Hitter List 4/18: Ranking The Top 150 Batters Every Tuesday

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The third week of the MLB regular season is underway, and the list of the top 150 hitters has been adjusted to reflect the most viable, productive fantasy bats across the game right now. Highly touted stars who are slumping have been penalized, while guys who are unequivocally manufacturing offense saw an ascent in the rankings. Injury prognoses and recent DL entrants have been handicapped accordingly. Twelve new players who are generating buzz with their offense have debuted toward the bottom, meaning we said goodbye for the time being to 12 players who weren’t doing enough to merit elite consideration. For elaboration on some of the changes you’ll see, refer to the notes appended to this post below the list itself.

Without further ado, let’s review who the Top 150 hitters in fantasy baseball are:

RankPlayerPosition
1.Mike TroutOF
2.Mookie BettsOF
3.Nolan Arenado3B
4.Jose Altuve2B
5.Kris Bryant1B, 3B, OF
6.Bryce HarperOF
7.Manny Machado3B, SS
8.Paul Goldschmidt1B
9.Corey SeagerSS
10.Anthony Rizzo1B
11.Francisco LindorSS
12.Freddie Freeman1B
13.Miguel Cabrera1B
14.Robinson Cano2B
15.Carlos CorreaSS
16.Charlie BlackmonOF
17.Joey Votto1B
18.George SpringerOF
19.Starling MarteOF
20.Nelson CruzOF, DH
21.Daniel Murphy1B, 2B
22.Xander BogaertsSS
23.Josh Donaldson3B
24.Giancarlo StantonOF
25.Yoenis CespedesOF
26.Rougned Odor2B
27.Trea Turner2B, OF
28.Khris DavisOF
29.Ryan BraunOF
30.Edwin Encarnacion1B, DH
31.Chris Davis1B
32.A.J. PollockOF
33.Christian YelichOF
34.Carlos Santana1B, DH
35.Ian Kinsler2B
36.Brian Dozier2B
37.Wil Myers1B, OF
38.Jonathan Villar2B, SS, 3B
39.Mark TrumboOF, DH
40.Kyle SchwarberC, OF
41.Hanley Ramirez1B, DH
42.Kyle Seager3B
43.Carlos GonzalezOF
44.Jean Segura2B, SS
45.DJ LeMahieu2B
46.Trevor StorySS
47.Adam JonesOF
48.Justin UptonOF
49.Miguel Sano3B, OF
50.Buster PoseyC, 1B
51.Marcell OzunaOF
52.Jose Abreu1B
53.Evan Longoria3B
54.Matt Carpenter1B, 2B, 3B
55.Justin Turner3B
56.Dee Gordon2B
57.Jose Ramirez3B, OF
58.Billy HamiltonOF
59.Mike Moustakas3B
60.Jake Lamb3B
61.Matt KempOF
62.Nomar MazaraOF
63.Andrew McCutchenOF
64.Gregory PolancoOF
65.Albert Pujols1B
66.Brandon Belt1B
67.Andrew BenintendiOF
68.Yasiel PuigOF
69.Eric ThamesOF
70.Adam EatonOF
71.Ian DesmondOF
72.Maikel Franco3B
73.Alex Bregman3B
74.Aledmys DiazSS
75.Dustin Pedroia2B
76.J.D. MartinezOF
77.Kole CalhounOF
78.Stephen PiscottyOF
79.Anthony Rendon3B
80.Eric Hosmer1B
81.Hunter PenceOF
82.Adrian Beltre3B
83.Gary SanchezC
84.Salvador PerezC
85.Jonathan LucroyC
86.Jose BautistaOF
87.Elvis AndrusSS
88.Adam DuvallOF
89.Lorenzo CainOF
90.Eduardo Nunez3B, SS
91.Addison RussellSS
92.Eugenio Suarez3B
93.Jose Peraza2B, SS, OF
94.Brad Miller1B, SS
95.Jacoby EllsburyOF
96.Willson ContrerasC
97.Odubel HerreraOF
98.Matt Holliday1B, OF
99.Adrian Gonzalez1B
100.Yasmani GrandalC
101.Kendrys Morales1B, OF, DH
102.Ben Zobrist2B, OF
103.Troy TulowitzkiSS
104.Victor Martinez1B, DH
105.Todd Frazier1B, 3B
106.Jonathan Schoop2B
107.Starlin Castro2B
108.Jason Kipnis2B
109.J.T. RealmutoC
110.Cesar Hernandez2B
111.Jay BruceOF
112.Lucas Duda1B
113.Michael BrantleyOF
114.Domingo SantanaOF
115.Evan GattisC, DH
116.Ryon Healy3B
117.Mitch HanigerOF
118.Carlos BeltranOF, DH
119.Manuel MargotOF
120.Josh ReddickOF
121.Melky CabreraOF
122.Brandon Phillips2B
123.Nick Castellanos3B
124.David PeraltaOF
125.Jackie Bradley, Jr.OF
126.Yasmany TomasOF
127.Greg Bird1B
128.Chris OwingsSS, OF
129.David DahlOF
130.Steven Souza, Jr.OF
131.Asdrubal CabreraSS
132.Carlos GomezOF
133.Mitch Moreland1B
134.Brandon CrawfordSS
135.Brian McCannC
136.Jedd Gyorko1B, 2B, 3B, SS
137.Stephen VogtC
138.Neil Walker2B
139.Javier Baez2B, 3B, SS
140.Avisail GarciaOF, DH
141.Chase Headley3B
142.Tim AndersonSS
143.Aaron JudgeOF
144.Corey DickersonOF, DH
145.Logan Morrison1B
146.Matt DavidsonDH
147.Logan Forsythe2B
148.Mark Reynolds1B
149.Yangervis Solarte2B, 3B
150.Brandon Drury2B, 3B, OF
