Power and Speed

Carlos Gonzalez has a stunning combination of power and speed.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I recently did a piece on the up-and- coming Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and the likelihood that he will be a first-round fantasy selection in 2011. Gonzalez has a stunning combination of power and speed.

Unfortunately, it's an all-to-rare attribute to get out of just one player. So if you aren't lucky enough to have "Gonzo" on your roster, there are ways to get the same production, it will just take two players instead of one.

Along with Gonzalez's eight home runs over the last two weeks, Adam Dunn (7), Dan Uggla (6), Paul Konerko (6), Mark Teixeira (6) and Jose Bautista (6) have all hit at least six homers. Unfortunately, all are owned by in more than 90% of all leagues.

However, there are a few guys who may be able to help you down the final 50- game stretch.

Aaron Hill, he of the season-long slump, is finally waking up and in more than a few leagues has been dropped by a frustrated owner. Sure he is only hitting .213 for the season, but over the past two weeks he's batting .300 with four homers. Check your free agent list to see if he's on it.

The seemingly always injured Alex Gordon has finally begun to show some life. After playing just 49 games last season and 28 this year, Gordon hit four home runs this week while batting .268. Although he's playing the outfield for the Royals, he's usually eligible at third base too.

Then there is Arizona first baseman Adam LaRoche who always starts the season slowly, but as the summer heats up, so does his bat. True to his form, LaRoche is hitting .346 for the last two weeks with four home runs and 12 RBI. He's owned in 63% of all leagues.

And for those searching for catching help with both Geovany Soto and Carlos Santana having recently gone on the disabled list, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been hitting well. He's batting .400 with three homers and 14 RBIs over the past two weeks and is owned in just 32% of all leagues.

For the speed aspect, I offer you two players who have been producing solid numbers over the past two weeks. Andres Torres (63% owned) and Juan Pierre (56% owned). Both have been a terror both on the base path and at the plate over the past 14 days.

Torres, who leads off for the San Francisco Giants, is batting .386 over that span (22-for-57) with two home runs, seven RBIs and four stolen bases.

Pierre, is batting .357 (20-for-56) with seven stolen bases and he even hit a home run. Don't expect anymore power from Pierre, it was his first home run since September 15, 2008, a total of 809 at-bats.

There are still two months left in the baseball season, so don't quit fighting.



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