Hitter List 4/24: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters to Own ROS

Rank Change Hitter Position(s)
1 T1 - Mike Trout OF
2 - Mookie Betts OF
3 - Christian Yelich OF
4 T2 - Ronald Acuna OF
5 +1 Jose Altuve 2B
6 -1 Jose Ramirez 2B, 3B
7 - J. D. Martinez OF
8 - Nolan Arenado 3B
9 - Manny Machado 3B, SS
10 - Paul Goldschmidt 1B
11 +8 Cody Bellinger 1B, OF
12 +13 Francisco Lindor SS
13 -1 Bryce Harper OF
14 -1 Alex Bregman 3B, SS
15 - Freddie Freeman 1B
16 T3 - Trevor Story SS
17 - Javier Baez 2B, 3B, SS
18 -4 Charlie Blackmon OF
19 +1 Anthony Rendon 3B
20 +1 Whit Merrifield 2B, OF
21 +1 Anthony Rizzo 1B
22 +1 Tommy Pham OF
23 +1 Lorenzo Cain OF
24 T4 +2 Khris Davis DH
25 +2 Andrew Benintendi OF
26 +2 Rhys Hoskins 1B
27 +2 Carlos Correa SS
28 -10 Starling Marte OF
29 +2 Eugenio Suarez 3B
30 +3 Wil Myers 3B, OF
31 +3 Xander Bogaerts SS
32 T5 -2 Kris Bryant 3B, OF
33 +2 Adalberto Mondesi 2B, SS
34 +2 Ozzie Albies 2B
35 +2 Trea Turner SS
36 +2 Eddie Rosario OF
37 +5 Mitch Haniger OF
38 -6 Jose Abreu 1B, DH
39 +1 George Springer OF
40 +1 Nelson Cruz DH
41 +2 Juan Soto OF
42 T6 +3 Giancarlo Stanton OF
43 -4 Yasiel Puig OF
44 - Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B
45 +1 J. T. Realmuto C
46 +1 Gary Sanchez C
47 +2 Matt Carpenter 1B, 3B
48 -37 Aaron Judge OF
49 +1 Corey Seager SS
50 +4 Michael Brantley OF
51 +4 Matt Chapman 3B
52 -1 Justin Turner 3B
53 -5 Jean Segura SS
54 +2 Nick Castellanos OF
55 +5 Jonathan Villar 2B, OF
56 +2 Max Muncy 1B, 3B
57 +4 Tim Anderson SS
58 +7 Michael Conforto OF
59 +3 Marcell Ozuna OF
60 T7 -3 A. J. Pollock OF
61 -8 Joey Votto 1B
62 +6 Joey Gallo 1B, OF, DH
63 - Josh Donaldson 3B
64 +8 Domingo Santana OF
65 -1 Gleyber Torres 2B, SS
66 - Andrew McCutchen OF
67 - Victor Robles OF
68 +1 Robinson Cano 2B
69 -10 Travis Shaw 2B, 3B
70 +1 David Peralta OF
71 T8 +2 Ender Inciarte OF
72 +7 Dee Gordon 2B, OF
73 +5 Wilson Ramos C
74 +7 Adam Eaton OF
75 -1 Ryan Braun OF
76 -1 Eloy Jimenez OF
77 +6 Daniel Murphy 1B, 2B
78 +9 Yoan Moncada 2B, 3B
79 -3 Edwin Encarnacion 1B, DH
80 +2 Mike Moustakas 2B, 3B
81 +4 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS
82 +6 Peter Alonso 1B
83 -31 Jesus Aguilar 1B
84 T9 - Amed Rosario SS
85 -15 Austin Meadows OF
86 - Aaron Hicks OF
87 +3 Brian Dozier 2B
88 +1 Elvis Andrus SS
89 +2 Luke Voit 1B, DH
90 -10 Jose Peraza SS
91 -14 Mallex Smith OF
92 - Justin Upton OF
93 +4 Matt Olson 1B
94 - Yasmani Grandal C
95 -2 Miguel Cabrera 1B
96 T10 -1 Rougned Odor 2B
97 -1 Andrelton Simmons SS
98 - Willson Contreras C
99 - Nomar Mazara OF
100 - Byron Buxton OF
101 - David Dahl OF
102 +3 Paul DeJong SS
103 T11 - Yuli Gurriel 1B, 3B
104 +2 Jonathan Schoop 2B
105 +3 Yadier Molina C
106 +4 Jorge Polanco SS
107 +7 Enrique Hernandez 2B, SS, OF
108 UR Shohei Ohtani DH
109 +3 Cesar Hernandez 2B
110 +3 Hunter Renfroe OF
111 +4 Brandon Nimmo OF
112 -3 Buster Posey C
113 +6 Scooter Gennett 2B
114 +11 Dan Vogelbach 1B
115 +9 Adam Jones OF
116 +12 Joc Pederson OF
117 -13 Ian Desmond 1B, OF
118 +8 Justin Smoak 1B, DH
119 T12 -2 Max Kepler OF
120 - Stephen Piscotty OF
121 -5 Asdrubal Cabrera 2B, 3B, SS
122 - Miguel Andujar 3B
123 - Jesse Winker OF
124 -3 Odubel Herrera OF
125 +10 Franmil Reyes OF
126 -8 Ramon Laureano OF
127 -16 Jurickson Profar 2B, 3B, SS, OF
128 +1 Maikel Franco 3B
129 +3 Carlos Santana 1B, DH
130 +3 Marcus Semien SS
131 -24 Rafael Devers 3B
132 +2 C. J. Cron 1B, DH
133 +3 Gregory Polanco OF
134 +4 Trey Mancini 1B, OF
135 -5 Corey Dickerson OF
136 +1 Nick Senzel 3B, OF
137 +2 Niko Goodrum 1B, 2B, SS, OF
138 +3 Josh Bell 1B
139 UR Clint Frazier OF
140 -38 Harrison Bader OF
141 UR Christian Walker 1B
142 T13 -2 Ryan Zimmerman 1B
143 +7 Hunter Dozier 1B
144 +1 Leonys Martin
145 +3 Kolten Wong 2B
146 UR Jeff McNeil 2B, 3B, OF
147 -16 Eduardo Escobar 2B, 3B, SS
148 +1 Dansby Swanson SS
149 UR Shin-Soo Choo OF, DH
150 -6 Delino DeShields OF

