We have used this space in recent weeks to focus on Giancarlo Stanton’s pursuit of Roger Maris and 61 home runs. If Stanton gets hot over the final three weeks, he will get there, but his pace has slowed in September.
Stanton is rightfully getting the most attention on the Marlins for his epic second half, but there are other players on the roster worth a big round of applause. J.T. Realmuto has emerged as one of the best offensive catchers in baseball (and is surprisingly agile on the bases). Realmuto has hit .278/.331/.452 on the year. He is a sneaky top-five offensive backstop in the league.
The Blue Jays have been letting their kids play, and the results have been promising. Richard Urena and Teoscar Hernandez have both made strong cases for starting roles in 2018 and beyond. Both could face stiff competition for playing time if more established names like Troy Tulowitzki, Devon Travis and Steve Pearce come back strong after injury-plagued years.
Hernandez has the easier path to a full-time role, as Urena is blocked at both middle-infield spots. Hernandez was one of the top prospects for the Houston Astros but had no real path to a starting job in their crowded outfield. Assuming the Jays decide to move on from Jose Bautista after an ugly season, Hernandez could have a job nailed down for next year. He has the potential to blossom into a 20-20 player if given the chance.