Hitter List 5/16: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters To Own ROS

Rank Change Hitter Position(s) Previous Best Worst
1 - Mike Trout OF 1 1 1
2 +2 Mookie Betts OF 4 2 9
3 - Bryce Harper OF 3 3 9
4 -2 Jose Altuve 2B 2 2 4
5 - Nolan Arenado 3B 5 3 5
6 - Charlie Blackmon OF 6 5 7
7 - Freddie Freeman 1B, 3B 7 7 11
8 +1 Aaron Judge OF 9 8 13
9 -1 Joey Votto 1B 8 6 10
10 - Trea Turner SS 10 3 10
11 - Manny Machado 3B, SS 11 11 15
12 - Kris Bryant 3B 12 10 12
13 +1 Jose Ramirez 2B, 3B 14 13 17
14 +1 Giancarlo Stanton OF 15 14 15
15 -2 Carlos Correa SS 13 12 15
16 - Gary Sanchez C 16 16 18
17 - J. D. Martinez OF 17 17 20
18 - Francisco Lindor SS 18 18 21
19 +1 George Springer OF 20 19 22
20 -1 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 19 5 20
21 +1 Rhys Hoskins 1B, OF 22 20 24
22 +1 Jose Abreu 1B 23 22 29
23 +1 Brian Dozier 2B 24 22 28
24 +1 Dee Gordon 2B 25 24 30
25 +1 Khris Davis OF 26 25 33
26 +1 Anthony Rizzo 1B, 2B 27 16 27
27 +1 Edwin Encarnacion 1B 28 25 30
28 +6 Ozzie Albies 2B 34 28 50
29 +1 Starling Marte OF 30 29 45
30 -1 Justin Upton OF 29 23 30
31 +1 Christian Yelich OF 32 31 37
32 +1 Nelson Cruz DH 33 32 36
33 +5 Tommy Pham OF 38 33 46
34 -3 Josh Donaldson 3B 31 21 35
35 +1 Andrew Benintendi OF 36 30 36
36 +4 Anthony Rendon 3B 40 33 42
37 +4 Jonathan Schoop 2B 41 37 45
38 -3 Cody Bellinger 1B, OF 35 23 39
39 - Didi Gregorius SS 39 38 82
40 +2 Jean Segura SS 42 40 58
41 +2 Xander Bogaerts SS 43 41 49
42 +5 Willson Contreras C 47 37 47
43 +2 Alex Bregman 3B, SS 45 36 45
44 +2 Buster Posey C 46 44 48
45 +3 Lorenzo Cain OF 48 45 63
46 +4 Mike Moustakas 3B 50 46 90
47 +4 Joey Gallo 1B, 3B, OF 51 47 68
48 -4 Marcell Ozuna OF 44 31 48
49 +6 Ender Inciarte OF 55 49 63
50 +2 Travis Shaw 3B 52 49 53
51 +3 Mitch Haniger OF 54 51 105
52 +7 Carlos Santana 1B, OF 59 52 67
53 +7 Rafael Devers 3B 60 53 72
54 +8 Javier Baez 2B, SS 62 54 133
55 +8 Trevor Story SS 63 55 102
56 -7 Yoenis Cespedes OF 49 47 56
57 +1 Daniel Murphy 2B 58 57 89
58 +6 Yoan Moncada 2B 64 58 91
59 -3 Eric Hosmer 1B 56 52 59
60 +5 Ronald Acuna OF 65 60 85
61 +5 Whit Merrifield 2B 66 61 71
62 +5 Eugenio Suarez 3B 67 62 121
63 +20 Eddie Rosario OF 83 63 108
64 +13 Odubel Herrera OF 77 64 96
65 +5 Kyle Schwarber OF 70 65 107
66 +7 Salvador Perez C 73 66 81
67 +7 Nick Castellanos 3B, OF 74 67 83
68 +8 Nomar Mazara OF 76 68 85
69 +33 Justin Turner 3B 102 69 113
70 -49 A. J. Pollock OF 21 21 70
71 +7 J. T. Realmuto C 78 71 110
72 +7 Andrew McCutchen OF 79 47 79
73 +50 Andrelton Simmons SS 123 73 142
74 +1 Billy Hamilton OF 75 58 76
75 -14 Adrian Beltre 3B 61 54 75
76 -23 Miguel Cabrera 1B 53 41 76
