Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman/third baseman/outfielder Josh Harrison was a dubious NL All-Star selection, but nobody is going to remember that.
His numbers look All-Star worthy now.
Over his last 11 games, Harrison has gone 21-for-49 (.429) with six doubles, a triple, five homers, seven RBI, 15 runs and four steals.
He had five home runs in the entire first half, but this torrid stretch has him hitting .308 with 10 homers, 38 RBI, 51 runs, 15 steals and an .842 OPS on the year. He's been the No. 1 player in all of Yahoo fantasy leagues over the past 14 days and is now 80th overall on Yahoo's player rater.
Harrison is just one of the lowly regarded players who have been destroying baseballs for the past few weeks.
Here are a few others you may have missed:
Denard Span, CF, Washington Nationals - Bryce Harper was unhappy with the Nationals lineup when he returned from the disabled list at the end of June. He wanted Ryan Zimmerman in left field, Anthony Rendon at third, Danny Espinosa at second and himself in center, which meant he also wanted Span on the bench. Span must have taken it personally, because he's hit .387 (48- for-124) with 23 runs and 10 steals since July 1. Take that Bryce.
Josh Reddick, RF, Oakland Athletics - From the 2012 All-Star break through June 28, 2014, Reddick hit .223 with 28 home runs and a 21.3 percent strikeout rate in 953 plate appearances. The only thing that kept him in the news in that span was his beard-off with WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan and the fact that he started using "Careless Whisper" by George Michael as his at-bat music. It didn't look like he would ever return to the player he was before the All-Star break in 2012, when he hit .268 with 20 homers, especially when he could barely stay on the field. But since he returned from a knee injury on July 22, Reddick has hit .351 with six doubles, four homers and a 1.023 OPS in his last 16 games. He's struck out just three times over 60 plate appearances in that span.
Dustin Ackley, LF, Seattle Mariners - Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick in 2009, was horrible in his own right from 2012 through the first half this season. He hit .234 with 20 home runs in 1,393 plate appearances during that span. But the ex-prospect has hit .367 with eight doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, 14 runs and a 1.003 OPS since the All-Star break.
Adam Eaton, CF, Chicago White Sox - Eaton's speed and on-base skills made him a sleeper with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, but he suffered an elbow injury in spring training and ended up missing most of the year. He didn't do much in his first two months with the White Sox this season, but he's gone off for 72 hits, including 13 doubles and six triples, 17 RBI, 27 runs, seven steals and 24 walks in his last 52 games, batting .350 in that span. In his last 21 games, Eaton has hit .440.