April has come and gone, and the MLB season swings into May. Some were happy to see the calendar change, while others are hoping they can eclipse what the beginning of the season has meant for their stats. Last season’s home run champ continues to dominate American League pitching, while other are making adjustments to show what they can do. These are the fantasy baseball power rankings for hitters in the AL as of May 10th.
1) Jose Bautista- TOR (Last Week: 1)
Bautista missed 5 games due to a neck injury, so his numbers have not changed much since last week. However, in his return to the lineup Sunday, Bautista blasted a home run to show that the injury was only a minor setback. Look for the Blue Jays’ centerpiece to continue his hot hitting as one of the most dominant bats in the American League.
2) Miguel Cabrera – DET (LW: 2)
While his bat is not quite as hot as in May, the slugging first baseman has led the Detroit Tigers to a hot streak, winning 6 of their last 7. Hitting only .269 so far in May, the recent success of the Tigers may be due to other contributors in the lineup. This should only inflate Cabrera’s numbers in the long run, however, as he will not stay cool for long.
3) Michael Young – TEX (LW: 9)
The Texas Rangers sure are glad they have not let go of Michael Young quite yet. The now designated hitter is hitting a healthy .338 with 26 RBIs. If there is a downside to what Young is doing, it is his lack of power so far. He has only 2 home runs, but his first came April 30 and the most recent on May 7. The slumping Rangers hope this is a sign he may be about to break out.
4) Paul Konerko – CHW (LW: 5)
Konerko is off to a roaring start to the month of May, hitting a whopping .480 in his last 8 games. The inconsistent White Sox could use as much production from Konerko as they can get, as his great season is overshadowed by the poor record the Sox are showing. The 35-year-old veteran has belted 8 home runs and knocked in 27 so far for your fantasy baseball team this season.
5) Howie Kendrick – LAA (LW: 10)
The most productive second baseman in the American League is Howie Kendrick. While his RBI total is a relatively low 14, he has hit 6 home runs, showing decent power, and maintained an average around .300 all season, currently sitting at .317. May has been good to Kendrick, batting .351, although he is in a bit of a power drought.
6) Ben Zobrist – TB (LW: 3)
The surprise out of Tampa has been the performance of second baseman Ben Zobrist. While he played about to his career level in April, Zobrist is off to a scorching May, hitting an impressive .393 and an OPS just over 1. While the hits are there, the production is falling behind, as he is yet to homer or drive in a run so far in May.
7) Curtis Granderson – NYY (LW: NR)
After a somewhat disappointing season in which he only hit .247 in his first year in pinstripes, Granderson has turned it on this year. Hitting a respectable .283, Granderson has flexed his muscles, swatting 11 home runs, which is good for highest in the American League. He has 23 RBIs to go with those homers, a number that should be higher.
8) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (LW: NR)
One of the big off-season acquisitions for the Red Sox was the power-hitting Adrian Gonzalez. After he signed a hug contract to keep him in Boston for the next 7 years, Gonzalez is proving that he was worth the money. After hitting only 1 home run in April, Gonzalez has nailed 3 so far in May, and has his average up to .317 with 25 RBIs. If Gonzalez stays hot, look out for the Red Sox.
9) Adam Lind – TOR (LW: NR)
The story out of Toronto is undoubtedly the play of Jose Bautista, but Adam Lind is driving for some recognition as well. Hitting a healthy .313, Lind has been another source of power on a Toronto team that led the majors in home runs last season, smacking 7 so far this year. He was recently injured, however, so look out for the severity of that development for your fantasy baseball team.
10) Alex Gordon – KC (LW: 4)
The Royals have played good baseball so far this season, and one of the reasons is the play of Alex Gordon. The left fielder out of Nebraska is hitting .309 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs. If the Royals are going to be taken seriously, he and the rest of the bats are going to need to keep up their pace, something Gordon has not been able to do in May, hitting only .185 this month.
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