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No, no, no. Haha, I don’t think this song would fit in with culture 50 years later. Actually, I’m quite certain that for anyone under the age of 24 it probably didn’t fit in well in 1965. You really gonna sing a song about wanting to be a weiner? I mean, c’mon…

So, let’s change the name and have a little rhyme time of our own. But instead of getting horribly inappropriate, because when does that ever happen on this site, we’ll just talk about the dingers, not the weiners, of Kevin Kiermaier, not Oscar Mayer. That dude’s a grouch, anywho…

  • Kevin Kiermaier, OF (6.4% Owned) – Currently on the DL, Kiermaier’s an interesting case for how to properly and effectively skim the waiver wire for the hidden gems. Before he hit the shelf Kiermaier posted a slash line of .231/18/5/16/6 in 137 ABs. While that won’t blow you away, it’s a pace that was on target to approach an esteemed 25/25 mark. Improving every single major offensive statistic from his 2015 breakout-ish total of .263/62/10/40/18 in 535 ABs, I’m giving Kevin the nod this week, because he’s due to return shortly after the All-Star Break. If he gives you another 250 ABs to finish the season he could be a Top 25-30 OF for the second-half. An improved ISO (.211), increased BB% (8%), and decreased K% (16.1%) were harbingers of his good numbers to start the year. What really excited me for his second-half, though, is his terribly unlucky BABIP (.247). For a guy with 25 SB upside, that’s really low and unlucky. Like, the only thing more unlucky would be if you were caught singing that song posted at the top of this article that’s most certainly stuck in your head now. HA! Gotcha! Now go stick Kiermaier in your DL slots before it’s too late. Here’s to the second-half!

And HERE’S TO THE ALL-STAR BREAK! 1st half is in the books! But enough creepin’…Here are those Top 100 Hitters for Week 15…THE ALL-STAR BREAK!

RED = Falling
GREEN = Rising
BLUE = New to the 100

Rank Name Pos Team
1 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
2 Mike Trout OF LAA
3 Manny Machado 3B/SS BAL
4 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
5 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
6 Mookie Betts OF BOS
7 David Ortiz DH BOS
8 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
9 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
10 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
11 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
12 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC
13 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
14 Ian Desmond SS/OF TEX
15 George Springer OF HOU
16 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
17 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
18 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
19 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
20 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
21 Starling Marte OF PIT
22 Daniel Murphy 2B/3B WAS
23 Bryce Harper OF WAS
24 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
25 Carlos Correa SS HOU
26 Corey Seager SS LAD
27 Matt Carpenter 3B STL
28 Chris Davis 1B/OF BAL
29 Mark Trumbo OF BAL
30 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
31 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
32 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
33 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
34 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
35 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
36 Wil Myers 1B/OF SD
37 Joey Votto 1B CIN
38 Trevor Story SS COL
39 Adam Jones OF BAL
40 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF BOS
41 Ryan Braun OF MIL
42 Jonathan Villar SS MIL
43 Jay Bruce OF CIN
44 Victor Martinez DH DET
45 Jose Abreu 1B CWS
46 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
47 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF CHC
48 Adam Duvall OF CIN
49 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
50 Evan Longoria 3B TB
51 Carlos Beltran OF NYY
52 Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
53 Brandon Belt 1B SF
54 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
55 Christian Yelich OF MIA
56 Matt Kemp OF SD
57 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
58 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
59 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
60 Melvin Upton, Jr. OF SD
61 Buster Posey C SF
62 Michael Saunders OF TB
63 Danny Valencia 3B/OF OAK
64 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
65 DJ LeMahieu 2B COL
66 Miguel Sano OF MIN
67 Jake Lamb 3B ARI
68 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B MIN
69 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
70 Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
71 Nomar Mazara OF TEX
72 Wilson Ramos C WAS
73 Odubel Herrera OF PHI
74 Logan Forsythe 1B/2B TB
75 Jung-ho Kang SS/3B PIT
76 Nick Castellanos 3B DET
77 Todd Frazier 3B CWS
78 Aledmys Diaz SS STL
79 Rajai Davis OF CLE
80 Jonathan Lucroy C MIL
81 Evan Gattis DH (C) HOU
82 Khris Davis OF OAK
83 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
84 Salvador Perez C KC
85 Willson Contreras C CHC
86 Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS
87 Justin Turner 3B LAD
88 Kendrys Morales DH KC
89 Jose Ramirez SS/2B/3B/OF CLE
90 Carlos Santana 1B CLE
91 Adam Eaton OF CWS
92 Shin-Soo Choo OF TEX
93 Kole Calhoun OF LAA
94 Jason Heyward OF CHC
95 Hanley Ramirez OF/1B BOS
96 Justin Upton OF DET
97 Trayce Thompson OF LAD
98 Jean Segura 2B/SS ARI
99 Cameron Maybin OF DET
100 Yasiel Puig OF LAD

