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

Kyle Bishop's update ranking the Top 150 Hitters every Wednesday through 2018.

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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.

  • Avatar Spencer Gil says:

    Hey Kyle, love the list update every week. How do you feel about Eric Thames/why hasn’t he made the top 150 for you?

    • Avatar Kyle Bishop says:

      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.

  • Avatar Erik says:

    Where would you rank Simmons?

    • Avatar Kyle Bishop says:

      He’s knocking on the door. I still wonder just how much he’ll ultimately contribute in counting stats.

  • Avatar Kyle says:

    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.

    • Avatar Kyle Bishop says:

      I hadn’t heard the timetable when I put the List together – you’re right, should have bumped him down a little.

  • Avatar Mark says:

    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…

  • Avatar Michael says:

    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.?

  • Avatar Sean says:

    Cabrera > Pollock? Really?

  • Avatar Kyle says:

    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.

  • Avatar James says:

    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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