Hello and welcome to Hitter List, where every Wednesday I’ll be flawlessly ranking the top 150 hitters in baseball from now through the end of the season.

To truly hate something, you must first understand it, so here’s a general overview of how I go about evaluating players so you can critique these rankings more thoroughly:

  • I value stolen bases significantly more than home runs. The 5,585 homers hit in 2018 were the fourth-highest total in modern history. And the 2,474 stolen bases from last year were the lowest total since 1994 and the eighth-lowest total since 1969. In other words, stolen bases are a scarce resource getting even scarcer, like wise bullpen decisions from Gabe Kapler. And home runs are an abundant resource that are becoming more prevalent, like… Christian Yelich monster dongs? All else being equal, I’ll always take the guy with 15 HR/20 SB over the guy with 20 HR/15 SB.
  • I’m generally not a believer in positional scarcity, so position eligibility only comes into play in two instances: as a tiebreaker when two players are fairly evenly matched, or if a player is eligible at catcher, because catcher is a barren wasteland this year filled with adrenaline-fueled maniacs playing guitar riffs while strapped to 18-wheelers. Wait, no, that’s Mad Max: Fury Road, but catcher is just as bleak and weird.
  • I’m an old man who’s afraid of change, so I tend to be low on young players without major league track records.
  • These rankings apply only to leagues using standard scoring (R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG). Adjust accordingly for other formats.
  • These rankings are meant to be from today’s date through the end of the season. These are purely for redraft, so I’m not taking 2020 into account here at all.
  • A player’s movement in the rankings can be just as much about where guys around them have moved as anything else. A player might move down purely as a result of someone below them rising, and vice versa.