  • Josh Donaldson has been nixed from Toronto’s active roster for what’s reported to be a 2-4 week stint on the DL. He is one of the best players in fantasy baseball, but the fact that you cannot rely on his skills until some time in May means he has been tentatively demoted to account for his current lack of availability.
  • Bryce Harper has overtaken Manny Machado to occupy the No. 6 spot after a strong week that comprised a 5-19, 7 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB (1 IBB), 3 K performance. Machado, meanwhile, only has a .175/.298/.375 slash line to show for his efforts
  • Following some electric batting performances, notable risers featured in the Top 25 are Francisco Lindor, Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes and George Springer.
  • Other big promotions include Khris Davis, Brian Dozier, Mike Moustakas, Yasiel Puig, Jacoby Ellsbury, Eugenio Suarez, J.T. Realmuto, Cesar Hernandez, Jonathan Schoop and Michael Brantley.
  • Trea TurnerGary Sanchez, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Buster Posey are examples of players who are enduring DL time to recover from minor injuries: they need not be dropped by any means from your rosters. Their respective values, normally much higher, have been discounted in the rankings to account for their absence and uncertainty of when exactly their return to action will be (even though it is believed to be in the short term). Similarly, but with a little more optimism swirling around a reactivation from the DL as soon as it is possible, Matt KempJason Kipnis and Jean Segura are all slotted far lower than they would be at full health; they will rebound upward upon entrance to their franchise’s active rosters.
  • Adrian Beltre, D. Martinez, Ian Desmond and David Dahl are also  accordingly, based on the murky nature of the timetables for their respective returns from the DL. Dahl and Martinez likely have rehab assignments in front of them, while Desmond is easing back into baseball activities. As soon as something happens that returns them to fantasy relevance, you’ll see changes here.
  • Some of the biggest performance-based tumbles within the rankings that are not related to injury belong to Carlos Gonzalez, Todd Frazier, Jose Bautista, Greg Bird and Tim Anderson. Relatedly, Marcus Semien also struggled but was additionally placed on the DL. He was previously at No. 107 but has been removed from the list for the aggregated reasons of subpar health and poor performances.
  • Falling out of the Top 150—with their previously held rank in parentheses—are Tommy Joseph (100), Travis Jankowski (106), the aforementioned Marcus Semien (107), Kevin Kiermaier (113), Byron Buxton (117), Mike Napoli (122), Joc Pederson (130), C.J. Cron (134), Dansby Swanson (144), Jason Heyward (146) and Justin Bour (147).
  • Making their first appearances on the Hitter List are Chris Owings (128), Asdrubal Cabrera (131), Mitch Moreland (133), Brandon Crawford (134), Avisail Garcia (140), Chase Headley (141), Aaron Judge (143), Corey Dickerson (144), Logan Morrison (145), Matt Davidson (146), Mark Reynolds (148) and Brandon Drury (150).
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Andrew Todd-Smith

Journalistically trained and I have written for SB Nation. Fantasy baseball & football nerd, and there's a solid chance I'll outresearch you. I live in Columbus, pull for Cleveland and could learn to despise your team if you give me reason to. Navy veteran and wordplay addict with an expat background.

2 Responses to “Hitter List 4/18: Ranking The Top 150 Batters Every Tuesday”

  1. Jim Bob April 18, 2017

    Mike Moustakas has earned the rise in the rankings you gave him. Looking forward do you think he ends the year as a top 10 3B? top 15? A good “sell high” player currently, or hold and reap the benefits?

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  2. Jon Mosier

    Do you still consider Marte Top 150 now that he is out until 18 July? If so, approximately where would you place him?

    Reply

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