Hitter List 6/20: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters To Own ROS

Kyle Bishop's update ranking the Top 150 Hitters every Wednesday through 2018.

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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 still over half the year of baseball left to be played, and these are rest of season rankings. We’re interested in the long view ’round these parts. That said, adjustments to the List are more aggressive as we move deeper into the year. With that should come the acknowledgment that small shifts in a specific player’s ranking are often as much a consequence of other players’ more drastic movements as anything else. This is especially true when injuries occur. Put another way, please do not @ me if a guy moved up like two spots even if he’s failed to get a hit in the last couple games. I do, however, welcome more substantive grievances in the comments.

On to the highlights!

  • I’m writing this on a plane! Is this a measure of my dedication to being yelled at by random strangers on the internet, or my lack of desire to do any work whilst on vacation? I believe Mayor Quimby said it best. Vacation was also the reason that I didn’t dive into the comment section last week as normal.
  • Injury roundup: Just minor casualties this week, as Matt Chapman (thumb) and Jorge Soler (foot) hit the disabled list with injuries that shouldn’t keep them out for terribly long periods.
  • New to or back on the List this week: Evan Gattis, Joc Pederson, Scott Schebler, Ian Desmond, Leonys Martin, Paul DeJongand Michael A. Taylor. Several commenters last week rightly pointed out that Gattis has been killing it of late, so he was overdue to reappear in this space. Pederson’s hot hitting has continued long enough to earn him a provisional place toward the bottom of the List. Both Schebler and Desmond have been great this month, although the latter is still running an insane 42.4 HR/FB% (and before you say anything about Coors, 11 of his 14 homers on the year have been on the road, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). I’ve been slow to embrace Martin after years of being burned, but he’s playing well and locked into the leadoff spot for the Tigers. DeJong appears to be returning ahead of his original timetable, as all reports indicate we’ll see him back on the field by month’s end. Hand injuries can be tricky, so for now he’s on the fringes. Lastly, while Taylor won’t play every day with Adam Eaton back in the fold, he’s been hitting well lately and running a ton when he has been in the lineup.
  • Honorable Mentions: Jonathan VillarRandal Grichuk, Derek DietrichRyon Healy, and Josh Harrison.
  • Miguel Sano’s demotion to the minors came as a surprise, and it obviously throws his immediate future into doubt. I’d be surprised if he’s down on the farm for all that long, but he was probably overdue for a significant downward revision.

Kyle Bishop

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

  • Avatar Mike says:

    Juan Soto should be 60 spots higher

  • Avatar Matty B says:

    Some of the players above Carpenter at this point seem completely crazy to me. Every one who was in the know had known that sooner or later, his numbers would match the underlying advanced statistics he was putting up, and his hard hit rate. But yet, he’s still lower than someone like Cron, who so many people keep saying to ride the streak, but be prepared for him to fall off. Am I missing something, or are we just looking for a little more track record on his crazy hot streak?

  • Avatar Chucky says:

    12 T 10 Keep Forever, no contracts. ROS DH slot types….Nimmo, Leonys, Cargo, Lamb, Candelario and Carpenter.

  • Avatar Mitch's Dad says:

    what’s with the Haniger drop?

  • Avatar J says:

    I’ve got Dickerson and Brian Anderson on my roster, and Leonys Martin is sitting on waivers. Would you drop either of these guys for Martin? (6×6 roto category setup)

  • Avatar Steve says:

    Albert Pujols ahead of Aguilar…lol come on man.

    Albert Pujols stats: .249/.285/.418 with .355 xWOBA

    Jesus Aguilar stats: .298/.363./.580 with .395 xWOBA

    Its not close. And with the Brewers now moving guys around (e.g. Thames to the OF today and yesterday) to get aguilar at bats, and Pujols injury history, I just don’t see how you can make a compelling argument for having the hierarchy the way you do.

  • Avatar PITCHERlist says:

    To be completely honest, this list is an absolute joke. PitcherList should stick to what it knows best – pitching.

    At least I had a good laugh for the day!

    • Avatar theKraken says:

      This is harder than the top 100 SP… much harder. For one, there are 50 more guys. It is tougher task in general as there are way more hitters and they start 5 x more games. While I don’t agree with it all, have you seen a list of hitters that is worth a shit? I haven’t!

  • Avatar E says:

    You would seriously rather have Schwarber and Mazara over both Acuna and Soto?

  • Avatar Saint says:

    I’m thrilled with the number 50 overall ranking of Gallo, however I’m dreading that I drafted him and is still currently in my starting lineup. .128/.281/.319 slash line in 15 games in June. .195 BA on the season. Can anyone please convince me to hang on to the potential of 40+ HR’s by the end of the season and not drop him to pick up Gurriel, Desmond, Thames, Olson, or Bour.

    Thanks to anyone who provides feedback.

  • Avatar theKraken says:

    Really nitpicky stuff here.. but how is Bryce Harper above Freddie Freeman? I think when you start to think about things like that, you wonder how Bryce is as high as he is… Its OK to move him down… and then way up when he gets uber-hot like he can get. This isn’t the first massive disappointment in his career – he is bad more often than not… I think this list reflects popularity more than it should. You would rather have Trea Turner than Lindor and JD Martinez? It just feels (to me) like you don’t want to drop guys too much. Sometimes dropping is the best move – you get to raise them back up and you even get to pat yourself on the back for doing so! Imagine all the pluses… Its not like they get exiled from the list.

  • Avatar theKraken says:

    How is Tommy Pham even in that neighborhood? I feel like he is massivlely overvalued because of his heroic 2017 performance.

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