Death, taxes and Mike Trout destroying the competition. It’s comforting to know that even in the chaos of 2020 some things haven’t changed. He’s right back in the Top 3 of the two week running ISO power index. I was thinking Mike Trout was given Compound V by the Vought corporation as a baby, but it turns out he’s more like the male version of Captain Marvel, no discernible weaknesses. Uh oh, my geekness is showing, sorry about that!

So what’s very cool is that it appears the virus threw what it could at the sport and baseball has survived for another week. Love it! So we have comebacks, step ups, step backs and the Red Sox playing like the Pirates. Some Yankees are injured again, another sign that things are getting back to normal. This is a hitter listing. but have you seen Dustin May pitching this year? Unreal. Anyway, you can find last week’s list here.

Here are some of the movers for this week, followed by the list:

Aaron Judge: And around and around we go. He’s fighting injuries injuries again. How bad is it? Who knows, but questions breed drops in the rankings.

Giancarlo Stanton: And boom, he’s off the list.

Jose Altuve: So not knowing what’s coming does have an effect.

Charlie Blackmon & DJ LeMahieu: You take a serious run at .400 for a few months you move up the list. No, it won’t mean anything close to doing it in a regular season, but these guys are really helping their fantasy teams.

Rafael Devers: A posterboy for the Boston meltdown. Bogaerts and Martinez are waking up, but Devers is still in a career worst slump.

Mike Yastrzemski: Yastr…..YASTRZEMSKI! Mookie Betts isn’t the only one who can hit three homers in a game. Fine, so that clip was last year. He’s still hitting .314 with a 1.077 OPS this year. We finally have a Giant! Congrats Giant fans!

Kyle Seager: You know Corey is all, I hate you Kyle. Multi hit performances and grand slams definitely get you on the list!

Byron Buxton: You knew it was coming. Just when I think I’m out, he pulls me back in. Buxton takes a threat to his playing time and drops two homers in a game, handled. How about five homers in seven games? How about you’re looking pretty good if you hung on to this guy this year.

