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You know what we’re really good at doing around here at Razzball? Giving the ‘Top’ of something. Check it out:

Grey’s Top 100 Overall
Grey’s Top 100 Outfielders (This is the Top 20. It goes to 100.)
Grey’s Top 100 Starting Pitchers (Same as above. Grey’s a rankings fiend.)
[email protected]’s Top 100 Keepers (That’s ME…)
Ralph’s Top 100 Prospects
JB’s Top 100 Starting Pitchers

And that’s just the Top 100’s. Click here for all of our Rankings. But enough about those other guys (besides my Top 100 Keepers. Those are a gem), it’s time for the Top 100 that everyone cares about the most come draft time…HITTERS! This will be a weekly column again this year at Razzball, but before we jump in to the first installment a few things regarding the rankings:

  • I’m basing these off of 12-team roto leagues. That’s the format for our RCL’s. Oh, what’s an RCL you ask? It’s where you can face off against all of your favorite Razzball writers and others in the Razzball community! SIGN UP now to join an RCL, there are plenty of spots left. And if you don’t see a draft that works for you…create a new one!
  • Position eligibility is based on ESPN rules (to the furthest of my knowledge). RCL’s are hosted on ESPN, and it’s by far the best site for fantasy baseball. Don’t you dare try to make a case for freaking Yahoo, either. Josie Grossie.
  • don’t value steals very highly. You’ll be able to see that quickly. And I value those that essentially produce only steals even less. I won’t take many shares of Billy Hamilton or Dee Gordon this year, because I’d rather have players that contribute to 3, 4 or 5 categories as opposed to their dominance of one, maybe two. Five-cat players should saturate your early rounds. Mix in a little risk with a high ceiling, but go after the well-rounded options far before you begin targeting a SAGNOF.
  • As always, rankings are subjective! This is how I’d find myself drafting players, but even for me I’ll stray from these rankings depending upon how a draft plays out. Load up on Outfielders early? Not a bad strategy, but if you’ve filled them up you’d obviously draft Jake Lamb (87) over Stephen Piscotty (65). Craft your team based on your preferences and your needs. And your gut. You gotta vibe these drafts like it’s that girl across the dance floor (hopefully after you’ve imbibed yourself with some adult beverages if you’re a basic white guy).
  • If you don’t like them or disagree with something, THAT’S WHAT THE COMMENTS ARE FOR! Let’s keep the chatter going all March.

And now for the Top 100 Hitters (in case you actually read all that above…)!

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[email protected]’s Top  Hitters

(Rankings based on 12-team Roto)

Rank Name Pos Team
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Mookie Betts BOS OF
3 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
4 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
5 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
6 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
7 Bryce Harper WSH OF
8 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
9 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
10 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
11 Trea Turner WSH 2B/OF
12 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
13 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
14 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
15 Joey Votto CIN 1B
16 Corey Seager LAD SS
17 Carlos Correa HOU SS
18 Starling Marte PIT OF
19 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
20 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
21 Ryan Braun MIL OF
22 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF
23 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
24 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
25 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
26 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
27 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
28 George Springer HOU OF
29 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
30 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
31 J.D. Martinez DET OF
32 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
33 Trevor Story COL SS
34 Jonathan Villar MIL 3B/SS
35 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
36 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
37 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
38 Ian Desmond COL OF
39 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
40 Christian Yelich MIA OF
41 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
42 Justin Upton DET OF
43 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
44 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
45 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
46 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
47 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
48 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
49 Matt Kemp ATL OF
50 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
51 Todd Frazier CWS 1B/3B
52 Khris Davis OAK OF
53 Adam Jones BAL OF
54 Kyle Schwarber CHC C/OF
55 Chris Davis BAL 1B
56 Buster Posey SF C/1B
57 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
58 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
59 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
60 Joc Pederson LAD OF
61 Gary Sanchez NYY C
62 Jackie Bradley BOS OF
63 Adam Eaton WSH OF
64 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C
65 Stephen Piscotty STL OF
66 Evan Longoria TB 3B
67 Brad Miller TB 1B/SS
68 Keon Broxton MIL OF
69 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
70 Aledmys Diaz STL SS
71 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B
72 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
73 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF
74 Albert Pujols LAA 1B
75 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
76 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
77 Jose Bautista TOR OF
78 Adam Duvall CIN OF
79 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
80 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
81 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
82 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS
83 Justin Turner LAD 3B
84 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS
85 David Dahl COL OF
86 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
87 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
88 Byron Buxton MIN OF
89 Odubel Herrera PHI OF
90 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
91 Michael Brantley CLE OF
92 Hunter Pence SF OF
93 Mike Napoli TEX 1B
94 Victor Martinez DET 1B
95 Jay Bruce NYM OF
96 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF
97 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
98 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
99 Dexter Fowler STL OF
100 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF

And since I’m sure there will be plenty of comments about those that didn’t miss the cut (I’ve had dreams about the amount of people who clamor for #101 to be included. But nay! Nay I say!), here are those that just missed the cut. The honorable mentions:

101 Maikel Franco PHI 3B
102 Dansby Swanson ATL SS
103 Tommy Joseph PHI 1B
104 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
105 David Peralta ARI OF

Give me Rockies hitters all freaking day, even Ian Desmond despite the injury. I drafted him in the 4th of a recent RCL post-injury news. That’s what DL slots are for, and I believe he’s back by the end of April at the latest. With his power/speed combo and the elevated BABIP coming his way in Coors Field he may still produce a 25/20 season.

Now I’m drooling. I gotta go clean up. And we’re at 1000 words, so let’s continue this down below.

DROP THOSE COMMENTS!

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  1. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Excellent GIF usage – that show is the Razzball of TV (not always as visible as the big box stuff, but way superior!)

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @[email protected]: Nahh. Worth seeing though. Ignore that it’s on the CW (still can’t wrap my head around it) and give it 3 episodes to get going. I’d compare it favorably to LOST/Walking Dead but far more surprising in most cases.

  2. Blackjack says:
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    I STRENUOUSLY OBJECT TO YOU RANKING (insert schmohawk name here) OVER (insert personal dreamsicle here)!

    A) thanks for the list
    B) talk to me about Joc Pederson.

    • @Blackjack: Haha. Dreamsicle. Now to word sneak that into real life conversations.

      A) You’re more than welcome. Love this stuff.
      B) Alright…here we go. I know it’s highly unusual that we see two straight years of underperforming. Typically, in those cases, we would say that if the player improves in year three he just over performed, but I really believe we’ve seen two straight years of unlucky Joc. His BABIP is significantly lower than what he did through the minors, he cut down on his K% last season while still maintaining an elite BB% (13.2%) and in only 137 games hit 25 HR. Space that to 150 with his ISO increasing to .249 last year and he’s a great option for 30+ HR. Add in the fact that this guy isn’t yet 25 and had 87 SB from 2012-2014 and I think we can still see him swipe double digit bags, too. Upside of .270/85/35/80/10.

      I’m also a huge fan of this article: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/joc-pederson-inexplicably-underrated/

      And now I’ve given away my sneaky attempts to buy him low this year. Great.

      • Bassitt of Deplorables says:
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        @[email protected]:

        Personally, I’m all for someone else shouldering the risk that the Dodgers are just paying lip service to not platooning him. I had him last year and they were saying the same thing about lefties all the way through April.

        The stats industry might see that he should get a shot against lefties, but I think the ‘too platoon or not to platoon’ argument is one area many managers are way behind the numbers on.

        • @Bassitt of Deplorables: He may end up platoony tooning. I agree, for real baseball it makes sense. But he’s such a monster asset of theirs, I bet he gets every shot to continue improving.

  3. Cram It says:
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    Lemahieu’s a little high. I mean, those 11 HR’s with a .348 average would put him in elite company if this was 19th century baseball ;)

    • @Cram It: Haha, I mean what is this…Ty Cobb?!? (btw…not a chance he’d survive in 2017)

      That may be lofty, and I may just be a sucker for Coors Field, but I love the high floor of .300+/~100/10/60/10. It’s so safe that you can afford some high risk options after him if you take him at 2B. I know that’s similar to Pedroia numbers 25 slots later, but the upside of .350/110/15/75/20 is there. That’s a dreamsicle (as Blackjack said), but still a possibility. 23 SB in 2014, doubled his ISO, dropped his K%, .370 BABIP likely.

      Now, more realistic may be .315/90/10/50/10, but that’s still a high floor.

      • JoeC says:
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        @[email protected]: Why wouldn’t Ty Cobb survive in 2017? One would like to think that Hall of Fame players would do well in any era.

        • @JoeC: Haha, I’m sure he’d do great. I was more referring to his, um…social dispensation.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @JoeC: is this serious, they suspend people for SUSPICION of beating their OWN women. how many games a year do you seriously think that guy would get with modern phones taping his every move?!

    • @Grey: Thanks Grey! I feel like Papa Bear just gave me a, “Good work, son” tap on the shoulder.