77 +20 Wilson Ramos C 97 77 103
78 -7 Miguel Sano 3B 71 57 78
79 -7 DJ LeMahieu 2B 72 62 79
80 +36 Michael Brantley OF 116 80 123
81 -12 Wil Myers 1B 69 43 81
82 - Kyle Seager 3B 82 82 88
83 +1 Yasmani Grandal C 84 83 98
84 +1 Hanley Ramirez 1B, DH 85 84 122
85 +2 Gregory Polanco OF 87 55 87
86 -5 Rougned Odor 2B 81 76 88
87 +1 Cesar Hernandez 2B 88 87 129
88 +22 Jed Lowrie 2B 110 88 135
89 -9 Chris Taylor 2B, OF 80 62 89
90 -4 Brett Gardner OF 86 86 99
91 -2 Justin Smoak 1B 89 48 91
92 +26 David Peralta OF 118 92 145
93 +16 Corey Dickerson OF 109 93 132
94 +4 Marcus Semien SS 98 94 115
95 +5 Paul DeJong 2B, SS 100 95 128
96 -3 Jake Lamb 3B 93 77 97
97 +2 Jose Martinez 1B, OF 99 97 138
98 -3 Domingo Santana OF 95 70 105
99 +2 Marwin Gonzalez 1B, 3B, SS, OF 101 86 101
100 +4 Adam Jones OF 104 74 104
101 +5 Adam Duvall OF 106 93 106
102 +13 Delino DeShields OF 115 102 146
103 -9 Eduardo Nunez 2B, 3B, OF 94 74 103
104 -12 Matt Chapman 3B 92 79 130
105 +6 Josh Bell 1B 111 104 111
106 +16 Scooter Gennett 2B 122 106 130
107 -2 Ian Kinsler 2B 105 95 107
108 -17 Matt Olson 1B 91 55 108
109 +3 Trey Mancini 1B 112 107 112
110 +3 Elvis Andrus SS 113 52 115
111 -15 Ian Happ 2B, OF 96 69 111
112 -22 Manuel Margot OF 90 75 112
113 -5 Byron Buxton OF 108 56 113
114 -57 Ryan Braun OF 57 55 114
115 -8 Michael Conforto OF 107 87 119
116 -2 Teoscar Hernandez OF 114 114 146
117 +19 Eduardo Escobar 2B, 3B, SS 136 117 148
118 -50 Adam Eaton OF 68 53 118
119 -2 Todd Frazier 3B 117 117 137
120 +20 Franchy Cordero OF 140 120 149
121 -2 Shin-Soo Choo OF 119 115 121
122 -2 Yasiel Puig OF 120 76 122
123 +1 Jay Bruce OF 124 118 124
124 +1 Dexter Fowler OF 125 124 132
125 +1 Aaron Hicks OF 126 125 134
126 +2 Yangervis Solarte 2B, 3B, SS 128 126 150
127 +5 Yadier Molina C 132 111 134
128 +5 Brandon Belt 1B 133 128 148
129 +5 Albert Pujols 1B 134 129 142
130 -1 Miguel Andujar 3B 129 129 145
131 +7 Tim Anderson SS 138 131 149
132 -11 Jonathan Villar 2B, SS 121 121 132
133 +2 Tyler Austin 1B 135 133 143
134 +3 Josh Reddick OF 137 134 147
135 +4 Yonder Alonso 1B 139 135 148
136 +5 Asdrubal Cabrera 2B, 3B, SS 141 136 150
137 +9 Maikel Franco 3B 146 137 146
138 +4 Kevin Pillar OF 142 138 149
139 +5 Matt Adams 1B 144 139 144
140 +5 Jorge Soler OF 145 140 145
141 +6 Max Kepler OF 147 141 147
142 +6 Matt Kemp OF 148 142 148
143 +6 Scott Schebler OF 149 143 149
144 +UR Mitch Moreland 1B UR 144 144
145 +5 C. J. Cron 1B 150 145 150
146 +UR Ryon Healy 1B, 3B UR 146 146
147 +UR Nick Markakis OF UR 147 147
148 -18 Steven Souza OF 130 95 148
149 -6 Christian Villanueva 3B 143 143 149
150 +UR Gleyber Torres 2B UR 150 150

