The catcher hit a pair of doubles Tuesday to push his average back up above the Mendoza Line. After a lackluster first half in which he played the backup role to Jonathan Lucroy, Maldonado has shown improvement in recent weeks since getting the starting gig after Lucroy was traded. He's already got more at-bats post All-Star break (69) than he did prior to the Midsummer Classic (66), and Maldonado's .261 second-half batting average is greatly improved from the .152 he posted in the first half of 2016.
Wieters followed up a second-inning RBI double with a run-scoring single in the seventh. The catcher had driven in just three runs in his previous 15 games, so this was a much-needed offensive breakout. Don't expect things to pick up much going forward, though, as Wieters is on pace to finish with a slugging percentage below .400 for the first time since 2010.
Martin's hot bat earned him his first start of the year as the team's DH for Tuesday's tilt. The veteran rewarded manager John Gibbon's decision by logging his sixth multi-hit performance in his last seven games. Martin's gone 15-for-32 (.469) since Aug. 13 with six home runs, 13 RBI and nine runs scored, all while raising his average to a season-high .249.
Chris Gimenez will start behind the plate and bat ninth for Tuesday's contest. For the season, Perez is hitting a bleak .096/.244/.137 and owns a 21 percent strikeout rate.
Vogt's production has taken a dive recently, as he's posted a .160/.192/.320 line over the last seven days. Oakland will give him the night off and start Bruce Maxwell behind the dish.
Juan Centeno will start behind the dish and hit seventh for the Twins' series opener against the Tigers. Suzuki will likely be back at his normal spot Wednesday.
Considered one of the better hitting prospects in the Colorado organization heading into this season, Nunez has had a rather down year in the hitter-friendly confines on the California League. His average is down, his strikeouts are up, and he has not quite shown the same power as a season ago. Still, he has above-average plate discipline for his age, and at just 21, still has plenty of time to hone his craft.
Murphy is having a stellar 2016 campaign, slashing .322/.352/.648 with 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 71 contests. Nick Hundley and Tony Wolters have been adequate behind the plate at the big league level, but Murphy could get called up in September if the Rockies need an extra power bat.
Zunino extended his hitting streak to six games and has five extra-base hits over that span, including three home runs. He struck out twice Monday and will probably never be totally free of the contact issues he has struggled with throughout his career, but it won't matter if he keeps hitting for power like this. He owns a ridiculous .707 slugging percentage through 26 games in 2016.
Sanchez's white hot start to his career continues, as he now has eight home runs, 15 RBI and an absurd .384/.429/.831 batting line in his first 70 plate appearances. Even if Sanchez reverts to something like his numbers at Triple-A -- .282/.339/.468 with 10 home runs in 71 games -- he'll be among the better offensive options at catcher, so there shouldn't be anything stopping you from hopping on the Sanchez bandwagon at this point.