Hitter List 9/19: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters To Own ROS

Rank Change Hitter Position(s) Previous Best Worst
1 - Mike Trout OF 1 1 2
2 - Jose Ramirez 2B, 3B 2 1 17
3 - Mookie Betts OF 3 2 9
4 - J. D. Martinez OF 4 4 20
5 +2 Christian Yelich OF 7 5 37
6 - Paul Goldschmidt 1B 6 5 29
7 +1 Bryce Harper OF 8 3 19
8 +1 Francisco Lindor SS 9 4 21
9 +2 Alex Bregman 3B, SS 11 9 45
10 +2 Ronald Acuna OF 12 10 85
11 +4 Nolan Arenado 3B 15 3 15
12 -7 Giancarlo Stanton OF 5 5 25
13 - Javier Baez 2B, SS 13 13 133
14 - Manny Machado 3B, SS 14 7 15
15 +1 Khris Davis OF 16 15 38
16 +3 Whit Merrifield 2B 19 16 71
17 - Anthony Rizzo 1B, 2B 17 16 29
18 - Eugenio Suarez 3B 18 18 121
19 +1 Charlie Blackmon OF 20 5 28
20 +1 Freddie Freeman 1B, 3B 21 6 21
21 +1 Trea Turner SS 22 3 22
22 +1 Jose Altuve 2B 23 2 24
23 +4 Justin Turner 3B 27 23 113
24 +8 Juan Soto OF 32 24 132
25 -15 Trevor Story SS 10 10 102
26 -2 Andrew Benintendi OF 24 11 36
27 +4 Marcell Ozuna OF 31 27 93
28 -3 Scooter Gennett 2B 25 25 130
29 -3 Lorenzo Cain OF 26 26 63
30 - Anthony Rendon 3B 30 30 46
31 -3 Matt Carpenter 1B, 2B, 3B 28 25 146
32 -3 Rhys Hoskins 1B, OF 29 20 58
33 - Xander Bogaerts SS 33 31 49
34 - Kris Bryant 3B 34 10 37
35 +1 Michael Brantley OF 36 35 123
36 +1 Jean Segura SS 37 19 58
37 +1 George Springer OF 38 14 38
38 +1 Nelson Cruz DH 39 19 39
39 +1 Miguel Andujar 3B 40 39 145
40 +1 Aaron Hicks OF 41 40 134
41 +1 Ozzie Albies 2B 42 21 50
42 +1 David Peralta OF 43 42 145
43 +7 Jonathan Villar 2B, OF 50 43 149
44 +1 Edwin Encarnacion 1B 45 19 49
45 +1 Matt Chapman 3B 46 45 130
46 +1 Mitch Haniger OF 47 46 105
47 +1 Gleyber Torres 2B 48 47 150
48 +7 Joey Votto 1B 55 6 64
49 -14 Starling Marte OF 35 12 49
50 +49 Raul Mondesi 2B, SS 99 50 148
51 +10 Hunter Renfroe OF 61 51 141
52 -8 Rougned Odor 2B 44 32 147
53 -2 Jesus Aguilar 1B 51 40 149
54 -2 Cody Bellinger 1B, OF 52 23 66
55 -2 Justin Upton OF 53 23 55
56 -2 J. T. Realmuto C 54 45 110
57 +40 Michael Conforto OF 97 57 140
58 +18 Jose Peraza 2B, SS 76 58 148
59 -3 Nick Castellanos 3B, OF 56 54 83
60 -3 DJ LeMahieu 2B 57 57 98
61 -3 Tim Anderson SS 58 58 149
62 -2 Jed Lowrie 2B 60 60 135
63 +10 Todd Frazier 3B 73 63 141
64 +1 Nick Markakis OF 65 64 147
65 +1 Mike Moustakas 3B 66 35 90
66 +1 Shin-Soo Choo OF 67 53 137
67 +1 Joey Gallo 1B, 3B, OF 68 46 91
68 -6 Carlos Correa SS 62 12 68
69 -10 Wilson Ramos C 59 55 103
70 -1 Gary Sanchez C 69 15 71
71 -1 Shohei Ohtani DH 70 70 150
72 -1 Travis Shaw 2B, 3B 71 42 72
73 -1 Jose Martinez 1B, OF 72 59 138
74 - Marcus Semien SS 74 74 115
75 - Didi Gregorius SS 75 38 86
76 +22 Stephen Piscotty OF 98 76 144
77 -13 Daniel Murphy 1B, 2B 64 41 146
78 -1 Ian Desmond 1B, OF 77 66 143
79 +6 Tommy Pham OF 85 25 98
80 -2 Willy Adames 2B, SS 78 78 138
81 -2 Jurickson Profar 1B, 3B, SS, OF 79 79 148
82 +6 Amed Rosario SS 88 82 106
83 -3 Carlos Santana 1B, OF 80 43 88
84 -2 Ryan Zimmerman 1B 82 57 136
85 -2 Ian Kinsler 2B, OF 83 83 144
86 -2 Mallex Smith OF 84 84 147
87 -1 Matt Olson 1B 86 54 108
88 -1 Paul DeJong SS 87 87 148
89 - A. J. Pollock OF 89 21 89
90 - Eduardo Escobar 2B, 3B, SS 90 47 148
91 +1 Robinson Cano 1B, 2B 92 36 99
92 +2 Adam Jones OF 94 74 114
93 +2 Jonathan Schoop 2B, SS 95 32 144
94 +2 Andrew McCutchen OF 96 47 118
95 +16 Aaron Judge OF 111 6 111
96 +10 Kendrys Morales 1B 106 96 149
97 +17 Ramon Laureano OF 114 97 129
98 +21 Franmil Reyes OF 119 98 128
99 +25 Yasiel Puig OF 124 76 124
100 -19 Adam Eaton OF 81 53 130
101 - Kole Calhoun 101 73 147
102 - Trey Mancini 1B, OF 102 88 137
103 +1 Max Muncy 1B, 3B, OF 104 49 115
104 +9 Wil Myers 1B, 3B, OF 113 43 115
105 -12 Harrison Bader OF 93 90 149
106 -1 Ben Zobrist 2B, OF 105 98 148
107 - Justin Smoak 1B 107 48 143
108 -8 Josh Donaldson 3B 100 21 114
109 -1 Ender Inciarte OF 108 42 128
110 +2 Ryan Braun OF 112 55 134
111 -8 Carlos Gonzalez OF 103 101 141
112 -2 Dee Gordon 2B, OF 110 24 112
113 +2 Elvis Andrus SS 115 52 116
114 +3 Andrelton Simmons SS 117 53 142
115 +33 Kevin Kiermaier OF 148 107 148
116 +24 Tyler White 1B 140 116 140
117 +1 Yonder Alonso 1B 118 112 148
118 +4 Matt Kemp OF 122 74 148
119 -10 Joey Wendle 2B, 3B, OF 109 107 119
120 +5 Cesar Hernandez 2B 125 67 129
121 +7 Brandon Nimmo OF 128 85 150
122 +7 Salvador Perez C 129 61 129
123 +7 Nomar Mazara OF 130 58 130
124 +23 Luke Voit 1B 147 124 147
125 +7 Randal Grichuk OF 132 125 138
126 +7 Chris Taylor 2B, OF 133 62 142
127 +UR Ji-Man Choi UR 127 127
128 +UR Scott Schebler UR 123 150
129 +UR Jeff McNeil 2B, 3B UR 129 129
130 -39 Maikel Franco 3B 91 84 149
131 +UR Ryan O’Hearn 1B UR 131 131
132 -5 Asdrubal Cabrera 2B, 3B, SS 127 113 150
133 +1 Melky Cabrera OF 134 133 149
134 +1 Adam Frazier 2B, OF 135 134 137
135 +1 Aledmys Diaz SS 136 125 145
136 -10 Nick Williams OF 126 113 148
137 -6 Starlin Castro 2B 131 126 145
138 -15 Eric Hosmer 1B 123 52 150
139 -19 Kyle Schwarber OF 120 57 139
140 -24 Brian Dozier 2B 116 22 140
141 - Jason Kipnis 2B, OF 141 127 142
142 -4 C. J. Cron 1B 138 102 150
143 -1 Dansby Swanson SS 142 142 143
144 -23 Billy Hamilton OF 121 58 146
145 - Odubel Herrera OF 145 46 145
146 - Yoan Moncada 2B 146 58 146
147 -3 Brett Gardner OF 144 86 147
148 -11 Phil Ervin OF 137 134 148
149 -100 Jose Abreu 1B 49 20 149

