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

Just as Monday is designated for the eponymous Pitcher List of the Top 100 starting pitchers where Nick Pollack ranks the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball, Tuesday is the hereby appointed day on which Ben Palmer and I will publish our consensus rankings for the Top 150 hitters across the league. Unsurprisingly, we are appropriately calling it The Hitter List. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from hitters for 2017 and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. Note: These rankings have been made with H2H 5×5 12-teamers in mind.

With this established baseline, adjustments will be made in each successive edition of The Hitter List to account for performance, changes to spots occupied within batting orders, injuries, callups to MLB, and so on and so forth.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best bats in fantasy baseball:

1.Mike TroutOF
2.Mookie BettsOF
3.Jose Altuve2B
4.Nolan Arenado3B
5.Manny Machado3B, SS
6.Kris Bryant1B, 3B, OF
7.Josh Donaldson3B
8.Paul Goldschmidt1B
9.Bryce HarperOF
10.Miguel Cabrera1B
11.Anthony Rizzo1B
12.Carlos CorreaSS
13.Robinson Cano2B
14.Corey SeagerSS
15.Joey Votto1B
16.Charlie BlackmonOF
17.Freddie Freeman1B
18.Trea Turner2B, OF
19.Edwin Encarnacion1B, DH
20.Nelson CruzOF, DH
21.Francisco LindorSS
22.Xander BogaertsSS
23.Carlos GonzalezOF
24.Rougned Odor2B
25.Giancarlo StantonOF
26.Starling MarteOF
27.A.J. PollockOF
28.J.D. MartinezOF
29.Adrian Beltre3B
30.Jose Abreu1B
31.Trevor StorySS
32.Carlos Santana1B, DH
33.Ryan BraunOF
34.George SpringerOF
35.Daniel Murphy1B, 2B
36.Chris Davis1B
37.Andrew McCutchenOF
38.Jean Segura2B, SS
39.Christian YelichOF
40.Mark TrumboOF, DH
41.Kyle Seager3B
42.Yoenis CespedesOF
43.Jonathan Villar2B, SS, 3B
44.Kyle SchwarberC, OF
45.Ian Kinsler2B
46.DJ LeMahieu2B
47.Hanley Ramirez1B, DH
48.Matt Carpenter1B, 2B, 3B
49.Ian DesmondOF
50.Buster PoseyC, 1B
51.Justin UptonOF
52.Brian Dozier2B
53.Anthony Rendon3B
54.Gary SanchezC
55.Adam JonesOF
56.Evan Longoria3B
57.Khris DavisOF
58.Jose BautistaOF
59.Maikel Franco3B
60.Wil Myers1B, OF
61.Todd Frazier1B, 3B
62.Gregory PolancoOF
63.Billy HamiltonOF
64.Albert Pujols1B
65.Dee Gordon2B
66.Miguel Sano3B, OF
67.Eric Hosmer1B
68.Matt KempOF
69.Alex Bregman3B
70.Jose Ramirez3B, OF
71.Justin Turner3B
72.Victor Martinez1B, DH
73.Jonathan LucroyC
74.Dustin Pedroia2B
75.Andrew BenintendiOF
76.Marcell OzunaOF
77.Kole CalhounOF
78.Brandon Belt1B
79.Jake Lamb3B
80.Stephen PiscottyOF
81.Jason Kipnis2B
82.Jackie Bradley, Jr.OF
83.Aledmys DiazSS
84.Adam EatonOF
85.Tommy Joseph1B
86.Mike Moustakas3B
87.Willson ContrerasC
88.Adrian Gonzalez1B
89.Odubel HerreraOF
90.Nomar MazaraOF
91.David DahlOF
92.Greg Bird1B
93.Eric ThamesOF
94.Yasiel PuigOF
95.Brad Miller1B, SS
96.Yasmani GrandalC
97.Addison RussellSS
98.Ben Zobrist2B, OF
99.Travis JankowskiOF
100.Lorenzo CainOF
101.Salvador PerezC
102.Hunter PenceOF
103.Marcus SemienSS
104.Jose Peraza2B, SS, OF
105.Elvis AndrusSS
106.Kendrys Morales1B, OF, DH
107.Matt Holliday1B, OF
108.Eduardo Nunez3B, SS
109.Adam DuvallOF
110.Melky CabreraOF
111.Carlos BeltranOF
112.Jonathan Schoop2B
113.Kevin KiermaierOF
114.Troy TulowitzkiSS
115.Byron BuxtonOF
116.Ryon Healy3B
117.Josh ReddickOF
118.Neil Walker2B
119.Javier Baez2B, 3B, SS
120.Stephen VogtC
121.Evan GattisC
122.Carlos GomezOF
123.Mike Napoli1B
124.Brandon Moss1B, OF
125.Tim AndersonSS
126.Jacoby EllsburyOF
127.Logan Forsythe2B
128.Domingo SantanaOF
129.Starlin Castro2B
130.Justin Bour1B
131.Eugenio Suarez3B
132.Jedd Gyorko1B, 2B, 3B, SS
133.Joc PedersonOF
134.Lucas Duda1B
135.David PeraltaOF
136.Russell MartinC
137.Dexter FowlerOF
138.Dansby SwansonSS
139.C.J. Cron1B
140.Michael BrantleyOF
141.Denard SpanOF
142.Devon Travis2B
143.Kevin PillarOF
144.Curtis GrandersonOF
145.Jason HeywardOF
146.Leonys MartinOF
147.Josh Bell1B, OF
148.Chris Carter1B
149.J.T. RealmutoC
150.Ryan Schimpf2B, 3B


