Boston: Mookie Betts — I had the 8th pick in this year’s FSTA draft, and I debated taking Betts or Clayton Kershaw with the pick. I was glad to have chosen Betts because he looks like he is well on his way to winning the AL MVP. At the rate he is going, he might end up being the overall top pick in Fantasy drafts next season.
Chicago: Tim Anderson — Before the season, Fantasy owners looked at Anderson’s strikeouts and were worried about his ability to get on base, but I always believed that his power/speed combination at the top of the White Sox order would lead Anderson to Fantasy greatness. Right now, he’s on pace for a 20/20 season if he can stay healthy.
New York Yankees: Gleyber Torres — When I watched Torres play in spring training, I was very impressed with his maturity at the plate, but I never thought for one second that he would be this good. One thing I think has been working in his favor is that the Yankees’ lineup is so stacked that there is no pressure on Torres to hit. Unlike most rookies, he’s able to relax and take good cuts. Can he keep this pace up? I doubt it, but it is fun to watch.
Seattle: Robinson Cano — It seems like some of Cano’s old teammates weren’t surprised to hear that Cano was suspended for PED use, but I certainly never saw it coming, Cano threw out any chances he had of making the Hall of Fame and sullied his name from this point forward.
Toronto: Roberto Osuna — I don’t know what precisely happened with Osuna assaulting that woman, but I can tell you that I was not only surprised but shocked when he was placed on administrative leave. Athletes need to understand that they are in the public eye and that everything they do comes under a microscope. There is never a good reason to assault another person, and I am sure that his suspension will reflect that when the time comes. Sadly for his Fantasy owners, it put them in a position of having to replace him, which is virtually impossible to do.