All-Star Balloting: Fielder’s Hot Start to Summer Has Him On Top of the NL

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder has been on fire in June.

Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp have been absolutely stellar over the first half of June. They have opposing pitchers scared to throw the ball near the plate as these guys keep depositing souvenirs to the outfield bleachers. Look for their respective teams to heat up as their bats stay hot, and watch what some of the other fine offensive players are doing for their clubs. These are the National League power rankings as on June 12th.

1) Prince Fielder – MIL (Last Week: 8)

Fielder has been on an absolute tear, and has quickly become the kind of player opposing pitchers are just going to want to avoid. In just 11 games in June, Fielder has homered 8 times and driven in 16 RBIs, contributing to his now league-leading 58 RBIs on the season. He is hitting .412 so far this month, and has only struck out 4 times. He may be the hottest hitter in the game right now.

2) Matt Kemp – LAD (LW: 1)

With the kind of tear that Prince Fielder is on, it is hard to believe that there would be a close second. However, Kemp has been almost as scary at the plate. In June, he has belted 7 homers and driven in 16 t match Fielder’s total. Kemp has been at it all year, and now he is starting to put up some impressive numbers to go with it.

3) Joey Votto – CIN (LW: 2)

Votto has not lived up to what Fielder and Kemp have been able to do, but he is certainly capable of that same kind of tear at any time. His June has been no slouch, already driving in 9 runs and hitting a respectable .357 over 11 games. Given the choice between Votto and Fielder in your Fantasy Baseball League, take Fielder, but keep an eye on Votto.

4) Jose Reyes – NYM (LW: 5)

While he still will not put up the best numbers as far as run production goes, Jose Reyes is slapping the ball all over the park. Hitting .400 in June, Reyes has compiled 7 multi-hit games out of 10 games this month. The leadoff hitter cannot be avoided by opposing pitchers, and he has been a nuisance on te base paths, always finding a way to get on and get in.

5) Ryan Braun – MIL (LW: 3)

With the kind of month Prince Fielder and the now 1st place Brewers are having, it is not surprising that Ryan Braun has been in the mix. Once one part of the lineup gets going, the rest will follow, and Braun has 9 RBIs this month to prove it. He has also left the yard twice this month, so he may be setting up for the type of tear his teammate is having.

6) Lance Berkman – STL (LW: 4)

After spending the month of May on the decline from his hot start, a return to Houston may have been just what Lance Berkman needed. He homered in each of the three games the Cards played there, and his June home run total is now up to 5. His average continues to decline, however, but if he can keep blasting the ball out of the park, keep him in your Fantasy Baseball lineup.

7) Jay Bruce – CIN (LW: 7)

After a torrential hitting performance to round out May, Bruce has stayed hitting, but the power numbers have gone into a recession. With on one home run that came on the 1st of the month, Bruce’s June RBI total sits at a mere 4. He has hit .289 this month, however, so he is worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.

8) Albert Pujols – STL (LW: 9)

With Matt Holliday ailing and Berkman’s bat slowing down, the Cardinals desperately need Pujols to play like they know he can. After a slow start, it looks as though the Pujols of old has once again turned up. Albert has swatted 5 homers this month, and his June batting average sits at an impressive .310. Pujols will only get better, so look out for what he can do.

9) Gaby Sanchez – FLA (LW: 6)

The Florida Marlins are reeling, losers of 10 out of 11 games in June. That said, every player on the lineup is going to suffer setbacks and lose confidence, and Sanchez is no different. Sanchez has homered twice this month, but has only 6 RBIs. He has not completely fallen off, with a .267 average this month, but keep an eye on these sputtering Marlins.

10) Andrew McCutchen – PIT (LW: NR)

For the first time this season, a member of the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates has made these power rankings, and for good reason. All McCutchen has done this month is hit safely in every game, contributing to his unreal .488 average in June. He has not shown much power, but the hits keep on coming, and McCutchen in a great pickup right now.


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