Fantasy owners figured out in May that Adrian Gonzalez was going to be a significant force in baseball, and was a must-have commodity for any lineup. Now he is joined by a few other teammates in this week’s power rankings as the Red Sox put together an impressive winning streak. The contenders are starting to break away from the pretenders as the season heats up. These are the power rankings for the American League as of June 13th.
1) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (Last Week: 1)
Adrian Gonzalez just keeps on hitting. The big lefty has been a huge factor in the Red Sox winning 9 out of 10 games in June, hitting an impressive .410 this month, along with 3 homers and 14 RBIs, contributing to his Major League leading total of 60 runs knocked in. Gonzalez is without a doubt one of the most valuable players in baseball right now.
2) Miguel Cabrera –DET (LW: 3)
Cabrera has been swinging a hot bat as the weather heats up. Hitting .333 in June, Miguel now has an quality RBI total of 45, including 8 in June, a month that has seen the Tigers start to heat up. He has hit 3 homers this month, but those came in the first 4 games, and he has since been on a bit of a power struggle. Keep an eye on him, but he should produce.
3) Jose Bautista – TOR (LW: 2)
Maybe it is unfair to expect home runs night after night from Bautista, but he is in a bit of a rough stretch. He just homered for the first time this month, a month which has seen him hit only .222 and drive in a mere 4 runs. Still, he will keep pitchers careful around him, because they never know when he is about to heat up again.
4) Paul Konerko – CHW (LW: 4)
One of the hottest players on this list is Paul Konerko. All he has done this June has been hitting .444, blasting 5 home runs, and stacking 11 RBIs to his impressive total of 52 on the year, which is good for second in the league. He has hit safely in every game this month, and needs to play in any Fantasy Baseball League.
5) David Ortiz – BOS (LW: 7)
Ortiz is finally getting those power numbers to go along with his impressive batting average. After hitting only 2 homers in April, Ortiz smoked 10 in May and now 5 already in June, in addition to his .400 average and stunning 1.392 OPS for the month. Ortiz has been overshadowed by the play of Adrian Gonzalez, but soon Ortiz will be the talk of the town once again.
6) Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS (LW: 10)
Someone has to be on base for the big guys to drive in, and Ellsbury has been that guy. Also hitting above .400 for the month, it is starting to make sense how the Sox are so hot right now. While he does not have much power, Ellsbury can certainly swipe a few bases; he has stolen 24 bases this year, which is tops in the American League.
7) Curtis Granderson – NYY (LW: 6)
The Yanks have been pretty successful this June against opponents who are not the Boston Red Sox. Granderson has helped some, but Yankees fans and Fantasy Baseball
owners would like a little more production from him. He is hitting just .250 this month, with 3 homers and 6 runs knocked in. Look for Granderson to heat up if the Yankees are going to keep up with the Red Sox.
8) Asdrubal Cabrera – CLE (LW: 5)
The Indians have slid into a funk, winning only 3 games this month after shocking the baseball world to start the season. The losing streak has not slowed the bat of Cabrera, however, as he has still managed to hit .321 for the month, but has only driven in 7. The Indians should find a way to get back to where they were, and Cabrera will once again become a valuable Fantasy Baseball option.
9) Carlos Quentin – CHW (LW: NR)
Now up to 47 runs batted in, Carlos Quentin has showed the White Sox that Paul Konerko does not have to do it all. His season average of .269 leaves something to be desired, but he has been swinging a hot bat as of late, hitting .341 this month. White Sox fans hope that his production paired with Konerko’s bat will lead to more wins in Chicago.
10) Adrian Beltre – TEX (LW: NR)
Adrian Beltre has stayed productive for the Rangers, and has contributed 48 runs to their cause so far this season. While his average will not jump out at anyone, as long as the run production is there, the Rangers are not going to complain. The off-season acquisition seems to fit right in with the always powerful Texas lineup.
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