  4. Alex says:
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    Can’t decide between springer or bregman in a 16 team keeper league. You lose a draft pick based on where the player finished in the rankings last year. Springer would cost a second round pick while bregman would cost me last pick in the draft

    • @Alex: Bregman. Far too much value gained in that gap. And in the second you could probably come close to drafting Springer again.

  5. Bassitt of Deplorables says:
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    Where would you have had Dahl if he weren’t starting the season with an injury?

  6. Chris says:
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    Hello [email protected],

    I got keeper selection today, and would like your input:

    7 keeper league, 14 mix teams
    R, H, 2b, 3b, hr, rbi, sb, bb, avg
    w, l, sv, k, hld, era, whip, k/9, qs

    Keepers for sure:
    Cano, JD Martinez, Kluber

    Need 4 from:
    Chris Davis, Trumbo, Jose, Peraza, Price, Teheran, Quintana

    Should I gamble of Price? Just read he will be back in April?
    Teheran or Quinatana as 3rd SP?
    Or go just 2 SP, and go with Davis, Trumbo and Peraza?

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Chris: Who is “Jose” … or does that just refer to Peraza?

      • Chris says:
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        @LenFuego: yes, jose peraza

        • @Chris: Haha, two people. Jose and Peraza. Maybe that’s his middle name?

          I’d go Trumbo, Peraza, Quintana, Teheran. Really hard not taking Davis, but he’s just BB and HR with minimal other cats. And Price’s elbow is enough of a question mark to drop him into the tier with Julio and Jose. I’d rather have the sure thing that the high ceiling but rock bottom floor with Price’s elbow.

  7. Utah Green Sox says:
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    Are there any players that you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole in a 6×6 OBP league?

    I’m thinking that Odour might be one to avoid?

    • @Utah Green Sox: No one that I wouldn’t touch, it all depends on where they fall in the draft. I’m sure you know that, but just for clarity. The people I wouldn’t touch are those that go way too high for my liking.

      In a OBP league Odor takes a huge drop. Correa a little bit. Marte. Most of the top names are still the top guys, tho.

      Grab Joc Pederson late. He gets a big boost. As does LaMahieu.

  8. Eric says:
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    Love your column. I take it by your #77 ranking of Bautista you don’t see a return to his pre-2016 form?

    • @Eric: Thanks Eric! I don’t see a full bounce back. I think injuries, age and a worse lineup around him will hurt his numbers. Still valuable, but not as one of the top bats that he’s been the past few years.

  9. Illuminatty says:
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    Thanks for the good read.

    What round would you draft Ian Desmond if he’s reported to be back late April. Appreciate it.

    • @Illuminatty: Thanks man! Well, I grabbed him in the 4th in an RCL earlier this week with the full intention of utilizing the DL. I think as the season goes on the DL slots will be really valuable, but many more guys will go on there with the limit dropping from 15 games to 10. 4th was a stretch, but went with what I was trying to build.

      I’d feel really comfortable taking him in the 6th if he comes back late April. Anything after that is further bonus. He can still give a .285/80/25/65/20 line in 130 games hitting in Coors.

  10. Eric says:
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    No love for Yasmany Tomas?

    • @Eric: Nope, not in the Top 100. Just don’t believe he gets the at bats to go over 30 HR again. And with power increasing across the board he doesn’t do enough to separate from other guys who can give value at multiple cats.

  11. rick says:
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    6×6 ops league 12 team, 4 keepers, have segura $1, carmart $6

    deciding between donaldson $39. trumbo $6 and buxton $1

    help me with last 2?

    • @rick: Trumbo and Buxton. Take the market value save on those guys. Go buy Donaldson again for around the same amount.

      • rick says:
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        @[email protected]: interesting.. @grey disagreed prior but it makes sense.. fear donald may go for 55 ish though as a 4 keeper league with $260 and bryan machado arenado villar kept.. decisions decisions..

        • @rick: I wouldn’t pay $55 for anyone in a $260 league. I’ve seen Trout go for $50 but that was high, too. If you have to let Donaldson walk just grab other dominant OBP options with the money you’re saving on your keepers. Target Votto, LaMahieu, Pederson, Freeman types.

  12. Jibbs says:
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    Would you move Miller up or down in a 10×10, 12-team h2h dynasty format?

    • @Jibbs: I assume you mean Brad? Well, what are the 10 cats for him?

      I’m a big Brad Miller fan. Like kinda have a fantasy crush on him. Have for three years and it’s killed me until last summer. I don’t know how he shifts in dynasty rankings, though. The cats probably designate where he goes.

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