Hitter List 8/1: 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 Ramirez 2B, 3B 2 2 17
3 - Mookie Betts OF 3 2 9
4 +3 Francisco Lindor SS 7 4 21
5 - Nolan Arenado 3B 5 3 5
6 +2 Freddie Freeman 1B, 3B 8 6 11
7 +2 J. D. Martinez OF 9 7 20
8 -4 Jose Altuve 2B 4 2 8
9 +1 Manny Machado 3B, SS 10 7 15
10 +1 Giancarlo Stanton OF 11 10 25
11 +1 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 12 5 29
12 +1 Andrew Benintendi OF 13 12 36
13 +1 Starling Marte OF 14 13 45
14 +3 Alex Bregman 3B, SS 17 14 45
15 - Trea Turner SS 15 3 16
16 - Charlie Blackmon OF 16 5 17
17 +1 Christian Yelich OF 18 17 37
18 +1 Bryce Harper OF 19 3 19
19 +1 Trevor Story SS 20 19 102
20 +1 Javier Baez 2B, SS 21 20 133
21 +1 Ozzie Albies 2B 22 21 50
22 -16 Aaron Judge OF 6 6 22
23 - Jean Segura SS 23 22 58
24 - Carlos Correa SS 24 12 24
25 - George Springer OF 25 14 25
26 - Kris Bryant 3B 26 10 28
27 - Eugenio Suarez 3B 27 27 121
28 - Eddie Rosario OF 28 26 108
29 - Anthony Rizzo 1B, 2B 29 16 29
30 - Nelson Cruz DH 30 19 36
31 - Xander Bogaerts SS 31 31 49
32 - Khris Davis OF 32 25 38
33 - Scooter Gennett 2B 33 33 130
34 - A. J. Pollock OF 34 21 72
35 - Edwin Encarnacion 1B 35 19 36
36 - Anthony Rendon 3B 36 33 46
37 - Joey Votto 1B 37 6 37
38 - Rhys Hoskins 1B, OF 38 20 58
39 - Cody Bellinger 1B, OF 39 23 66
40 +4 Juan Soto OF 44 40 132
41 - Jose Abreu 1B 41 20 41
42 - Lorenzo Cain OF 42 42 63
43 +4 Matt Carpenter 1B, 2B, 3B 47 43 146
44 -1 Justin Upton OF 43 23 44
45 -5 Jesus Aguilar 1B 40 40 149
46 -1 Michael Brantley OF 45 45 123
47 +1 Wil Myers 1B 48 43 83
48 +4 Brian Dozier 2B 52 22 86
49 +4 Max Muncy 1B, 3B, OF 53 49 115
50 -4 Whit Merrifield 2B 46 38 71
51 -2 Dee Gordon 2B 49 24 74
52 -2 J. T. Realmuto C 50 50 110
53 -2 Mitch Haniger OF 51 46 105
54 - Odubel Herrera OF 54 46 96
55 - Nick Castellanos 3B, OF 55 54 83
56 - Andrelton Simmons SS 56 55 142
57 - Tommy Pham OF 57 25 57
58 - Travis Shaw 3B 58 42 61
59 - Willson Contreras C 59 36 69
60 - Matt Olson 1B 60 55 108
61 - Gleyber Torres 2B 61 60 150
62 +1 Kyle Schwarber OF 63 57 107
63 +1 Buster Posey C 64 40 70
64 +1 Ronald Acuna OF 65 60 85
65 +4 Shin-Soo Choo OF 69 65 137
66 +4 Aaron Hicks OF 70 66 134
67 +4 Didi Gregorius SS 71 38 86
68 -2 Gary Sanchez C 66 15 68
69 +3 Evan Gattis C 72 69 118
70 +6 Ian Desmond 1B, OF 76 70 143
71 -9 Wilson Ramos C 62 55 103
72 +1 Tim Anderson SS 73 72 149
73 -6 Carlos Santana 1B, OF 67 43 73
74 -6 Cesar Hernandez 2B 68 67 129
75 -1 Matt Kemp OF 74 74 148
76 +4 Mike Moustakas 3B 80 35 90
77 -2 David Peralta OF 75 75 145
78 - Eduardo Escobar 2B, 3B, SS 78 78 148