 

Now onto the recaps:

  • Injuries: This past week, baseball gave us another aggressive reminder that the specter of death and decay is coming for us all by claiming Aaron Judge, Austin Meadows, Starling Marte, Harrison Bader (who returns today), Jean Segura, and Odubel Herrera. Their spots in the rankings take a hit as a result, though figuring out how much of a hit each should take was admittedly difficult, especially for guys like Judge who don’t have a clear timetable for return.
  • Additions: Shohei Ohtani is someone I have shamefully overlooked to this point. He’s nearing his return, so he makes his triumphant debut on the list this week. Clint Frazier also makes his first appearance: The Judge injury and the fact that Yankee Stadium appears to have been built on an ancient Native American burial ground clears up any concerns I had about his long-term playing time. He’s made nice strides towards cutting down on his strikeout rate, and is worth an add in 12-teamers and deeper. Christian Walker, Jeff McNeil, and Shin-Soo Choo also make their debuts, though I’m admittedly a bit skeptical about all their hot starts.
  • Christian Yelich makes the well-deserved leap into Tier 1 this week. If you haven’t checked out Michael Ajeto’s excellent piece on the changes he’s made the past two seasons, stop what you’re doing and read it — no pants required. I was skeptical that Yelich would be able to repeat what he did in 2018, but if that truly is his new baseline I think you can make the argument for him as the No. 2 player in baseball going forward. And even, dare I say it — first overall? No, I dare not… yet.
  • Francisco Lindor is healthy now and deserves our attention. I’m still holding him outside the top-10 until I see that his legs still work and aren’t being held together by chewing gum and paper clips, but a few stolen bases over the coming weeks should launch him back up to where he likely belongs.
  • This is shaping up to be the fourth straight season in which Joc Pederson has cut down on his strikeout rate, and he’s posting a .267/.385/.707 line with 10 homers despite a .200 BABIP. He’s a borderline must-add player in all formats for his potential to give you a decent batting average with 30 homers and a handful of steals.
  • I’m souring quite a bit on Rafael Devers, who has been benched recently in favor of Michael Chavis. The high ground-ball rates and lack of hard contact make me think owners would be best off shopping him now while he still has some name value and the surface-level stats look palatable.
  • Speaking of getting benched regularly, Jesus Aguilar has lost at-bats to Eric Thames and Yasmani Grandal (yeah, seriously) over the past few games, and seems to be sitting regularly against righties. I don’t think the Brewers are giving up on him completely this early, considering the year he had in 2018. I think they’re just giving him some space to get things right, and the peripherals look solid. But the fact that the hot-hitting Thames is still lingering on the periphery makes me a bit nervous, especially since he’s a lefty and would soak up the strong-side platoon at-bats if the Brewers go that route.

 

Graphic by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas on Twitter)

Jonathan Metzelaar

Jonathan Metzelaar is a writer and content manager with Pitcher List, and co-host of the On the Barrel podcast. He enjoys long walks on the beach, quiet dinners by candlelight, and essentially any other activity that will distract him from the perpetual torture of being a New York Mets fan. He's written for Fangraphs Community Research and created Youtube videos about fantasy baseball under the moniker "Jonny Baseball."

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Comments


CJ

Puig seems a bit high, he’s got that potential (as always) but with the injury risk and poor start, 40s seems very generous for his RoS value

Jonathan Metzelaar

It probably is a little generous, but I think the numbers will be there by season’s end. I see an easy 20/20 season in the cards if he can stay healthy.

LOLWUT

How the likes of Andrelton Simmons and Amed Rosario are ranked above SS such as Polanco and Kike is beyond me!

Jonathan Metzelaar

Rosario’s upside is what keeps him so high–he hit 9 homers and stole 24 bases in his first full season on the back of a very strong second half. Simmons and Polanco are close–high-average guys who can give you mid-teens homers and speed. Simmons gets the edge for his longer track record and safer batting average floor. As for Kike, I like him–but I see 20-25 homers with no speed and a subpar batting average, and I don’t think that’s all that special.

