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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. 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.