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

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 you might expect, there’s not a ton of movement since last week for most of the players on the List. Five or six games aren’t really enough to drastically alter opinions on a player – or, at least, they shouldn’t be. The fact that Paul Goldschmidt only has one hit so far doesn’t mean much. Unless you own him in one of my leagues – in that case, it’s time to trade him to me for pennies on the dollar.

There are a handful of movers and shakers this week, though. Let’s talk about them!

  • Bryce Harper gets a bump in honor of his scorching-hot start. There’s not much separation between the elites, so Harper hitting moon shots like this one (four in five games thus far) earns him a spot in the top five – especially because it was literally two seconds after some jabroni in the stands yelled, “OVERRATED!” Durability will always be a concern, but when he’s healthy, he’s terrifying.
  • Miguel Cabrera a boost. Even after going 0-for-4 Tuesday night, he’s hitting .286/.375/.571 with a home run and three doubles in the early going. There’s a lot of season left, but it’s an extremely encouraging start after that lousy 2017 performance raised serious concerns about his future. As long as his body cooperates, Miggy will easily earn a profit for fantasy owners who took a chance on him this year.
  • Lorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton are both off to great starts this year. Cain went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Tuesday, but is still slashing .409/.458/.682 with a home run and three stolen bases. The Brewers have established that they’re aggressive on the basepaths and Cain’s career success rate checks in at 84 percent. He could swipe 30 bags for the first time in his career. Eaton, meanwhile, returned from last season’s ACL tear to capture NL Player of the Week honors. He’s leading off in a fantastic Nationals lineup.
  • Mitch Haniger went deep twice in his first four games, driving in five runs and scoring three himself. His rookie season was marred by injuries and a prolonged slump, but he still put up a .282/.352/.491 line with 16 bombs in 96 games. It’s easy to dream on the potential of a full, healthy season here.
  • Given the severity of the injury and the lack of precedent for hitters, many – including yours truly – were reluctant to invest heavily in Michael Conforto. He’s on the verge of proving the doubters wrong, with a return to action appearing imminent. Credit where it’s due – Conforto has passed every physical test with flying colors and looked great in his limited spring action. He appears poised to reward owners who took a leap of faith.
  • Speaking of injured shoulders, tough break for Jake Lamb as he suffered a sprain whilst making a diving catch and then landed awkwardly on the same shoulder during a slide into home plate in Arizona’s extra-inning win over the Dodgers on Monday night. There’s no official timetable for his return, though the team is hopeful he won’t need much more than the minimum 10 day DL stint. This does improve Chris Owings‘ outlook enough for him to crack the List, though.
  • Ian Kinsler and Delino DeShields also suffered injuries that dropped them on the List this week. Kinsler’s groin issue doesn’t appear to be too serious, but that kind of injury tends to be easily aggravated, especially for a guy who will be 36 in June. DeShields’ hamate bone fracture will sap what little power he had, but you drafted him for his legs, and those will still work fine when he returns.
Kyle Bishop

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

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Comments


Gary Bertier

What are the reasons to have Judge ahead of Stanton? Stanton is better, and has better projections across almost every single category, and hitting in a more premier spot in the lineup?

Morty

In his first year playing judge was almost as good as stanton has ever been. No reason he should be ranked below stanton. He’s a different caliber of talent.

Kyle Bishop

They’re likely to appear here moving forward, but I’m not sold on Anderson’s start and Kingery has 14 MLB at-bats to his name and at least a small degree of uncertainty w/r/t playing time. Longo’s literally as close to being off the List as he can while still being on it, so he’s on borrowed time as well.

Joe

Agree and TY. Anderson needs to move in lineup and kingery needs the playing time imo. Also how about Ohtani, he finally sold me after launching Klubot even at around 3 days a week he could/should be considered. Thank you for the list and to Nick and all for the fabulous website.

Kyle Bishop

I honestly almost took Longo off in favor of Ohtani in jest after his first HR. After today I’m wishing I had. It’s extremely hard to accumulate significant fantasy value as a hitter when you’re as limited in plate appearances as he’s likely to be, though. It’s also tough to develop as a hitter when you’re not devoting a significant chunk of your practice/prep time to it. When pitchers inevitably adjust, it’ll be that much harder for him to adjust back since he’s got to devote a significant portion of his energy to pitching as well.

On the other hand, he just took Corey goddamn Kluber deep so maybe he really is Babe Ruth. I have no idea, and that’s what makes Ohtani so much fun.

Joe

Bit of a pinch bud, next week Acuna and Zunino.. roster full. First inclination though any move is going to hurt and come back on me is kingery and eduardo or i could punt saves(kela) though i’m winning this week 2-0. Will make initial move to add a dl and new na 12 team h2h. standard 5 by 5. Any advice Appreciated
C: Empty
1B: Rhys Hoskins
2b: Schoop
3B: Machado
SS: Trea Turner
OF:JD Martinez
OF: Michael Conforto
OF: ADam Eaton
Util: Josh Bell
Util: Ozzie Albies
b: Tim Anderson
b: Scott Kingery
b: Ohtani (had Grandal for zunino filler)
b: Jose Martinez
Dl: Zunino
NA: Acuna
SP: Greinke
SP: Berrios
Rp: Kela
Rp: Empty
p: Ohtani
p: luis castillo
p: Godley
bn Bundy
bn: Chase Anderson
bn: JorMont
bn: Eduardo Rodriguez
DL: Danny Salazar

Kyle Bishop

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I flatly refuse to believe Avisail Garcia is actually good. .392 BABIP last year was 18th highest of any qualified batter in the last 70 (!) years. Only hit 18 homers in a season where Scooter friggin’ Gennett hit 27. .695 career OPS entering last year. But mainly, it’s that we live in a post-truth society and I need to hold on to something that I just know in my bones, which is that Avisail Garcia is bad.

Pops

Josh Bell needs some helium. Dude can flat of rake, despite playing in that cavernous park.

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