Nolan Arenado: 7 HR, 14 RBI, 4 K (45 points)
Even the most optimistic of Arenado supporters could not have predicted that with one week to go before the All-Star break, the Rockies third baseman would lead the Majors in RBI (68) and rank 5th in homers (24). And that’s not all. The fact that 15 of his 24 home runs have come on the road proves that Arenado’s power production isn’t simply a product of Coors Field. Still just 24 years of age, he could get even better. And that’s a scary thought.
J.D. Martinez: 7 HR, 15 RBI, 15 K (35 points)
Coming off a month of June in which he batted .290 with 11 homers and 26 RBI, Martinez continues to swing a hot bat in July, going 8-for-18 (.444 AVG) with three homers and eight RBI through five games this month. Already with 23 homers and 56 RBI through 79 games this season, the Tigers outfielder is well on his way towards his first ever 30 HR/100 RBI campaign.
Buster Posey: 4 HR, 16 RBI, 5 K (31 points)
The undisputed top offensive catcher in the game, Posey continues to rake at a steady rate. Following a sub-par (by his standards) month of April (.263 AVG, 3 HR, 10 RBI), the Giants backstop is batting .320 with 11 homers and 47 RBI since the beginning of May. Pretty good.
Albert Pujols: 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 K (23 points)
That’s now three consecutive appearances by Pujols on the Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners list, and by now, there’s not much more left to say about him. Since the beginning of May, the Angels first baseman has tallied 22 homers and 44 RBI, and as of Monday, he leads the AL in home runs with 25. Heading into this season, many fantasy owners believed that Pujols was well past his prime. Apparently not.
Edwin Encarnacion AND Torii Hunter: 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 K (22 points)
Encarnacion has already appeared on this list in 2015, and he’s always a candidate to enjoy prolonged hot streaks. The 39-year-old Hunter is a first-time top-5 member, and he deserves way more attention than he’s getting this season as he’s on pace to post his highest home run total since 2007.
The Week Ahead
Batting .375 with five homers and 24 RBI since the beginning of June, Troy Tulowitzki will play all six of his games this week at home and against a pair of mid-tier pitching staffs in the Angels and Braves. Through 35 Coors Field contests this season, Tulo boasts a .346 batting average to go along with five homers, 29 RBI and a .922 OPS. That’s just about all you need to know.