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Catching up from an eventful Tuesday

By Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

From Nelson Cruz to Nick Evans, from Josh Willingham to Josh Hamilton, there were a ton of home runs in baseball Tuesday -- 36 in all by 35 different players (have yourself a day, Brandon Moss).

But in my mind, none were bigger than the one Xander Bogaerts hit, his fifth of the season and second in as many days.

We didn't get a chance to delve deeper into Bogaerts on Wednesday's Fantasy Baseball Today -- I'll let the discussion on Ian Desmond, Mark Teixeira, Anthony Rendon, Alex Gordon, Hamilton and Kolten Wong speak for itself -- but I believe this stretch that has him hitting .406 (28 for 69) with four home runs in his last 17 games isn't just a hot streak, but a midseason breakout much like the one Hanley Ramirez had as a rookie in 2006, hitting .346 with a .979 OPS in his final 58 games after hitting .259 with a .742 OPS in his first 100.

Which isn't to say Bogaerts will hit .406 the rest of the way or even .346, but you had to expect a 21-year-old to endure some growing pains in his transition to the big leagues. As disciplined as he was during his slow start, his on-base percentage never dropping below .358, he could be an especially dangerous player now that he has his power stroke going (and with eligiblity at the two weakest positions in Fantasy, no less).

Dangerous enough that we may view him as a third- or fourth-round pick going into next season.

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