Hitter List 7/27: Top 150+ Hitters For 2022 – Week 16

The top 150 hitters for 2022 fantasy baseball, plus a taxi squad.

First, let’s get some basics out of the way in terms of how to interpret these rankings. None of this stuff should come as any major surprise, but it never hurts to provide background:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • I moved a few guys from this tier above the catchers because I realized I’d take any one of them over a catcher.

 

  • Daulton Varsho belongs in this group because he has a power-speed combination that just doesn’t otherwise exist at catcher, and he also takes a ton of walks.

 

  • It’s been a heck of a return for Brandon Lowe, and we shouldn’t forget that this guy hit 39 home runs in 2021. For some reason, I feel like a lot of people have forgotten that through 1,476 plate appearances, he’s slashing .254/.338/.510 with a 133 wRC+. He’s pretty good.

 

  • Ty France has a wrist injury he’s dealing with, FYI.
  • Bryan Reynolds also can’t find any power and it’s really sad and frustrating.

 

  • Brandon Drury has slowed down mildly in July but that’s fine. He’s still doing cool things that don’t make a lot of sense to me.

 

 

TIER 14

 

  • Salvador Perez is inching closer to a return and should be in the mix as a top-seven catcher immediately.

 

  • Welcome back to the list, Jonathan India! I’m not getting overly excited yet since he was so bad for so long, but this is very promising.

 

  • Welcome to the list, Leody Tavares! It’s hard to say how long the speedy outfielder can keep up this great production, but I love seeing him climb up the batting order.

 

  • Welcome to the list, Jose Miranda! He was unbleivable in triple-A last season and seems to finally be making strong adjustments to MLB pitching. He’s got three home runs and 16 RBI this month to go along with a 180 wRC+ and should be picked up almost everywhere if you need a third baseman.

 

  • Ramón Urías is the hot bat of the week, in a sense, and since returning to the team on July 4th is slashing .397/.426/.707. In 161 career games, he has 19 home runs and a .278 batting average, which ain’t all that bad, and has shown the ability to heat up and stay hot for a few weeks at a time.

TAXI SQUAD

 

  • You need to be keeping a close eye on Jarred Kelenic. The plate discipline continues to improve in the minors and he could really capitalize on his next opportunity.

 

Scott Chu

Scott Chu is a Senior Fantasy Analyst here bat Pitcher List and has written about fantasy baseball since 2013. He's also the inventor and mascot for Fantasy Curling (as seen the Wall Street Journal) and a 3x FSWA Award Finalist. In addition to being a fantasy analyst, he's a dad, animal lover, Simpsons fanatic, cartoon connoisseur, amateur curler, a CODA, and an attorney.

12 responses to “Hitter List 7/27: Top 150+ Hitters For 2022 – Week 16”

  1. BigMike says:

    Hi Scott, in a keeper league, would you want Hayes or Miranda? Hayes has nice speed, but the Avg and power have not shown up…yet

  2. Patrick Ingram says:

    Wondering why Alec Bohm didn’t even make it in the taxi squad with a season .293 AVG, 47 R, 39 RBI in 335 AB…Honestly curious

    • Scott Chu says:

      Thanks for the call-out, Patrick. Bohm is good enough to be on the taxi squad as he’s been pretty ho the last month or so – the only issue I have is the complete and total lack of power/speed. I’d consider him to be a taller, larger version of Jeff McNeil right now.

      • Scott Chu says:

        That said, I’d rather have Nico Hoerner – it’s just too bad Nico can’t be put at 3rd.

        • David Coffee says:

          Speaking of the taxi squad, any thoughts on Thairo Estrada? He’s the 80th best player overall in a CBS league that I am in. Thanks

  3. Idles of Marsh says:

    Glad to have the podcast back this week, Scott. You guys spoke a lot about dynasty leagues, so here’s a related question.

    A guy in my league is trying to buy low on Castellanos. The most interesting packages have been centred around Dylan Carlson, but I’d need something else back. Is this a good starting point? Is Castellanos cooked?

    Thanks,

    B

    • Scott Chu says:

      Thanks B! It felt good to do an H&J episode again.

      I think it’s a good starting point for sure, but the second price needs to be more than a throw in. Not sure if Casty is cooked but his 3-year upside ain’t all that much better then Dylan, though Dylan has shown much less than Casty in the majors prior to this season.

      • Idles of Marsh says:

        Thanks for the reply!

        It’s a fairly deep H2H league and I’d like to improve my average, so I was thinking Hoerner or Ahmed Rosario for the other piece.

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