Just over a week into the season means it is time to update our rest of the season Top 100 hitter rankings.  Logically, Yermin Mercedes will be rated as the number one hitter in this edition, because we cannot miss the next big thing!  Ok, Yermin Mercedes is a 28-year-old rookie that reminds me more of Allen Craig than Babe Ruth.  Will he be valuable for your fantasy team?  Probably not unless you can time the luck infused hot streaks!

So how does this Top 100 hitter update work?  Every few weeks we will update the list highlighting key movers for better or worse.  Unlike the preseason hitter profiles, we will focus on highlighting more players with quicker insights.  Think of it like the Eddie Gaedel of articles.  We will be short but surprisingly effective.  Without further ado and random baseball references, here are the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the fantasy baseball season.

Ranking Player Movement
1 Ronald Acuna Jr.
2 Mookie Betts
3 Fernando Tatis Jr.
4 Juan Soto
5 Mike Trout
6 Trevor Story
7 Christian Yelich
8 Trea Turner 1
9 Jose Ramirez -1
10 Cody Bellinger
11 Bryce Harper
12 Freddie Freeman
13 Francisco Lindor
14 Bo Bichette
15 Anthony Rendon
16 Jose Abreu
17 Marcell Ozuna
18 Manny Machado
19 Corey Seager 3
20 DJ LeMahieu -1
21 Xander Bogaerts -1
22 Nolan Arenado -1
23 Nelson Cruz 9
24 Alex Bregman -1
25 Kyle Tucker 1
26 Tim Anderson -2
27 Ozzie Albies 2
28 George Springer 2
29 Whit Merrifield 2
30 Randy Arozarena 3
31 Luis Robert 3
32 Rafael Devers -4
33 Starling Marte 2
34 J.T. Realmuto 2
35 Aaron Judge 2
36 Yordan Alvarez 2
37 J.D. Martinez 5
38 Ketel Marte 8
39 Michael Conforto 1
40 Charlie Blackmon -1
41 Paul Goldschmidt 2
42 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2
43 Anthony Rizzo 2
44 Javier Baez 3
45 Adalberto Mondesi -18
46 Cavan Biggio -5
47 Gleyber Torres 1
48 Pete Alonso 1
49 Nick Castellanos 5
50 Trent Grisham
51 Brandon Lowe 1
52 Austin Meadows 1
53 Wil Myers 8
54 Eugenio Suarez 1
55 Luke Voit -4
56 Jose Altuve 1
57 Eddie Rosario 2
58 Jeff McNeil
59 Giancarlo Stanton 1
60 Michael Brantley 6
61 Yoan Moncada 1
62 Matt Olson 1
63 Tommy Pham 2
64 Dansby Swanson 3
65 Matt Chapman 3
66 Mike Moustakas 3
67 Keston Hiura -11
68 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. -4
69 Carlos Correa 2
70 Max Muncy 2
71 Kris Bryant 2
72 Marcus Semien 2
73 Mike Yastrzemski 2
74 Teoscar Hernandez -4
75 Byron Buxton 1
76 Salvador Perez 1
77 Alec Bohm 1
78 Alex Verdugo 1
79 Ramon Laureano 2
80 Anthony Santander 7
81 Gavin Lux 16
82 Eric Hosmer 4
83 Franmil Reyes -3
84 Rhys Hoskins 1
85 Josh Bell -1
86 Jorge Soler -4
87 Jarred Kelenic NR
88 Gio Urshela
89 Didi Gregorius 2
90 Dominic Smith -7
91 Dylan Carlson NR
92 Ryan Mountcastle 2
93 Tommy Edman 2
94 Trey Mancini 2
95 Nick Solak 3
96 Ian Happ 3
97 Garrett Hampson NR
98 Ryan McMahon NR
99 Jared Walsh NR
100 Joey Gallo 1
  • Injuries are impacting a number of players early this season with key names like Adalberto Mondesi, George Springer and Luke Voit yet to see the playing field. Voit and Mondesi get slight downgrades due to the uncertainty in their returns while unfortunately Eloy Jimenez drops all the way out to the Top 100.
  • Each day we watch games being played, is another day closer to Jarred Kelenic’s debut. There is nothing beyond service time manipulation keeping Kelenic out of the majors and when he gets there, he will hit.  If by some miracle he is sitting on your waiver wire please stop reading right this second.
  • Going into the season Keston Hiura’s biggest question mark was his ability to make contact and cut down on those strikeouts. While it is still early, Keston is striking out nearly half of his plate appearances and started the season 0 for 20.  He drops down in the rankings this week as he has done nothing to allay the concerns coming into this campaign.
  • Corey Seager delivered a strong 2020 season; however, many people still question if he will be the all-star we all believed he could be. I will not proclaim that Seager is a top 10 hitter, but he has carried a hot bat from 2020 into spring training and further into the regular season.  There was a discount on him this spring, but that is a closing window.
  • What else is there to say about Nelson Cruz? He is clearly a top 10 hitter this season with barely playing the opening series in a National League park.  Maybe he slows down, but for now he is going to carry the owners that believed on draft day.
  • Gavin Lux is finally getting the playing time he deserves. The results might not be amazing, but that playing time will payoff for fantasy owners.  It really should not be this hard to hold off Chris Taylor.
  • The Colorado Rockies are one of the most perplexing organizations in the major leagues. They make it nearly impossible for prospects to reach their potential while trading away their top talent for a box of cracker jacks.  However, Garrett Hampson and Ryan McMahon are getting their playing time (finally) and both gentlemen are taking full advantage.  If they played for any other team, they would have already been in the Top 100.
 
