Greetings and welcome back to the Mike Maher end of summer backyard bash, where we talk about our beloved top 100 hitters. I will be taking a one-week hiatus after this post as I pack up my apartment and drive 1,200 miles north from Fort Lauderdale, FL up to Pennsylvania. That’s right, the true King of the North is returning home to his roots. No more tank tops in January for me for a little while. After my one-week absence, though, I will be back to tell you how good Rhys Hoskins is. You may have heard of him by now. We focused on him last week, so we don’t have to go over him again, even though he has pretty much homered in every game since we talked about him. And for once, that isn’t even an exaggeration. Check out his game log:

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But enough about Hoskins. Any more and this will turn into a second straight post about him. Maybe next season I can write a third weekly article that will focus solely on Rhys Hoskins and what he did that week. I’ll make a note of it.

I was going to focus on Nicky Delmonico and talk about what he was doing and what I saw, but he had to go and get hurt before I wrote the post. I suppose that is better than him getting hurt AFTER I wrote the post, though. So, we’ll touch on Byron Buxton instead, since he has been mentioned in comments the last couple weeks while he was heating up at the plate.

I have never had any Buxton stock the past two years, so I have never been burned by him and don’t feel as salty about adding him to the list as others might. I have also never been a huge Buxton fan, even back when he was a prospect everyone was drooling over. However, he has been en fuego lately with an 11.03 PR15. Game recognize game. He’s earned his spot. He is still owned in less than 60% of ESPN leagues somehow.

The important factor here is his SAGNOF value down the stretch, as speed is always going to be the key for Buxton owners. The problem up until now has been that he just hasn’t been able to really hit at all, which killed his value and also killed his playing time and led to him getting sent down for a while in the past. He hit .209 during his first taste in the show, then hit .225 last season. At times, his average has dipped below the .200 mark, and he looked absolutely lost at the plate. His top prospect shine started to fade as impatient analysts and fantasy owners moved on to newer, shinier toys.

It’s easy to forget that he is still just 23 and was called up two years ago, which, in retrospect, was probably too soon. So, he has pretty much been gradually figuring things out at the major league level for the better part of three seasons now. What that does to his overall development remains to be seen, but what is important for fantasy owners is that he is hitting NOW.

Buxton’s 11.03 PR15 is good for the fourth best in all of baseball. During this hot streak, he has also moved up in the batting order, which should only help his value going forward, assuming he continues to hit. Steals and runs are going to be his appeal, so being higher in the order is important for those counting stats. While he will probably never hit for much power on a consistent basis, he does have 10 home runs this season, so you aren’t dealing with a Dee Gordon guy who has NO power. There is some pop in there, but it won’t show up all the time.

At this point in the season, with only a few weeks left and, in many H2H leagues, only a week left before the playoffs begin, what is important is what a player is doing recently and what they can do the next few weeks. Buxton hit below .200 in two separate months earlier in the season. But that is behind us now. He hit .387 in July and is hitting .309 overall in the second half. He has been streaky at times in his young career, so enjoy the ride while you can. Watch him closely because he could turn back into that April pumpkin at any time, but his upside is too high not to utilize right now. I’m not sure why he is still owned in less than 60% of ESPN leagues, but hey, that is their loss.


  • Miguel Sano – Sounds like Sano’s shin injury is lingering longer than expected or hoped, and he is going to need more time than the minimum ten days required by his disabled list designation. Owners hoping for some power down the stretch are going to have to wait at least another week.
  • Giancarlo Stanton – Do we need to mention him here? I don’t even want to write down any stats because by the time I finish this sentence he will have hit two more home runs.
  • Gary Sanchez – Suspended four games for throwing punches, which is easily the coolest way to get suspended. Unfortunately for Sanchez owners, he was on fire at the plate, with a 10.82 PR15 and eight home runs in his last ten games. He is appealing the suspension, but I wouldn’t count on him winning that appeal.
  • Rhys Hoskins  – I sat on Hoskins all year in a league that allows one minor league spot, and his call-up could not have come at a better time for me. I lost Bryce Harper, Joey Gallo, and Miguel Sano in the same week, and Hoskins and his dingers have saved me in a H2H league. And to think, some of you were questioning the Hoskins ranking last week. Well, how do you like me now?


  • Manny Machado – No notes. Just this:



  • Josh Bell – Bell is another guy I never became enamored with as a prospect but who is delivering at the moment. I probably won’t even glance at him in drafts next season, but a 5.49 PR15 with some pop down the stretch will do just fine, especially with all of the injuries lately.
  • Yoenis Cespedes/Michael Conforto – Putting these two in the same note because, well, Mets. I can’t recall a team in recent memory that was so cursed with injuries. Of course, there is a reallllly questionable training staff making the calls over there, at least as far as I can tell, so maybe that has something to do with it. If you are ownership, wouldn’t you be asking that staff some questions this offseason? Anyway, Cespedes is done for the year and Conforto probably is, too. Then again, this is the Mets, so Conforto will probably be rushed back to play in meaningless games the last week of the season.


  • Carlos Correa – Correa is coming back! He should start a rehab assignment this week and return to the team after playing in the minors for about a week. Great news for the Astros, but better news for Correa owners who need him down the stretch. I am adding him back to the list.

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.)

Rank Name Team Pos
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
3 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
4 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
6 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
7 Mookie Betts BOS OF
8 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
9 J.D. Martinez ARI OF
10 Joey Votto CIN 1B
11 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
12 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
13 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
14 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
15 George Springer HOU OF
16 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
17 Corey Seager LAD SS
18 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
19 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
20 Carlos Correa HOU SS
21 Aaron Judge NYY OF
22 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
23 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
24 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
25 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
26 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
27 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
28 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
29 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
30 Justin Turner LAD 3B
31 Mike Moustakas KC 3B
32 Christian Yelich MIA OF
33 Justin Upton DET OF
34 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
35 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
36 Gary Sanchez NYY C
37 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
38 Khris Davis OAK OF
39 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B
40 Ryan Braun MIL OF
41 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
42 Adam Duvall CIN OF
43 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
44 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
45 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
46 Tommy Pham STL OF
47 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
48 Starling Marte PIT OF
49 Jay Bruce CLE 1B/OF
50 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF
51 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
52 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
53 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
54 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
55 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
56 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
57 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
58 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
59 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
60 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
61 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF
62 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
63 Chris Taylor LAD 3B/2B/OF
64 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
65 Buster Posey SF C/1B
66 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
67 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
68 Mark Reynolds COL 1B
69 Adam Jones BAL OF
70 Josh Bell PIT 1B
71 Paul DeJong STL 3B/SS/2B
72 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
73 Domingo Santana MIL OF
74 Corey Dickerson TB OF
75 Didi Gregorious NYY SS
76 Brett Gardner NYY OF
77 Eric Thames MIL 1B/OF
78 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
79 Yasiel Puig LAD OF
80 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
81 Joey Gallo TEX 3B
82 Yonder Alonso SEA 1B
83 Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF
84 Avisail Garcia CHW OF
85 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/3B/OF
86 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
87 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF
88 Logan Morrison TB 1B
89 Evan Longoria TB 3B
90 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
91 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
92 Carlos Gomez TEX OF
93 Matt Adams ATL 1B
94 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
95 Yoan Moncada CHW 3B
96 Byron Buxton MIN OF
97 Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B
98 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
99 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
100 Gerardo Parra COL 1B/OF

The Honorable Mentions (Next Five In…)

Rank Name Team Pos
101 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
102 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
103 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
104 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
105 Manuel Margot SD OF

Dropped from the rankings: Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Jarrod Dyson, Justin Bour

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