All-Star Balloting: Bautista Hangs On to Top Spot in AL, But Gap Closing

Jose Bautista

The Jays' Jose Bautista has been on a tear all season long.

Jose Bautista has been the best in the bigs all season long, but is his time as the most dominant player in the Majors coming to an end? An extremely hot month from Adrian Gonzalez has fans wondering what kind of numbers the slugging Red Sox star will post, and whether or not Bautista will be able to live up to the incredible numbers he has posted early this season. Time will tell who will continue to keep their bat red-hot, and who will sizzle away. These are the power rankings for the American League as of May 30.

1) Jose Bautista – TOR (Last Week: 1)

Bautista has not been touched in the top spot yet this season, and for good reason. The Blue Jays’ slugger is 1st in the league in home runs, 1st in runs, 1st in walks, 1st in OBP, 1st in slugging, and 1st in OPS. While he does have a certain Red Sox batter in his rear-view mirror for the top spot, Bautista remains the best in the bigs.

2) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (LW: 2)

Gonzalez has been on a tear this month. After a mediocre start to the season, Gonzalez is in full swing this May. After only hitting one home run in April, Gonzalez has left the yard 9 times this month, to go with an astounding 31 RBIs, which compliment his now league-leading 46 RBIs on the year. Gonzalez is sneaking up on the top spot in these power rankings.

3) Miguel Cabrera – DET (LW: 4)

Cabrera keeps on impressing on the diamond. While his home run numbers are down this month, his run production remains steady, and he continues to hover around a .300 average. He is the model of consistency so far this year, and will continue to produce as long as he is in the lineup. Keep Cabrera in play in your Fantasy Baseball League.

4) Matt Joyce – TB (LW: 6)

Joyce continues to hit and hit often for the Tampa Bay Rays. May is wrapping up, and Joyce has hit an incredible .412 this month, to compliment his league-leading season batting average of .368. Joyce will be sorry to see this month go, and time will tell if he can keep up the good work at the plate in June. Joyce has shown some power as well, belting 8 home runs on the season.

5) Asdrubal Cabrera – CLE (LW: 3)

The surprise player of the Cleveland Indians has shined this month, and continues to make a name for himself. Asdrubal Cabrera has hit .337 this month, and his production has stayed consistent throughout the season, with 5 home runs in each of the first two months, with 17 and 18 RBIs in April and May, respectively.

6) Curtis Granderson – NYY (LW: 8)

His average may not climb over the .300 mark, but that will not keep Granderson from being a significantly productive bat for the New York Yankees lineup. With the help of some other Yankee bats heating up, Granderson has been able to produce a stellar 22 RBIs in the month of May. Continue to play Granderson in any Fantasy Baseball League.

7) Mark Teixeira – NYY (LW: NR)

One of the afore mentioned Yankee bats that is heating up is that of Mark Teixeira. Not to be outshined by his Red Sox rival Gonzalez, Teixeira has hit 10 homers this month, paired with 22 RBIs to match Granderson. Like Granderson, his average leaves a little something to be desired, but look for Teixeira to continue to produce.

8) Michael Young – TEX (LW: 7)

Young continues to lack in the home run department, but that has not kept him from continuing to hit. He has continued to hit around the .340 mark for the season, never showing any signs of slowing down. While there are higher batting averages in the American League, no one has shown quite as much consistency, and Young may be a good candidate for the batting title.

9) Paul Konerko – CHW (LW: 5)

Konerko has played a more consistent May than his White Sox have, and remains a good option in your Fantasy Baseball League. He has stayed productive all season long, hitting .301 with 11 home runs and a somewhat surprising 40 RBIs, which is good for 3rd in the league. Konerko will continue to produce for the White Sox.

10) David Ortiz – BOS (LW: NR)

David Ortiz is doing something this season that he has not done since 2007, and that is hitting over the .300 mark. While Ortiz is flirting with that line, he has hit .336 in May. His virtually non-existent home run production in April has been ramped up this month, with 9 bombs. He has only 13 RBIs to go with those homers this month, so the run production is of some concern.


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