Welcome back to Hitter List. Every Wednesday during the regular season, I’ll rank the current value of the top 150 hitters for the remainder of the year. Use these rankings to help get a sense of both a player’s expected performance and his trade value in your fantasy leagues moving forward.  They’re constructed with 12-teamer, H2H, 5×5 leagues in mind; adjust as needed for your specific setup. Position eligibility does factor in to a degree.

As a reminder: There’s a ton of baseball left to be played, and these are rest of season rankings. We’re interested in the long view ’round these parts. That said, adjustments to the List were more aggressive this week and you can expect that to hold in the weeks to come. With that should come the acknowledgment that small shifts are often as much a consequence of other players’ more drastic movements as anything else. Put another way, please do not @ me if a guy moved up like two spots even if he’s failed to get a hit in the last couple games. I do, however, welcome more substantive grievances in the comments.

On to the highlights!

  • Injury roundup: The hits just keep on coming, with multiple marquee names facing lengthy absences. A.J. Pollock was off to an incredible start, rewarding those who invested an early pick despite the injury history. He broke his thumb on Monday night and will miss the remainder of the first half. Also likely out until July is Adam Eaton; the Nationals’ outfielder underwent ankle surgery after a lengthy diagnostic process that frustrated fantasy owners. Adrian Beltre and DJ LeMahieu had both only recently returned from injury before having to go back on the DL this week. Beltre re-aggravated his prior hamstring strain, while LeMahieu suffered a sprained thumb. Yoenis Cespedes is healthy enough to pinch-hit, but the Mets placed him on the DL Tuesday morning as his sore hip has not improved. Miguel Cabrera remains out after experiencing soreness in his back and hip during rehab of an injury to neither of those parts of his body, which is just great. The big story, of course, is Robinson Cano. Owners had already braced for a lengthy absence after an errant pitch broke the veteran’s hand, but they’ll be waiting even longer than anticipated. Cano was handed an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
  • New to or back on the List this week:  Mitch Moreland, Ryon Healy, Nick Markakis, and Gleyber Torres. Moreland and Healy are both riding hot streaks that likely won’t last, though Moreland’s plum spot in a dangerous Boston lineup could continue boosting his counting stats even after he cools off. I still can’t wrap my mind around what’s happening with Markakis, but the results have been there and the peripherals pass the smell test.
  • Willson Contreras has logged on. The Cubs catcher entered play last Wednesday hitting .230/.315/.354 with just one home run. Three games later, he’d quadrupled his homer total, more than doubled his RBI, and brought his triple-slash right in line with expectations at .281/.352/.516.
  • Christian Villanueva to slump at some point, but this cold streak was particularly brutal. Villanueva was definitely on the chopping block this week as he entered Tuesday’s game hitless in his last 36 at-bats. He finally snapped that skid, going 2-for-3 with his 10th homer of the year. That’s just enough to earn a reprieve, though his place on the List remains in jeopardy.
Kyle Bishop

Kyle also writes for RotoBaller and Metro.us. He lives in Denver.

    Comments


    Kevin

    Hold Braun over Teoscar, Duvall, Gardener, Cordero or Buxton? Everything about Braun feels like age and injury have finally caught up with him. 4 for 33 in the month of May. What do you think?

    Kyle Bishop

    They’re all pretty bunched together in the rankings. Nothing wrong with betting on any of them, really. Buxton’s the speed play, Gardner for runs, Duvall for power, Franchy and Teoscar the pop/speed combos. Team needs are a fine tiebreaker if you’re torn.

    Kevin

    Thx for the response. I grabbed Teoscar for the upside I’m a sucker for potential – ha) as you mentioned, the other guys are all pretty well known quantities. Keep up the good work.

    Adrian Fernandez

    Great to see most of my guys moving up. So, compared to Brandon Crawford, Kinsler is the better option ROS. But if I only plan to hold him for another month or so, might I be better off with Crawford temporarily or his good hitting will likely be much more short-lived?

    Chucky

    Not seeing very much from the Rangers….Mazara and Gallo not withstanding. Thisclose to unloading all my shares in Odor and the Dentist. Neither showing much at this point. Not crazy to grab Harrison of the WW when he gets back I would imagine. What about this kid Niko Goodrum from Det. Seems to do a bit of everything. Mallex is available and appears to do everything the DDS was supposed to do, right?

    Kyle Bishop

    It’s hard to give up on Odor because even last year when he was a huge AVG/OBP liability, he still gave you 30/15 with decent run production, and he’s still only 24. As for DDS, not sure what you were expecting but he’s doing exactly what I figured on: .260ish average, around 100 run/50 SB pace, the occasional bonus dinger. Plenty of value in that. Nothing wrong with Mallex if you just need a change and/or buy the AVG. I personally do not, and he’s hitting at the bottom of a lousy lineup.

    RC

    With the way Braun has been DTD, is he even worth holding in a 10-team redraft H2H weekly lock?

    Kyle Bishop

    It always depends on the replacement options, but I think it’s fair to consider moving on in shallower formats, particularly a weekly league. I rank with daily leagues in mind because I think A) they’re more common and B) they should be more common because weekly leagues are bad.

    Adam

    Some of your rankings are completely divorced from reality. Markakis is a top 10 hitter right now but you just put him on the list?? In the 140s? You should stop clinging to your preseason rankings.

    Kyle Bishop

    Well of course they’re divorced from reality, they’re fantasy baseball rankings.