  1. Harley Earl says:
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    Pains me to say this because of the many shares I have of him, but I’m not sure Hiura belongs in the top 100 at all at this point. He’s awful.

    Maybe if I bash him publicly enough, he’ll start hitting? Nothing else has worked. He’s terrible.

    :o(

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      But the potential is sky high! Honestly he looks terrible and I sure hope he figures it out. For now he should be riding the fantasy pine and he might be out of the top 100 sooner than later.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        2 for 5 with a HR today. Maybe the Cards fixed him.

        • Jeremy Brewer

          Jeremy Brewer says:
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          As a Cards fan myself, a little dose of Andrew Miller can certainly turn a guy around. Maybe this is that kickstart he needs!

  2. H says:
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    When will Kelenic be called up? 2 more weeks?

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      That feels right on target in my mind. Those 2 weeks ensure another year of control and there is no other reason to hold him down beyond optics.

  3. Human Rain Delay says:
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    Is Kelenic supposed to hit for a decent average?… I’m seeing projections of around .240

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      Long-term he is supposed to fill the stat sheet with power, speed and average. Out of the gate, I expect the power to be more real than the average, but .240 is a disservice to what he can do. Sign me up for .265-.270 for 2021 and .280 or so long-term.

  4. Anodyne says:
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    Thoughts on Colin Moran? I picked him up recently because he was in one of Grey’s buy columns.

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      Moran is the furthest thing from exciting. He is a .260 – 20 HR corner infielder which is nothing spectacular. If you have a CI gal, you can find a worse replacement. However I am not spending much of any FAAB on that profile. Don’t tell the boss!

      • Task Force says:
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        I have CJ Cron and I’ve waiting patiently for him to figure it out but should I drop him for Moran? Thoughts on both players?

        • Jeremy Brewer

          Jeremy Brewer says:
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          Cron for years was so predictable. .250 with 20-25 HR power. While he didn’t always play enough to hit those marks, that is who he was. Nothing more, nothing less. He was terribly unlucky in 2020 but also regressed in skills. 2021 is off to a poor start and I would be jumping on an upgrade. While I am not huge on Moran, it feels like a swap is moving in the right direction.

  5. Anodyne says:
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    Another guy who intrigues me is Willi Castro. I’ve been tempted to pick him up a few times this season, but I haven’t yet. How far is he outside your top 100 hitters?

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      I own Castro personally a few places. I would peg him in the 120ish range. My main issue with Castro is that he doesn’t seem to run like we would expect and I am not convinced he is more than a 10-15 HR bat. You can certainly do worse for the MI position or a flexible bench bat.

  6. toolshed says:
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    How can tatis be so high now with that shoulder? He is on the IL and this thing ain’t going away until he gets surgery or misses alot of time after a lengthy rehab. He is at risk every swing he takes. Plus he plays ss / has make a lot of throws or dive.

    • toolshed says:
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      It is left shoulder so you can scratch the throwing comment, but still given the risk, he should be lower imo.

      • Jeremy Brewer

        Jeremy Brewer says:
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        Reports are mixed on the extent of his injury and you are right to be hesitant. His ranking reflects balancing overreaction against his potential. Before today’s game he he was hitting and running. He has also done some fielding work.

        Now if someone is offering near full value I would certainly consider, but I believe the cautious wait and see approach is right. However, this injury is just another reminder of how he plays the game. If this injury turns lingers much, he certainly will see a drop.

