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

As a reminder: 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. As we progress further into the season, movements in either direction will get more aggressive. That said, if you believe I’m way off the mark on any particular player, feel free to make your case in the comments.

On to the highlights!

  • Injury roundup: While his performance thus far suggests there’s still plenty of life in the bat, part of what made Miguel Cabrera a perennial fantasy stud was his durability. That’s clearly gone now, as he’s already on his second stint on the disabled list. Elsewhere, Yadier Molina is out for a month after suffering what the Cardinals referred to as a “pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma.” That’s fancy talk for “dude took a 102 mph foul tip to the nads.”
  • New to or back on the List this week:  Eduardo Escobar, Kevin Pillar, Maikel Franco, Matt Adams, Jorge Soler, C.J. Cron, Matt Kemp, Scott Schebler, and Max Kepler. Escobar is lessening the pain of many Corey Seager owners (including yours truly). He’s not going to keep hitting above .300, but the power is legitimate and he’s improved his walk rate by a couple of percentage points. Soler is mashing for the Royals after a couple of years in the wilderness. And we can’t not talk about Adams, who currently resides outside his mind. After cracking 20 home runs in part-time duties last season, Adams has gone deep 10 times in 94 plate appearance to start 2018. That includes seven bombs in his last eight games, during which he’s hit an absurd .400/.516/1.240. He’s making a case for regular at-bats even when (if?) everyone gets healthy in Washington.
  • Honorable mention to Nick Markakis, who’s hiting .333/.417/.533 with six home runs and 46 R+RBI, even after going 0-for-4 on Tuesday. Markakis hasn’t been good for the better part of the last decade, but he’s chipping away at my skepticism.
  • Welcome to the 2018 season, Eddie Rosario! The Twins’ outfielder shook off a slow start and has gone deep four times in May already, adding a couple of stolen bases for good measure. That hot streak has his overall numbers tracking pretty closely with last year’s breakout performance.
  • Approximately everyone who commented on last week’s List pointed out how much they hated Ian Happ‘s placement therein. Naturally, he hit two home runs on Monday night. Has my continued faith in Happ saved his season? I don’t think it’s a stretch to say, definitively, yes. But seriously folks, you can see Happ did drop a good bit this week. Am I still too optimistic? Quite possible.
Kyle Bishop

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

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Comments


Joe

Thanks for another helpful list. I see Brett Gardner has moved up a few spaces. He’s been all kinds of terrible at the plate (hitting .198 for the season and .033 over the last 15 days) — is this because of his immense potential for runs? Also: I know it’s not looking good at this point, but do you think Jay Bruce can finish the season with more than 20 HRs?

Kyle Bishop

Thanks for reading! Gardner moving up was just a function of a bunch of guys ahead of him dropping. I also decided this week that I was weighting catcher eligibility too heavily, so there were more drops than usual. That said, I definitely think he’s a better hitter than this and his runs potential is indeed fantastic.

Bruce will probably manage 20+ HR but the rest might be ugly.

Josh

Tim Anderson is still awfully low for a guy at 7HR/10SB and not killing you in any category. Feels like he’ll cruise to 20/30 this year, with room for more. I’d have him like 50+ spots higher. Matt Olson is way above him, and I made that trade two weeks ago, and still am feeling great about having Anderson instead.

Kyle Bishop

I remain wary of Anderson. Still hate the plate discipline (though it has improved a bit), don’t expect him to do much better than .250, and he’s near the bottom of a lousy lineup. I do trust the speed but he’s only attempted four steals in the last month, and before this week he’d only gone deep once in about a month’s worth of games as well.

He and Olson should probably move closer together on the list, but I definitely can’t say I have any desire to give Anderson that kind of bump.

theKraken

Bellinger up… I don’t get it. Its time to realize that he wasn’t what everyone was hoping for. I watch a lot of his at bats and I don’t think I have ever seen a luckier hitter – that BA probably should be closer to .250 and the power is not there either. He rolls more ground balls through the pull side and dinks in bloopers the other way at a highly unsustainable rate. That run production is not there like last year either without the team’s best hitter.

Kyle Bishop

If Bellinger ends the season with a sub-10 HR/FB%, I’ll be shocked. I absolutely expect that the power will be there soon enough. Strikeouts are down as well. I felt like I overcorrected on him in last week’s installment, so bumped him back up a bit.

Garrett

Hey Kyle,

What do we need to see from Josh Bell to move him up on the list of 1B? 1B like Edwin, Miggy and Smoak are all on the waiver, but I can’t seem to let Josh Bell go. Can you give me some closure that he will surely fall off comparatively?

