Kansas City on paper is one of the worst teams in baseball, but they have had many surprising fantasy performances so far this year.
Alberto Callaspo‘s performance Sunday ranks right up there. As one of four Royals (four!) to go 3-for-5, the second baseman slugged a pair of three-run homers. He improved his average to .292, almost a 40-point increase so he hasn’t been knocking the snot out of the ball.
Callaspo is 27, however. That is considered a magical baseball age by some. If he shows signs of heating up, you could think about rostering him.
And now, nine other noteworthy fantasy performances from around baseball on Sunday:
Adam Wainwright — With a stunning 0.75 WHIP and a 1.50 ERA, Wainwright has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far this season. He didn’t disappoint Sunday, throwing a complete game 4-hitter, allowing two earned runs and striking out nine.
Ervin Santana — Complete games must have been the in thing, at least for the Cardinals and Angels. Santana allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out six. He dropped his ERA to 4.35 and his WHIP to 1.11.
Shin-Soo Choo — Only a 2-for-3 day for Choo, but he belted a grand slam, drove in five and scored twice for the Tribe.
Craig Counsel — We’ve got a theme going here, first two pitchers with CGs, now two batters with grand slams. I say batters and not sluggers because, y’know, Counsel is no slugger… Typically. He was on Sunday, though. Counsel went 2-for-4, scored twice and walked.
Ty Wigginton — Every year Wigginton makes lists like this and our Waiver Reports because he pops out performances like he had Sunday. Went 2-for-5 but scored three runs, drove in four, homered and doubled. When he’s hot, Wigginton is rosterable. And with Brian Roberts and Miguel Tejada ailing, Wigginton should continue to see playing time.
Jay Bruce — Popped two solo homers. Nothing else exciting, but hopefully his good fortune Sunday means he’s breaking out of this messy slump. Bruce is hitting just .178.
Clayton Kershaw — Struck out nine batters in seven innings on Sunday. Kershaw allowed just one earned run, scattering four hits and walking four in a no-decision. He could be fantastic this year.
Matt Garza — Continuing to pitch like an ace, Garza threw eight shutout innings on Sunday. He walked two and scattered four hits while striking out five. He has a scant 0.88 ERA and a ridiculous 0.75 WHIP this season.
Jair Jurrjens — Had to pick between Jurrjens, Ricky Romero, Cole Hamels and Ryan Dempster, who all had great pitching performances Sunday. Went with Jurrjens here because he struck out nine in eight innings. He’s not a strikeout pitcher — he had only three Ks in his previous two starts combined. Jurrjens allowed three earned runs and walked three in a no-decision.