Patrick Wisdom, 3B, CHC
Wisdom continued his incredible breakout campaign on Monday going 1-2 with his 9th HR of the season. Those 9 HR's have come in 20 games and over a mere 59 PA's, leading him to a sensational .333/.390/.870 slash lone thus far. He has struck out in 35.6% of his PA's so we know the BA is coming down, but he also owns a ridiculous 68.8% HardHit% and a 59.4% FB%, which are a good combination if you want to hit a lot of HR's. While his current pace is obviously unsustainable, Wisdom looks like a legitimate power source.
Aristides Aquino, OF, CIN
Aquino made his first appearance since being activated from the 60-day IL and went 1-4 with a HR, his 3rd of the season. Aquino has made only 19 PA's so far this year, but he has 4 XBH's and a 1.140 OPS in the limited sample size. He now has an incredible 24 HR's in 301 career PA's, so we know his power is no fluke. The question is more about his playing time, as Aquino was acting mostly as a pinch hitter in April before getting injured. If he pushes his way into a regular lineup spot for the Reds, he can be a great source of power for fantasy owners.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Monday by going 1-2 with a run and 2 BB's against the Padres. During this hitting streak, Blackmon is hitting .435 with 6 XBH's, 9 runs scored, and 11 RBI. After a disastrous start to the season, Blackmon has shown that he can at least still hit for average; over his last 44 games, he has hit a whopping .340. But he has displayed little power and no speed this year, with just 4 HR's and not a single steal to date. His 47.6% GB% is much higher than in year's past, and his launch angle is down to career low 9.6. He's good for three categories right now, those being BA, runs, and RBI.
David Peterson, SP, NYM
Pederson went 6 scoreless innings against the Cubs on Monday, allowing just 1 hit and 2 BB's while recording 3 K's. Peterson had been going through a rough stretch recently, allowing 15 ER's in 13.2 IP over his previous 4 starts, and his ERA ballooned to 6.32 as a result. There have been some positives for Peterson this season, including his 9.51 K/9 and 52.1% GB%, and in fact his xFIP is a very respectable 3.74 for the season. He has struggled with his command, posting a 3.91 BB/9, and in turn, he has had trouble going deep into games, only completed 5 IP in 6 of his 12 starts. Being able to go at least 5 or 6 innings on a regular basis will be the first step towards being a viable big league starter.
Kyle Schwarber, OF, WAS
Schwarber homered yet again on Monday, as part of a 2-3, 2 RBI effort against the Pirates. That's 4 homeruns in 4 games for Schwarber, who now has hit 10 bombs and driven in 23 over his last 30 games. His .229 BA and .784 OPS are still lagging bit from an early season slump, but over the last 30 games, those numbers are up to .264 and .929 respectively. Including this year in which his SLG is up to .463, Schwarber has posted a SLG above .460 in 5 of his 6 seasons (not counting 2016 when he only played in 2 games), with his rough 2020 looking like the clear outlier. He's a get bet for another 30 HR season, even if he doesn't provide much in other areas.
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