79 +3 Elvis Andrus SS 82 52 115
80 -1 Andrew McCutchen OF 79 47 94
81 - Josh Donaldson 3B 81 21 89
82 +1 Brandon Belt 1B 83 75 148
83 +1 Nick Markakis OF 84 73 147
84 +2 Gregory Polanco OF 86 55 140
85 +2 Marcell Ozuna OF 87 31 87
86 +2 Miguel Andujar 3B 88 86 145
87 +2 Yasmani Grandal C 89 80 102
88 +30 Jonathan Schoop 2B 118 32 144
89 +6 Salvador Perez C 95 61 101
90 +1 Joey Gallo 1B, 3B, OF 91 46 91
91 -1 Adam Eaton OF 90 53 130
92 +2 Justin Turner 3B 94 60 113
93 -16 Nomar Mazara OF 77 58 93
94 +16 Rougned Odor 2B 110 76 147
95 +1 Yoan Moncada 2B 96 58 100
96 -11 Billy Hamilton OF 85 58 146
97 +3 Justin Smoak 1B 100 48 143
98 -6 DJ LeMahieu 2B 92 62 98
99 -6 Rafael Devers 3B 93 53 99
100 +1 Eric Thames 1B, OF 101 100 140
101 +1 Matt Chapman 3B 102 79 130
102 +1 Brett Gardner OF 103 86 103
103 +4 Chris Taylor 2B, OF 107 62 116
104 +4 Adam Jones OF 108 74 114
105 -8 Eric Hosmer 1B 97 52 105
106 -2 Brandon Nimmo OF 104 85 145
107 -8 Corey Dickerson OF 99 69 132
108 -3 Jed Lowrie 2B 105 83 135
109 -3 Yasiel Puig OF 106 76 122
110 +7 Daniel Murphy 2B 117 57 146
111 +1 Marcus Semien SS 112 87 115
112 +8 Jose Peraza 2B, SS 120 112 148
113 -2 Teoscar Hernandez OF 111 95 146
114 -5 Adrian Beltre 3B 109 54 114
115 -2 Kyle Seager 3B 113 82 115
116 -18 Ender Inciarte OF 98 42 116
117 +2 Yadier Molina C 119 110 135
118 +10 Stephen Piscotty OF 128 118 144
119 +11 Jose Martinez 1B, OF 130 59 138
120 +4 C. J. Cron 1B 124 102 150
121 +5 Jake Bauers 1B 126 121 139
122 -6 Asdrubal Cabrera 2B, 3B, SS 116 113 150
123 +13 Yonder Alonso 1B 136 123 148
124 -10 Brandon Crawford SS 114 106 146
125 +4 Carlos Gonzalez OF 129 109 141
126 +5 Jurickson Profar SS, OF 131 121 148
127 - Jason Kipnis 2B, OF 127 127 142
128 +4 Paul DeJong SS 132 95 148
129 +4 Derek Dietrich 1B, 2B, 3B, OF 133 129 145
130 +7 Michael Conforto OF 137 87 140
131 -10 Mitch Moreland 1B 121 111 144
132 +2 Ryan Braun 1B, OF 134 55 134
133 +5 Joc Pederson OF 138 123 145
134 +5 Avisail Garcia OF 139 134 139
135 +12 Kole Calhoun OF 147 135 147
136 +4 Maikel Franco 3B 140 132 149
137 -15 Enrique Hernandez 2B, 3B, SS, OF 122 122 137
138 +UR Ian Kinsler 2B, OF UR 95 138
139 -4 Ben Zobrist 2B, OF 135 135 148
140 -25 Addison Russell SS 115 115 147
141 - Adam Duvall OF 141 93 146
142 -19 Jake Lamb 3B 123 77 142
143 -1 Yuli Gurriel 1B, 3B 142 142 147
144 -1 Kendrys Morales 1B 143 143 149
145 -1 Starlin Castro 2B 144 144 145
146 - Ian Happ 2B, OF 146 69 150
147 +UR Ketel Marte 2B, SS UR 147 147
148 +UR Nick Williams OF UR 140 148
149 -4 Ryon Healy 1B, 3B 145 134 149
150 -1 Scott Schebler OF 149 123 150

