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Every MLB Team’s Hottest Player Right Now

Every MLB Team’s Hottest Player Right Now

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Every player in MLB goes through ups and downs over the course of a long, 162-game schedule. Some hot streaks may only last a week while others may carry on for months. No matter how poorly a team is playing, there is almost always at least one player who is consistently getting the job done at a high level.

Here is a list of every MLB team's hottest player right now.

Arizona Diamondbacks: 1B Paul Goldschmidt

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Arizona Diamondbacks: 1B Paul Goldschmidt

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Teams that are 14 games under the .500 mark generally do not have too many players on hot streaks, and the Diamondbacks are no exception. Despite his team’s struggles, Goldschmidt has continued to produce. Over his last seven games Goldschmidt has launched two dingers and added 17 percent of RBIs recorded during this time period.

Atlanta Braves: C Evan Gattis

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Atlanta Braves: C Evan Gattis

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Anyone paying attention to the Braves over the last month knows that this one was no contest. Over his last 20 games, Gattis has hit eight balls out of the yard, recorded 20 RBIs and hit .377. Oh, and do not forget about his current 18-game hit streak. Not bad for a guy who was mopping floors for a living just a few years ago.

Baltimore Orioles: SP Kevin Gausman

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Baltimore Orioles: SP Kevin Gausman

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The Orioles are finally starting to take it up a notch, and a lot of this can be credited to Gausman. Since June 7, he has pitched 19 innings, recording a 0.95 ERA and three wins in the process. Seems like the Orioles are getting what the team expected out of Ubaldo Jimenez from a 23-year-old righty instead.

Boston Red Sox: SP John Lackey

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Boston Red Sox: SP John Lackey

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The 2014 season has not exactly gone as planned for the defending world champions. While the Sox likely did not plan to be five games under .500 at this point in the season, the team also probably was not expecting John Lackey to pitch the way he has. Lackey's 1.63 ERA and three wins over his previous six starts have been a nice surprise.

Chicago Cubs: SS Starlin Castro

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Chicago Cubs: SS Starlin Castro

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The Cubs may still be in a rebuilding phase, but the 2014 season has provided reasons to be optimistic. While Jake Arrieta and Jeff Samardzija have pitched like aces and Anthony Rizzo is finally showing some power, it has been Starlin Castro who has been scorching hot as of late. Over his last 25 plate appearances, Castro is hitting at a .480 clip with two dingers and eight RBIs. He has becoming even more dangerous than the Castro 2012 edition.

Chicago White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu

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Chicago White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu

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An excellent case can be made for John Danks here, as he has been lights out over his previous five starts, but Abreu has seemingly been hot the entire season. The rookie, who hails from Cuba, has notched 20 home runs over his first 231 at bats, which equates to about a home run every 11.5 at bats. Abreu also ranks 7th in MLB in RBIs, despite missing 14 games due to injury.

Cincinnati Reds: CF Billy Hamilton

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Cincinnati Reds: CF Billy Hamilton

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After a slow start to his rookie season, Hamilton has really turned it on. He is hitting .448 over his last 29 at bats, recording five stolen bases, two home runs and seven RBIs in the process. If Hamilton continues to get on base at a high rate, Rickey Henderson’s seemingly untouchable career stolen base record may be in jeopardy.

Cleveland Indians: LF Michael Brantley

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Cleveland Indians: LF Michael Brantley

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The Indians have had multiple players quietly go through impressive hot streaks. Brantley is in the midst of a tremendous season, yet hardly anybody gives him any credit. He is hitting .323 with 11 home runs, 46 RBIs and nine stolen bases so far this season. Brantley’s batting average stands at .376 over his last 101 at bats and .500 over his last 14. Time to re-fill out your All-Star Game ballots.

Colorado Rockies: SS Troy Tulowitzki

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Colorado Rockies: SS Troy Tulowitzki

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Early in the MLB season it was Charlie Blackmon setting the world on fire for the Rockies. Now it is their superstar shortstop’s turn. Tulowitzki has launched 18 home runs this season to go along with his MLB-leading .356 batting average. His batting average has actually gone down over his last 20 at bats, as he has “only” hit .350 over this span.

Detroit Tigers: DH Victor Martinez

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Detroit Tigers: DH Victor Martinez

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While J.D. Martinez has been tearing it up as of late for the Tigers, Martinez has not only played well recently but has also been red-hot the entire season, as he maintained a 1-to-1 home run-to-strikeout ratio for much of this season. Martinez’s .328/.381/.588 slash line has fans remembering the player he was before missing the entire 2012 season due to injury.

