Included on this list is a player who hit 21 homers for the Elizabethton Twins in his second professional season back in 2011.
These are the guys who have contributed big things despite entering the season with not-so-high expectations from the fantasy baseball community.
Here’s the All-Star selection at each position:
Evan Gattis, Houston
Preseason rank: 189
Current rank: 92
It’s much easier to find disappointments at this position (Gary Sanchez, Salvador Perez, Buster Posey, Wilson Contreras) as Gattis is the only catcher currently ranked in the Top 100 among all players.
Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee
Preseason rank: 368
Current rank: 32
In the spring, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Aguilar might have a tough time making the team. But Aguilar has been a revelation for the Brewers.
He not only has 18 homers and 52 RBIs, but he’s hitting .304. Great stuff.
Ozzie Albies, Atlanta
Preseason rank: 147
Current rank: 19
The Braves were hoping this guy would be good, but 17 home runs before the halfway point? He’s also been a great source for runs with 61, third in the majors along with superstar names Francisco Lindor (65), Mike Trout (62) and Mookie Betts (61).
Javier Baez, Chicago
Preseason rank: 109
Current rank: 15
He carried some buzz coming into the season, but nobody was predicting a top-20 status ahead of guys like Manny Machado, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Sixteen homers, 56 RBIs and 13 steals fit nicely for any fantasy team.
Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati
Preseason rank: 236
Current rank: 21
What if the first-place Brewers hadn’t tossed this guy onto the woodpile prior to the 2017? Surely they would love his NL-leading .336 average, and he’s sixth in RBIs with 53.
Eddie Rosario, Minnesota
Preseason rank: 140
Current rank: 8
Nobody had this guy in the Top 10, but the former Elizabethton Twins’ star has been outstanding. His 17 homers, 50 RBIs, 54 runs and .312 batting average put him in the same sentence as Trout, Betts and J.D. Martinez. Wow.
Blake Snell, Tampa Bay
Preseason rank: 164
Current rank: 22
This is a guy with a lot of potential who isn’t taking long to figure things out at the top level.
He has been filthy in home starts, recording an ERA of 0.81 with a WHIP of 0.90. Overall he’s seventh in ERA (2.31) and tied for third in wins (10).
Blake Treinen, Oakland
Preseason rank: 183
Current rank: 28
There really wasn’t anything on Treinen’s resume that suggested “dominant closer.” But he has been lights out with the lowest ERA (0.93) among all closers. He also has a top-five WHIP (0.88).