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Hitter List 7/6: Top 150+ Hitters For 2022 – Week 13

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Had to put in a mini tier here of guys who I really found to be tough for me to rank besides knowing I wanted to rank them together. Hayes and Bregman “feel” different than the rest of the tier since they’re not mashers, but I see a lot of similar value here.

 

  • Kris Bryant is hitting .345/.367/.483 since returning and finally notched some extra-base action in back-to-back games. He can still be very, very good.
  • Michael Harris II is struggled against breaking balls in June, sporting just a .181 xBA on the 123 sliders and curves he saw. He actually just hit his first home run off a slider, though, and four steals in his last nine games. I love that he’s finding new ways to be productive and it bodes well to his future.

 

TIER 14

 

  • AJ Pollock needs a very strong list before I stop including him entirely. The return of Eloy Jiménez could turn him into a platoon bat.

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.

9 responses to “Hitter List 7/6: Top 150+ Hitters For 2022 – Week 13”

  1. J.C. Aoudad says:

    nvm; CTRL+F fail! (Sure wish I could delete a comment)

  2. Joe Mulvey says:

    Scott, is Keibert Ruiz worth holding onto in a dynasty league, or can I consider him a streamer? Haase, Kelly, Narvaez, Raleigh, Diaz, Contreras available.
    Thanks in advance for your opinion,
    Joe

    • Scott Chu says:

      Hey Joe! Looking at the current state of catcher, I’m starting to think that the depth at catcher is going to be much better in the next few years. Ruiz is part of that conversation, even if he’s still adjusting to the big leagues.

      In a redraft or shallow keeper, I’d say cut bait and stream. In dynatsy, it’s probably worth holding as the options you showed are not at all inspiring.

  3. B says:

    Just letting you know, I see you decided to put Wisdom in the top 150, but you forgot to remove him from the taxi squad. I was waiting for wisdom to get bumped up in the top 150, as I believe his 3rd base position makes him very valuable alone as there are so few good ones. As someone who plays in a small 8 team league and needed to have wisdom, while France was on the IL, shows that the position helps his value a lot. Glad he made it this week and great job on the list again, I use the list as a great way to check the value of players and that helps a lot with deciding on trades, You clearly understand the true value of players, unlike the people who base everything just on rankings and what they have done in half a season (or even those who just base it on one good or bad week). Thanks for the list.

    • Scott Chu says:

      Really appreciate the kind words, B! I’d agree that 3B eligibility is a boon for Wisdom, and he’ll always be one of these back-end of the list/top of the taxi squad guys, though his power, eligibility, and playing time give him more upside than I initially thought he’d have. Since June 1, he’s been staying below that dreaded 30% strikeout rate while keeping the walk rate up, which to me makes him something like a budget Eugenio Suarez? Eugenio might beat him a little on average and his track record adds a little more floor to the equation, but otherwise, it’s similar and he’s a useful piece in a lot of scenarios.

  4. J.C. Aoudad says:

    Great stuff, as always, Scott. You ranked Eddie Rosario at 104 before he went on the IL in April, but now he doesn’t even make the taxi squad. Is that due to the emergence of Michael Harris?

    • Scott Chu says:

      You’re basically there! He started the season as a leadoff candidate for a good offense and by the time I created the Taxi Squad, I was concerned he’d be a platoon guy (he’s not good enough to roster as a platoon guy – Steady Eddie is an accumulator).

      I’m surprised he’s played as much as he has and that he is hitting 5th/6th. I’ll likely plug him on the Taxi Squad next update just for that, but he’s one of these guys who is more likely to be on and off the TS than on and off the HL. Durability and a .280-.290 AVG year to year were his halmarks. An injured 30-year-old OF-only guy with no speed and hits .250-.260 with a sub-.450 slugging percentage is a description that fits a LOT of guys.

      Hopefuy Eddie shows he’s more than that.

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