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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
By: Danny124

MLB - Sizzling Hitters of the Week

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland) – (3 HR, 3 R, 7 RBI, .250 BA)

The Athletics seem to have found a productive center fielder in Cespedes. The young, 26-year-old rookie from Cuba tends to strikeout often, but is putting up the numbers to keep Oakland's offense afloat. Cespedes has hit a home run in three of his first five games. He's also looking to become an RBI machine for the club, starting off the season with 7 RBIs in just five games.

Matt Kemp (Dodgers) – (2 HR, 6 R, 9 RBI, .333 BA)

Kemp has kicked off another explosive campaign that's going to earn him some more individual awards. The Dodgers' Silver Slugger leads the league in RBIs and will be a money pick for any draftee seeking some consistent offense. His bloated fantasy price ($11k) makes it tough for treasure-seekers to pick him up, but Kemp will rarely come up short with those fantasy points.

Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – (1 HR, 5 R, 8 RBI, .455 BA)

Easily one of the league's best hitters, Cabrera has been sharp in the batter's box to start the season. Miguel is another high-priced ball player just like Kemp, but it's hard to pass on his terrific start during opening week. The Tigers' third-basemen was sensational during the team's opening series against the Red Sox, smacking three homers out of the ball park while bringing in 8 RBIs last week. In the following series against the Rays, Cabrera will look to continue putting up these numbers against Tampa's tough pitching crew.

David Freese (Cardinals) – (3 HR, 5 R, 10 RBI, .444 BA)

St. Louis has put together a 5-1 start to the new season without their former megastar in Albert Pujols. The Cardinals have been able to do this behind the hitting of Freese, who leads the club in hits, home runs and RBIs. Freese has yet to go hitless in his first six games played and looks to be headed towards a standout season after surprising us in last year's playoffs.

Carlos Pena (Rays) – (2 HR, 7 R, 7 RBI, .467 BA)

The Rays are glad to have Pena back in Tampa Bay after a solid stint with the Cubs last season. In his first game back for the Rays, Carlos had a homer and 5 RBIs against the Yanks. Since then, his play has simmered down a bit, but Pena has proved his hasn't lost any bit of his power at the plate. Pena looks comfortable with his team and should give his fantasy owners some great numbers with this hot start.

Andre Ethier (Dodgers) – (2 HR, 2 R, 9 RBI, .316 BA)

Los Angeles has another productive hitter in Andre Ethier. The six-year vet is coming off two back- to-back home run games and can surely score in those runs when the club needs him to come through. Ethier's hot start can easily be somewhat of a fluke, but we can't forget this was the guy with the 30- game hitting streak last season for the Dodgers.

Corey Hart (Brewers) – (3 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI, .429 BA)

The Brewers lost a huge bat when Fielder headed to Tampa Bay, but the home run void is slowly being filled behind players such as Hart. Milwaukee's right fielder has at least one hit in his first five games and had a 2-homer game against St. Louis last weekend. Hart should be able to put up better numbers than he did last season and is worth a shot when looking for some runs.

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