Hitter List 6/6: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters To Own ROS

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

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 are becoming more aggressive as we move deeper into the year. With that should come the acknowledgment that small shifts in a specific player’s ranking are often as much a consequence of other players’ more drastic movements as anything else. This is especially true when injuries occur. 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!

  • It’s my birthday! Does that entitle me to any slack insofar as these rankings are concerned? Probably not.
  • Injury roundup: Mookie Betts finally went on the DL after his abdominal strain didn’t improve with rest. He could be back as early as Friday, though, so he remains in #2 spot for now. Relatively good news on the Rhys Hoskins front as his fractured jaw won’t require surgery, but he’s still going to be out until perhaps the end of the month. Josh Donaldson has already dealt with a shoulder injury this year and is now on the shelf with a calf issue. If he’s ever fully healthy, a rebound in performance is likely, but it’s fair to wonder if that scenario will remain hypothetical. Brandon Belt will miss a couple of weeks after having his appendix removed. Lastly, Byron Buxton‘s broken toe continues to give him trouble, and he’s played so poorly that his only value had been coming from steals. I’ve been a Buxton apologist for years, but we’ve now got the equivalent of two full seasons’ worth of MLB data that suggests he’s simply not very good at hitting. He’s still only 24, so it’s a long way from over. Consider my faith shaken, though.
  • New to or back on the List this week: Ben Zobrist, Shin-Soo Choo, Harrison Bader, and Ian Kinsler. Zorilla entered play on Tuesday hitting a cool .306/.395/.465 and has found himself installed as the leadoff hitter in the Cubs’ top-5 lineup. The Rangers’ lineup is much less productive, but Choo has spent the whole season in one of the top two spots and went deep on Tuesday for the 10th time this season, bringing his line up to .267/.369/.453 overall. Bader will have his work cut out for him finding playing time on a crowded Cardinals roster, but he’s got five homers and six steals to his credit in just 113 plate appearances. Lastly, Kinsler had four multi-hit games and three homers last week. His Statcast data suggested he had been much better than his results would indicate, and it seems like this might finally be regression kicking in.
  • So the news on Daniel Murphy is…not good. A recent Washington Post article quoted a scout who described Murphy’s play on his rehab assignment as “gimpy,” “struggling to move laterally,” and “lacking straight-ahead speed.” This video certainly isn’t encouraging, either. Microfracture surgeries aren’t as easy to come back from as Justin Turner made it look last season. History may prove his drop here to be an overreaction, but with no timetable for return and these reports, it’s hard to see Murphy coming back at anything close to his previous form.
Kyle Bishop

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

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    Comments


    theKraken

    Happy birthday! I gift you a few notes…
    Moncada shouldn’t be sliding IMO. He hasn’t been awesome since being activated, but he has hit in nearly every game. He is starting to run a bit and he is hitting the ball better the past few days. I think he will be higher on this list in a week.
    Gary Sanchez seems really high.
    Gregory Polanco has no place in the top 100 – I am not sure he is top 150 right now. He is not even playing regularly.

    Kyle Bishop

    Thanks!

    I think around 75 is reasonable for Moncada, he’s likely to keep running hot and cold. Sanchez is head and shoulders above other catchers and plays almost every day – once his BABIP normalizes a bit he’ll no longer be a huge drag on AVG.

    Fair point on Polanco, I thought I’d bumped him down a bit from last week but apparently not. He’ll continue to drop if he doesn’t get it together quickly.

    theKraken

    I take back my Moncada love… after watching yesterday he is looking pretty rough. I was fooled by a few solid swings the other day, but he doesn’t look like he has much mojo.

    Nick

    Hey Kyle, any reason Aguilar would be that low?
    Is it because you think he will fall off considerably from his current production, or will be reduced to part-time once Thames returns? Based on performance alone, he should be a top 100 hitter I would think.

    Kyle Bishop

    Mostly due to the roster crunch in Milwaukee. If I were certain he’d play every day he’d get a significant boost.

    Frankie

    Devers at #57 feels wrong. I have owned Devers all season and he has without a doubt been the hardest player to keep rostered. So many unranked CI outplaying Devers, sadly.

    In a non-keeper, is Devers droppable despite his rank here?

    marsupial

    I think the ranking here is inflated. I would have a really hard time keeping Devers in the top 100. His xAvg is .230, and he’s striking out 27% of the time. He’s 140th out of 160 qualified batters in contact % (9th overall in swinging strike %). He’s in the top 25 in out of zone swing %. He’s just not seeing/reacting that well to the ball in my opinion.

    With this, plus the at bats I’ve seen, I’ve lost hope for the time being. I would imagine there is a better contributor for the interim on your waiver wire, and I’m not sure anyone is going to be snapping Devers up if you’d like to keep a close eye on him for later.

    Frankie

    I dropped him for Lamb this week (series in Coors.) I guess I will stream the CI for the time being.

    Other options are Cron, Adams, Bour. Not stoked on any of them.

    Kyle Bishop

    Hard to argue with the numbers marsupial put forth – Devers is probably due for a substantial downward revision. Long term I still buy the talent though. Whether or not he’s droppable will depend on context – league settings, available players, etc.

    Kyle Bishop

    I’d be good with swapping him out for Molina. Stassi’s a good option but more of a short-term play since he’ll be out of a job once McCann is healthy.

    Pops

    Considering cutting ties with Jonathan School in a shallow ten teamer. Any optimism for a turnaround?

    Pete

    Realized this was from earlier in the week a min a go before I typed the body, also happy birthday my guy.

    out completely; Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Gregory Polanco, Domingo Santana just to name a few. I have had 0 shares of any of these guys over the past 3 seasons. Very boring players, impossible to trade even when they are playing above their heads. Ok I lied I think I had some sprinkles of Domingo 3 years ago. I think you and I both know that we could use 20 waiver wire pick ups ROS on 4 OF spots and outperform this sad lot.

    Very surprising to me Andujar isn’t on the list, seems like a top 60-80 guy before this week, certainly have him somewhere in Shaw territory now. I disbelieved Tommy Pham to begin with but if you like Tommy Pham in the 20s you’ll love Leonys Martin in the mid 50s.

    I see 3B as a position of reflection right now, Suarez, Andujar, and Candelario are getting sneaky close to some early round choices in terms of production and ROS perceived volume.

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