While Jose Bautista has been impressive all season long, he has had a few players hot on his trail in the weeks passed. This week, he has finally been caught by the red hot bat of Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox slugger has been on an impressive tear that even Bautista could not keep up with. The American League East has long been the powerhouse of the AL, and these power rankings are no different. These are the best bats in the American League as of June 6th.
1) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (Last Week: 2)
Gonzalez has been simply unstoppable over the past few weeks. If it were not for a slow start, who knows what kind of numbers he would have right now. He leads Major League Baseball with 50 RBIs, 35 of which came in May and June alone. His home run pace is increasing, and while the total for the year is unimpressive, it will rise, and Gonzalez will be well worth the money the Red Sox spent.
2) Jose Bautista – TOR (LW: 1)
After finally dropping out of the top spot, Bautista has seen a bit of decline in production over the last week. He has not homered since May 28, and although he is still getting his hits and driving in a few runs, he has not garnered the production that he had been on pace for. Fans will have to wait and see how long Bautista is stuck at his still league-leading 20 home runs.
3) Miguel Cabrera – DET (LW: 3)
Miguel Cabrera himself is making a run at the top spot in these Fantasy Baseball power rankings. Off to a hot start in June, already hitting 3 home runs and driving in 7, his numbers are creeping up there with the elite. He is now hitting .316 on the year, with 13 homers and 44 RBIs. Cabrera has been a candidate for the triple crown before, so he has always been a great all-around hitter.
4) Paul Konerko – CHW (LW: 9)
Paul Konerko is off to a blistering start in June. Although he missed 2 games due to injury, in the 3 games that he has played, he has gone 6-for-11 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. Konerko has long been the leader of the White Sox lineup, and his production will go a long way for the success of the team. As Konerko gets hot, the Sox will too.
5) Asdrubal Cabrera – CLE (LW: 5)
The surprising Cleveland Indians were bound to have a few surprise players considering their success, and Asdrubal Cabrera has been the big shock on the team. The Indians’ shortstop has never hit more than 6 home runs in any season of his career, and had a career-high 68 RBIs in 2009. He has already hit 12 homers this season, paired with 42 RBIs, on pace to shatter that previous high.
6) Matt Joyce – TB (LW: 4)
Matt Joyce has been on a tear this season, but his month of June is off to a slow start. In 22 at-bats over 6 games, Joyce has only 4 hits. While this is a short span, keep an eye on the .348 hitter to see if he can regain his previous clip. His hits have been productive this month, however, as he has 4 RBIs with those 4 hits.
7) David Ortiz – BOS (LW: 10)
Big Papi is having somewhat of an odd season by his standards. Fans would look at a player hitting .325 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs as a productive leadoff or two-hole hitter. David Ortiz is far from that. While Red Sox fans may desire a little more power out of Ortiz, he still remains a great option in any Fantasy Baseball League.
8) Curtis Granderson – NYY (LW: 6)
Never a tremendous hitter for average, Granderson is still finding a way to make a dent in opposing pitchers. After a good month of May, Granderson is off to a sluggish start to April. He is just 2-for-15 this June, with no home runs and no RBIs. He has struck out 7 times over those 4 games. While those numbers are of some concern, he should be fine.
9) Mark Teixeira – NYY (LW: 7)
Almost quietly, with the play of Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Bautista, is the man with the second most homers in the league. Mark Teixeira has been business as usual this season. He has always been a slow starter, which makes his 18 home runs particularly frightening for the opposition. Look for Teixeira to put up some big numbers by the end of the season.
10) Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS (LW: NR)
Rounding out what has been an AL East heavy list is Jacoby Ellsbury, whose average has been steadily climbing since the beginning of the year. While he will not hit for much power, with 6 homers on the season and only 2 since April, he will hover around .300 all season long. If you are looking for a consistent bat in your Fantasy Baseball League, look no further than Ellsbury.
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