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The Saber's Edge: Second-Half Breakout Hitters

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman writes about all things Baseball for RotoWire. He also handles scouting and reporting for PrepBaseballReport.com. Jeff also contributes to RoyalsReview.com, FanGraphs.com and BaseballHeatMaps.com.

With just over a month left in the 2014 season, fantasy owners have a good idea of what to expect from most hitters and it is tough to find any surprises. Don't give up though. It's time to start finding those players who may have made a mid-season change, and are seeing increases in production as a result. The change may not be obvious because of inferior early-season stats. This week, I will attempt to unearth some of these gems.

Finding possible diamonds is getting tougher, so don't let a little work stop you from trying. We are looking for positive changes which can be verified by increased plate discipline, a different plate approach, or better health. The main item I want to stay away from is any BABIP driven surges. BABIP has too much noise involved with it to trust changes on small samples.


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