I really wish Rhys Hoskins pronounced his name “Riz” so that I could use a “Nobody Beats The Rhys” headline, but it is apparently pronounced “Reese.” Who do I talk to about making that change? Does anyone have the phone number for his parents or, better yet, his grandparents? This is important stuff here.

Anyway, added Rhys to our beloved 100 because chicks dig the long ball. While you probably haven’t had to search hard to find home runs in 2017, neither has anyone else, so it’s always good to have some more. Hoskins has big boy power, which he displayed in the minors the last few years (where he was stuck for way too long thanks to the Phillies). After hitting 38 home runs in 135 games in hitter-friendly confines in Double-A in 2016, he backed that up with 29 home runs in 115 games in Triple-A this season.

But his game isn’t all power. As a somewhat older prospect, Hoskins actually has a pretty nice approach at the plate. In Triple-A in 2017, he posted a 13.5 BB% against a 15.8 K% while slashing .284 / .385 / .581. Through his first two weeks in the show, his average is down, but everything else looks about the same. And a .154 BABIP helps explain the .237 average he woke up with on Monday morning.

So, the real bonus with Hoskins is that the power numbers come with some above-average peripherals. He might not hit .280+ the rest of the way in the bigs, but would it surprise anyone if he did? If you are in OBP or OPS leagues, even better, since he has shown that he is not afraid to take a walk. Plus, that power…


  • Keon Broxton – Don’t look now, but Broxton is on another hot streak. Over the last five days, he has four home runs and three multiple-hit games. He’s going to strike out a ton, and he is probably always going to be streaky, but his hot streaks are fun to watch and the steals and homers are valuable whenever you can cash in on them.
  • Joey Gallo – Day-to-day with a nasal fracture. The King of Fangraphs has been hot, despite what his batting average says, so hopefully, he can avoid a trip to the disabled list, but he is also in the concussion protocol right now.
  • Giancarlo Stanton – Has hit roughly 65 home runs in the last three weeks. I have to double-check my math, but that sounds right.
  • Nelson Cruz – This week’s king of the PR15, with a 13.67. Seven home runs will usually put you pretty high up on the PR15 list.


  • Eddie Rosario – Coming in at fourth on the PR15 list this week is Eddie Rosario with an 11.46. In addition to his grand slam on Sunday, he has six multiple-hit games in his last eight and is now hitting over .300 on the season. He is still somehow only owned in 55% of ESPN leagues, but that is up 30%. Grab him while you still can and ride the wave.

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.)

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

The Honorable Mentions (Next Five In…)

101 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
102 Gerardo Parra COL 1B/OF
103 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
104 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
105 Manuel Margot SD OF

Dropped from the rankings: Michael Brantley, Jedd Gyorko

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