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.
- 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.