Should Ben Zobrist owners sell high? 

April, 29, 2011
Entering Thursday, I thought the Tampa Bay Rays' team MVP -- in real life and fantasy -- was the surprising Sam Fuld, who was walking, running, defending and leading his team back over the .500 mark. It certainly wasn't Evan Longoria (disabled list), Manny Ramirez (retirement), B.J. Upton (oh, those strikeouts), Sean Rodriguez (barely playing), Johnny Damon (.288 on-base percentage) or John Jaso (hitting .196 and not drawing walks). One of the four universally owned Rays was second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist, but he was hitting a mere .205, underachieving and testing his owners' patience.

Then Zobrist went out and delivered what would be a month of production for some players in an historic performance Thursday. He hit a pair of home runs, three doubles, scored five runs, stole a base, got seven hits and knocked in 10 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the beleaguered Minnesota Twins. Zobrist raised his batting average 53 points and vaulted to the major league RBI lead, with one excellent day. Think about that: Zobrist had 10 RBIs in one day. The Twins leader for the season is Danny Valencia, with 11.

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Jesse Johnson/US PresswireBen Zobrist, a switch-hitter, was a one-man wrecking crew Thursday in Minnesota.
To the credit of generally impatient fantasy owners, Zobrist remained 100 percent owned in ESPN standard (10-team) leagues entering Thursday. I suspect he remained popular because he did enter the day with five home runs and four stolen bases, and there's not much available at second base. He wasn't getting many hits, but he was being productive, especially for a second baseman.