Renaissance Man [ren' i-sans' man] n - a man who knows a lot about many different subjects and has many practical skills and abilities.
At the beginning of each week I am going to take a look at some Rotisserie Renaissance Men from the previous week. Stats in this edition cover the week of April 19th-25th. These are the hitters that are solid contributors to all 5 roto categories and pitchers who are doing things right in 4 - and possibly 5 categories some weeks. Whether these guys are sitting on your bench or your league's waiver wire, they probably need to be in a starting line-up while they are staying hot.
Ryan Braun - OF, Milwaukee Brewers
(22 AB, .364 AVG, 6 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB)
Braun was almost a man among boys this week. Just imagine what his line possibly would have looked like if he had not gone 1-11 in the weekend series against the Cubs. Really though, what more can you expect out of the guy. His unique power/speed combination paired with the .300 average is getting more and more rare in the game but he is only 26 so there are a few more seasons to get that out of him. He does get to feast on the Pirate pitching again this week but then out to San Diego for a 4 game set with the streaking Padres - not as promising of a week.
Mark Reynolds - 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
(19 AB, .421 AVG, 5 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB)
If Ryan Braun had not put up such gaudy numbers in the Pirates series last week and Reynolds not missed time at the beginning of last week Mark very well could have had top billing this week. The .421 average is the rarity for Reynolds, but he is streaky and it looks like he is in a good one right now. Like Braun he gets 7 games this week, 3 at Colorado then a 4 game set at Wrigley Field. Look for this hot streak to continue.
Colby Rasmus - OF, St. Louis Cardinals
(19 AB, .474 AVG, 5 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB)
After struggles with off field issues found their way to effecting his on field play last year, Rasmus looks to have righted the ship and playing up to his potential. Tony LaRussa is resting him against tougher lefties, which is helping his ratios but eventually he will be getting the call every day. Like our other hitters he gets 7 chances this week staying home for 4 against Atlanta and then a chance to feast on the struggling Reds rotation. No lefty starters are pitching so expect more at-bats this week for Rasmus.
Honorable Mentions: Andruw Jones (OF, CWS) - .286/4/3/3/2 & Carl Crawford (OF, TB) - .392/6/1/4/2
John Danks - SP, Chicago White Sox
(16 IP, 2 W, 14 K, 1.69 ERA, 0.69 WHIP)
Danks is really starting to come into his own and taking over as the most dominant pitcher the White Sox have in their rotation. Besides the great week he had last week on the season he has a 1.55 ERA, a WHIP of 0.86 with 26 strike outs in 29 innings pitched. There will eventually be some regression to his mean, and it may come this week against the Yankees in New York this week, but you can't not march him out there with the way he is pitching right now.
Mike Pelfrey - SP, New York Mets
(12 IP, 2 W, 10 K, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)
This is our first repeater of the year and who would have thought it would be Mike Pelfrey, but it is. The development of his secondary pitches has turned him into a mediocre to a plus-good pitcher (can't say great yet). He turned in two quality starts this week, even though one was rain shortened on Sunday, and has not allowed an earned run in 20 innings. A true test comes his way this week going against Roy Halladay and his Phillies in Citizens Bank Ballpark on Friday.
Fernando Rodney - RP, Los Angeles Angels
(4 IP, 1 W, 2 SV, 3 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP)
I know, I know Jonathon Papelbon also had 2 saves and win this week, but his WHIP was almost a full point higher than Mr. Rodney's. After getting bumped from the temporary closer role in Anaheim with Brian Fuentes coming off the DL, Rodney just kept doing what he does. The strike out rate is a lower than you would probably like out of a dominant reliever with 7 Ks in 10 innings, but with a sub 1.00 WHIP you can't complain. If you are a Rodney owner and have room to stash him do that, he will get another crack at that closer job before the year is over.