Hitter List 3/28: Ranking the Top 150 Hitters To Own ROS

Rank Hitter Position(s)
1 Mike Trout OF
2 Jose Altuve 2B
3 Trea Turner SS
4 Nolan Arenado 3B
5 Paul Goldschmidt 1B
6 Joey Votto 1B
7 Charlie Blackmon OF
8 Mookie Betts OF
9 Bryce Harper OF
10 Kris Bryant 3B
11 Freddie Freeman 1B, 3B
12 Carlos Correa SS
13 Aaron Judge OF
14 Giancarlo Stanton OF
15 Manny Machado 3B, SS
16 Jose Ramirez 2B, 3B
17 Anthony Rizzo 1B, 2B
18 Gary Sanchez C
19 Francisco Lindor SS
20 J. D. Martinez OF
21 Josh Donaldson 3B
22 George Springer OF
23 Cody Bellinger 1B, OF
24 Rhys Hoskins 1B, OF
25 Edwin Encarnacion 1B
26 Justin Upton OF
27 Corey Seager SS
28 Brian Dozier 2B
29 Jose Abreu 1B
30 Dee Gordon 2B
31 Marcell Ozuna OF
32 Nelson Cruz DH
33 Khris Davis OF
34 Christian Yelich OF
35 Anthony Rendon 3B
36 Andrew Benintendi OF
37 Alex Bregman 3B, SS
38 Jonathan Schoop 2B
39 Willson Contreras C
40 Robinson Cano 2B
41 Xander Bogaerts SS
42 A. J. Pollock OF
43 Wil Myers 1B
44 Starling Marte OF
45 Miguel Cabrera 1B
46 Tommy Pham OF
47 Andrew McCutchen OF
48 Buster Posey C
49 Yoenis Cespedes OF
50 Ozzie Albies 2B
51 Justin Smoak 1B
52 Elvis Andrus SS
53 Travis Shaw 3B
54 Eric Hosmer 1B
55 Ryan Braun OF
56 Byron Buxton OF
57 Ryan Zimmerman 1B
58 Jean Segura SS
59 Matt Olson 1B
60 Ender Inciarte OF
61 Whit Merrifield 2B
62 Chris Taylor 2B, OF
63 Lorenzo Cain OF
64 Billy Hamilton OF
65 Adam Eaton OF
66 Adrian Beltre 3B
67 Carlos Santana 1B
68 Joey Gallo 3B
69 Ian Happ 2B, OF
70 Domingo Santana OF
71 Gregory Polanco OF
72 Rafael Devers 3B
73 Miguel Sano 3B
74 DJ LeMahieu 2B
75 Adam Jones OF
76 Rougned Odor 2B
77 Jake Lamb 3B
78 Manuel Margot OF
79 Yasiel Puig OF
80 Eduardo Nunez 2B, 3B, OF
81 Salvador Perez C
82 Didi Gregorius SS
83 Nick Castellanos 3B, OF
84 Ronald Acuna OF
85 Nomar Mazara OF
86 Evan Gattis C
87 Marwin Gonzalez 1B, 3B, SS, OF
88 Kyle Seager 3B
89 Daniel Murphy 2B
90 Mike Moustakas 3B
91 Yoan Moncada 2B
92 Eugenio Suarez 3B
93 Odubel Herrera OF
94 Adam Duvall OF
95 Steven Souza OF
96 Ian Kinsler 2B
97 Brett Gardner OF
98 Yasmani Grandal C
99 Wilson Ramos C
100 Bradley Zimmer OF
101 Trevor Story SS
102 Eddie Rosario OF
103 Matt Carpenter 1B
104 Welington Castillo C
105 Mitch Haniger OF
106 Kyle Schwarber C
107 Ian Desmond OF
108 Kevin Kiermaier OF
109 J. T. Realmuto C
110 Josh Bell 1B
111 Trey Mancini 1B
112 Delino DeShields OF
113 Justin Turner 3B
114 Carlos Gonzalez OF
115 Marcus Semien 2B, 3B, SS
116 Michael Brantley OF
117 Shin-Soo Choo OF
118 Chris Davis 1B
119 Michael Conforto OF
120 Scooter Gennett 2B
121 Jay Bruce OF
122 Hanley Ramirez 1B, DH
123 Justin Bour 1B
124 Addison Russell SS
125 Brian McCann C
126 Jonathan Villar 2B, SS
127 Aaron Hicks OF
128 Paul DeJong 2B, SS
129 Cesar Hernandez 2B
130 Matt Chapman 3B
131 Dexter Fowler OF
132 Corey Dickerson OF
133 Javier Baez 2B, SS
134 Yadier Molina C
135 Evan Longoria 3B
136 Mike Zunino C
137 Todd Frazier 3B
138 Jose Martinez 1B, OF
139 Zack Cozart SS
140 Nick Williams OF
141 Greg Bird 1B
142 Aaron Altherr OF
143 Yonder Alonso 1B
144 Lewis Brinson OF
145 David Peralta OF
146 Kole Calhoun OF
147 Josh Reddick OF
148 Willie Calhoun OF
149 Robinson Chirinos C
150 Orlando Arcia SS

Hitter List makes its triumphant return for 2018 on the eve of Opening Day. Every Wednesday during the regular season, I’ll rank the current value of the top 150 hitters for the remainder of the year. (It is extremely my brand to join a site called Pitcher List to exclusively write about hitters, but I digress.) 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. Take note: these are with 12-teamer, H2H, 5×5 leagues in mind.

