While it is still early in the season, these next few weeks begin to reveal which player’s hot streaks are legitimate, and which ones were a fluke. Here are five players who impressed in the second week of the season, and should have their talents utilized sooner rather than later.
Rick Porcello – SP: He was a player to avoid going into the season, but his first two starts have been serviceable. While his ERA is higher than you would like, he has posted some impressive strikeout numbers — averaging 7.5 per outing. As long as he can continue to go at least six innings per start, Porcello can be a nice addition for your team.
Ángel Pagán – OF: By playing a setup role at the top of the batting order, Pagán has consistently put himself on base — going hitless in just two games. Instead of driving in runs, Pagán is scoring them himself. He has crossed home plate 16 times this season.
Bartolo Colon – SP: This veteran pitcher is often overshadowed by the other members of the Mets rotation. However, Colon has been one of the Mets best pitchers to start the season. Through 11.1 innings, he has given up just three runs, and only walked one batter — adding 12 strikeouts as well.
Aledmys Diaz – 2B, SS: This rookie continued to make a name for himself this past week — going without a hit in just one game. With a .400 plus batting average and 8 RBI’s, Diaz is quickly leaving free agent markets across all leagues, and his two position versatility only adds to his value.
Chad Bettis – SP: After a lackluster start to the season, this fourth-year starter has rebounded with two quality outings. By giving up just one run over the course of 13 innings, Bettis pitched his way to two wins. Bettis will continue to work towards a break out year and could be helpful in the back of your rotation if needed.