Welcome back to Hitter List. This will be the final iteration for 2018. As with every previous Wednesday, 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-team, H2H, 5×5 leagues in mind; adjust as needed for your specific setup. Position eligibility does factor in to a degree.

With so little time left in the season, adjustments to the List can and will be aggressive. In particular, injuries will take on added importance as even a minor health issue could completely torpedo a player’s value. 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: Aaron Judge finally returned to full-time duty from a chip fracture in his wrist yesterday. It’s anyone guess as to how effective he’ll be. Kyle Schwarber is dealing with a back injury and hasn’t played in over a week, though he did fielding drills over the weekend. Maikel Franco (shoulder, neck) has also been sidelined for the past week. Eddie Rosario is done for the year after his quad strain flared up again, while Jose Abreu was hospitalized for an infection in his thigh and might also have played his last game in 2018. The biggest news is Trevor Story suffering UCL damage. Reports are suggesting that he’ll avoid Tommy John surgery, but the issue does cast a bit of doubt over his ROS value.
  • New to or back on the List this week: Jeff McNeil, Ji-Man Choi, Scott Schebler, and Ryan O’Hearn. All four have been among the most valuable hitters in fantasy over the past 14 and/or 30 days. Are they truly that talented? Probably not, but of course at this point in the year all that matters are the numbers.
  • Thanks for reading all season! I hope that this exercise proved helpful to you in your quest for fantasy baseball glory. I appreciated your feedback each week, even the occasionally harsh criticism. In the instances where the ranking in question wasn’t a simple oversight (easier than you might think with so many moving parts to keep track of, especially since players seemed to always wait until after I’d filed the column to get hurt!) it forced me to either defend or reconsider my positions on a regular basis. Despite what the current national and political climate would have you believe, this is a good thing. And on that vaguely soapbox-y note, thus concludes the 2018 edition of Hitter List. Best of luck to you in the final days.
Kyle Bishop

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

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