Giancarlo Stanton (OF - NYY) Stanton chipped in three hits as the Yanks topped the Red Sox 8-5 Saturday. Hitting from the DH spot, Stanton clubbed his 38th homer of the season and drove in two on the day. On the season, Stanton is slashing .266/.343/.509 with the 38 longballs, 100 RBI, 102 runs scored and five steals. It's been a nice change of pace to see Stanton enjoy back to back season of good health as his raw power makes him one of the most fun players to watch in the Majors. He hits in a great lineup, as evidenced by the 2018 version of the Yankees entering the record books for most homers in a season. Stanton remains one of the top outfielders off the board in 2019.
Gleyber Torres (2B - NYY) Torres helped put the Yankees in the record books in their 8-5 victory over the Red Sox Saturday. Torres hit the clubs 265th home run of 2018, which breaks the record set by the 1997 Mariners. In 121 games as a rookie, Torres proved to be as good as advertised, slashing .274/.342/.485 with 24 home runs 77 RBI, 54 runs and six steals. With his K% usually a bit on the high side, it would a welcome site to see his BB% hit double digits. However, his .322 BABIP offsets that a bit. He will be a popular middle infield option in 2019.
Justin Verlander (SP - HOU) Verlander pitched well but failed to factor into the decision as the Astros downed the Orioles 4-3 Saturday in Game 1 of the Doubleheader. In the quality start, the veteran tossed six scoreless, striking out 10, walking one and scattering three hits. The outing lowered his season ERA to 2.92 and upped his impressive strikeout total to 290 in 214 innings. The 35 continues to pitch at a high level and is showing no signs of slowing down. He will be a quality arm off the board in the early rounds of 2019 drafts.
Blake Snell (SP - TB) Snell continued to make a case for the AL Cy Young in the Rays 4-3 win over the Blue Jays Saturday. The Rays' ace went five innings, striking out 10 while allowing just one earned run on three hits and four walks. Snell now has 221 strikeouts in 180.2 IP and lowered his already impressive ERA to 1.89. Hitters have just a .241 BABIP against him, and he has stranded an eye popping 88% of baserunners allowed. It would be nice to see the walks drop a bit, but his other stats overshadow his BB/9 of 3.19. Snell will be a hot name in 2019 drafts.
Adelberto Mondesi (SS - KC) Mondesi clubbed his 14th homer in the Royals 9-4 beatdown of the Indians Saturday. The youngster finished the day with the solo homer and stole a base in the win. In 73 games since his call-up, Mondesi has been a league winning waiver add. His slash sits at .279/.306/.504 with 14 home runs, 37 RBI and 31 stolen bases. He is walking just 3.5% of the time which is concerning, as his OBP has been buoyed by his .339 BABIP. He will be a popular name heading into drafts, but a slow down in production figures to be coming.
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