There are some surprising players listed among the top hitters in baseball in the last 30 days. Guys who struggled or haven’t done much this season are finally taking off, while others we may not know much about are carving out a nice role for themselves now. Here is a look at several players who have carried a big stick in the last month:
Aramis Ramirez, Cubs, 3B: .353/.378/.784, 8 2B, 12 HR, 26 RBI
Ramirez has erupted for the struggling Cubs, posting the 2nd highest OPS (1.163, 2nd to Jose Bautista) in the Majors the last month. After struggling to his lowest OPS since 2002 last season, Ramirez has made it interesting for the Cubs going into the offseason, as they must choose to pay A-Ram a $2 million buyout or a $16 million salary. With the lack of production at third throughout the Majors, the 33-year-old could get a solid 2 or 3-year offer this winter if he is let go.
Josh Reddick, Red Sox, OF: .369/.419/.708, 4 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI
Reddick has been up and down at various times since 2009, not really getting a true shot to establish himself. Still just 24, he seems to be making a case for the Red Sox to not make a deal for a right fielder at the trade deadline. He has just 65 at bats over 22 appearances in the last 30 days, but he has been very productive, posting the 3rd highest OPS in the Majors at 1.127 over that period.
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays, SS: .370/.457/.506, 8 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 11/12 K/BB
Escobar is an enigma, forcing his way out of Atlanta with attitude problems, only to re-establish himself as a force at short in Toronto. At 28, he still has plenty of time to produce and become an All-Star, but he is another of the “what might have been” types if he just kept his head in the game. His overall numbers put him near the top of the middle infield producers and his .825 OPS would be the highest since his rookie season of 2007.
Alex Presley, Pirates, OF: .351/.414/.519, 4 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB
Presley may be able to stick around once Jose Tabata returns, but how much he plays is still the question. The Pirates are looking for an upgrade in right and have talked to the A’s about Josh Willingham, but they could hold tight with Garrett Jones and put Tabata or Presley out there. He is a gritty, hustling player who fits well in the city of Pittsburgh, but his production makes him more valuable than his profile.
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, SS: .366/.438/.624, 6 2B, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 5 SB
Welcome back to Earth! Ramirez has finally started hitting after struggling to a .221 average over the first three months of the season. Ramirez’s final stats will make this his worst season to date, but his eruption this month and what he could do over the rest of the season will make him the elite talent that people spent their fantasy picks on.