    Dad jokes aside, where would you have him? Markakis hasn’t been this good in…ever, and the last time he was close to this level was a decade ago. I am impressed by the improvement in already-good plate discipline and the significant increase in launch angle suggests that some of this run is sticky. But I still anticipate a fairly significant amount of regression. You evidently feel otherwise. And time may prove you right, but by then he’ll have moved up the List significantly because I may be dumb, but I ain’t stupid.

    Also, to be pedantic, Markakis is a top 15 hitter right now.

    Taylor Sims

    I think Yuli Gurriel deserves to be on this list. If you squint hard enough you’ll be able to see what I’m talking about.

    He’s a great source of Rs, RBIs, and batting average.

    Saint

    What are your thoughts on Marwin? I have him and I’m enthusiastic about your 99 ranking. Not sure why you have him so high. Thanks in advance for your feedback?

    Kyle Bishop

    Being honest, I probably ought to have dropped him this week, and definitely will next time if he doesn’t show anything. He’s had a couple of 3-4 game bursts over the last few weeks, the next one needs to develop into sustained production.

    Saint

    He’s currently my first guy off the bench. I have Semien at SS (2 run tater off Sale tonight) so I’m holding on to Marwin because of his positional flexibility. Its a 6×6 H2H league with OPS. I’m just having a hard time with his High K rate and misserable OPS.

    I have J.D. and would like to add Moreland for a mini-stack when they are in the lineup at the same time, and bail on Marwin. Moreland would be my first guy off the bench. Your thoughts kind sir?

    Jonathan Abramson

    I’ve got Sanchez, Healy/Zimmerman, Odor/Asdrubal, Moose, Correa, Ozuna, Upton & a better than avg staff but can’t buy a win. Trade Ozuna & Moose?

    Fresh Meat

    How much does the 2017 season and prior continue to weigh on these rankings? I don’t understand how Ozuna can be 100 spots ahead of Cron when he’s sour as grandmas fupa fold and Cron’s consistency is increasing his value significantly. When you compare Rhys and Cron, they’re 2018 production and fantasy contributions are almost equal. Why not have the list represent the current season’s situations better, instead of it taking career values, ROS projections and keeping guys in a place they shouldn’t be. That would make this list a much more useful tool for evaluating trades. Goldy does not have the value anywhere near your #20 ranking. Maybe I need a primer to better understand the way you are valuing these hitters. Nothing but love

    careagan

    If you owned Ozuna would you accept a straight up trade for Cron? I certainly wouldn’t, based on track record but also the fact that you drafted Ozuna in a high round and the Cron owner plucked him from the wire last week. 2018 will have its share of breakout hitters but you can’t give up on established hitters after a month and a half. I owned Machado last year and he was hitting around .200 for the first couple months, but he heated up significantly later and he’s performing huge so far this season too.

    Kyle Bishop

    Agree with most of this, though I would caution against putting much stock in the initial investment. In redraft leagues, it doesn’t really matter what you paid to land a player once the games are being played. You don’t want to compound interest on sunk cost.

    Kyle Bishop

    Just looking at what a player has done this season is a mistake, and it wouldn’t make for a terribly interesting List. You can easily sort leaderboards on FanGraphs or any of the major fantasy platforms if all you want is a ranking of 2018 performance. You do have to consider all those other factors. Track record, scouting reports, age, team/park context…all the pieces matter. Even when struggling, Goldy gets a longer leash than some Quad-A jabroni because he’s been elite for years. Is it possible that Goldy forgot how to hit and/or won’t rebound this season? Sure. Is it likely? I doubt it. Is Cron suddenly a stud after years of middling performances? Again, possible, but I’m not counting on it. Perhaps you have more faith in either or both scenarios, which is fine.

    Eric Thames looked like a monster at this time last year – that didn’t really pan out. I don’t think it’s unfair to put the burden of proof on players who don’t have a track record of success. We’re only a quarter of the way through the season. As we progress, current performance will naturally take on more weight in these rankings. If you think I’m not putting enough emphasis on it right now, that’s fine – as Jules Winnfield once said, this is just where you and I differ.

    JJ

    Got offered Chris Archer for Miguel Cabrera. I’ve got plenty of cover at 1B, but do you see Archer being worth it?

    Saint

    I’m still Looking to pull the trigger on Moreland and drop Marwin to add to my already having J.D. I don’t see Hanley on the List. Batting in the heart of a great offensive lineup, what are your thoughts on him and is he worth a SP4 or Sp5 such as a Manaea, Mikolas or J. Gray? 6X6 H2H with QS and I’ve already accumulated the most W’s, QS’s, and have the best ERA to date. Thanks again for the feedback.

    Paul

    12 team h2h 5×5 cats
    My Puig and Archer for their Polanco and Dee Gordon? The joy of dumping Archer and his volatility outweighs losing Puig and the hot run he’s on.

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