As the 2020 season turns there’s plenty of ongoing changes in the Top 100. Things are very very good for some players, and bad and getting worse for others. Six players have left the list which means six have jumped on: #80 Jonathan Schoop, #85 Pedro Severino, #89 Austin Nola, #90 Renato Nunez, welcome back #92 Eugenio Suarez and #99 Kyle Tucker. These guys are obviously killing it in various degrees of goodness. In particular perhaps it’s time to take Baltimore seriously. With all those Yankee injuries, and all the great performances by various Orioles, it’s no wonder the Rays are looking to be active in the trade market. Those dropping off include Mike Moustakas, Ramon Laureano, Eduardo Escobar, Gleyber Torres, Michael Brantley and Josh Bell. I have defended several of these players recently but their struggles, and the good play by so many others, have made these moves inevitable. As Suarez shows, a week or two of good play can make all the difference. You can find last week’s list here. Now on to the details for some of the movers this week.

#2 Cody Bellinger – His not so bad season just shifted into incredible. His OPS is up well over 1.000 over the last few weeks and he’s hitting homers in bunches. His highs are enough to boost him up the list.

#3 Mike Trout – Cracks, tiny tiny cracks, in the facade of this legend in 2020. Turns out he’s not infallible. Still, a bad week or two isn’t enough to move him off the Top 3, seeing as he could turn it around in a moment’s notice.

#5 Manny Machado – Seems like the San Diego fairy tale even includes bringing back vintage Manny. Heck, Machado is producing a Ben Affleck Batman to Tatis Jr.’s Robert Pattinson kick ass 2020 The Batman.

#12 Ronald Acuna Jr. – He’s back and better than ever. The only thing keeping him from moving higher is hedging against a quick recurrence of his wrist inflammation.

#13 Jose Abreu – Dingers, dingers galore, more dingers, all the dingers. Combine his hot streak with his history and he’s close to the Top 10.

#15 Teoscar Hernandez – He’s in the Top 3 of homers in the league, he’s hitting in the .290’s, he’s stealing bags. Sure, he hardly walks. Who cares?

#21 Francisco Lindor & #25 Jose Ramirez – They’re starting to pick it up and build momentum. Lindor’s overall AVG/OPS, Ramirez’s rare skill of HR/SB.

#30 Eloy Jimenez – Just when you thought a celebration gone bad would ruin his season he jumps up up and away.

#32 Xander Bogaerts, #33 Keston Hiura, #34 Ketel Marte, #35 Rafael Devers, #36 Starling Marte, #37 Anthony Rizzo – These guys are all in stages of under-performance with some underlying reason for optimism. The average is up here, the power or underlying power there, the prime age and any good game means a breakout over there. This is a very questionable group that hasn’t quite earned a free-fall down the list, but one or two more weeks for these guys with no consistency will give the performers even more of an edge up.

#45 Trent Grisham – Batting Average, OPS, throw in some steals and you have a Top 50 hitter. He just keeps pouring it on.

#55 Cavan Biggio, #58 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – The baby Jays finally waking up and doing what I thought they would in their old Buffalo stomping grounds. It’s a shame #94 Bo Bichette got injured, because he would’ve been the highest of the three.

#60 Adalberto Mondesi – It’s time to face the facts that you can’t steal first base. Could he steal eight bags in a week? Yes. Will he? He’s far from that right now.

#62 Max Muncy – Eight homers overall, 11 RBI in his last two weeks, OPS climbing from .729 overall, to .898 the last two weeks, to 1.069 the last seven.

#68 David Fletcher – #2 in the MLB in hits

#69 Wil Myers – .325/1.050 last 15, .409/1.298 the last 7.

#70 Austin Meadows – .247 with only three homers this year.

#79 Yoan Moncada – He left a game with a persistent leg issue and is day to day, may be looking at an IL stint.