BG

Thanks Jonathan! What are your thoughts on Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe as they haven’t cracked your rankings, but they’re currently ranked at 98 and 82 (respectively) in H2H category leagues.

Personally I prefer both over Cron or Martin.

Jonathan Metzelaar

Thanks for reading! Diaz is a guy who has to learn to elevate the ball to be fantasy relevant, IMO, and he hasn’t done that so far this year (3 degree average launch angle). That tells me the power isn’t sustainable, and I don’t see a ton of value in a guy who will struggle to reach 20 homers. Lowe is a great guy to grab while he’s hot, but the 33% strikeout rate and 20% swinging strike tell me he’s going to fall off hard, so I don’t like his long-term outlook.

Cotton Yandy

Personally, I’d rather have Yandy than 30-40 of these guys; barrels everything, walks as much as he Ks, good splits – uses the whole field, hits 3rd/4th in that lineup … plays in a lot of AL East band boxes, vs mostly mediocre divisional SPs… he’s breaking out. Buy while you can.

He’s points league gold too.

David

You have 7 catchers in the top 150! I’m in a 10 teamer & myself and another guy have no catchers yet!!

I’m curious to know if you were able to add catcher #8-9-10, who would they be?

Where they would rank doesn’t bother me, I’m just curious to see who you like next & please don’t say Danny Jansen! lol

Jonathan Metzelaar

Danny Jansen. Haha.

In all seriousness, catcher is rough once you get outside the top 6 or 7 guys. Guys I like after that are Mitch Garver (strong Statcast numbers, and he’s one of the few catchers batting leadoff on occasion), Austin Barnes (great plate discipline and double-digit power and speed potential), and Willians Astudillo (playing time concerns, but an elite contact hitter who will help you in average). I also do think Jansen will come around eventually (he’s been better over the past week).

Jonathan Metzelaar

Gotta disagree with you there–at least on your ownership point. He had 10 homers and 28 stolen bases last year, and has demonstrated elite contact ability. The upside is there for a .290 hitter with 10 homers and 25-30 steals. That’s essentially Lorenzo Cain.

Kirby Puckett

He’s hitting 8th it 9th in the lineup. He stole a lot of basses the first half of the year then got caught stealing a lot of bases the second half of the year. I just don’t see it. .255/8/12.

Wes G.

Would you drop Billy Hamilton for Ender? By your rankings, I think you’d say yes. This is for a bench spot. H2H, standard 5 plus OBP and SLG. I usually save Billy for light days or on Sunday if I am behind in steals. I just think that Ender could maybe give me more in the hitting department. Thanks!

Scott

Ketel marte was a nice sleeper pick this year. Would you hold him as a reserve of/mi in a 12 team league or cut him. I have jorge polanco filling that role along with g polanco as another OF now. His obp has been awful but he has a couple hr, sb and 16 rbi but has been pretty much all or nothing so far. I’d be looking to add another starting pitcher with upside like soroka. Thanks

Mike

Never any love for ketel marte? He deserves to be in the bottom area somewhere. Higher than goodrum

Jonathan Metzelaar

I couldn’t disagree more. There are maybe 6 or 7 guys in the game with 30/30 upside and Myers is one of them. The main concern is health, not talent.

Scott Cady

I came to the comments just to make this comment. I immediately went to the league page and checked our points to figure out what I’m missing. Turns out I wasn’t missing anything. He has been in the majors for 7 seasons, and in those only 2 came close to the fabled 30/30. And in those two seasons he did enough other ‘good’ things his OPS+ was only 114 and 107.

Even if he goes 30/30, he can’t return much value can he? I understand this ranking is for 5×5, but he seems to be marginal value in any format, and a total drop in points.

Kirill M.

I know you highly value steals over homers but could you make a case in taking Joey Gallo over Tommy Pham ROS if the team already has a considerable amount of speed and good AVG? He is younger, and on pace for 60 dingers with AVG trending up, he could be a poor man’s Khris Davis if he keeps it up and Pham’s injury history is a cause for concern.

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