Andrew Benintendi: Just a note to say adios, it was nice to have the flow on the list but he’s out for who knows how long.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Mike Trout OF LAA 1 0
2 Christian Yelich OF MIL 2 0
3 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 3 0
4 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 4 0
5 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 5 0
6 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 6 0
7 Trea Turner SS WSH 7 0
8 Trevor Story SS COL 8 0
9 Mookie Betts OF LAD 9 0
10 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 10 0
11 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 12 1
12 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 13 1
13 Javier Baez SS CHC 15 2
14 Bryce Harper OF PHI 16 2
15 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 17 2
16 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 18 2
17 Alex Bregman SS/3B HOU 19 2
18 Ketel Marte 2B/OF ARI 20 2
19 Juan Soto OF WSH 21 2
20 George Springer OF HOU 22 2
21 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 23 2
22 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 24 2
23 Manny Machado SS/3B SD 25 2
24 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 27 3
25 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 35 10
26 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B NYY 74 48
27 Nick Castellanos OF CIN 29 2
28 Luis Robert OF CHW 30 2
29 Keston Hiura 2B MIL 31 2
30 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 28 -2
31 Aaron Judge OF NYY 11 -20
32 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 32 0
33 Josh Donaldson 3B MIN 33 0
34 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 34 0
35 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 36 1
36 Starling Marte OF ARI 37 1
37 Gleyber Torres 2B/SS NYY 38 1
38 Mike Moustakas 2B/3B CIN 39 1
39 Austin Meadows OF TB 40 1
40 Marcell Ozuna OF ATL 41 1
41 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 14 -27
42 Kyle Schwarber OF CHC 42 0
43 Kris Bryant 3B CHC 43 0
44 Carlos Correa SS HOU 44 0
45 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF KC 45 0
46 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 46 0
47 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 47 0
48 Anthony Rendon 3B LAA 48 0
49 Tim Anderson SS CHW 49 0
50 Yuli Gurriel 1B/3B HOU 50 0
51 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 51 0
52 Adam Eaton OF WSH 52 0
53 Victor Robles OF WSH 53 0
54 Carlos Santana 1B CLE 54 0
55 Rhys Hoskins 1B PHI 55 0
56 Yoan Moncada 3B CHW 56 0
57 Eloy Jimenez OF CHW 57 0
58 Yordan Alvarez DH HOU 58 0
59 Oscar Mercado OF CLE 59 0
60 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 60 0
61 Michael Brantley OF HOU 61 0
62 Yasmani Grandal C/1B CHW 62 0
63 Max Kepler OF MIN 63 0
64 Matt Olson 1B OAK 64 0
65 Franmil Reyes OF CLE 65 0
66 Gary Sanchez C NYY 66 0
67 Marcus Semien SS OAK 67 0
68 Joey Votto 1B CIN 68 0
69 Jorge Polanco SS MIN 69 0
70 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B TOR 70 0
71 Bo Bichette SS TOR 71 0
72 Tommy Pham OF SD 72 0
73 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF NYM 73 0
74 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 75 1
75 Jonathan Villar 2B/SS MIA 76 1
76 Paul Goldschmidt 1B STL 77 1
77 David Dahl OF COL 79 2
78 Josh Bell 1B PIT 80 2
79 Justin Turner 3B LAD 81 2
80 Michael Conforto OF NYM 82 2
81 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 83 2
82 Byron Buxton OF MIN 99 17
83 Christian Vazquez C BOS 84 1
84 Corey Seager SS LAD 85 1
85 Jorge Soler OF KC 86 1
86 Ramon Laureano OF OAK 87 1
87 Willson Contreras C CHC 88 1
88 Edwin Encarnacion 1B CHW 89 1
89 Paul DeJong SS STL 90 1
90 Eduardo Escobar 2B/3B ARI 91 1
91 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. OF TOR 92 1
92 David Peralta OF ARI 93 1
93 Alex Verdugo OF BOS 94 1
94 Mitch Garver C MIN 95 1
95 Cavan Biggio 2B TOR 96 1
96 Ryan Braun OF MIL 97 1
97 Trent Grisham OF SD 98 1
98 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B/OF LAD 100 2
99 Mike Yastrzemski OF SFG NA NA
100 Kyle Seager 3B SEA NA NA
 
  1. Dustin says:
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    Mercado should be off the list entirely, a complete disaster at the plate all season and now it looks like he’s lost significant playing time for the forseeable future

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Maybe, if he doesn’t pick it up he’s out in another week.

      • Dingo37 says:
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        From spot #59 to out should tell you something

        • Thomas Howland

          Thomas Howland says:
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          It’s full on 2020 baby.

      • Ribalding says:
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        Mercado just got optioned. There is no next week.

        • preppers says:
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          He was already terrible, batting 9th and then finally benched last week and he’s still on the list this week. lmao

        • Thomas Howland

          Thomas Howland says:
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          Indeed, adios Mercado, lo siento mi amigo. Frankly impossible to keep up with every storyline in the top 100 all the time.

  2. Slimcompoop says:
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    Turner #7, Suarez #46, and Mercado #59? Also…disagree on Muncy’s rating of #98.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      All opinions welcome:) This league is changing so fast is giving me whiplash!

  3. Scott says:
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    Where is Brandon Lowe? He was good last year and this year he’s damn good.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      He’s been lucky to face the Red Sox, we’ll keep in him in mind though.

  4. WTF says:
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    Is this list from July?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      All opinions welcome :)

  5. ellis says:
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    Lowe?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Perhaps, see my Red Sox comment above.

