Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 4/18/13
Yes it's only about 15 games into the MLB season but there are some players who are making a lot of noise on the field and you need to pay attention to them.There are too many hitters who are really struggling offensively and it's only a matter of time before you have to make a decision whether or not to stay with them.I want to make everyone aware of the non household names who are hitting and pitching well and list the players who are struggling.At the catcher position:Welington Castillo.425 avg (17-40), 3R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI5 out of his last 8 games he has at least 2 hits. Wilin Rosario.326 avg (15-46), 6R,  4 HR, 13 RBI, 3 SBLast year his 28 HRs were no fluke, this guy has serious power and already has 4 bombs in 12 games.John Buck.300 (15-50), 10R, 1 2B, 6 HR, 19 RBIGot off to a very hot start and has begun to cool down. His average will continue to drop but the power is legit and will continue to hit the ball out of the park.Nick Hundley .318 avg (14-44), 6R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIHundley is really driving the ball this year as you can tell with his 6 doubles.Catchers who are struggling - Alex Avila .163, Ryan Doumit .200, Buster Posey .213, Matt Wieters .229, Miguel Montero .234 At 1st Base:Chris Davis.367 avg (18-49), 7R, 4 2B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 9 BBGot off to one of the best starts in MLB history but is still hitting .367 which is a good sign and has tremendous power.Paul Goldschmidt.357 avg (20-56), 11R, 5 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 7 BBThis guy is the real deal. He's going to hit right around .300 and will hit 25-30 home runs.Yonder Alonso.309 avg (17-55). 6R, 3 2B, 2 HR,  8 RBI, 6 BBSeems to be getting comfortable in San Diego and is beginning to hit like the player he was supposed to when he was called up.1st Basemen who are struggling - Ike Davis .146, Allen Craig .231, Edwin Encarnacion .237At 2nd base:Daniel Murphy.352 (19-54), 15R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBIMurphy is absolutely crushing the ball and showing improved power hitting deep into the gaps. Jose Altuve  .365 avg (23-63), 6R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIOne of the only Astros hitting the ball and is picking up right where he left off last season.2nd Basemen who are struggling - Dustin Ackley .154, Dan Uggla .157, Danny Espinosa .175, Rickie Weeks .193, Neil Walker .250 At 3rd base:Chris Johnson.435 (20-46), 7R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI16 hits in his last 8 games. Have to ride the guy when he's hot!Juan Francisco.333 (14-42), 4R, 3 HR, 7 RBISplitting time with Chris Johnson but is making the most of his playing time and getting plenty of at-bats. Michael Young.327 (18-55), 5R,  2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, Did you really expect anything less from Young? This guy will hit until he retires and no matter where he is playing.3rd Basemen who are struggling - Pedro Alvarez .106, Kyle Seager .217, Mike Moustakas .178, Will Middlebrooks .182, Ryan Zimmerman .226, Adrian Beltre .232At Shortstop:Jed Lowrie.373 (22-59), 14R, 7 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BBFits perfectly in Oakland and is taking advantage of the big gaps in a huge stadium. Jean Segura.367 (18-49), 5R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBIHe will take advantage of hitting in front of Ryan Braun all year and will see plenty of pitches to hit. Brandon Crawford .352 (19-52), 12R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 BBNever been known for his bat but he's looking really good at the plate early on.Shortstops who are struggling - Asdrubal Cabrera .113, Yunel Escobar .120, J.J. Hardy .182, Elvis Andrus .224, Jimmy Rollins .237In the Outfield:Chris Denorfia.364 (16-44), 8R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SBA career .284 hitter so if he gets steady at-bats for the Padres then he will produce solid numbers. Nate Schierholtz.350 (14-40), 9R, 6 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2BSplits time with Scott Hairston but as long as he continues to hit he'll play against most righties.Starling Marte.344 (21-61), 11R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBICurrently on a 10 game hit streak. 19 hits in that span. Has only failed to reach base in 1 game this year. Michael Cuddyer.367 (18-49), 9R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 7 BB. 2 SBDefinition of a professional hitter and has great strength. Should have a monster year hitting in Colorado and behind Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.Outfielders who are struggling - Jason Heyward .118,  Josh Reddick .119, B.J. Upton .151, Ichiro Suzuki .175, Matt Kemp .182, Josh Hamilton .200,  Starting Pitchers:Paul Maholm3-0, 0 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 20 Ks in 20 IP Matt Harvey3-0, 0.82 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, 25 K's in 22 IPJustin Masterson3-1, 1.67 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 25 K's in 27 IP Hisashi Iwakuma 2-0, 1.69 ERA, 0.53 WHIP, 18 K's in 26.2 IPShelby Miller 2-1, 1.96 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 18 K's in 18.1 IP Ross Detwiler1-0, 0.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 11 K's in 20 IP Carlos Villanueva1-0, 1.29 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 15 K's in 21 IPStarting Pitchers who are struggling - Roy Halladay  7.63 ERA, Matt Cain 7.15 ERA, Cole Hamels 6.46 ERA, David Price 6.26 ERA
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