old, it's possible Wainwright is headed for the best season of his career. He shut down the Reds in his only start last week, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out 12 batters while allowing five hits and a walk. He's 8-2 with a 1.67 ERA and 77 strikeouts against 16 walks in 81 innings.
 
15 Josh Beckett
Recent ranking: N/A
Beckett notched the first no-hitter of the 2014 season, keeping the Phillies at bay while striking out six and surrendering three walks. He remains, however, a fringe player in most mixed leagues.
 
16 Edwin Encarnacion
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 1
Encarnacion continued his power display, hitting three homers last week. He went 9-for-27, drove in six runs, and scored five of his own. He has 16 homers and 44 RBI this season.
 
17 Jose Altuve
Recent ranking: Week 3, No. 26
Altuve filled up the stat sheet for his owners last week, going 12-for-31 with a homer, two steals, seven runs, three RBI, and a .441 OBP. He’s hitting .317/.361/.430 with 17 steals this year.
 
18 Dallas Keuchel
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 6
Astros back-to-back in the fantasy power rankings? What's happening here? Keuchel was great in his only start last week, working a complete game shutout against the Mariners, striking out six and allowing just four hits.
 
19 Jacoby Ellsbury
Recent ranking: Week 1, No. 22
Ellsbury's rates weren't great last week -- he hit just .250 with a .303 OBP, but he contributed in all the counting categories. He had one home run, three steals, seven RBI and five runs scored.
 
 
20 Hunter Pence
Recent ranking: N/A
Martinez had another big week, going 8-for-27 with three homers, five RBI and six runs scored. He's hitting .329/.383/.615 with 12 homers and 28 RBI on the season.
 
21 Mark Reynolds
Recent ranking: N/A
Reynolds went 8-for-28 with three homers, six RBI and six runs scored last week. The all-or-nothing infielder is now hitting .217/.292/.465 with 12 homers this season.
 
22 Everth Cabrera
Recent ranking: N/A
It has been a struggle for Cabrera for most of the season, but he shook it off to go 10-for-29 with a homer, two steals, six runs, four RBI, and a .387 OBP last week. Still, he's hitting just .252/.282/.353 this season.ell.
 
23 John Lackey
Recent ranking: N/A
Lackey picked up one win in his two starts last week, but he was good enough to win both games. In his two outings combined, he gave up exactly zero runs on 13 hits and a walk, striking out 12 in 13 1/3 innings.
 
24 Madison Bumgarner
Recent ranking: N/A
Bumgarner was masterful against the Twins last week, allowing one run on three hits with 10 strikeouts. He's now 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA, 2.82 FIP and 75 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings for the first-place Giants.
 
25 Collin McHugh
Recent ranking: Week 3, No. 20
Without even double-checking, I feel safe saying that four Astros in one power rankings is a new record for the team. McHugh pitched seven scoreless innings against the Royals last week, giving up five hits and fanning nine.
 
26 Justin Upton
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 6
Upton went 9-for-24 with a homer, seven RBI, one steal, and a .448 OBP in the last seven days. He's hitting .309/.389/.602 with 13 homers and 33 RBI this season.
 
27 Kenley Jansen
Recent ranking: N/A
Jansen saved three games last week, striking out five and allowing two baserunners in 3 1/3 shutout innings. He is 16-for-18 on save chances this season, and has fanned 39 batters in 24 innings.
 
28 Clayton Kershaw
Recent ranking: N/A
Kershaw made two starts last week, allowing a combined three runs on nine hits in 13 innings, striking out 18 batters. He earned a win over the Phillies, but took a loss against the Reds.
 
29 Tommy Medica
Recent ranking: N/A
The little-known Medica went 8-for-12 with a pair of homers, five RBI and four runs scored last week. He also missed a cycle by a single of all things on May 28. Don't expect it to last, however. He hit just .213/.307/.427 in 101 plate appearances with Triple-A El Paso.
 
30 David Wright
Recent ranking: Week 5, No. 12
Wright had another solid week to put a bow on May, going 11-for-27 with two homers, four RBI, three runs, one steal, and a .467 OBP. He's hitting .345/.385/.509 for the month with three days remaining before the calendar turns to June.
 

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