It’s the most glorious weekend of the year — Wrestlemania weekend! You know what that means: wrestling themed blurbs!
On the Double Turn…
Two players in my pre-season top-5 are trending in opposite directions, but I don’t start freaking out too much until tax day. A lot of experts were calling for Jose Ramirez and Christian Yelich to regress from their MVP-caliber seasons last year. Well Yelich came out swinging an angry stick hitting a homerun in four straight games to start the season leaving him ranked third on the Razzball Player Rater so far. He’s reached base successfully in every game so far and is on his way to competing for the MVP again in 2019. Jose Ramirez? Not so much. For some players we like to point out how they’re “continuing their hot hitting from the end of 2018.” Ramirez is doing the opposite. He ended 2018 with a 40 game slump hitting .166 with a .597 OPS. He also only hit .231/.646 in the minors. His BABIP is currently sitting at .150, he only has 3 strikeouts to 2 walks and he’s hitting a higher percentage of fly balls from 2018 (small sample size) so maybe he’s just getting a bit unlucky in the early going. However, it’s enough to make me flip these two in the rankings.
I had Trevor Story as high as 8th in my rankings to start the season after his 37/27 season. Yea, I saw the downside of his 2017 season when he only hit for a .239 average. I should be praised for my bravery. After only 8 games though — maybe I should be criticized for my stupidity. Story’s K/rate is sitting at 33.3% as of right now which is way too close to his 34.4% from 2017 and way too far away from the 25.6% he cut it to last season. His contact rate is at a career low, his swinging strike rate is at a career high, he’s only attempted two stolen bases and got caught both times. If you’re gonna be dumb then ya gotta be tough — so I welcome your roasting in the comments.
American Nightmare Cody Bellinger
The current king of the Razzball Player Ranker, Cody Bellinger is first in the majors in runs, HRs and RBI and is 6th in batting average. In my keeper rankings I had Bellinger as high as 16th and said this “If Bellinger can return to 30+ HR power (which I think he can and will) while maintaining double-digit speed and improving on his .263 career average — we’re talking about the #1 first baseman for the future.” Well ladies and gentlemen — Bellinger is on his way there. Bellinger is crushing to a 51.6% hard contact rate and is striking out at a much lower rate (13.2%) than his career (24.8%.) Obviously, he won’t hit over .400, but 35/15 is on the table and again, if he boosts that batting average — we’re in top-15 player territory.
MLB Power Pro-far
I’m not titling this one with a wrestling reference. MLB Power Pros 2008 is the greatest baseball game of all time. Konami needs to get their act together and release a new entry in this series. I’m using my platform here as a call to action to get their attention. John Oliver won’t take this case so I have to take this one on myself. Oh yea — Jurickson Profar. Profar is on the struggle bus with his new team slapping out 5 hits in 44 ABs so far. He’ll be fine — but he had a tentative grasp in these rankings as it is. I don’t care how sexy his eligibility is.
Top 100 Hitters
|10||Ronald Acuna Jr.||OF||ATL||12||2|
|69||Vlad Guerrero Jr.||3B||TOR||71||2|
|89||Fernando Tatis Jr.||SS||SD||—||NA|