Hitter List 4/11: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters To Own ROS

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

The injury bug is in midseason form as many widely owned players have landed on the disabled list during the season’s first two weeks. A handful of elite bats have also been slow to get going, likely due in part to the dying gasps of Old Man Winter across the country. It is also, of course, only April. The better part of six months remain, and these are rest of season rankings. We’re interested in the long view ’round these parts. That said, if you believe I’m under-reacting on any particular player, feel free to make your case in the comments.

On to the highlights!

  • Scott Kingery makes his first appearance on the List after homering in back-to-back games, including a grand slam on Tuesday night. He’s now hitting .258/.324/.548 with two home runs, two stolen bases, and 11 R+RBI through nine games. He’s already logged time at second, third, short, and in the outfield, and one can reasonably expect him to be eligible at all of those positions eventually if he keeps hitting.
  • We all knew going into 2018 that third base would be insanely deep, and that’s embodied in two of this week’s biggest risers: Matt Chapman and Maikel Franco. Both were drafted outside the top 20 at the position per NFBC ADP, but each is off to a quick start that has made them two of the most popular waiver wire pickups in the early going. If Chapman can continue to limit whiffs and Franco’s mechanical tweaks endure, they’ll easily turn profits on the pittance of an investment required to land their services.
  • It’s not possible to draft every player you like, especially when it’s your job to know about basically everyone in the league. Consequently, every year there are guys that I express enthusiasm about in offseason columns who, for one reason or not, don’t end up on many of my rosters. Eugenio Suarez was 2018’s version of this phenomenon, which makes his broken thumb a personal bummer despite not having a lot of shares. There’s no timetable on his return, but hand injuries can sabotage entire seasons.
  • Also notorious for that – back injuries. Until we know more, it’s hard to drop Anthony Rizzo too far; more likely than not he’ll be his usual excellent self once the tightness subsides. Still, the elite are separated by so little that any whiff of uncertainty is cause for a slight demotion in the ranks.
  • Paul DeJong is hitting .302/.333/.535 with three home runs already. Sounds great, right? Of course it does! What doesn’t is 18 strikeouts against one walk. The plate discipline remains terrifying, and once the .455 BABIP falls back to orbit, things could get ugly. Like, “first half of 2017 Trevor Story” ugly…except worse because he doesn’t ever walk. Just something to think about.
Kyle Bishop

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

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Comments


Kyle Bishop

Thanks for reading! Thames was an oversight, he should be on the List but near the bottom for the moment. Still have some concerns about how much he’ll play when everyone is healthy.

Kyle

Was this list published before the news about Odor being out for a while? Seems a little high given the time he’ll be out.

Mark

Kevin Kiermaier is 3 for 32 in 2018 (OPS .327) and is currently wearing a walking boot on his injured foot. How is he moving UP 2 spots? I really appreciate the work but a ranking like this makes me doubt the whole list…

Michael

You seem to be about 20 spots higher on Braun than other rankings. What’s causing you to be so optimistic that you have him rated above Cain, Polanco, etc.?

Kyle

With Ryan Zimmerman getting every 3rd or 4th day off, and also being mostly terrible, is it welcome to dumpsville?

Gennett, Kingery, Panik, Choo, Car-Go or even Grandal (to back up Gattis) available? OPS league.

James

I want to make a case for Mitch Haniger being your most under-ranked player. He is arguably a top 50-60 bat.

Let’s consider all the boxes he checks – these should mandate a spot in the top 50:
1) top 10 wRC+ among all OF? check.
2) sustainable babip? .250. check. in fact, room for significant growth.
3) healthy bb/k rate? an extremely robust .89. with a 15% walk rate.
4) He crushes the ball. #13 in all of baseball in average exit velo, #10 among all OF in hard contact rate and #15 in FB rate. #21 in soft contact rate
5) He elevates. #9 in putting the ball up the middle, #11 in contact rate
6) He has done his all before. Lest you forget his 2017 season, where he put up 129 wRC+ despite an injury plagued second half.

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