Oh man, the crack of the bat and the sound of the ball hitting leather. It’s seamhead heaven, boys of summer katnip, and time to put away the hot stove (well almost). Spring training baseball has just started. Beer is flowing from Florida to Arizona and lazy afternoons at the ballpark are in vogue.

As such, Razzball’s 2020 inaugural Top 100 Hitters is here to inform, entertain, and track your favorite sluggers, five category studs and perhaps underappreciated gems. We have to start somewhere, so here are the rules for this first list: They’re geared towards 5×5 roto leagues. “Last” is tracking where the hitters were in the last Top 100 of September of 2019. “Change” is a change from that last 2019 ranking.

Top 100 Hitters

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Ronald Acuna Jr– Can he go 40/40? Yes, thus this #1 ranking. OF ATL 4 4
2 Christian Yelich – Hit .300 and have 40 homer potential and you can’t even get #1 OF MIL 1 -1
3 Mike Trout – The man, the legend, he may go 50/30 just to spite everyone who dared to pick him third. OF LAA 3 0
4 Cody Bellinger – Gets a certain #6 hitter to improve his RBI count and wear down pitchers. Another of the top four who could end up #1 at year’s end. 1B/OF LAD 2 -2
5 Trevor Story – Coors hitter who could top 30 homers at home, 45 overall. SS COL 6 1
6 Mookie Betts – Move to LA could result in a .280 average…and a career high in home runs. Plus, with Dave Roberts’ tutelage he could do the same with steals. OF LAD 10 4
7 Francisco Lindor – Linchpin of the most surprising offense in baseball in 2020. SS CLE 12 5
8 Trea Turner – Another year of maturity, World Series winning bling, 20/40 and a batting average that could approach .300 get’s top 10 attention SS ATL 19 11
9 Juan Soto – Back to back Nats. Best two strike approach in a power hitter. Another who could challenge for top five, like…. OF WAS 13 4
10 Fernando Tatis Jr. – His skills are among the best in the game, if you feel frisky taking him #1 is justified. In year two going 30/30 is the mid-case. SS SD NA NA
11 Jose Ramirez – A risky pick, but there is an MVP lurking in this skillset. Another 30/30 possibility. 3B CLE NA NA
12 Nolan Arenado – Ignore the noise, so what if he’s in a ‘trade me’ fight with his team. 40 homers with .300 lurking in that bat. 3B COL 7 -5
13 Anthony Rendon – Chill demeanor perfect for SO-CAL, likely to hit in front of Mike Trout, you’re not looking at a long term contract. He’s money. 3B LAA 9 -4
14 Freddie Freeman – Are you bored of a .300 hitter with 30 bombs and driving in Acuna over 100 times? 1B ATL 5 -9
15 Pete Alonzo – Hitting 53 bombs grabs some attention. 1B NYM 17 2
16 Alex Bregman – So much potential, for being the best player on a World Series team and getting plunked for a tone-def press conference. SS/3B HOU 11 -5
17 Bryce Harper – Finally underrated, he’s got the potential to surprise all the way to NL MVP. OF PHI 33 16
18 Rafael Devers – Baby faced assassin, ready to take the mantle of best player on the Red Sox. 3B BOS 8 -10
19 Adalberto Mondesi – 65 steal potential. SS KC 67 48
20 Matt Olson – He’s here because he can top Khris Davis for Oakland HR leader and hit close to .300. 1B OAK 85 65
21 J.D. Martinez – Batting maestro and chief defender of Alex Cora, he can hit .300 and boom 35 homers. OF BOS 22 1
22 Javier Baez – 30 homer potential with 25 steals. Standard barer of Cubs nation. SS CHC 15 -7
23 Xander Bogaerts – .300/30 potential as a short top, could be the best of the SS if he puts it all together. SS BOS 14 -9
24 Gleyber Torres – The biggest steal of Cashman’s career, 30 home run and potential 3rd hitter in the bronx. 2B/SS NYY 35 11
25 Jose Altuve – Sure, he could get plunked a lot, he could also prove everyone wrong and show MVP form. 2B HOU 30 5
26 George Springer – Contract push could result in 40 home runs. OF HOU 32 6
27 Aaron Judge – Spring noise around an injury, but he’s 50 homers waiting to happen. OF NYY 43 16
28 Starling Marte – A move to Arizona could result in a 30/20 season. OF ARI 18 -10
29 Jonathan Villar – He’s taken his talents to South Beach, if things break right could steal 40. 2B/SS MIA 21 -8
30 Ketel Marte – Breakout 2019 carries .300/30 potential. 2B/OF ARI 26 -4
31 Yordan Alvarez – 45 homers are lurking here. DH/OF HOU 61 30
32 Ozzie Albies – Average and steals and homers and runs and rbi oh my! 2B ATL 46 14
33 Keston Hiura – Will trot home in front of Yelich a lot, 30 homer potential. 2B MIL 81 48
34 Anthony Rizzo – Ho hum, just another .300/30/100 waiting to happen. 1B CHC 25 -9
35 Jose Abreu – Coming up all the guys he’s going to drive in, .300/30 potential. 1B CHW 40 5
36 Eloy Jimenez – Potential .300 hitter with power. OF CHW 84 48
37 Austin Meadows – The Rays keep losing guys, but keep trading for linchpins like this. OF TAM 72 35
38 Manny Machado – Ok first year in San Diego, may wake up and be the .300/30/100 guy he can be. SS/36 SD 34 4
39 Eugenio Suarez – Could bring the Reds back to national prominence with 40 home run potential. 3B CIN 39 0
40 Jorge Soler – Can he hit approach 50 homers again? It’s tantilizing. OF KC 45 5
41 Yoan Moncada – Jewel of the Chris Sale trade, he could go .280/30/100. 3B CHW 58 17
42 Vladimir Guerro Jr. – Svelter this spring, could be the steal of 2020 drafts. 3B TOR 63 21
43 Max Muncy – He was injured last year, best postseason hitter on the Dodgers is his ceiling. 1B/2B/3B LAD 52 10
44 Marcus Semien – Sneaky 25 homer bat with .300 potential in spacious Oakland. SS OAK 57 14
45 Ramon Laureano – 20/20 with potential for more. OF OAK NA NA