Dropped from Rankings:

  • That’s right…NO ONE! Haha, it’s the All-Star Break, so…take a BREAK! Now’s the time to reevaluate, readjust, make some trades, and check in on some prospect fliers for the second half. Like Josh Bell? Nice! Have fun waiting until mid-August to see him again! Don’t worry, though, he’ll be joined by a bevy of others. And we’ll harp on them then.
  • In the meantime, here are some of the names I’m looking to add to the list in the Week 16 edition:
  • Now before some of you blow your kiermaier sausage everywhere, (cough ‘knucks’ cough), let me ‘splain a little about Mikael Franco. He’s incredibly hot and cold, and I have a serious negative penchant for players like this. Franco is the equivalent of football’s Mike Wallace. He was crazy hyper coming into the year, then did nothing for the first twelve weeks, then decided to go on a little tear to lead up to the break. He’s now on pace for 30 HR, and could easily reach that mark. But when I say he’s been hot, I mean he’s been torrid. Like Charleston, SC heat index at 8am when there’s 80% humidity in July. Did I just experience that? Yes. It freakin cakes on you like makeup on a pageant girl’s pillow the next morning. As much as I’m not a fan of ol’ Mikael, you can’t ignore what he’s been doing for the past 30 days: .302/16/7/17/0. Let’s see if he can do it through July, too.

Happy All-Star Break, everyone! Hopefully your team’s representatives, or starting squad if you’re the Cubs and Sawx, gives you every reason to watch the game. Check back next week for the now hyped Week 16 edition! And before you go… what hitter are you most excited about for the second-half?

  1. knucks says:

    My first shoutout in a Razz article, so its only appropriate that I have the first comment! Agree to disagree on Franco. Its possible that I have the blinders on, as an owner with several shares.

    • @knucks: Haha, I love the Commenters! And all the conversation and back and forth…it’s what sets Razz apart.

      Everybody has their own crush on certain players. As a Braves fan and someone who dumped Franco 6 weeks ago I wouldn’t mind seeing him become Dominic Brown 2.0, but a lot of others want to see him continue this torrid pace he’s been on the past month.

      • Knucks says:

        @[email protected]: I dunno that a man can hate the Philldos anymore than I do. LGMLGM! That said…. please not Dom Brown. At least ROS. Once this year is over, then by all means Maikel, shizz the sheets all you want!

        Aka I don’t play keeper/dynasty haha

        • knucks says:

          @Knucks: Surprised no one asked this yet, but why is Grichuk crossed out there?

          • @knucks: I’m just not a big fan. He’s a lesser version of the Khris Davis mold, and I’m not super high on him either. Not a great hit tool, lot of power, but I’ll pass.

  2. Drunk Mets PR Team says:

    As an owner of Heyward and J-Upton on my main team… there’s nowhere to go but up! Right? RIGHT?!

    • @Drunk Mets PR Team: Haha, I mean you better hope so. I could see Upton turn it around in a big way 2nd half, but I’m less rosey on Heyward ascending from his first-half trend. Good luck with them! The window to get solid value for them is long gone, though.

  3. Jurickson BROfar says:

    Jake Lamb Jake Lamb Jake Lamb Jake Lamb Jake Lamb Jake Lamb

    Come on…… He’s more Arenado than Rendon. Get him higher.