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.

We’re officially in the back half of the season, which means that adjustments to the List will be more aggressive than they’ve been previously. In particular, injuries will take on added importance as even a minimum DL stint will cost a player a decent chunk of their remaining games. Rest assured that any rankings you vehemently disagree with were explicitly an attempt to insult you and/or your favorite player(s) personally. Seriously, before you work yourself into a rage in the comment section, understand that this is only one person’s opinion. I’m wrong a lot! Comes with the territory of doing this sort of thing.

On to the highlights!

  • A bunch of trades happened since last week, because yesterday was the non-waiver deadline and MLB general managers are notorious procrastinators. Wilson Ramos probably loses some value since he won’t play as often without the luxury of being able to DH. Ian Kinsler, Mike Moustakas, Jonathan Schoop and Brian Dozier get slight boosts by virtue of landing with much better teams, which should help their counting stats. While he’s not currently on the List, I’ll be interested to see if a change of scenery/consistent playing time do anything for Jonathan Villar.
  • Injury roundup: This was a rough week. Lourdes Gurriel would have made his debut on the List, but he suffered ankle and knee sprains on an awkward slide. The Jays have announced that he’ll miss between two and six weeks, which at this juncture of the season is sort of like when the cable company says they’ll send out a tech between 8:00 and 3:00. Gurriel had collected multiple hits in a whopping 11 straight games. Not long after making his List debut, Jesse Winker‘s season is over. His injured shoulder required surgery, which isn’t great for a guy who already had fringy power. Corey Dickerson strained his hamstring but should be back when first eligible on Saturday. Rafael Devers is in the same boat, though his return will be further away since his injury happened more recently. (Come for the rankings, stay for the hard-hitting analysis!) Finally, not one but two of the top six hitters on the List hit the other, less fun list (i.e., the disabled): Aaron Judge suffered a chip fracture in his wrist that will sideline him well into August, while Jose Altuve‘s sore knee lands him on the DL for the first time in his career. It’s expected to be a minimum stint, at least. If I may be so bold, banning injuries should probably be Rob Manfred’s top priority for the 2019 season. Never mind pitch clocks, commish.
  • New to or back on the List this week: Kinsler, Ketel Marte, and Nick Williams.
Kyle Bishop

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

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Comments


theKraken

It seems kind of crazy to write, but I think Baez should be higher. 30 HR/20 SB and an average close to .300 looks kind of likely. Not to mention a ton of RBI and XBH, which gets completely overlooked these days. The walks stink, but that either matters or it doesn’t.
Nimmo in the top 150 looks a bit like a stretch. His current pace looks like .250 AVG, 20 HR, 10 SB which… you are hurting if you are starting unless BB count for something. The scary thing is how that pace is inflated off of his heater a while back – it very well could be less than that. Current Nimmo looks a lot like 2017 Nimmo – food for thought.
Bellinger has been terrible for a while now and is settling into the bottom of that lineup.. not good for him – I could see a 2017 playoff-like spiral in his future. It won’t be that bad because the quality of arms won’t be there, but almost all of his hits have been bloops the other way and infield hits which isn’t why you own Bellinger – his last HR was a month ago. So much of his value comes from the lineup spot that he enjoyed for a long time. Put another way, he has outscored Matt Kemp in my league despite inferior production across the board and that is over. Not to say that Kemp won’t fall apart (currently on an 0-20 bender), but the RBI, R and BB are going to dry up.
I would rather have Maikel Franco than many of these guys right now. He has burned literally everyone over the past 4 years at some point, but a Franco heater is worth owning. He is still the talented guy that so many people have gone all-in on at previous points in his 25 y/o career. I feel like people hate him because he was a saber posterboy with the hard contact and lack of Ks and pundits really got burned by him and in the process worked really hard to build a case why we sucks. He has alienated most of the people that could create a case for his stardom – he has something in common with Matt Kemp in that regard. Try not to forget that he is young and was never demoted – he was just thrown to the wolves when he struggled… I don’t know another player who has been developed like that. He is my Javy Baez candidate – by that I mean if he ever gets moved up in the order above the clearly inferior bats he could blossom. Hitting late in the lineup is the worst thing a team can do for a player allergic to walks like Franco. Thant won’t happen because Kapler doesn’t like him, but its worth long-term consideration. Kapler has tried to give away Franco’s job and hit him as low as possibly justifiable all year long, but at some point he may force himself into the heart of the order. He hit .330 in July.
I know this has to be really hard and I don’t envy the task but those are a few that stood out to me where I have some insight. Of the three, I know the least of Nimmo but I think I know overhype when I see it. He seems a lot like the player that he has been since he was drafted, which looks better on paper than IRL. Fangraphs certainly planted their flag in him at several points. I get that making massive weekly corrections would lead to a ton of chaos, hence the smaller ones. I greatly appreciate your work. You get the weekly flack, but anyone would! Its one thing to call out corrections, but it is another to write a list from scratch. I really appreciate that I get to see one other person’s weekly list.

Steve

I come to pitcherlist for the articles mostly, but also for TheKraken. Excellent analysis once again. Baez has been a monster.

Kyle Bishop

I mean, top 20 is nothing to sneeze at RE: Baez, especially given where he opened the season on the List. Pretty much everybody ahead of him is killing it and/or has a longer track record of success. But I hear you.

Fair point on Nimmo as well, but I’m expecting Bellinger to come back around.

Always appreciate feedback when it includes a thoughtful argument. Thanks for reading each week and taking the time to respond.

