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

As always, disagree with anything here? Have any questions or comments? Want to tell Mike how great he is or how much you agree with him? Want relationship or investment advice?


If you want to talk fantasy baseball or football or have players you want Mike to feature, hit him up on Twitter at @mikeMaher or post a comment below!


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5 years ago

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

Ryan Wheeler
Ryan Wheeler
5 years ago

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…

Mazel Tov
Mazel Tov
5 years ago

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!

5 years ago

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

Grey Matter
Grey Matter
5 years ago

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)

Grey Matter
Grey Matter
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: thank you

5 years ago

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.


Reply to  Greg
5 years ago

@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.

5 years ago

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?

Reply to  Chucky
5 years ago

@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.

5 years ago

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.

Reply to  JB
5 years ago

@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.

Reply to  CMUTimmah
5 years ago


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.

Reply to  JB
5 years ago

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

Left Coast Yankee
Left Coast Yankee
Reply to  JB
5 years ago

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

Mike in Busan
Mike in Busan
Reply to  JB
5 years ago

@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
Mike in Busan
Reply to  Mike in Busan
5 years ago

@Mike in Busan: than Dickerson, I mean.

Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@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

5 years ago

Thanks for the list, as always!

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

5 years ago

Baez gets no love?! Great write up.