Hitter List 8/22: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters To Own ROS

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

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 entering the home stretch of the 2018 season, so expect to see plenty of aggressive adjustments to the List each week. 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!

  • Injury roundup: Rafael Devers (hamstring) is back on the disabled list for the third time in five weeks. Combined with his underwhelming numbers, that’s enough to drop him near the end of the List. Only his pedigree and the lineup context keep him from falling off entirely. Brandon Nimmo (finger) comes up lame with unfortunate timing, as he looked to be embarking on another hot streak right before that HBP. Didi Gregorius (heel) doesn’t have a firm timetable, but at this point anything beyond the minimum stint is a serious blow to any player’s ROS value. Joey Votto (leg) could be back when first eligible on Sunday, but given his underwhelming performance thus far, it’s tough to expect big numbers from here on out. Finally, late-breaking news that Buster Posey (hip) will likely need season-ending surgery is the cherry on top of the worst year of his career.
  • New to or back on the List this week: Shohei Ohtani makes his way back on to the List. If he played more often, he would have been a fixture – his production has never been the issue there. Even with Scott Schebler finally nearing a return, Phil Ervin’s performance in his absence deserves recognition, and he figures to remain in the lineup more often than not as the Reds play out the string. Hunter Renfroe’s numbers have improved across the board over his rookie season, but lack of playing time early in the year has kept him largely overlooked. Willy Adames might just be on a hot streak, but his pedigree and blend of power and speed make him worth betting on. Johan Camargo isn’t flashy, but he’s hitting over .300 with solid run production and a bit of pop since the break and qualifies for three infield positions. Finally, Lourdes Gurriel is almost healed and ready to try extending his multi-hit game streak, which stood at a ridiculous 11 games before his injury.
Kyle Bishop

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

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Comments


Kyle Bishop

Not a reaction to the last week’s performance, just felt I’d had him too high previously (and to be fair even that stretch has his August OPS lagging under .700).

theKraken

Jose Abreu needs a big down arrow.. hes out for a while. Have to wonder if he plays at all this year after the abdominal surgery – I know he is slated to, but the Sox don’t have a lot to play for. He was on fire… its a shame.

Kyle Bishop

One thing you learn in this gig is that all injury news breaks late on Tuesday night immediately after you’ve finished writing. I heard about Posey but not Abreu.

theKraken

I think Gattis is heating up again – he hit several HR last week.
Matt Kemp has been swinging the bat well over the past week – he has gotten quite unlucky but he is hitting a bunch of LD, which is what he does when he is good. Not sure how often he will play though… the Dodgers kind of screwed up their lineup with their sexy trade-deadline acquisitions. Notice how many of the over-achievers completely fell apart after their regular jobs got threatened. Kind of a nice case study in why adding big bats isn’t just as simple as adding players to the lineup… unless they actually fill a void.
I say it every week, but there are so many options past Bellinger… like Justin Turner who is hitting better and has a better lineup spot on the same team. I would bet that once we can get past the 2017 bias he could be right around 50 in 2019, but at this point it is just such a tough pill to swallow. If he started at 50, then he could sink way down when he goes ice cold, which would be accurate. Who knows, maybe he can streak into some HR and create some buzz, but I doubt it. I think it is more likely that he goes full AVG mode and hits a few HR, in which case we may realize that he isn’t what we thought he was. I have a sneaking suspicion that he is one of those players that we will ignore the flaws and point to the positives on, in which case we will be talking about improved BA in the offseason, and we may or may not acknowledge the huge power dropoff – we will talk about it, but point to his age and say he will bounce back lol. A year ago, I said I think he is Hosmer or Myers and that looks even more likely right now. I think he is Hosmer 2.0 actually, but with some speed like Myers. Those guys are not top 50… unless we are talking red-hot Myers, but Myers has a lot more pop than Belly, so that really isn’t a great comp. I am thinking the potential .300 AVG of Hosmer and lack of 1B power with the steals of Myers along with the lack of consistency that Hosmer provides. In other words, not a player I would draft at the deepest of positions. I guess I just don’t see what he brings to the table that a lot of other players don’t. Bellinger is top 50 in HR but there are a whole lot of players right behind him and he has more ABs than most of his peers. I guess he is one of 13 players with 20 HR and double digit steals, but there are a lot of guys that are in the neighborhood of 10 steals and 20 HR. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up leading off as I think he could be good in that role. If he ever ditches the grotesque uppercut and goes full spray mode he could be pretty good, but that guy doesn’t hit 20 HR in the juiced ball era… maybe that guy steals 20 bags? Upper cut guy struggles to hit .220 and might run into 30+ HR, but that guy is very much an AAAA slugger. I am not sure that his two swings/approaches have anything in common – I think it is one or the other. Perhaps he completely rebuilds his swing but there isn’t much precedent for that. He has elite pitch recognition and that is a good foundation, but he needs to figure out what he is best at.

Kyle Bishop

RE: Bellinger, just because he isn’t providing value in the way he was expected to doesn’t negate the fact that he *is* providing value. He’s hitting over .300 in the second half, with solid run production and five stolen bases in 30 games. It’s not hard to find power on the waiver wire even at this point in the season. Both Yahoo and ESPN have him 37th overall in 5×5 over L30.

Doug

Seems like Albies deserves a much bigger drop. He had a huge April and a decent July. Other than that, he’s been pretty blah.

Kyle Bishop

Might be hitting a wall in his first full MLB season, might just be a slump. I’m leaning toward the latter, but no signs of life between now and next week will lead to a larger drop.

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