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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  1. Josh-NYC says:

    Baez gets no love?! Great write up.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Thanks. And he probably should, at this point in the season. I tend to always discount him for being streaky and for never getting on base, which hurts his other categories.

  2. ctrengove says:

    Thanks for the list, as always!

    What are your thoughts on Buxton? How much more do you/we need to see to become believers?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Thanks. I think we need to see him sustain the success for a little while, for starters. Hard to really buy into a guy who struggled last season and then hit below .200 for two months this season. He has been great in the second half, though.

  3. JB says:

    You’re being far too generous to guys like Dickerson, Thames, and Alonso for their hot first two months. All three have been useless for the past two plus months.

    • CMUTimmah says:

      @JB: I’ve been hanging onto Dickerson in a 5 OF league hoping he breaks out of the funk, but at this point, he’s going to get dropped for schmotatoes when the playoffs start.

      Agree though, way too highly ranked at this point either way.

      • ctrengove says:


        CMUTimmah – that’s my same strategy with Dickerson. I’ve owned him since May, but will likely drop him in next week or 2 if doesn’t show sings of life.

    • Fungazi says:

      @JB: Add Kyle Seager to that, who’s been useless for 4.5 months

    • Left Coast Yankee says:

      @JB: Agreed – Thames is just a platoon vs. RHP

    • Mike in Busan says:

      @JB: agreed; I dropped Dickerson a long, long time ago. Souza also slumping lately, but he’s been far better of late.

      • Mike in Busan says:

        @Mike in Busan: than Dickerson, I mean.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Dickerson looked like he might be heating back up a week or so ago, but then fell off again, so it is probably time for him to start dropping. Thames heated back up in July but then faded again in August. Alonso I actually like on the Mariners, and he is hitting over. 300 in August.

      • Cam says:

        @mikeMaher: I am on the other side of the coin because I didn’t have to sweat 2 months of nothing with Dickerson.. I just took a flyer on him low risk to see if he can string some ABs and confidence together

  4. Chucky says:

    Why Mookie at #6? Hasnt stolen a base in a month, 2 HRs since the ASB, Less than 700 OPS since ASB. Did I miss something? Could I have been absent that day?

    • BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:

      @Chucky: I asked basically the same question last week. These are ROS rankings so he is saying that this week going forward Mookie will be the 6th best hitter in all of baseball.

      But I agree with you that he should probably be around 30 or so right now. Guys like Bregman have been way hotter and nothing in Mookie’s periph show that he is all of a sudden going to be a .300 30/30 guy the rest of the way.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      I think people are too low on Mookie’s value just because he isn’t doing what he did last year. He is still going to hit 20+/20+, score 100+ runs, and drive in 100+ runs, especially now that he is hitting 2/3 in the lineup instead of leadoff. And if he gets hot or the average creeps back up closer to where it was in the past two season, those numbers could go up. Even in what you can consider a down here, he is still one of the more valuable contributors in fantasy.

      The Razzball player rater has him at #4 ROS, fwiw, so it is even higher on Betts than I am.

  5. Greg says:

    No way, Hoskins is making a splash, but Devers is money. I’d rank him above Rhys, and higher still. Also Jay Bruce seems low, he’s really been solid.

    I have two of my better base-stealers on the bench in Myers and Pollock….do these guys torn it around? Playoffs coming up, will need better than .095 avg. …

    Thanks, great job!

    One more thing, can’t keep the above mentioned duo and Rosario as well as Pham. Would you hold or drop one for Pham, who is still doing well, but slowed down a bit.


    • CMUTimmah says:

      @Greg: I understand Devers is on the big offense and has come out hot, but Hoskins is a guy that hit 38 HRs in the minors last year and was on pace for more this year. He’s also only K’d 7 times in 47 PAs where Devers is at 21 in 89. He’s also draws far more walks than Devers.

      Oh there’s one more kicker Devers has floated between the 5 and 7 spots in the order. Rhys is hitting 3 or 4 for Philly.