    • @Jurickson BROfar: You’re right on the comp…he’s definitely been an Arenado-ish player this year. That ISO jump doesn’t seem sustainable, but he should easily top 30 HR this year which doubles his preseason projection. He’ll most likely rise a little in next week’s edition.

  4. Chris says:

    Mazara is way too high. He is sitting a lot and has been dropped in the order. Hosmer also seems high way too high. He hasn’t done anything in a month and is starting to look like that same guy who can’t hit anything but ground balls again, i.e. the guy nobody wanted to own as their 1B.

    • @Chris: He’ll most likely be out of the 100 next week. There were no changes from Week 14 due to the AS Break; all the buildup is to next week’s 2nd Half Rankings. And in those, see ya later Nomar (barring 5 HR in the 3 days leading up to Sunday.

  5. Scott says:

    Which MI/OF do you like better?
    Brad Miller
    Whit Merrifield
    Jose Peraza

    • @Scott: Miller, Peraza, Merrifield. And that’s not a huge knock of Whit. I like what he could do when he’s driving the ball. I like Peraza second half because he could steal you 20 bases with 200 ABs…and the Reds don’t have many reasons to not see if he could do it. Miller tops the list. Easily. He’s going to sneaky end up with a .255/65/16/50/10 line. That’s essentially top 10 SS worthy. April was just horrendous for him.

  6. assy says:

    agree on Lamb, he is platooning less!

    also, am i colorblind or are the there no risers and fallers this week? maybe that goes with the no-drops.

    • @assy: READ THE NOTES UNDER THE RANKINGS! Haha, you’re right. All black and white. No changes this week as there would only be three games before next week’s edition, so I’m putting all the buildup to the start of the second half.

  7. RxDr says:

    No colors

  8. Chin Music says:

    I was just offered Stanton for Braun? Which side is better ROS?

    • @Chin Music: I’d take Stanton, which you’ll see next week. You’ll take a hit in Avg, and of course SB, but those other three counting stays away towards Stanton.

  9. Greg says:

    Thank you for returning Kendrys. Heh he

  10. Rusty Arms says:

    I stashed Flash Gordon a while back thinking of trading him. I don’t need steals. What value would you put him at? What caliper pitcher or batter do you think would be a match based on rest of season stats? I need power and RBIs. Or upper teir pitcher. Would you trade him straight up for a Kipnis. Frazier or Longoria. Or a Cole. Greinke pitcher. Thanks

    • @Rusty Arms: I would trade him for ANY of those players you just listed. Frazier is the one I’m the coldest on, but I still like him over Gordon, especially if you don’t need speed. And of those names the SP have the most value.

  11. Charlie Chapman says:

    No Lorenzo? Sadly I own him, J-Up, and J-Hey…but am most hopeful for Cain in the second half

    • @Charlie Chapman: All players on the DL COME OFF THE rankings as a personal rule. He’ll likely a slot into the high 50’s-mid 60’s as a range.

  12. Rich says:

    Just a general question on methodology for this, does it take injuries into account? I just traded forMatt Carpenter for cheap and was wondering if you would take some lower ranked guys straight up for him given the injury.

    • @Rich: Great question, Rich! The rankings, as a rule, take players on the DL out of the top 100. They weren’t changed at all this week given the AS Break, but the Week 16 edition would have MC removed. It will be a second-half rankings, though, so it will look a little different and include current injured players.

      It’s a scary injury for his fantasy outlook. Oblique injuries can linger, and often take longer than the initial projected timeline. I’d currently take anyone from #90 and better over Carpenter.

  13. Wanderball says:

    Great read as always, though still wondering why Jake Lamb is so low? Do you think he’s due for regression? His numbers are comparable to Rizzo’s – though he has trended more K’s it’s to be expected considering.

    Love the work – thanks!

    • @Wanderball: Gotta check the notes after the rankings. No changes this week, as we’re building up to a pure second-half rankings next week. And in that one, Lamb will certainly be a little higher.

      However, the numbers may comp with Rizzo, but there will still be a considerable gap between them.

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