46 Matt Chapman – Star has fallen a little, but he could still jack 40. 3B OAK 49 4
47 Josh Donaldson – Takes his over 30 homer potential to the great white north. 3B MIN 64 18
48 Mike Moustakas – Might taking not getting the contract he wants out of NL pitchers. 2B/3B CIN 50 3
49 Tim Anderson – Speedster capable of repeating as batting champ. SS CHW 51 3
50 Bo Bichette – Power, patience, speed, contact, all he’s missing is experience. SS TOR 91 42
51 Eddie Rosario – Will make Donaldson’s job a lot easier. 35 homer pop with a .280 batting average. OF MIN 23 -27
52 Nelson Cruz – Father time will take the toll eventually, but he’s still got 40 home run potential. DH MIN 36 15
53 Charlie Blackmon – Overlooked Coors guy who was a top 16 batter at the end of 2019. OF COL 16 -36
54 Giancarlo Stanton – Sure, he’s injured again. But he can hit 30 in half the year. Potential for much more if he can stay on the field. OF NYY NA NA
55 Paul Goldschmidt – Former MVP unlikely to do it again, but still .280/35 potential. 1B STL 56 -2
56 Kris Bryant – Lost his grievance, can either sulk to a bad season or heal up from last season’s injuries and be an MVP candidate. 3B/OF CHC 31 -24
57 Joey Gallo – 50 home run potential, but could bat .210 too. OF TEX NA NA
58 Tommy Pham – Not many guys get better when traded from Tampa, but 20/20 is in the cards. OF SD 60 3
59 Oscar Mercado – 2013 draft pick finally ready to take the leap? 20/30  potential. OF CLE NA NA
60 Luis Robert – Young Cuban could be the toast of Chicago. Early Puig or Rusney Castillo? OF CHW NA NA
61 Victor Robles – Young gun, could steal 40 and hit 15 homers. Think Trea Turner light. OF WSH 65 5
62 Marcell Ozuna – Could greatly benefit from playing for the most exciting NL team. OF ATL 44 -17
63 Michael Conforto – Will he hit his .280/30/100 potential? OF NYM 54 8
64 Nicholas Castellanos – Possible for career year after an incredible second half in Wrigley last year. OF CIN 77 14
65 J.T. Realmuto – Best hitting catcher, conservatively hit .280/25. C PHI 47 -17
66 DJ LeMahieu – The benefactor of other Bronx injuries to pile up stats in the middle of the Yankee lineup. 1B/2B/3B NYY 29 -36
67 Whit Merrifield – Late bloomer, can he keep up the .300/100 RBI 20 steal pace? 2B/OF KC 27 -39
68 Josh Bell -Will he break out with 30+ homers or fall to low 20’s? 1B PIT 20 -47
69 Yuli Gurriel – Underrated .300 hitter. 1B/3B HOU 53 -15
70 Eduardo Escobar – If he puts it all together he could bang 30 homers and get 100 rbi. 2B/3B ARI 24 -45
71 Jeff McNeil – Young gun being counted on to step forward in Queens. Legit .300/100 bat. 2B/3B/OF NYM 95 25
72 Gary Sanchez – Might get injured and miss half the year, might bash 40 homers. C NYY 74 3
73 Yasiel Puig – The only reason he’s here is he doesn’t have a team. .300/25 homer potential. OF FA 59 -13
74 Yasmani Grandal – Part of a rebuilt White Sox lineup, won’t hit much more than .250 but 25 homer potential. C/1B CHW 83 10
75 Michael Brantley – Overlooked Astro, professional hitter. OF HOU 38 -36
76 Andrew Benintendi – Spring training news about a change back to pre-2019 weight and batting style. Potential for over 100 runs scored atop the Red Sox lineup. OF BOS 55 -20
77 Shohei Ohtani – Draft him almost just for the fun of it. Is a potential .300 20/20 guy. DH LAA 80 4
78 Franmil Reyes – Has the power to surprise with 35 homers. OF CLE 82 5
79 Willie Calhoun – Former prospect ready to graduate, .290 potential with power. OF TEX NA NA
80 Kyle Schwarber – Post-hype at this point. Could surprise with a .300/30 homer season. OF CHC NA NA
81 Cavan Biggio – Another of the TO gunslingers, 25/20 potential. 2B TOR NA NA
82 Miguel Sano – Will he finally break out and hit 35 bombs with a decent average? 3B MIN NA NA
83 Hunter Dozier – 30 homer potential in KC. 3B/OF KC 78 -4
84 Christian Walker – 30 homer potential in the desert. 1B ARI NA NA
85 Trey Mancini – If he played somewhere else he’d be a star. .275/30 potential. 1B/OF BAL 41 -53
86 Scott Kingery – Young guy with more to prove, but could pop 25 in Philly. 3B/OF PHI NA NA
87 Amed Rosario – Seems like he’s been around but only 24, might be the bell of the ball in Queens this summer. SS NYM 79 -7
88 Didi Gregorious – Sir Didi isn’t done quite yet. 25 homers and hitting .280 isn’t stretching it. SS PHI NA NA
89 Danny Santana – Might approach 30 homers this summer in Arlington. 1B/OF TEX 69 -19
90 Max Kepler – His last rating from last year shows the potential. 30 homers a sinch, but can he crack .250? OF MIN 42 -47
91 Rhys Hoskins – Is this an MVP in waiting or will he crack .230? 1B PHI 66 -24
92 Edwin Encarnacion – Maybe he’s too old, but he could also bash 35 and drive in 100. 1B CHW 73 -18
93 Carlos Correa – Cheif Astros apologist has all the potential in the world but many injury concerns. SS HOU NA NA
94 Carlos Santana – Might be boring same old same old, or could wack 30 homers, hit .280 and drive in 100. OF CLE 28 -65
95 Dansby Swanson – Former #1 pick ready to step up? Could be much better than .270 and 22 homers. SS ATL NA NA
96 J.D. Davis – 30 homer potential in a surprising Mets lineup that could be even better if Cano has a renaissance. 3B/OF NYM 100 5
97 Willson Contreras – A bright spot for the Cubs, could approach 30 homers. C CHC 89 -7
98 Lourdis Gurriel – .260 batter who could hit 30. OF TOR 71 -26
99 Tommy Edman – .304/11/15 in half a year. Is it real or just a dream? 2B/3B STL NA NA
100 Gavin Lux – Could be the Dodgers’ answer to a pre-scandal Jose Altuve. 2B LAD NA NA
 