      The rest of this season, Rhys could get about 20-30 more ABs than Devers in that position.

      There’s a lot to like about Rhys, but I wouldn’t get too angry about them being neck and neck on a list like this one.

      They are both fantastic players to own, I’m happy to have both.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Agree with Timmah re: Rhys/Devers. I would love to have both and think Devers has the better career long term, but I think Rhys has a bit of a more experienced approach at the plate right now and has a high walk rate without striking out a ton. I think Rosario is more of a short term fix than anything else, but as the season gets closer to the end, that short term becomes more and more important.

  6. Grey Matter says:

    Enjoy your write ups and rankings. Somewhat disturbed to see LoMo and Thames still hanging around. I cut Thames three weeks ago as he was hot garbage and playing time was reduced. Just let LoMo go yesterday since he has been horrible past 40 days. And looks like his first half was a mirage. In a 12 teamer with ten hitting cats , did I make mistakes by replacing those guys with hot bats, speed (Calhoun and Bux)?

    Second question: playoff spot secured, so aiming for Sept 4th. My squad and wire guys listed below. Suggestions welcomed!

    Best of wire: LoMo, Happ, Schwarber, Gallo, Bour, Howie, Markakis, Schebler, Semien, Mahtook
    Gausman, Wacha, Cobb, Ryu, Vargas, Berrios, Strailey, Castillo, Lamet, Chacin,
    McHugh, Familia,

    C- Realmuto
    CI – Freeman, Lamb, Rizzo
    MI – Dee, Simmons, Marwin
    OF – Conforto, Melky, Dyson, Bux, Souza, Calhoun (must play 5)
    Util – Mazara
    SP – Kershaw, Verlander, Severino, Morton, Corbin, Lackey
    DL – Noah (fingers crossed)
    RP – Holland (ugh), Treinen, Viz, Melancon (until they figure it out anyway)

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:

      @Grey Matter:

      1. They’re dropping, but they had produced for so long that I have been waiting out the slumps. Getting close to dropping time, though. And for the second half of that question, I don’t think you can second guess yourself for going with hot hands down the stretch. Time is running out, so you have to go with who is producing even if that means streaming.

      2. Gallo, Wacha, Ryu, Berrios would be my targets. I don’t love the low average for Gallo, and hopefully his DL stint is a short one, but his power and walk rates make for nice bonuses.

      • Grey Matter says:

        @mikeMaher: thank you

  7. Cheese says:

    How is josh bell no where near this list? Or am I missing him?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      I’ve been debating adding him for a couple weeks

  8. Mazel Tov says:

    I love me some rhys in my tikka masala, but there’s no way he should be ranked above devers considering everything he’s done so far. He hasn’t even been pulling the ball!

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:

      @Mazel Tov:

      I love his approach at the plate and think he’ll hit for more power rest of the way. Six home runs already!

  9. Ryan Wheeler says:

    This is ROS right? How is Judge at 14 and Devers at 69?? I picked up Judge as a FA early in the season and then traded him for Scherzer at the All Star break. I’m pretty sure he’s hitting sub .200 since then… I grabbed Devers and never looked back. You can’t honestly tell me that you think Judge has that much more value ROS…

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:

      @Ryan Wheeler:

      I love Devers as much as anyone other than maybe Ralph, but I also understand he is 20 and is also going to sit against a lot of lefties. Judge is slumping hard but is still getting on base and hitting home runs. 93 runs scored already and has sprinkled in 7 stolen bases, too. I don’t think Judge is as good as he was or as bad as he is. If he levels out, he is still tremendous value.

  10. Cam says:

    Looking into cutting Pollock, he sort of just does nothing but ice my OBP.. have KB,Gallo,Benintendi,NickW,Dickerson,Pollock and want to cut one of the last three for Rosario.. potential means nothing right now if you’re not performing and Pollock has worst avg and is the only one who doesn’t have HR ability

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