Hot Hitter RundownTuesday, July 15, 2014
Philadelphia’s all-time hits king Jimmy Rollins had a huge fantasy week, hitting .269-3-7 with six runs and three steals. He’s already made significant progress rebounding from last season, so maybe the controversy in spring training regarding his play did him some good … Coors Field was just what the doctor ordered for Eduardo Escobar, who turned around a light-hitting week with three consecutive multi-hit games. Escobar still hasn’t done enough offensively to convince the Twins he should be their long-term shortstop … As a pending free agent, Asdrubal Cabrera is likely headed elsewhere after this season with top Indians prospect Francisco Lindor waiting at Double-A. Cabrera has been inconsistent, and is on a pace not much better than last season. He did hit .300 last week, allowing him to make the list, and his counting stats have made him starter-worthy in most mixed leagues … Jed Lowrie has been similarly disappointing at shortstop, hitting a paltry .239-4-34 in the first half after a great 2013 season. The A’s shortstop goes into the break on a nine-game hitting streak, and his batting average has increased 22 points during that streak.
There are several blasts from the past on this week’s outfield list, led by former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan. Coghlan hasn’t been the same since hurting his knee in his sophomore season, but he performed splendidly with regular playing time last week. The veteran hit .452-3-9 with eight runs and two stolen bases. It remains to be seen if Coghlan will maintain playing time the rest of the way, but the Cubs certainly aren’t about to bench him while he’s hot … Billy Hamilton capped off a roller coaster first half with a great final week, hitting .419 with three steals. It was difficult to imagine Hamilton hitting .285 at the break when he finished April hitting just .245, but he’s gotten progressively better and more comfortable in the majors since the beginning of the season … It’s fitting that breakout outfielder Charlie Blackmon would perform well in the last week of his first half, hitting .500-2-5 with two steals with a full slate of games at Coors Field. The return of Carlos Gonzalez apparently won’t cut into his playing time while it will for Drew Stubbs, though fantasy owners would still be well advised to play Blackmon selectively as a .354-11-36 hitter at home and .248-3-16 on the road this season … Sam Fuld heads into the break on a six-game hitting streak, finding enough playing time to hit .407-2-6 with eight runs and three steals last week. The playing time seems very unlikely to stick with Fuld’s past ineptitude at the plate, but the Twins have certainly done worse in center field this season … Kevin Kiermaier has been a strong contributor as a regular for the Rays, and hit .476-1-7 with one steal last week. The Rays are starting to get healthier, but still have more than enough room to get him at-bats while he’s hitting … Reds manager Bryan Price’s love of Skip Schumaker has prevented Chris Heisey from finding many at-bats in the first half, not that Heisey has done anything to be deserving. He did hit .421 in the time he played last week, and it’s not a coincidence that he found playing time with Schumaker on the 7-day concussion DL. Heisey has usually held value when he’s been on the field regularly during his career, but it doesn’t look like that scenario is in the cards anytime soon.