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.

Backlash

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.

NXT Debuts

Top 100 Hitters

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Mike Trout OF LAA 1 0
2 Mookie Betts OF BOS 2 0
3 Christian Yelich OF MIL 4 1
4 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 3 -1
5 Manny Machado SS SD 6 1
6 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B CHC 7 1
7 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 9 2
8 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 10 2
9 Alex Bregman 3B/SS HOU 11 2
10 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 12 2
11 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 13 2
12 Bryce Harper OF TBD 14 2
13 Paul Goldschmidt 1B StL 15 2
14 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 16 2
15 Trevor Story SS COL 8 -7
16 Aaron Judge OF NYY 17 1
17 Andrew Benintendi OF BOS 18 1
18 Juan Soto OF WAS 20 2
19 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 21 2
20 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC 22 2
21 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 29 8
22 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 23 1
23 Khris Davis DH OAK 24 1
24 Starling Marte OF PIT 26 2
25 Rhys Hoskins OF PHI 27 2
26 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS 28 2
27 Giancarlo Stanton OF NYY 19 -8
28 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 30 2
29 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 31 2
30 Carlos Correa SS HOU 32 2
31 Whit Merrifield 2B KC 33 2
32 Lorenzo Cain OF MIL 34 2
33 Tommy Pham OF TBR 35 2
34 George Springer OF HOU 36 2
35 Trea Turner SS WAS 5 -30
36 Marcell Ozuna OF StL 37 1
37 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 25 -12
38 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 38 0
39 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 39 0
40 Joey Votto 1B CIN 40 0
41 Mitch Haniger OF SEA 41 0
42 Gleyber Torres 2B NYY 42 0
43 Nick Castellanos OF DET 43 0
44 Matt Carpenter 1B/3B StL 44 0
45 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 45 0
46 Jean Segura SS PHI 46 0
47 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 47 0
48 Corey Seager SS LAD 49 1
49 Robinson Cano 2B NYM 50 1
50 Josh Donaldson 3B ATL 51 1
51 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 52 1
52 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 53 1
53 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 54 1
54 Michael Conforto OF NYM 55 1
55 Jesus Aguilar 1B MIL 56 1
56 Justin Turner 3B LAD 57 1
57 Yasiel Puig OF CIN 58 1
58 Edwin Encarnacion 1B SEA 59 1
59 Travis Shaw 2B/3B MIL 60 1
60 Mike Moustakas 3B MIL 61 1
61 Wil Myers 3B/OF SD 62 1
62 Michael Brantley OF HOU 63 1
63 David Peralta OF ARI 64 1
64 Gary Sanchez C NYY 65 1
65 David Dahl OF COL 66 1
66 Stephen Piscotty OF OAK 68 2
67 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 69 2
68 Max Muncy 1B/3B LAD 70 2
69 Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B TOR 71 2
70 Aaron Hicks OF NYY 72 2
71 Mallex Smith OF SEA 73 2
72 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 76 4
73 Brian Dozier 2B WAS 67 -6
74 Yasmani Grandal C MIL 77 3
75 A.J. Pollock OF LAD 78 3
76 Willson Contreras C CHC 79 3
77 Jonathan Villar 2B BAL 93 16
78 Rougned Odor 2B TEX 80 2
79 Elvis Andrus SS TEX 81 2
80 Joey Gallo 1B/OF TEX 83 3
81 Wilson Ramos C NYM 84 3
82 Jose Peraza SS CIN 85 3
83 Tim Anderson SS CHW 87 4
84 Ender Inciarte OF ATL 88 4
85 Nomar Mazara OF TEX 89 4
86 Domingo Santana OF SEA 90 4
87 Eric Hosmer 1B SD 92 5
88 Yoan Moncada 2B CHW NA
89 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD NA
90 Amed Rosario SS NYM 95 5
91 Eduardo Escobar SS/3B ARI 96 5
92 Harrison Bader OF StL 97 5
93 Cesar Hernandez 2B PHI 98 5
94 Jurickson Profar 1B/SS/3B TEX 82 -12
95 Adam Eaton OF WAS 99 4
96 Jorge Soler OF KC 100 4
97 Enrique Hernandez 2B/SS/OF LAD NA
98 Maikel Franco 3B PHI NA
99 Pete Alonso 1B NYM NA
100 Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS/3B TEX NA
  1. Shivdaddy says:
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    #79 and #99 look pretty similar.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Yea I double checked and I think I scrolled through my Google sheet too quick and missed him at 79. I usually add new players at the bottom and let them see if they can work their way up. Oops!