        • toolshed says:
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          Thanks. Yeah, I hope he can do it and make it through the season without missing more time. The risk is high but the upside is unquestioned.

  7. Regan says:
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    Ozuna, Devers, Grishem, Lowe, Swanson, Gurriel Jr, Mancini, Happ. These are the guys killing me right now. All Cold As ICE. Surprised they aren’t all lower. Although Devers and Mancini both went yard recently so hopefully that will get them going. But Ozuna is really not seeing the ball right now. Only a matter of time so i get why he didn’t drop but Devers dropped 4 so just wondering why.

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      I wish I could say it is scientific, but this early in the season it is about how much is being confirmed around expectations coming in and long-term track records. Devers really has had one great year but has done little to show that is his true self, whereas a guy like Ozuna hasn’t had that same ceiling but has produced year after year. I will give the benefit to a guy like Ozuna whereas Devers is doing little to assuage concerns.

      Many of those other guys have logical reasons for slow starts like an injury with Grisham or long layoff with Mancini. It is still early and things will be a changing!

  8. Regan says:
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    Any thought on when Varsho gets the call? Does he need an injury or is it a service time thing or a needs more seasoning thing. I’m in a few 2 catchers leagues so he’s pretty intriguing.

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      Wish I could predict that one. I expect AZ wants him to play everyday if he gets the call. Even with Kole Calhoun injured he wasn’t there to play. If I use the crystal ball, I would say we see him in late June.

  9. Regan says:
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    What’s your take on Lowe, 3 oFers in a row since his 2 homer game. Time to move on or hold? RCL league so lots of CI options. Got Votto and Seager chompin at the bit to get on my team.

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      If I have to pick from that group, I am taking Lowe. But not too confident he is going to provide a huge return.

  10. Regan says:
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    Whats your take on Tavaris and Badoo? Some situation, need spots to churn and their next on the block.

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      I am going to assume we are talking Leody Taveras and not Tavaris Jackson the long-time backup QB and wannabe starter that still makes way more money than any of us. I digress.

      Leody will give you some speed and little else. He is more known at this point and id you want to be disappointed he is a great pickup. Logic says we should avoid Badoo due to his limited minor league track record. However, we are in a new phase of evaluating prospects with the lost 2020 year. Badoo has upside that is worth rolling the dice if you have the roster spot to spare. Worse that happens is he is cut in a few weeks, but you might get lucky and ride some unexpected production.

  11. Sean says:
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    I said this last week and I still think it holds true, not having Shohei Otani in the top 100 hitters does not seem right to me. We are talking about a guy who can hit .280+ with 30+Hr and 100 runs and Rbi’s and already has 2 steals and 2 triples and is one of the faster guys capable of 15-20 steals. Not to mention he is hitting in front of the best player in baseball and anthony rendon. The guy is a stud, he deserves some recognition imo and is easily a top 100 hitter, I think an easy top 50 hitter. I am interested to know why he is not in the top 100, I think it is a pretty easy call to make.

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      Sean – I think you are right. Ohtani is hitting too well to not be included and that is a miss on my part. If he keeps doing what he is and isn’t here next update, you have permission to publicly shame me!

      • Sean says:
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        Haha no worries, this is just your friendly weekly reminder from this Shohei Otani “Stan”. I won’t feel the need to publicly shame you next week if he does not make it on the list. I am here to Stan for Otani only and make sure he gets the props he deserves, I like to build people up not tear them down. He is a a special talent and one hell of a ball player, I will keep my prayer circle going all season so he stays healthy and dominates the league this year. I will just remind you of his greatness every column until your will is broken and he makes the list ;p

  12. Jeffe says:
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    Who do you prefer out of CJ Cron or Nate Lowe?

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      I made a few notes above in the comments for Cron. I am a bit concerned with his trend the last year or so when he used to be very consistent.

      If it was me, I would be grabbing Lowe for a chance at greater potential.

      • Jeffe says:
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        Appreciate it sir. Verdugo or Happ?

        • Jeremy Brewer

          Jeremy Brewer says:
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          This one isn’t about talent by team trust. Verdugo is playing everyday while Happ is sitting against lefties. Go with the playing time as messing with a young player like that rarely works out.

  13. Andy says:
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    Need to drop one or two of
    Nate Lowe
    G Hampson
    Clint Frazier
    Villar

    Who would be the first and second you would cut?
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Brewer

      Jeremy Brewer says:
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      I would be moving on from Frazier first and then Villar. Villar at least has speed that might be valuable, but I wouldn’t be missing either guy.

      • Andy says:
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        Thx

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