As we approach the midway point of the season, it's time to start looking at players having really great season. We know all of the obvious one, but here are some players that deserve more recognition than they're getting.
6. Nick Castellanos, Tigers
Everyone likes to hate on the Tigers, but they're second in the division, believe it or not. Castellanos is quietly having by far his best season. He's hitting .329, the eighth best average in all of baseball. He also has driven in 34 RBI, which is easily the most on the team.
5. Miles Mikolas, Cardinals
You probably don't even know who this guy is unless you're from St. Louis. He had just 10 career starts this season, but has quietly been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. He is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA and is one of the reasons the Cardinals are surprisingly still in the division race.
4. Travis Shaw, Brewers
For some reason, no one is talking about the Brewers, despite the fact that they have the best record in the NL. As a team, they're just 17th in baseball in runs scored. Third baseman Travis Shaw, who might be recognized for playing with the Red Sox, has been the biggest part of the offense. He has 14 home runs (third in NL) and 39 RBI (10th in NL).
3. Edwin Diaz, Mariners
It's still a mystery how the Mariners came out of nowhere to even pass the Astros in the bullpen. Diaz has been lights out at the end of games, with 22 saves in 25 attempts. He leads the entire league in saves and is averaging 14.73 strikeouts per nine innings.
2. Andrelton Simmons, Angels
All of the love has gone to Trout, Ohtani and even Pujols (3,000 hits) this season. But the igniter on the offense has been Simmons. He's hit .330, fourth in the AL, and has hit everywhere in the order this year, giving them some flexibility. He just hit the DL with an ankle sprain and will definitely be missed by the Angels.
1. Jonathan Holder, Yankees
When you're part of the same bullpen as big name guys like Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and David Robertson, it's easy to go unnoticed. But Holder has been the most consistent Yankees reliever this season, from start to finish. He hasn't had any bad stretches, like every other reliever has for the team. And he has slowly but surely moved up the depth chart and gotten a chance to pitch when it really matters.