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Fantasy Baseball: Four Hitters Who Surprised In 2018

September 24, 2018
During the next month, we will look back at the fantasy baseball season, including the players who surprised and disappointed along with where we were right and wrong. The point of this is to understand why we missed or what led us to be right and what this means moving into next season. 

This week we will take a look at the hitters, starting with those who surprised.

Hitters Who Surprised:

1. Milwaukee Brewers First Baseman Jesus Aguilar -- The 28-year-old was a hot waiver-wire pickup in May and maintained his high level of play for the remainder of the season. The first baseman totaled 18 home runs and 46 RBIs during May and June, but his performance didn't dip too much outside of those months as he finished with 20 RBIs in July and 19 RBIs in August. Aguilar will finish as a top-five fantasy first baseman this season, so it will be interesting to see where he is ranked heading into 2019.

2. Chicago Cubs Infielder Javier Baez -- The 25-year-old has always been known for his flashy defense, and his offense started to come around in 2017. However, it was an offensive explosion for Baez in 2018, as the infielder has hit .293 with 34 home runs, 110 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Baez is going to finish as a top-10 fantasy hitter this season which is a huge surprise considering he was drafted as the 82nd hitter overall in March, according to Baez is also eligible at multiple positions, which is crucial in fantasy baseball. It appears Baez is heading into his prime, and there should be more seasons like the one we have seen in 2018. 

3. Cincinnati Reds Infielder Scooter Gennett -- After two strong offensive seasons, it is time to give more respect to Gennett in March. The infielder was drafted as the 117th hitter this year despite batting .295 with 27 home runs in 2017. Gennett proved that wasn't a fluke this season as he ranks among the top 10 in the majors in batting average at .315 to go along with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs. Gennett is eligible at multiple positions, including the outfield, which again makes him an attractive fantasy asset in 2019. 

4. Cleveland Indians Outfielder Michael Brantley -- The outfielder appeared primed to become one of the top young outfielders after finishing with a batting average above .300 in 2014 and 2015, but injuries impacted Brantley's production in 2016 and 2017. Brantley played just 101 games from 2016-2017. Despite his talent, the risk was too high to draft the outfielder as a major contributor to your team. 

Due to this, Brantley was drafted No. 244 overall in March. However, he was able to stay healthy this season, which led to him once again becoming one of the better fantasy hitters. Brantley has a .309 batting average, 17 home runs, 75 RBIs, 86 runs scored and 11 stolen bases this year. The talent has never been the question. It's good to see the outfielder stay healthy so he can show how good he is once again.