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

As a reminder: It’s only April. 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. This week’s movements are a bit more aggressive; 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!

  • Yet more injury casualties. Elvis Andrus is the big one, as he’ll miss 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist. That’s A) a significant chunk of time and B) a particularly tough injury for a hitter to come back from. Andrus could see his bat speed and power sapped even when he’s healthy enough to return. Kevin Kiermaier continues to disappoint fantasy owners with his inability to stay healthy – this time it’s a torn thumb ligament that will likely cost him the rest of the season’s first half. He falls off the List entirely as a result. At least Jonathan Schoop‘s oblique strain is thought to be mild.
  • New to the List this week: Eric Thames (an oversight last time around), Jed Lowrie, Andrelton Simmons, Christian Villanueva, Matt Davidson, and Shohei Ohtani. The latter is, unfortunately, suffering from what looks like a pretty nasty blister that necessitated him being removed from Tuesday’s game. Still, he’s been such a revelation at the plate in these first few weeks that recognition seemed overdue, even if questions remain about how many at-bats he’ll ultimately get and/or how he’ll handle it when pitchers adjust.
  • Really had no choice but to drop Matt Carpenter way down the List when I saw this. That’s terrifying, particularly when you consider that he’s been dealing with the same shoulder injury since 1924. That’s what it feels like at this point, anyway.
  • I expressed moderate concern about Starling Marte‘s post-suspension 2017 performance before the season began. He’s done his best to make me look silly so far, batting .308/.400/.569 with three home runs and five stolen bases.
  • It’s important to remember not to read too much into a few great weeks just because they happened to come right at the start of the season. After all, at this time last year, some folks were ready to anoint Thames as the greatest player who ever lived. Having said that, I am extremely salty that I didn’t get more shares of Jose Martinez this spring. Dude can hit.
  • On the bright side, “reaching” (please note the extremely sarcastic scare quotes) for Ozzie Albies in a bunch of drafts this year is already paying dividends. He already has five home runs! Maybe he’ll turn into Jose Altuve quicker than even I expected.
Kyle Bishop

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

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Comments


theKraken

Turner – I would rather have many guys after Trea Turner, than Trea Turner – like Mookie Betts or Charlie Blackmon as really easy choices. Put another way, I am happy that I drafted Dee Gordon. At some point I think we can put a fork in his 2016 hitting stats, which makes him a two category player. I get that he is lot better than Billy Hamilton, but BHam is probably close to free at this point. I don’t think it is bad luck with Turner either – his swing is not repeatable, its pretty wild – I think his streaky ways are for real, which is just another reason to drop him down. A lot of things have to go right to belong in the group which he is placed… by most, not just this list.

Gattis – Last year’s drop off in power is looking kind of real. If he doesn’t hit a ton, they will find a DH who will. Might be time to sell to a sorry owner with no C, like myself.

Kemp – It’s time to put him on. He is producing a lot like he did last year before the injury bug bit. Rather than bet on regression, take advantage of one of the games better hitters because it won’t last (health). This wouldn’t be a post by theKraken without a dig at Turner’s ADP and a push for Matt Kemp – sorry, I am sure it is annoying.

Kyle Bishop

Totally fair if you don’t buy Turner’s 2016, but you really don’t need to. Prorate his ’17 to a full year and you end up with .284-109-16-65-67. Already 8-for-8 in SB this year, the average will come up, and he’s walking a ton in the early going. More walks = more chances to swipe bags and score runs, which is exactly what we want from him.

Gattis gets a large portion of his value from being a DH with C eligibility – if he loses playing time, it’ll definitely be a blow to his standing here.

As for Kemp, I’m eyeing that .444 BABIP and 18.9 SwStr% and not feeling excited.

Steve

Does not seem correct that Betts is 9. He was too low pre-season and he’s sure damn too low now.

Kyle Bishop

To me there is very little separation in the top 10, you could order them in almost any way after Trout and Altuve without much protest from my end.

AC

Kyle, any significant changes to the relative placement of Merrifield, Buxton, Margot, and DeShields in an OBP format?

Batty

I have Miggy Cabrera and I’m not sure what he is yet.. There are a few interesting options on wire in my league, Merrifield, Wil Myers
Do I make a move or sit tight and see?

Beauford

I’m so confused by Matt Carpenter… is it crazy to drop him in a 10-team h2h league? I have Jose Martinez and newly-eligible HanRam at 1B

Hank

Oops. Didn’t realize that someone already commented on Gattis. Again, small sample size, but I think Tucker Barnhart is worth monitoring. He’s now getting the majority of playing time, and his launch angle seems higher this year.

Grind Crunch

So how long do I wait until I start panicking with Edwin Encarnacion? I can afford to bench him for now, but I’m scared he is going to copy Jose Bautista and have his production drop off so steeply in one year that I’ll be dropping him in August

Spencer Gil

Andrus is suffering from a broken elbow, not the wrist, if I’m not mistaken? If it is the elbow is their a history of decreased bat speed and power after coming back? Otherwise love the updates and effort per usual!

Kyle Bishop

You are correct on that – so many injuries that I’m getting them mixed up. 🙁

I can’t find much on the impact of a broken elbow on bat speed and power, but it wouldn’t surprise me if either is adversely affected at least a little.

Sal

Kyle, I have to ask, why a 29 spot gap between Olson and Chapman? Incredibly similar profiles, same home park, what makes you believe that much more in Olson?

Kyle Bishop

Fair question. I would note, though, that Chapman has easily the largest gap between where he started the season on the List and where he is. I’ve noticed his improvement at the plate and I’m definitely a fan. If he keeps it up, he’ll continue to move up.

James

I think you’re a little behind on Haniger IMO, he should be in the 50’s. His peripherals are out of this world and he’s done it all before. He’s basically a locked in 130+ wRC+ bitter and a top 10-12 offensive OF.

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