Houston Astros: 2B Jose Altuve

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Houston Astros: 2B Jose Altuve

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Everyone who regularly watches Sportscenter is probably thinking, “But what about George Springer?” Yes, Springer has been great since his call-up to MLB, but Altuve has hit .331 this entire season. It is a pity that nobody seems to notice his production. It may be difficult to spot him on the field from the upper deck without binoculars on, but it does not take 20/20 vision to recognize his .571 batting average over the past week.

Kansas City Royals: SP Jason Vargas

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Kansas City Royals: SP Jason Vargas

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The Royals are in the midst of becoming relevant for the first time in two decades, and a lot of this can be credited to their starting pitching. Lost amongst youngsters Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura is the veteran Jason Vargas. Over his last five starts, Vargas has recorded three wins while pitching to the tune of a 2.31 ERA over 35 innings pitched.

Los Angeles Angels: CF Mike Trout

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Los Angeles Angels: CF Mike Trout

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Funny how no more than two weeks ago Trout had a sub-.300 batting average. The two-time MVP runner-up has turned it up as of late, recording a .480 batting average, four home runs, nine RBIs and three stolen bases over his last 25 at bats. More importantly, Trout has walked six times to only three strikeouts during this period, showing that he may be past his spring strikeout phase.

Los Angeles Dodgers: SP Clayton Kershaw

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Los Angeles Dodgers: SP Clayton Kershaw

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It would be difficult to pick any Dodger other than Kershaw as he is coming off of back-to-back fantastic outings, which included a 15-strikeout no-hitter. Many were worried that his injury may ruin his season, but Kershaw has come back on fire. Taking away his one poor outing in which he allowed seven earned runs, Kershaw has a 1.75 ERA for the season.

Miami Marlins: RF Giancarlo Stanton

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Miami Marlins: RF Giancarlo Stanton

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Through 271 at bats this season, Stanton has launched 20 home runs, despite being protected in the Marlins’ lineup by Casey McGehee. At this rate, Stanton could easily homer his way past the half-century mark. As of late, Stanton is homering once every nine at bats, a rate that would tie the single-season home run record if one were to consistently hit at this rate for 650 at bats.

Milwaukee Brewers: C Jonathan Lucroy

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Milwaukee Brewers: C Jonathan Lucroy

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74 games into the MLB season and the Brewers -- not the Cardinals, Reds or Pirates -- have a 4.5 game lead in the NL Central division. The unsung hero of the Brew Crew is Lucroy, who has hit .341 with eight long balls and 37 RBIs so far this season. Recently, he has hit .391 with three dingers and seven RBIs. His game-changing grand slam against the Diamondbacks, following an intentional beaning of Ryan Braun shows he is a great teammate as well.

Minnesota Twins: SP Kyle Gibson

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Minnesota Twins: SP Kyle Gibson

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While SP Phil Hughes has put together an excellent month of June, it is the rookie Kyle Gibson who is the hottest Twins player as of late. Over his last 22 innings pitched, Gibson has allowed a grand total of zero earned runs, recording a pair of wins in the process. If Gibson and Hughes continue stringing together strong outings, the Twins could potentially become a dark horse candidate to win the AL Central division.

New York Mets: SP Bartolo Colon

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New York Mets: SP Bartolo Colon

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While watching Bartolo Colon try to hit is arguably the greatest comic relief in all of baseball, his recent pitching performances have not provided many laughs to opposing hitters. Over his last five starts, Colon has recorded four wins on top of an astounding 1.53 ERA through 35.1 innings pitched. Pretty impressive for a 41-year-old who, at best, averages 90 mph on his fastball over the course of a start.

New York Yankees: SP Masahiro Tanaka

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New York Yankees: SP Masahiro Tanaka

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The Rookie of the Year and MVP awards may be one in the same this season with players like Tanaka and Abreu tearing it up in their first season in the MLB. Tanaka has basically been scorching hot this entire season, recording a 1.99 ERA, 11 wins and 113 strikeouts through 14 starts and almost 100 innings pitched this season.

Oakland Athletics: SP Scott Kazmir

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Oakland Athletics: SP Scott Kazmir

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Just two seasons ago Kazmir’s major league career appeared to be over. Now he is the ace of the team with the best record in baseball to date. Kazmir has accounted for one-fifth of the Athletics' 45 wins this season, recording a 2.08 ERA and 80 strikeouts in the process. His 1.70 ERA over his last 42-plus innings pitched is not too shabby either.

