Many fantasy baseball prognosticators pegged the 2013 season as the one where St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran would finally start to slow down. Those critics were almost correct, as Beltran had just one home run in the first two and half weeks of the fantasy season.
However, through his first 14 games in May, Beltran has been absolutely punishing the ball for the Birds. He has blasted four home runs, driven in 10 runs, and racked up 16 hits. The seven-time All-Star particularly lit up his former team, the New York Mets, as the outfielder finished the four-game series with six hits and five RBIs.
Beltran has only struck out 10 times this month as well. He has battled through every at-bat and has frustrated opposing pitchers in the process.
The outfielder may be mixing in the occasional 0-4, but his power numbers are all fantasy owners should be concerned about. The 36-year-old is currently hitting .303 with 10 homers and a respectable 27 RBIs on the season. The 16-year pro is even hitting a home run every 14.4 at-bats, which is his best total since his 2006 season with the New York Mets when he finished with a career-high 41 home runs.
Beltran has once again looked like a top power hitter in the National League and has shown why he can be a reliable second fantasy outfielder this season. He is impossible to bench during these amazing hot stretches and is even harder to look away from.