2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Struggling Players Who Are Beginning To Heat Up

5 Players Who Are Heating Up

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Every season there are players who start off cold. Some of these players go on to regress back towards their career averages as the season rolls on; the rest of them end up having career worst campaigns. In the following slideshow I identify five struggling players who look like they may take the former path and become valuable assets for the rest of the 2014 fantasy baseball season.

5. Starling Marte

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5. Starling Marte

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Marte started the season off ice-cold, got hot for a little while in the beginning of May and then fell into another month long slide. The Pirates outfielder has been on an absolute tear as of late though and since, he's in the middle of an eight game hitting streak in which he's slashing .459/.474/.649, and six of those games have been of the multi-hit variety, including two games with at least three hits.

4. Jordan Zimmerman

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4. Washington Nationals

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Zimmerman got off to a horrendous start in 2014. Through his first 11 starts he had just three wins to go with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. So far in the month of June, Zimmerman has made three starts (two of them were complete games) and he has two wins to go with a 0.36 ERA (he's given up just one run in 25 innings) and a 0.48 WHIP.

3. Salvador Perez

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3. Salvador Perez

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Perez has been on an absolute tear since the calendar flipped to June. The Royals catcher started off the season by slashing .253/.307/.410 to go with 15 runs and 13 RBI through the first two months of the season. Since Jun. 1 though, he's slashed .368/.419/.526 to go with 11 runs and 11 RBI.

2. Billy Butler

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2. Billy Butler

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Butler was ice cold to start the season. Through May 29, the Royals DH was slashing a measly .238/.295/.301 to go with a .062 ISO and an extremely low .266 wOBA. Since May 30, Butler has slashed .379/.431/.517 to go with a .138 ISO and .415 wOBA, and he's had multiple hits in five of his last seven games.

1. Matt Kemp

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1. Matt Kemp

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The beginning of the season was a disaster for Kemp. Through Jun. 4, the Dodgers outfielder was slashing just .238/.291/.398 to go with a .160 ISO, and his poor defense in center field was a cause for concern. He's found a home in left field though, and since Jun. 6 he's slashed .400/.490/.700 over a 12 game span with a .300 ISO and six multi-hit games.


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