It’s early in the season, we look atop the league leaders’ board and we see guys hitting .600, and we’re like “No way!” The real MLB fan and fantasy players know that those stats are based on basically nine at bats, and will come soaring down within the first couple weeks. With that said, there have been some surprising names that have gotten off to great starts.
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
A solid start to the season is a good sign for David Wright. If the Mets are out of contention by the trade deadline, Wright will likely be shipped out of New York, but performing well early in the season will only help his value. He has six hits in nine at bats, but more importantly, he has not struck out yet in three games.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Markakis has had a fine start to the 2012 campaign. He isn’t specifically known as a power hitter, but he has knocked two home runs out of the park in three games, while hitting .556.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Cabrera is having an incredible start the 2012 season. He has driven in a league leading eight RBI’s, smacked three home runs, and is hitting .455 with only one strikeout in three games. I don’t see him slowing down, which should be concerning to the rest of the American League.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
Longo was a key factor in the Rays sweep of the Yankees over the weekend. He’s only driven in one run on one homerun, but when you’re hitting .600 like Longoria, power isn’t necessary. Longoria has always been an RBI guy, so don’t be surprised when those star coming in bunches, along with the homeruns.
Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers
Jackson isn’t your prototypical leadoff hitter, but a .571 average to start the season isn’t too shabby. He also has two doubles and a triple, but no stolen bases yet. If the Tigers offense continues to score 8+ runs per game, Jackson is going to have many opportunities to display his speed, so let’s worry about him not stealing any bases, yet.
Carlos Pena, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays
Pena couldn’t hit lefties to save his life last year, but he’s already hit a grand slam against CC Sabathia this year. Along with that homerun, Pena smacked another one off Phil Hughes on Sunday. The slugging Pena has all of this while driving in seven runs, and hitting for a .500 average. He isn’t going to hit .500 all year, but his power numbers are encouraging.
Corey Hart, OF, Detroit Tigers
Hart has hit a league leading three homeruns in nine at bats, while hitting .444. Hart has really picked up the slack for a Brewer’s offense that lost probably the most powerful hitter in the game, Prince Fielder.
Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kemp has hit two bombs in the spacious Petco Park. He’s also tacked on a league leading eight runs batted in, while hitting .412. It’s safe to say that last year wasn’t a fluke.