Thanks!

Jpr

I’m thinking it won’t be long until Jose Ramirez hits the top 10. Thanks for your work.

Taylor

I’m not here to shit talk Happ. I honestly think his 44% K rate is very impressive and has to take skill to accomplish that. What I am here to say is I don’t understand the Zimmer love. You gotta be a diehard Indians fan or somethin.

Kyle Bishop

Nope, just a Zimmer fan. It’s been rough so far for him but I still see a guy who has power and speed (near 15/30 pace over a full season when you look at his entire MLB performance so far), a hard-hit rate around 40%, and whose underlying numbers don’t support an eight-point increase in strikeout rate.

You may look at him and see a guy with severe contact issues who’s stuck hitting at the bottom of his team’s batting order. Which is fair.

Free Simmons!

Andrelton Simmons is sad and wondering what he needs to do to get some recognition back at #123. He’s only hitting .350 and sporting a clean .407 OBP. He’s sad because Billy Hamilton is sitting on your list at…… #75. Billy Hamilton. Billy who only has 2 more steals than Simmons. Billy who’s OBP is lower than Simmons’ batting average. Billy who has more strikeouts than Simmons has singles.

Is Billy your cousin or something?

Kyle Bishop

I’ve been trashing Hamilton at every opportunity for years, in fact! But even I don’t think he’s this bad, and he’s gonna run more sooner or later. Perhaps I’ve overcorrected for my inherent distaste, though.

As for Simmons, to be fair he was one of the biggest risers this week. He keeps doing this, he’ll keep climbing.

Ian

Hey Kyle, great article as always! Where do you think Justin Turner slots in once he’s back and healthy? Is he a guy to continue to stash even though I have Eugenio Suarez? Or should I sell the hype as his return gets closer?

H2H 5×5 Catagory League

Kyle Bishop

Thanks! As you can probably tell from his place on the List, I’m a pretty big fan of Suarez. Dude tripled his walk rate in two years, hits in front of/behind Joey Votto, and hasn’t missed a damn beat after only taking three weeks off for a broken thumb. Definitely one of the most underrated players right now.

As for picking between Turner and Suarez…(insert “por que no los dos” meme)

I’m comfortable with Turner where he sits right now, but I expect him to come back strong and make his way upward.

Taylor

Could sell Turner if you can get something that you think is valuable enough to you. Or when Turner back you can hope to get a small sell high with Suarez but doubt people will bite as hard.

Kyle Bishop

.368/.455/.579 so far in May, playing time outlook has cleared up with Thames out, still a fan of the skills despite early struggles.

Troubled

Hey Kyle,
I’m last in saves in AL Only and have been offered Chapman for Benintendi. It’s an OBP league, so I’m reluctant. My remaining OF would be Betts/Stanton/Zimmer/Granderson/Dustin Fowler. We play 4. I’d have to pick up someone like Mahtook as an additional platoon OF.

Kyle Bishop

Well, to start, he was only 0-for his last 22 when this was published. 😉

Again, this is for ROS. One bad week is usually not enough to move the needle all that much for me.

Carlos

Struggling with a decision or two:
– In an OPS league – Khris Davis just doesn’t seem to be “hitting it” so to speak — I could pick up a higher upside option like Happ/Schwarber/Soler (keeper league) — do you think this is worth it.
– Same league — Chris Taylor or Ian Happ (Taylor will get SS soon) who’s worth the ride for this season?

Kyle Bishop

I think picking up Schwarber is a good idea, but cutting Davis is not.

Would go with Taylor – he’s gotten back on track over the last month or so and the SS eligibility is a nice bonus over Happ.

Jack

I dropped Josh Bell and Matt Carpenter this week to strengthen my SP position, mainly because I autodrafted the back half of my draft and ended up with too many 1Bs. I also have Greg Bird coming off the DL. So I was surprised not to see Bird on the list at all.

Oh, and why is Puig so low?

*edit: glad to see Carp off this list. Man, has he been bad. Seems to have forgotten how to hit breaking balls.

Kyle Bishop

I need to see Bird stay healthy for more than 30 seconds before he’s back on the List.

Puig has been trash so far and he was lousy in 2015-16 as well. I’m not sold at all on 2017 being his true form.

Jack

one more question: how far do you drop Adam Eaton given the seemingly inscrutable nature of his injury? I’m good stashing him on the DL (dropped Bird for him LOL) but looks like I could regret that.

Willy

Glad to see Jorge Soler make the list for the first time I would imagine in a few years. Thanks Kyle.

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