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Former E-Twins standout among Rotisserie stars

Douglas Fritz • Updated Jun 28, 2018 at 4:08 PM

As major-league teams near the halfway point of the season, it’s a good time to pick a Rotisserie Baseball Unexpected All-Star team.

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:

Catcher

Evan Gattis, Houston

Age: 31

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.

First base

Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee

Age: 27

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.

Second base

Ozzie Albies, Atlanta

Age: 21

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).

Shortstop

Javier Baez, Chicago

Age: 25

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.

Third base

Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati

Age: 28

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.

Outfield

Eddie Rosario, Minnesota

Age: 26

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.

Starting pitcher

Blake Snell, Tampa Bay

Age: 25

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).

Relief pitchers

Blake Treinen, Oakland

Age: 29

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).

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