Nolan Gorman, 2B, STL
Gorman went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer on Sunday afternoon in Seattle. The 22-year-old started the 2023 campaign as a fringe starter for the Cardinals but has hit himself into an everyday player (he batted in the three-hole on Sunday). Gorman is slashing .313/.397/.657 with six long balls and 22 RBI, which ranks fourth in the majors. The powerful youngster is strikeout prone, but he has vastly improved his plate discipline in his second year of big-league action. In 2022, he posted a 32.9% K% with a 34.2% O-Swing% and 16.0% SwStr%. Those percentages are at 25.6%, 25.2%, and 12.6%, respectively thus far in 2023. Gorman is currently owned in just 44.5% of ESPN leagues, the time to get him is now. He will likely cool off, but it's hard to argue with his 55.6% HardHit% and overall production this season.
Kevin Gausman, SP, TOR
Gausman carved up the Yankees lineup in New York on Sunday afternoon. He gave up three hits and fanned 11 en route to his second win of the campaign. Gausman was coming off of a dreadful performance in Houston (7H, 7ER), which makes the dominating performance all the more important for fantasy owners. The 32-year-old owns an impressive 11.65 K/9 and 1.42 BB/9 to go along with a 2.84/2.78 ERA/xFIP in five starts this season. Aside from the mishap in Houston, Gausman has been terrific thus far.
Trea Turner, SS, PHI
Turner hit his second home run of the season in his first at-bat on Sunday and then was held hitless the rest of the afternoon, finishing the game 1 for 4. The talented 29-year-old started the season off a little sluggish by his lofty standards but has started to heat up recently. Turner is six for his last 23 with four extra-base hits (two HR, two 2B), however, he has struck out eight times during that span as well. The strikeouts have been a problem so far this season. Turner's 40.4% O-Swing% and 17.6% SwStr% have resulted in a 23.6% K% (all of which are career highs). It's not a good start, but with Turner's pedigree, there is no reason to panic.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, TOR
Guerrero Jr. went 1 for 4 with a two-run dinger on Sunday against the Yankees. Vlad is riding a modest three-game hitting streak, in which he has two homers and four RBI. He started the season slow in the power department, so this recent power surge is a welcomed sight for fantasy owners. He now has five homers to go along with a stellar .341/.424/.541 triple-slash line. With a 93.0% Z-Contact%, 9.1% SwStr%, and 10.1% K% (all career-bests), Vlad looks poised to have a massive 2023 campaign.
Masataka Yoshida, OF, BOS
Yoshida went 2 for 4 with two homers and six RBI on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. The Japanese rookie really struggled out of the gate this season but has been putting it together recently. Yoshida is now riding a four-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .412 (7-17) with nine RBI. With a 27.0% O-Swing%, 7.7% SwStr%, and 11.8% K%, the 29-year-old has been putting the ball in play consistently, he just hasn't been connecting and has had a hard time getting the ball off of the ground. Before Sunday's breakout game, Yoshida owned a 24.5% Hard% and had just two Barrels on the season. Additionally, his average Launch Angle was -1.7 and his GB% was a hefty 60.4%. Hopefully, this recent stretch of success is more indicative of Yoshida's skillset than what he had shown prior.
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