  • It’s incredibly tough to gauge value across multiple different positions, making this list more of a loose ranking across all positions as opposed to being a rigid list across the board.
  • Being relegated to the 10-day DL in recent days were Colorado’s Ian Desmond and David Dahl, Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis, and Detroit’s J.D. Martinez. As such, their rankings are being discounted for the time being to sort of handicap the status quo, since their talents are worth hanging on to but certainly not doing anything for you in H2H matchups this week. Take the numbers next to their names with a grain of salt, as they will pop right back up to the tiers where they belong when they resume play at full health.
  • As you can imagine, it’s difficult to draw an arbitrary line at the 150 mark deciding who “gets in” and who’s left on the outside looking in. It’s important that we assuage any concerns that guys who are actually quite solid might have been overlooked. Brian McCann, Yulieski Gurriel, Nick Castellanos, Cesar Hernandez, Welington Castillo, Josh Harrison, Jay Bruce, Yasmany Tomas, Keon Broxton, Steve Pearce, Yadier Molina, Yunel Escobar, Ender Inciarte, Randal Grichuk and several others are on our radar but not necessarily quite in premier fantasy contention just yet. Again, this is a dynamic document that is subject to change, so please bear that in mind.
  • Pittsburgh 3B Jung Ho Kang was left off the rankings entirely, since his current immigration/visa situation is still hanging in the balance. Until he’s able to get approval to return stateside and progress back toward playing time, we are tentatively omitting him from the rankings. As soon as it is pertinent to throw him back in the 150 where he belongs, we’ll be sure to include him accordingly.
  • Similar situation for Wilson Ramos as far as how we’re opting to ignore him from a fantasy standpoint right now. The occupants of the 10-day DL are a decidedly different and temporary beast, as compared to a murkier timeline for coming back from such a serious injury. However, the stud that is a healthy Ramos is still a ways away from making his convalesced return to action; he’ll no doubt debut here when Tampa Bay gets him back in the lineup.
Andrew Todd-Smith

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Nathan Smith

How is Chris Davis 20 spots ahead of Khris Davis? I feel like it would be easier to justify flipping them.

Also EE above Nelson Cruz only makes sense if you expect a massive decline from Cruz (as he hits 20-40 points better than EE and with more power)

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