  1. tyler says:
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    not one giant, sucks to be a fan.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      I don’t know. You’ve got the satisfaction of 2010, 2012, and 2014. You’ve got Mike Yastrzemski finding launch angle and saying he just wants to help. You’ve got the remaining years of Posey as he burnishes a HOF case. That guy should be celebrated daily for all the Championships. Plus, how sweet will any win in SF over the Dodgers be? Lots of reasons to enjoy the season!

  2. Shifty says:
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    Can I ask you a keeper question? I’m torn right now between two guys – Vlad and Bo. My league is 12 team H2H OBP+SLG with 3 keepers on each team. You get to keep them for 3 years before they have to go back into the pool. With Vlad I can keep him for this year and next year at $10 and $15. With Bo I can keep him for this year, next year AND 2022 at 5/10/15 respectively.

    Which one would you keep? 2 years of Vlad or 3 years of Bo? I’m leaning Vlad but I’m so, so torn.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      That’s as tough as it gets! Vlad seems to be taking his diet seriously, and that power potential from the minors is so tantalizing. Also had the hardest hit ball in 2019 (upwards of 118 MPH I believe). From this view it looks like Vlad’s the choice. But I could find almost as much positive to say about Bo.

  3. keith o branstetter says:
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    Do you think Y Alvarez gains OF eligibility early on or gonna take awhile. Or not at all ?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      He was playing in pain most of last year with his knee (I think) so this year he could get OF eligibility depending on your league settings.

  4. Neil Raymond says:
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    Pretty bad list. Rendon is not as good as Freeman let alone a long list of players below him. A contract year with a juiced ball shouldn’t overrate him. Bellinger’s second half stats without the high BABIP showed his true talent level: .260 hitter.

  5. Thomas Howland

    Thomas Howland says:
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    All opinions welcome :)

  6. Jeff says:
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    In a H2H dynasty league that’s 10×10, are Lourdes and Robles essentially the same value? I.e. LG gives you 30/5, Robles maybe 15/30, so a bit of potato-potahto?

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