  2. happyharry says:
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    12 team, H2H, 6X6..Which SP ROS? Strahm, D. German, Peralta.
    Thanks,

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      I’d go: Peralta, Strahm, German.

  3. JV says:
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    Elvis Andrus is listed twice….

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Yea I double checked and I think I scrolled through my Google sheet too quick and missed him at 79. I usually add new players at the bottom and let them see if they can work their way up. Oops!

  4. starz31 says:
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    Clint Frazier worth a pick up this week? 2nd HR in as many games today. Looking comfortable and I think will get playing time? Suppose that depends on how soon Hicks gets back.
    Pick two from: Soler, Belt, Frazier, A. Gordon, Y. Diaz?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      I think we’ll be missing Hicks/Giancarlo until at least May so yea — I could see grabbing him.
      Of those two: Soler, Yandy.

  5. Shallow 6 team. 4 OF, 1 Util; Mookie Betts, Springer, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Conforto & Eloy Jimenez. Would you drop any of those for Tommy Pham, David Dahl, Wil Myers or Victor Robles? Thinking Eloy is my weakest guy. I did not see him on your list and you have Tommy Pham at 33. Thx!

    • Well, I guess not Dahl, as he appears to be headed to the IL again….

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Yea — that’s the move I make especially if its redraft. Not every rookie crushes on day 1. I’d pursue some 2 for 1 trades first if possible.

  6. Chris says:
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    Thanks Klug!

    These are my options for one of my dh spots this week: please let me know your thoughts. 5×5 h2h league.

    Tellez -Fletcher-Moran Allen-Hernan Perez

    Also, would you go any of thee guys over Logoria, Brian Anderson or Pillar?

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Yea, I think Fletcher is in line for a lot of runs scored in front of Trout if they keep him at leadoff.

  7. stayinhot says:
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    I was super high on Story. It’s a long season, I’m not losing faith……. Yet

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      I was too — its hard to write this article knowing everyone’s emotions are so high. Talk to me in August when we’re all exhausted and everyone’s stats have normalized. We’re all zombies and numb to the injury/slump pain.

  8. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Replacing Josh Harrison on the bench. He’s unimpressive.
    14-team 5×5 roto OBP

    Options are Galvis (might start at SS for E.Escobar or MI for Adames) or Descalso or either 1b (JD Davis or Vogelbach) with upside (even though I have Freeman at 1B and Hosmer at CI)

    What do you think?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Yea Josh Harrison hasn’t been relevant since 2014 — hasn’t shown any growth in any area.
      You need Galvis more — but I like Vogelbach more.

  9. Ya Gotta Believe says:
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    What about Pete Alonso!!!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Put him at 99 (with a lot of upward mobility) instead of my screw up listing Andrus twice! Pitchers might start figuring out his weaknesses starting this week though.

  10. toolshed says:
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    Ramirez started off crappy last year too in his first 10 games. He was 3 for 35 last year over 10 games. at least now has 3 sb in his last 3 games which is a good sign that his knee is feeling better. I think he probably would have been better off sitting a few days after that scare in spring. I’m trying to be optimistic, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned.

  11. Justin Urian says:
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    UMmm…
    You seem to have forgotten Pete Alonso.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Put him at 99 (with a lot of upward mobility) instead of my screw up listing Andrus twice! Pitchers might start figuring out his weaknesses starting this week though.

  12. Noam says:
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    Thanks for the article! Who would you say are your buy low targets right now?

    • c says:
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      I’m trying to get Lindor and Votto everywhere.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      I still like Escobar.
      I’m still VERY intrigued that Sale is just getting back into shape — but that one is a HUGE risk.
      I’m still high on Winker — he’s just getting unlucky. But some owners might be ready to cut bait.
      I think Odor will get better as the weather heats up.

  13. 1rishmike says:
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    Risk Beckham (hammy) at U spot or just throw Tapia in there?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Roll with Tapia to be safe.

  14. et says:
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    About where would you rank Braun? Is he a sell candidate for you? Thanks Kerry!

  15. Trust The Process says:
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    Completely rebuilding reloading this year… trying to roster all young high upside guys… forever keep 10 + 10 farm … I have Marwin in hopes of trading him.. his elg is gold… or do I cut bait and grab Vogelbach? Thank you as always !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Idk I’m actually leaning towards Vogelbach at this point.

  16. Paul Visconti says:
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    Rest of season in points. Pivetta or Arrieta

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Arrieta I guess since Pivetta doesn’t want to live up to all that potential. And potential is a linear fact!

  17. Zeemo says:
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    On what planet is Jose Peraza the 85th best hitter in the majors??

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