  6. Acon says:
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    Rhys Hoskins at 55 overall- over Olson, Eloy, Muncy, and Yordan(Just to name a few)? No chance. I can understand the concerns of Yordan at least(although honestly it seems his knee is more maintenance and I’d easily take less games of an elite hitter) but with Rhys hitting ~230 going on 3 seasons now, he just doesn’t offer enough in 5×5 standard leagues and is looking worse by the season.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      In every list there is a mystery :p

  7. happyharry says:
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    Hello Sir!!!12 team, H2H, 6X6. No bench, weekly transactions. Your advice please on possible WW pickups. I could drop Wong, Alberto or Kyle Lewis for:
    Winker, Grisham, Santander, Carson, K.Calhoun, Verdugo, Hosmer…….Need three to put in for!
    Or Hold…thanks

    • fausto

      fausto says:
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      How are all those bats available in a 12 team ? !!! Even in my 10team those are all rostered minus Calhoun.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      As you can see from just these past few days, it’s really a pick m time in MLB. If you didn’t get any of those guys this week try again next week, Carson is probably gone but Grisham, Santander, Verdugo and Hosmer are probably still available. And with the way things are going if you dropped Wong he will probably have two homers and three SBs right after you dropped him. That’s 2020 for you.

  8. Simsbad says:
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    Overall, I look forward to this list every week. I’m not sure if I like the approach of keeping guys in the same spot for 2-3 weeks. I would be fine with that, except for the fact of where you currently have Mercado. If you have someone that freakishly high from how they’re playing, how little they are playing, how they lost their leadoff spot before the season began, and how little they’ve shown that they are still on the right path then I fully believe they deserve to be dropped by at least 15 spots if not more. Unless you defend your decision with a blurb at the beginning of the article. Once again, look forward to your list, just the decision where you continue to keep Mercado is just bizzare.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      There is a certain rhythm to things, you make projections and base decisions off them. We’re all trying to react as best we can to what’s going on. Mercado had a very positive progression for years, not just last year. In 2020 and with the Indians lying to eachother and the Tribe wanting to do everything possible to achieve what they thing they should they make, IMO, a short sighted decision to option the guy instead of giving him a chance. As always, appreciate the well thought out feedback.

  9. Frank R says:
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    Nice list but Mondesi in the top 20 is mind blowing. What is your reasoning for having Billy Hamilton 2.0 anywhere in the top 100?! Just curious, thanks.

    • c says:
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      Perhaps because he’s a LOT more than Billy Hamilton. Mondesi may never hit more than 10 HR in a season, but he will hit 40 2Bs. Couple that with his speed (a dearth of it in today’s game) and he’s crazy valuable.

      • Thomas Howland

        Thomas Howland says:
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        Exactly.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      As ‘c’ says there are essentially two batters with the ability to swipe megga bags and have consistent playing time. Mondesi and Trea Turner. That’s top 20.

  10. c says:
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    Run the Jewels at 12? Seriously? He’s leading the world in WAR (he and Mikey Y). What’s the kid got to do for you to show some love? To me he should be right at #4, especially considering Acuna is on the IL.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Acuna went on the IL the day this was published, but thanks for your consideration. Tatis is on fire, but this list is for the rest of the season. Perhaps he goes on a slump right now after taking ridiculous crap from idiots (his manager to his teammates, I would fire that manager right now for the way he’s treating Tatis). Acuna has more of a track record, thus where they were at publishing.

  11. c says:
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    Oh, and Mercado and Dahl should be off the list entirely. Dahl hasn’t played all weekend and before that was in an 0-15 slide that looked ugly. Mercado’s sitting behind Naquin and deShileds and Santana. They’re both 4 OF at this point. I hope that changes, as I own them, but it’s not looking likely.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      It’s 2020. An 0-15 doesn’t wipe out his history or the fact he’s a Coors player. Perhaps if it continues, but we’ll still take him and he shouldn’t be dropped. As for Mercado, as I said he’s getting a raw deal from a desperate Indians team that can’t keep their pitchers from lying to the team.

  12. Sweet Panther says:
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    Soto at #19?

    He hasn’t done enough since his year started i suppose?

    Huh? What’s Grey say about this and sexy Dr Pepper?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Soto’s on fire, yes, he was just on the shelf. If it continues the rest of this week he’ll move up.

  13. Travis Hafner says:
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    Soler at 85? McCutchen And votto above him? Is this yahoos pre draft ranker?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Wow, Soler’s on fire, definitely deserves to rocket up the list! 3 homers and .224 this month, no homers since August 8th. The other guys aren’t lighting it up either, but you have to admit Soler at 85 isn’t exactly unjustified.