Jim

I like that you bring up M Franco here. To me it is unbelievable that he has only landed on this list between 132-140. When he was recently dropped in my H2H league, I jumped at the claim. He was rewarded nicely those that have either held onto him, or wisely used their claim to add him. Devers, for example, has been seen in a very favorable light despite having cold streaks this year making him practically unusable in most formats. Now he has the injury question. Yet he is still a few tiers above Franco at #99. They could flip ranks and not many would bat at eye or question it. I know the ranks are compressed after the first 40 or so, but this is an example of a guy that needs to get more respect universally; ranks, ownership, write-ups.

Kyle Bishop

As a Phillies fan who has been overly optimistic about Franco in the past, I’m probably overcompensating a bit. I want to believe, but it’s not easy to forget how often he’s let me down…

J.C. Mosier

You had Sano at #79 before the demotion. Waiting for a larger sample size before re-evaluating, or is he no longer Top 150 for the rest of the season?

Alex

When does Cano enter the list and where do you assume he’d fit in it??

Great job as always Kyle!!

Nate Dizzle

Looking forward to 8/1-8/8.

RE: Bellinger (7/25-8/1), remember Lorenzo Cain jumped about 20 feet in the air to rob Bellinger in center, the ball was 398 ft from the dish. Regardless, let’s get through the ugly stuff first. Bellinger managed only 2 hits through 28 PA’s. Both hits were singles and (even worse) one was an infield single. However, he reached via BB six times and managed to swipe one bag. We all know, when Bellinger’s in a slump, he strikes out like it’s his job. Through those 28 PA’s he K’d eight times. He’s had worse but still.

Bellinger’s season on the whole has been disappointing. I know because he was one of my 3 keepers I was allowed to keep this year. I expected regression of course, you’d be foolish not to, however, Belly’s ability to counterpunch MLB’s attack on his inner-half has taken much longer than expected. All of that in mind, I still believe he’ll come around before season’s end. Here’s why…

Thus far, from 8/1-8/7, Bellinger’s at a .353/.500/.588 clip. He put 14 balls into play throughout 22 PA’s. Of those 14 batted balls, 9 were either line-drives or hits harder than 95mph (designated by Baseball Savant as: “Hard Hits”). Further, of the 14 BIP, exactly zero were infield pop-ups (he did have one “pop-up,” but it went 240 feet from home) and zero were infield base hits. In other words, he’s striking the ball w/ authority. This leads to my next stat: from August 1st-7th, Bellinger’s BB% was 22% and his strikeout-rate was 13.6%. I know it’s only a week’s sample (and I’m new to this site) but a small sample size is one of the requisite parameters of this list correct? Weekly ROS projections?
When a power-hitting 1B has a walk-rate higher than his K-rate (and isn’t either Joey Votto or Freddie Freeman) that is a good thing. By no means am I comparing Cody Bellinger to either of those 1st basemen. That’s ridiculous. However, I am saying that eventually Belly will figure out how to counterpunch NL’s pitching. It’s inevitable. He’s far too talented, young, and surrounded by supremely smart, tested, and proven teammates w/ coaches and corporate brass who are patient enough to leave Turner Ward to his job and Bellinger to his. Eventually (and I think it’s very close) the revelation will take place.

In fact, suffice to say that his weakest quadrants are on the inner-half (neck-high to ankle-high, quadrants 3-6-9), he may be making progress. Toward the end of last season and especially into the World Series, opposing teams started throwing breaking stuff in on Bellinger. Of course we all know that it didn’t take long before Bellinger’s ‘Achilles-heal’ grew to be glaringly obvious. Lance McCullers, I’m looking at you. Since then, pitchers who can locate in on lefties have owned Cody Bellinger. For a long time, Belly couldn’t even make contact w/ any breaking ball in, whether up, down, it didn’t matter. Fast-forward to present and although he hasn’t forced pitchers to try something new, he’s at the very least, making contact. In fact the grand-slam he ripped down the right-field line and banged off the foul-pole? That was a slider, in, and low, via J Chacin. Even though it was mere inches from being nothing but a loud foul ball, it wasn’t. In comparison to the Cody Bellinger of last year (especially in the W.S.) this HR is a vast improvement.

I’m not saying that; due to that one grand-slam Bellinger is cured for all-time. Quite the contrary, forget about the immediate quadrants 3-6-9. Unless you’re Justin Verlander on a good day, most MLB pitchers don’t have that quality of control to hit 3 quadrants and 3 quadrants alone on every pitch. Sliders don’t always slide, curves don’t always curve (etc.). Because pitchers are human, this’ll help Bellinger get a few extra 2-base hits, or HR’s while he continuously works on that gaping hole in his swing. He turned on that slider down and in vs. Chacin for a granny, who’s to say that won’t happen again?

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