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5 Overachieving Major Leaguers Destined for a Slump

Steven SimonContributor IIOctober 12, 2016

5 Overachieving Major Leaguers Destined for a Slump

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    Some players have breakout years. Some players slump for an entire year. Some players get off to a slow start. And some players get off to a hot start.

    Here's a look at five players off to really hot starts that are going to slump, big time, in the coming month.

    (All you fantasy players, these are the guys you try to trade now or avoid trading for).

     

    *Position players only.

Edwin Encarnacion

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    Edwin Encarnacion, the corner infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, is off to an amazing start in 2012; it won't last.

    Encarnacion is currently batting .320 with a .376 OBP and nine home runs as well as four stolen bases.

    These will not be his numbers when the season finishes.

Mike Aviles

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    Mike Aviles has a .281 batting average and five home runs. He hasn't developed a bunch of power in the offseason, so that is sure to go down.

    Also be weary, as his OBP is only .317; when those lucky hits stop falling his BA will plummet unless he starts taking those bad pitches.

Bryan LaHair

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    No, I am not on the LaHair train.

    And no, LaHair will not finish the season with a .381 BA, .459 OBP and a massive amount of HRs (he already has six in just over six at-bats).

    This crash is going to be a big one; and yes, it is coming.

Jordan Schafer

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    Jordan Schafer, along with the Houston Astros, have surprised a few critics and won a few games most felt they had no chance at winning.

    Schafer is partly responsible for that.

    With a .273 BA and .360 OBP, Schafer has been on base quite a bit; furthermore, he's taking the extra base when he is on as he already has nine stolen bases on the year.

    While I believe Schafer's speed and base-stealing ability to be real, his attempts will drop as his BA and OBP are likely to do.

Rafael Furcal

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    .330 BA. .389 OBP.

    Some pretty solid numbers for Furcal. They won't last, however.

    But more than the numbers, the reason Furcal's stop is bound to crash is: Health!

    Furcal has played in 24 games already; the last time he played in more than 100 was in 2009.

    He's likely to be on the DL soon.

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