MLB Barometer: One Down, Five to Go
MLB Barometer: One Down, Five to Go

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

Remember when Ryan Zimmerman had 11 homers and a .420/.458/.886 last April?

That was the same month that Jason Vargas looked like Clayton Kershaw.

How about Alex Bregman's .250/.340/.310 opening month last season without a home run? (At least he's got one so far in 2018!)

It's easy to get caught up in the early-season production we've banked – or missed out on – as the calendar flips to May. Understandably, our patience begins to run thin, and we want to believe that the players currently carrying our teams at or near the top of the standings are producing at new and improved sustainable clips.

This week's risers and fallers focus on a few of the biggest movers in each direction from the first month-plus of the 2018 season. Naturally, this list is not exhaustive, as Didi Gregorius has been a $50(!) player to this point, and he is likely the biggest riser in the player pool since draft day.

Starting next week, I will begin to focus on adjusted values for various position groups, in addition to featuring players trending in both directions with their roles and recent production.

RISERS

A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI - Pollock's fast start to 2018 has started to quell my concerns that his power production maxed out when he hit 20 homers in 673 plate appearances for the D-backs in 2015. The early returns have been excellent for those who were willing to draft him as a fringe top-50 player several

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Derek VanRiper
Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).
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