Philadelphia Phillies: SP Cole Hamels

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Philadelphia Phillies: SP Cole Hamels

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While Phillies fans have not had much to cheer about this season, other than Jimmy Rollins breaking Mike Schmidt's team record for hits, their staff ace has found himself in a bit of a groove. Since June 1, Hamels has allowed just one earned run in a little less than 30 innings pitched. Unfortunately, his 1-0 June record does not do justice to how filthy his pitching has been as of late.

Pittsburgh Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco

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Pittsburgh Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco

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While both LF Starling Marte and CF Andrew McCutcheon have recently been excelling in the batter's box, it is the rookie RF Polanco who has been raising eyebrows in Pittsburgh. Through his first nine games and 45 at bats, Polanco is hitting .378 with a home run and six RBIs. Polanco currently maintains a nine-game hit streak, which breaks the Pirate hit streak record to begin a career formerly held by legendary outfielder Roberto Clemente.

San Diego Padres: SP Andrew Cashner

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San Diego Padres: SP Andrew Cashner

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Through 73 games it appears that the Padres will once again fail to contend for a playoff spot despite maintaining a talented roster. Arguably the most talented Padre is their ace pitcher Andrew Cashner who has been impressive all season long despite a 2-6 win-loss record. In three June starts, Cashner has recorded a 2.37 ERA, blemished only by his June 13 start when he allowed four earned runs over the course of six innings pitched.

San Francisco Giants: RF Hunter Pence

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San Francisco Giants: RF Hunter Pence

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Arguably the most unorthodox player in all of baseball, Pence has been a model of consistency throughout his MLB career. He is hitting .375 over his previous five games, increasing his batting average above the .300 mark for the season. On top of hitting for average, Pence has been on a bit of a power surge. He has tallied seven long balls over the course of his previous 27 games played.

Seattle Mariners: SP Felix Hernandez

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Seattle Mariners: SP Felix Hernandez

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Robinson Cano has been impressive throughout the Mariners' previous 25 games, but King Felix has been nearly unstoppable on the mound. The 28-year-old, 10-year veteran has allowed just four earned runs in his four June starts, striking out 39 hitters over the course of just over 29 innings pitched.

St. Louis Cardinals: SP Adam Wainwright

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St. Louis Cardinals: SP Adam Wainwright

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Lance Lynn has put together a number of strong outings as of late, but Adam Wainwright still gets the nod as the hottest Cardinal player. While he has “only” a 2.96 ERA over his past four starts, his season ERA of 2.15 is remarkable. Wainwright has an ERA of 1.28 this season, not counting two starts when he allowed six and seven earned runs, which is closer to a tee ball pitcher’s ERA than the team-average ERA in MLB this season of 3.89.

Tampa Bay Rays: SP Chris Archer

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Tampa Bay Rays: SP Chris Archer

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The Rays, having won just 29 of their first 74 games, are seven games away from the halfway point of what has been a disastrous season. However, the 26-year-old Chris Archer and his 3.14 season-ERA has been a bright spot for the disappointing Rays. Archer has been particularly impressive in his four starts this month, allowing only two earned runs through 23 innings pitched.

Texas Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus

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Texas Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus

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The 2014 MLB season has undoubtedly been a frustrating one for the Rangers, who have lost multiple key players to season-ending injuries. While Adrian Beltre struggles through a 4-for-23 skid, Elvis Andrus has picked it up a bit after slumping through all of April and most of May. Andrus is hitting .318 since June 1 and .346 over his previous 26 at bats.

Toronto Blue Jays: 1B Edwin Encarnacion

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Toronto Blue Jays: 1B Edwin Encarnacion

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Encarnacion's May power surge was a streak for the record books. His 16 home runs tied Mickey Mantle for the most home runs in the month of May in AL history. While Encarnacion has only hit three home runs so far in June, his eight hits, which do include a home run, in the Blue Jays' previous six games are the most on the team. Hard to argue with a guy who has produced 10 home runs and 21 RBIs throughout his previous 100 at bats.

Washington Nationals: SP Jordan Zimmermann

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Washington Nationals: SP Jordan Zimmermann

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While nearly all the Nationals' starting pitchers have performed well as of late, Jordan Zimmermann is putting up video game-numbers. In his previous four starts, Zimmermann has recorded an absurd 0.84 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and .153 opponent's batting average. Not bad numbers for a guy who is supposed to be the Nationals' No. 2 starter behind Stephen Strasburg.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+