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MLB Team of the Week: April 11-April 17

The 2016 MLB regular season has just gotten started and after two weeks, we’ve already seen some virtuoso performances. It’s a long season but there are a couple names on this list that should be dominant for the rest of the year.

OUTFIELD

BRYCE HARPER- .346 AVG, 6 RUNS, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBN

As time goes on, Bryce Harper just gets better and better as a hitter. His numbers this past week are a clear indication of that. Harper mashed four home runs and 12 RBIs in four straight games, albeit against the Phillies and the Braves.

Harper drilled a grand slam that ended up being his 100th career home run as a professional.

Bryce Harper has also been clutch in the heart of the Nationals lineup, he hit what would have been the game winning home run against the Phillies yesterday.

The Nationals are 9-2 and Harper has six home runs already, they are going to be very tough to beat.

OUTFIELD

MARK TRUMBO- .320 AVG, 8 RUNS, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs

Mark Trumbo has always been a tremendous power hitter and that was on full display for the Orioles this past week. Trumbo was unstoppable after raking five home runs against the Rangers and Red Sox. After going yard off of David Price earlier in the week, Trumbo did the same thing against Cole Hamels.

The Orioles have started off 8-3 thanks to the hot bat of Mark Trumbo. He’s already looking like a great acquisition for Baltimore.

OUTFIELD

STARLING MARTE- .400 AVG, 4 RUNS, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 SBN

Starling Marte has turned into a fantasy stud for Pittsburgh Pirates. Marte is capable of being a 20/20 type of player again this year, and he’s already off to a great start. Marte collected 10 hits against the Tigers and Brewers last week.

Marte is a complete player, he’s one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. He made this ridiculous catch to rob Chris Carter of a home run last week.

Marte is currently day-to-day with a hand injury that bothered him for a portion of last season. Fantasy owners should be hopeful that this injury shouldn’t keep him out too long.

CATCHER

WILSON RAMOS- .526 AVG, 2 RUNS, 1 HR, 4 RBIs

Wilson Ramos is currently on a five game hitting streak for the Washington Nationals. Ramos has never been a catcher who hits for average but after hitting .526 last week, he was clearly the best catcher last week.

FIRST BASE

CHRIS DAVIS- .261 AVG, 8 RUNS, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs

Chris Davis has never been afraid to swing for the fences, he struck out 11 times last week but still smashed three home runs and 8 RBIs for the Orioles. Davis’ numbers aren’t as imposing as Bryce Harper’s but he’s currently the top rated first baseman in fantasy baseball. If Davis continues to hit home runs, the Orioles might steal the AL East.

SECOND BASE

JOSE ALTUVE- .407 AVG, 8 RUNS, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 2 SBN

Jose Altuve has been the best second baseman in the league so far and it isn’t really that close. Altuve has already swiped six bags this season and he’s hit for average but it’s the power numbers that are the real surprise. Altuve hit three home runs against the Royals and Tigers, which is pretty impressive.

Altuve is on pace to have the best season of his career, and with numbers like these, he has to be in the running for AL MVP.

THIRD BASE

NOLAN ARENADO- .333 AVG, 7 RUNS, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs

Nolan Arenado has emerged as one of the best third basemen in baseball and after having a slow first week, he exploded this week.

Arenado hit four home runs and 12 RBIs against the Cubs and Giants but what’s more impressive is that he only struck out twice in six games. Arenado is expected to bring in a ton of runs for the Rockies and it looks like he’s just getting started.

SHORTSTOP

J.J. HARDY- .348 AVG, 4 RUNS, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs

Trevor Story and Eugenio Suarez were two very hot players last week but this week they both cooled down significantly. J.J. Hardy hasn’t been at his best for a while but he was very clutch for the Orioles when they needed him to step up. Hardy is on a six game hitting streak and his two home runs came against the Red Sox last Tuesday.

The Orioles had a bunch of hitting in key areas last week and if Hardy can have timely at bats like those, Baltimore will be dangerous.

STARTING PITCHER

CHRIS SALE- 9.0 IP, 2 H, 9 Ks VS. TAMPA BAY

Chris Sale flat out destroyed the Tampa Bay Rays lineup last week for the White Sox. Sale pitched a two-hit shutout while striking out nine batters with no walks. It may have been against the Rays but Sale was only two hits away from a perfect game, and that’s about as good as it gets for a starting pitcher.

 

RELIEF PITCHER

KENLEY JANSEN- 3.2 IP, 1 H, 3 Ks, 3 SVs

Kenley Jansen is essentially competing with Wade Davis for the title of the best closer in baseball. Jensey just barely edged out Davis because he didn’t walk a single batter over nearly four innings of work. Jansen has some filthy stuff and he should easily be one of the league leaders in saves.

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