- .301 / .353 / .455
- 11 home runs
- 16 stolen bases
- 55 runs scored
- 49 RBI
- 2nd Half: .352, two home runs, 14 runs scored, 10 RBI, three stolen bases
- PR15: 10.69 (4th in MLB)
- .273 / .353 / .471
- 13 home runs
- 12 stolen bases
- 58 runs scored
- 38 RBI
- 2nd Half: .343, five home runs, 18 runs scored, 11 RBI, four stolen bases
- PR15: 9.21 (7th in MLB)
Pretty scary how similar those numbers are, right? A is Andrelton Simmons and B is Alex Bregman. The only big difference when you dive a little deeper is that Simmons has been consistently producing for pretty much the entire season, while Bregman has been a bit more streaky and pretty much disappeared in June.
Now that both are off to scorching starts to the second half, though, they both belong in the realm of the 100. In terms of rising in the ranks and ROS value, they check off some necessary boxes. They are hot right now, are offering some cross-category production and have job stability. About a month ago, I was a little worried about Bregman and his playing time, especially with Marwin Gonzalez raking without a position. But with Correa hurt and Bregman hitting, he’s back, baby.
Despite their recent success, Bregman is owned in less than 75%, and Simmons is owned in less than 80% of ESPN leagues. Those ownership numbers are rising fast, though, especially on Bregman’s side since his July and second half are in such contrast to his June.
Alex Bregman – Hit .329 in July. Hitting .343 with five home runs, 18 runs scored, 11 RBIs, and four stolen bases so far in the second half. Now has SS eligibility in many formats. Does usually hit 7th or 8th in the lineup, but in Houston’s lineup that is sometimes like hitting 4th or 5th. Oh, and a .492 wOBA over the last two weeks that is good for fifth best in baseball. Adding him back to our beloved Top 100.
Andrelton Simmons – Simmons has been more consistent than Bregman throughout the season but has been especially hot since July, a month in which he hit .378. He has always been known for his elite glove but has been hitting all season, so August is not the time to question it. His Hard% is up to 30.9%, significantly above last season’s 23.4% and his career mark of 25.7%. And with an increase in Hard% and FB%, it should be no surprise that his HR/FB jumped from 3.8% in 2016 to 10.3% in 2017.
- Chris Owings – News of his injury came out last week shortly after I submitted the Top 100 for the week. He was already dropping, but I liked him as a buy low in the second half, especially with an improved lineup around him. Now that he is injured, at least we can stop talking about him in the comments every week, right?
- Salvador Perez – Landed on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. As someone who currently lives on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this injury was initially very confusing for me. No timetable for his return just yet so removing him from the list for now.
- Yonder Alonso – Acquired by the Seattle Mariners for Boog Powell on Sunday, which should only increase his value. Goes to a better offense with guys like Segura, Cruz, Seager, et al. in the lineup and gets the heck out of Oakland. Gave him a slight bump.
- Eduardo Nunez – Hitting .417 with three home runs, four doubles, 11 RBIs, five runs scored, and three stolen bases in his first eight games with the Red Sox. Yes, I think this change will be pretty, pretty good for his value ROS. God bless you if you spent some FAAB dollars in an AL-Only league to grab Nunez after the trade. A Yankees fan in one of my leagues said the other day that he refuses to believe that Nunez has turned into Babe Ruth overnight since going to Boston, to which I said, “You’re right. Nunez is much faster than Ruth.” Update: He just hit his fourth home run literally while I was typing this blurb.
- Ian Desmond – With the news that Desmond won’t return from the disabled list when he is first eligible, I removed him from the list. With only so much time left to make a serious run at things, we can’t justify counting on 1. Desmond to return soon and 2. To produce like he did in 2016 when he does. It feels like he never really got in a groove after missing so much time to begin the season and has battled an assortment of injuries ever since.
- DJ LeMahieu – Hitting .375 with 21 runs scored already in the second half. Now slashing .319 / .383 / .406 with 68 runs scored and 49 RBI on the year. I would still love to see either some more power or speed from him, but the average and runs are enough to crack the list.
- Justin Smoak – Already has eight home runs in the second half, which is second only to Giancarlo Stanton’s 10 (scratch that. Willson Contreras just hit his ninth while I was writing this). His previous career high for home runs in a season was 20, which he hit in 2013 for the Mariners while batting .238. He hit .217 with 14 home runs in 314 plate appearances in 2016. His ADP is going to be all over the place in 2018 unless of course, we have some kind of revelation about the juiced balls and some kind of change before then.
- Willson Contreras – Just hit his ninth home run of the second half, and had a PR15 of 8.02 even before that. Eligible at C and OF in most formats (with an infuriating 24 OF starts in 2016 for those leagues that require 25 the previous season), which is always helpful for catcher playing time in the summer. Hit .321 in July and is already hitting .444 in August. Plus those nine home runs. He’s getting hot at the right time.
Note: These rankings are considered ROS Trade Value
Mike Maher’s Top 100 Hitters
(Rankings based on 12-team Roto. GREEN = player rising. RED = player dropping. BLUE = new to the Top 100 or Honorable Mentions.)
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