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        Soler LEAD the AL in Homers last year. Joey votto hasn’t been relevant in years. This is a lazy list, I agree with other commenters. I get it’s harsh but I can tell your an inexperienced player. Razzball is too respectable a site for this list.

  14. keith o branstetter says:
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    Not to be too hard on ya but this list is terrible, needs to be reworked from top to bottom.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      All opinions welcome :)

  15. Dingo37 says:
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    Since his last rank Braun goes 3 for 16, zero hr, zero stl, 1 rbi and moves up a spot?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Braun has a long track record, the brand new guys on the list just got on. He only moved up due to others coming off the list and not pushing him off. I still believe in the guy enough to keep him on the list, despite his tough week.

  16. Marc says:
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    Find me one sane person in the universe who would be willing to trade Juan Soto for Adalberto Mondesi. Just one.

    Sorry man but this list is pretty much a joke.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Juan Soto just came back from the IL. Give a week joker.

  17. Mike says:
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    Juan Soto only the 20th best hitter? Maybe on a planet full of nothing but Mike Trots. C’mon, how do you justify that?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      He just got back from the IL. Freddie Freeman, far from an old man, got destroyed by Covid, Soto not so much, you an epidemiologist? Could you predict Soto going for .409 7 homers since August 8th? If you could let me see the betting slip.

  18. fausto

    fausto says:
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    Is this http://www.razzball.org?
    I get the “hitter” ranks take into consideration SB and their value but this list is incredibly weird. Eugenio over Rendon? Bichette and Soto should be top 15.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Rendon has hit .238 this year. Sure, he’s had a good run lately, and Trout is back, maybe it’s real, sue me for waiting a bit to be more solid on that. Bichette hit .286 no homers 1 SB the first 8 games. He’s turning it on now, so perhaps he moves up next week. Stay tuned.

  19. Ribalding says:
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    Leaving a list in stasis for a couple weeks in a 60 game season doesn’t make any sense. This is ESPN level ranking with no context or reasoning outside of “haters gonna hate and emojis.” And based on your previous responses, I’m sure I’ll get an eye roll or shrug emoticon, but I’d rather you make money for Grey and Rudy by posting good content. Do that instead. I love this site.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      In statis? Nope, been no movement on the list this season, absolutely zero, nada. Sure, report me.

  20. Jonas Kahnwald says:
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    Long time razzballer at this point and I have never seen a less relevant or useful list. Do better.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Been a long time reader of comments, never seen a comment less relevant or useful. Thanks for playing.

  21. wolverinebandit says:
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    Lazy List. Mercado just got sent to Akron. Completely useless.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Thanks for reading :)

  22. Lloyd Braun says:
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    2 weeks after pointing this out –

    The Eloy disrespect still puzzles me.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Four homers since 8/11. What about only three homers in the first 15 games? Not disrespect, just caution on a young guy who’s proven to be streaky in his career so far.

  23. preppers says:
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    It’s fun to come and laugh at this list every week I guess. Are you sure you don’t want Trout at 79 or whatever still?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Sure, laugh about Trout’s threats to not play at all and be concerned for his child’s safety.

  24. preppers says:
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    16 Mondesi was batting 8th, now 9th
    26 Lemahieu was injured the day before this came out.
    35 Ozzie Albies has been injured for the last week and not particularly close to returning.
    48 Rendon is a first round talent. Makes no sense.
    59 Mercado – I was laughing at this last week and I guess I just laugh harder now.
    74 Ohtani should be way higher. He plays every day now and you should know how good he is
    88 Encarnaciaon is clearly washed up. Exit velo way down. Droppable in most leagues.

    I could go on.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Thanks for reading :)

  25. Dingo37 says:
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    Kyle Lewis? (Yes, I’ll be asking every week)

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Kyle Lewis, three home runs in August, he’s on the radar.

  26. ForThePeople says:
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    Great List, Thomas – Thank you.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Very nice to see someone who listened to Michelle Obama last night :)

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