This being my first go-round with the series, I welcome feedback in the comments. If anything here stands out to you as particularly odd or egregious, give me the chance to change your mind – or maybe you’ll change mine, and the following week the List will reflect that and eternal glory* will be yours. Below, you’ll find me stating my case on some rankings that might invite debate.

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  • Yep, Aaron Judge ahead of Giancarlo Stanton. While I expect both to fall back to earth a bit from the lofty heights they reached a year ago, I have greater faith in Judge’s ability to stay healthy. Some of Stanton’s injuries were freak occurrences, but there have been plenty of soft-tissue injuries sprinkled in there – enough that last season was the first time since 2011 and only the second time in eight tries where he managed to play in 150 games. No fantasy owner is kicking either out of bed, though, particularly now that they’ve joined forces in a stacked Yankees lineup.
  • Miguel Cabrera had a terrible 2017 and nobody’s going to claim otherwise. He’s also coming up on his 35th birthday and playing for a bad team. But are we being too quick to write off arguably the most bankable fantasy stud of the past decade? Miggy dealt with a ton of injuries last season, and he probably should have had more than one stint on the disabled list rather than playing through those issues. I don’t believe his skills have deserted him, though, and he’ll prove it as long as he can avoid the trainer’s room.
  • Ozzie Albies is gonna be Jose Altuve when he grows up. There, I said it. The maturation process starts in 2018. I did my gushing in my Bold Predictions piece last week – to summarize, Albies is only 21, already proven he can handle the grind of a full season’s worth of plate appearances, has burgeoning power to go with his crazy speed and great bat-to-ball ability, and he’ll open the year hitting in front of Freddie Freeman.
  • Joey Gallo has consistently shown the ability to adjust as a pro. He improved considerably upon repeating both Double-A and Triple-A, and showed similar gains across the board between the first and second half in the majors last year. He’s never going to be Ichiro, but even a 30% strikeout rate would be acceptable with his mammoth power. Given his batted ball quality and surprising speed, he should be able to do better than a .250 BABIP as well. Getting his average anywhere near “does not induce vomiting” range would make him a fantasy monster.
  • I’ve stumped hard for Eugenio Suarez this spring. He quietly put together a solid season in 2017, hitting .260 with 26 HR, 87 R, 82 RBI, and 4 SB. Suarez has vastly improved his plate discipline over his three seasons in Cincinnati, more than tripling his walk rate during that time. And not for nothing, he’s expected to hit cleanup this season behind OBP god Joey Votto.
  • Starling Marte might still be a top 12 outfielder, but I never found myself willing to pay to find out in drafts this year. One number keeps ringing in my ears: nine. That’s how many extra-base hits (excluding his seven home runs) Marte tallied in 79 games. He’s never been a slugger, but the fact that his contact quality cratered doesn’t inspire much confidence and could easily cap his batting average – he did post a career-low .275 mark last season. Add to that the durability concerns (only one season with more than 135 games played) and there’s enough to scare me off here.
  • Billy Hamilton is a fantastic asset in a scarce category, but straight butt in all the others. “But he scored 85 runs last season!” you might point out. That was the first time he’d scored more than 72, and Bryan Price is already hemming and hawing about Hamilton and his career .298 OBP leading off.
  • A quick scan of recent news on Daniel Murphy’s surgically repaired knee includes the phrases “has not progressed to running” and “rehabilitation has taken longer than expected.” He was always expected to miss the start of the season, but it’s beginning to feel like it could be a while before we see him on a major league field again. I don’t feel comfortable ranking him much higher than this until we get more clarity on his return timetable and see him in game action.
  • Other guys whose place on the List fell as a result of injury: Justin Turner, Michael Conforto, Greg Bird. Love the talent, but anybody who’s guaranteed to miss at least a month is fighting an uphill battle. Turner and Conforto’s injuries are also fairly alarming ones for hitters (wrist and shoulder, respectively), while Bird’s foot is acting up again after completely wrecking his 2017.
Kyle Bishop

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

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Comments


Steve

Why are you so down on Javier Baez? Seems to have about the same power and plate discipline as Story, but gives you SB and qualifies at 2b too.

Kyle Bishop

Covered here: //pitcherlist.com/top-25-second-basemen-in-fantasy-baseball-for-2018/

“The slick-fielding second baseman hit .273 with 23 homers, 10 steals, and both scored and drove in 75 runs. That performance and his brand recognition have his ADP just outside the top 100 players. There are some concerning numbers when you look under the hood, though. In 2017, Baez lost all the gains he’d made in contact rate the prior year, and posted a higher SwStr% than any player in baseball who qualified for the batting title. He also benefited from a sharp uptick in HR/FB% despite pulling the ball less and putting it on the ground more often than in previous years.”

Basically, I don’t buy the 2017 performance.

Ryan

I could use another SS position player. I only have Jean Segura right now at SS. I’m also probably going to drop Ian Desmond.

Would you drop Desmond for Haniger and take another outfielder, or drop Desmond for Paul DeJong to cover that other SS position?

These are my current outfielders:

Mookie Betts Bos – OF
Byron Buxton Min – OF
Lorenzo Cain Mil – OF
Nicholas Castellanos Det – 3B,OF
Ian Desmond Col – 1B,OF
Ender Inciarte Atl – OF

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