Jeremy Freeborns weekly Fantasy Baseball Report

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Unless you have been living under a tree for the month of April with no access to the outside world, you would know that the Toronto Blue Jays are coming off a horrible month to begin the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Just how horrible? Well, they have the second WORST record in the Major Leagues right now at eight wins and 17 losses. Only the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals are worse at seven wins and 16 losses.

One bright spot for the Blue Jays in April was the offensive prowess of center fielder Kevin Pillar, who is available in only 36% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Leagues. Pillar has been the heart and soul of the Blue Jays defense over the last couple of years, and to start the season is the heart and soul of the Blue Jays offense. In 25 games, Pillar put up some excellent numbers. In 103 at bats, Pillar has four home runs, eight runs batted in, and is batting .301. He has scored 13 runs, 31 hits, seven doubles, one triple, five walks and two stolen bases. Pillar also has an on base percentage of .339 and slugging percentage of .505.

Pillar leads the Blue Jays in runs, doubles, triples, home runs, hits and stolen bases. While Jose Bautista, Devon Travis and Steve Pearce are all hitting well below the Mendoza Line, it is Pillar and fellow outfielder Ezequiel Carrera that is carrying the Blue Jays offensively.

Meanwhile, fantasy owners must be ecstatic with the comeback season of Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock. Like Pillar, Pollock plays center field. He missed the majority of the 2016 regular season after breaking his elbow during a collision at home plate in a pre-season game.

After the first month, Pollock is batting .324 with two home runs and eight runs batted in. However it is his speed on the base paths that has fantasy owners drooling. Pollock is tied with Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds for the Major League Baseball lead in stolen bases with ten. However Pollock has significantly more fantasy value than Hamilton, as Hamilton has zero home runs, only three runs batted in and has a poor batting average of .213.

The Diamondbacks meanwhile have bounced back nicely after a poor 2016 regular season. After their first 27 games in 2017, they have a record of 16 wins and 11 losses and are only half a game back of the Colorado Rockies for first place in the National League West.

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