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Midseason Awards: 2018 First Half All-Exceeding-Expectation Team

A week or so ago, I gave you all the 2018 First Half All-Disappointment Team; today let’s be more positive and celebrate those who are outperforming our expectations. There have been plenty of outstanding performances so far this season, some expected and some not. So let’s give some props to those performing well that snuck up on us. For this list, the baseline is their Fantrax ADP vs their player rater ranks in a basic 5×5.

Infield:

C – Wilson Ramos ADP 270, 12th catcher / Currently 200 Overall, 4th C

1B – Jesus Aguilar ADP 685, 41st 1B /Currently 81st Overall, 3rd 1B

2B – Scooter Gennett ADP 216, 16th 2B / Currently 30th Overall, 4th 2B

3B – Eduardo Escobar ADP 476, 35th 3B / Currently 64th Overall, 6th 3B

SS – Jean Segura ADP 78, 7th SS / Currently 7th Overall, 1st SS

Catcher is a tough position to nail for this theme because the ones we expect to be really good are really good and everyone else is generally bad. Wilson Ramos, though, has been better than expected so he gets the nod here. Aguilar has equaled his production from 2017, which was his first full season, in half the games so far this season with two glaring improvements. He’s cut his strikeout rate almost in half and increased his batting average 35 points to an even .300. Scooter finished last season on a tear and he’s continued it this season. He’s shown impressive hitting ability and is on pace for a 5 WAR season, doubling his career-best 2.4 from last season. Eduardo Escobar has been putting up a career-best slash line and is on pace for career highs in almost every category. Segura’s dynasty value has been debated on the Dynasty’s Child pod a couple times now but there’s no denying he’s he’s having a hell of a season in 2018.

Outfield/UTL:

OF – Eddie Rosario ADP 140, 31st OF / Currently 12 Overall, 3rd OF

OF – Mitch Haniger ADP 199, 47th OF / Currently 49 Overall, 15th OF

OF – Brandon Nimmo ADP 590, 114th OF / Currently 78 Overall, 28th OF

DH – Evan Gattis ADP 150, 5th C / Currently 120 overall, 1st C

Rosario started slowly but has been just absolutely dominating since. Jumping up to the 3rd best fantasy outfielder over guys like JD Martinez, Benintendi, Judge and Springer. Haniger is another guy that was talked about on the Dynasty’s Child pod as someone we should be talking about more. Like Aguilar, Haniger has equaled his production from last season in half the games and is on pace for some major production. Nimmo is now turning into the guy we hoped he would be three years ago but (better late than never). Even though you can slot anyone in at UTL I was trying to keep this to players mostly playing as a DH and Gattis has been as stable as anyone batting in that slot, so much so that he’s producing as the top fantasy catcher so far in 2018.

Starting Pitching:

SP – Ross Stripling ADP 803, 218th SP / Currently 55th Overall, 18th SP

SP – Charlie Morton 192 ADP 55th SP / Currently 33th Overall, 11th SP

SP – Miles Mikolas ADP 267,  77th SP / Currently 58th Overall, 19th SP

SP – Mike Foltynewicz ADP 309, 93th SP / Currently 75th Overall, 23rd SP

Stripling started the season as a low-level option as an RP, and given the state of the Dodgers’ rotation he was given a shot and has absolutely run with it. Morton, Houston voodoo or not, has been spectacular by raking up strikeouts at an incredible rate. TDG favorite Miles Mikolas has rediscovered his incredible command that helped him rise through the minors, and he’s been a surprising success story back in the majors after three seasons in Japan. After 4 disappointing seasons in the majors, Foltynewicz has been having a breakout season, finally reaching his top prospect potential for an Atlanta squad loaded with young arms.

Relief Pitching:

RP – Blake Treinen ADP 198 20th RP / Currently 33th Overall, 4th RP

RP – Josh Hader ADP 283, 37th RP / Currently, 56th Overall, 8th RP

After being sent to Oakland in the Sean Doolittle trade and finally taking a closer job, Treinen and his witchcraft have been making batters look foolish at the plate and solidified himself as one of the league’s top closers. Although Hader isn’t a full-time closer, he’s been exceptional filling in for the injured Knebel and has locked himself in as the next super reliever in the Andrew Miller mold.

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Keaton O. DeRocher: @KeatonTDG


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Keaton O. DeRocher

Keaton O. DeRocher

Keaton O. DeRocher is an Industrial Engineer in Chicago and baseball contributor for The Dynasty Guru. Voice on Dynasty's Child podcast, lover of bat flips, brunch and Bombay Sapphire. His High School batting average was .179 and he lead the team in strikeouts. Follow him on Twitter @TheSpokenKeats

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