Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees - Sanchez homered for the first time September 10th, his 17th homer of the season. Between lack of production and injuries, 2018 has been an absolute disaster for Sanchez as he's slashing .184/.285/.397 with an 84 wRC+. Sanchez is still hitting the ball extremely hard but has suffered from a .194 BABIP this year, some of which can be tied to a 7% drop in his line drive rate. Even in 2016 when he had an almost 50% GB rate he still had a .317 BABIP. He'll be severely discounted next year in the draft and definitely could end up being a worthwhile pick.
Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers - Gallo joined the 40 homer club for the second straight season and also eclipsed the 200 strikeout plateau for the first time in his career. Gallo might be fantasy's ultimate boom-or-bust player but he's still a terrific option for leagues (points leagues maybe less so with all the K's) because of him being above average in three categories (HR, runs, RBI). Depending on your league rules he's likely losing his 3B eligibility this year but he should have both OF and 1B to start 2019.
Alex Bregman, Houston Astros - Bregman homered for the 31st time this year and his two RBI have given him 103 for the season. Bregman turned into a fantasy superstar with the home run and RBI total combined with 104 runs scored, 10 steals, a BB% higher than his K% and then a .289/.395/.538 triple slash on top of all that. He'll have both 3B and SS eligibility next year.
Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals - Merrifield has followed up his breakout 2017 season with another excellent season as he's one stolen base away from 40 after swiping number 39 on Tuesday. His homer totals fell off slightly but his batting line is more well-rounded across the board while having a .304/.368/.442 slash line after posting a .288/.324/.460 line last season. That's fueled by a 50 point spike in his BABIP but his batted ball data shows he deserved an increase in his BABIP.
Kohl Stewart, Minnesota Twins - Stewart tossed six shutout innings on Tuesday while striking out five batters and walking none. The no walks is a huge thing for him considering he owns a 13% BB% for the season against only a 13.8% K%. Stewart has excelled in his rookie season at generating ground balls (55%) and keeping the ball in the park with a 4.2% HR/FB. Stewart was the 4th overall pick in 2013, but even through the minors his production never matched up with the pick pedigree.
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