Fantasy Baseball Report: Branyan Surging in Seattle

Tom FroemmingCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

High Five: The top-five players available in more than 50 percent of leagues:

Russell Branyan, 1B, Seattle Mariners

.324, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 16 runs, 1 SB

His batting average should plummet at some point, as he's a .233 hitter over his career, but the power is there. Expect Branyan to hit 25-30 homers if he stays healthy and in the lineup. With guys like Ichiro hitting at the top of the lineup, expect Branyan to see plenty of RBI opportunities as well.

Phil Hughes, SP, New York Yankees

1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 6 K, 6 IP

It's too early to judge if he's taken the next step or not, but sooner or later Hughes is going to be a great Major Leaguer. He's 6-7 with a 4.87 ERA and 6.9 K/9 in 22 starts with the Yankees, but has nothing left to prove in the minors. He is 31-8 with a 2.37 ERA and 10 K/9 in six seasons in the minors.

Cristian Guzman, SS, Washington Nationals

.373, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 9 runs, 1 SB

He's had a hard time staying on the field, but this guy can hit when he's healthy. Since the start of the 2007 season, Guzie has hit .322. While he provides little in the home run and stolen base categories, he's a guy who scores runs and will give your average a boost.

Jonathan Sanchez, SP, San Francisco Giants

1-1, 2.60 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 17 K, 17 1/3 IP

I'm still wondering what's taking so long for fantasy players to jump on Sanchez. He may not pick up many wins pitching for the Giants, but he has 174 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings since the start of last year and plays his home games in a pitchers park.

Edwin Jackson, SP, Detroit Tigers

1-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 21 K, 32 IP

Once considered the crown jewel of the Dodgers' system, Jackson appears to be breaking out in his first season with the Tigers. The 25-year-old was 14-11 with a 4.42 ERA with Tampa Bay last season, and is showing much better control so far this year. He entered the season with a 1.36:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio but has a 2.63:1 ratio with Detroit.

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