#96 Aaron Judge – Didn’t we say it was just a matter of time before he was injured again? Well, a recurrence of his calf injury from earlier in August has come back to bite him again. With this much power it’s hard to take him off the list completely. All the rest of the injury guys are in varying stages of coming back soon. One that didn’t make it is Gleyber Torres. His news just went from bad to worse.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 1 0
2 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 6 4
3 Mike Trout OF LAA 2 -1
4 Mookie Betts OF LAD 4 0
5 Manny Machado SS/3B SD 12 7
6 Juan Soto OF WSH 5 -1
7 Christian Yelich OF MIL 3 -4
8 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 7 -1
9 Trevor Story SS COL 8 -1
10 Trea Turner SS WSH 9 -1
11 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 10 -1
12 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 36 24
13 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 25 12
14 Bryce Harper OF PHI 11 -3
15 Teoscar Hernandez OF TOR 34 19
16 Nick Castellanos OF CIN 14 -2
17 Luis Robert OF CHW 15 -2
18 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 16 -2
19 Tim Anderson SS CHW 17 -2
20 Anthony Rendon 3B LAA 26 6
21 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 27 6
22 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 20 -2
23 Brandon Lowe 2B TAM 21 -2
24 Luke Voit 1B NYY 22 -2
25 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 28 3
26 Matt Olson 1B OAK 30 4
27 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 29 2
28 Jesse Winker OF CIN 32 4
29 Kyle Lewis OF SEA 38 9
30 Eloy Jimenez OF CHW 46 16
31 Anthony Santander OF BAL 33 2
32 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 18 -14
33 Keston Hiura 2B MIL 19 -14
34 Ketel Marte 2B/OF ARI 13 -21
35 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 23 -12
36 Starling Marte OF ARI 24 -12
37 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 31 -6
38 Carlos Correa SS HOU 39 1
39 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 40 1
40 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF KC 41 1
41 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 42 1
42 Marcell Ozuna OF ATL 43 1
43 Paul Goldschmidt 1B STL 60 17
44 Ian Happ OF CHC 37 -7
45 Trent Grisham OF SD 80 35
46 Yuli Gurriel 1B/3B HOU 48 2
47 Wilmer Flores 2B SF 49 2
48 Randal Grichuk OF TOR 50 2
49 Donovan Solano SS SF 53 4
50 Max Kepler OF MIN 54 4
51 Franmil Reyes OF CLE 55 4
52 Mitch Moreland 1B BOS 56 4
53 Dansby Swanson SS ATL 57 4
54 Corey Seager SS LAD 58 4
55 Cavan Biggio 2B TOR 82 27
56 Marcus Semien SS OAK 66 10
57 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 59 2
58 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B TOR 69 11
59 Javier Baez SS CHC 73 14
60 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 35 -25
61 Michael Conforto OF NYM 77 16
62 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B/OF LAD 90 28
63 Kole Calhoun OF ARI 51 -12
64 Mike Yastrzemski OF SFG 70 6
65 Jonathan Villar 2B/SS MIA 71 6
66 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 72 6
67 Jorge Soler OF KC 81 14
68 David Fletcher 3B LAA 93 25
69 Wil Myers 1B/3B/OF SD 91 22
70 Austin Meadows OF TB 44 -26
71 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 74 3
72 Alex Bregman SS/3B HOU 75 3
73 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 61 -12
74 Kyle Schwarber OF CHC 78 4
75 Kyle Seager 3B SEA 79 4
76 Alex Verdugo OF BOS 89 13
77 Justin Turner 3B LAD 83 6
78 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF NYM 84 6
79 Yoan Moncada 3B CHW 52 -27
80 Jonathan Schoop 2B DET NA NA
81 Christian Vazquez C BOS 85 4
82 Josh Donaldson 3B MIN 86 4
83 Dominic Smith OF NYM 87 4
84 David Peralta OF ARI 88 4
85 Pedro Severino C BAL NA NA
86 Hanser Alberto 2B BAL 97 11
87 George Springer OF HOU 45 -42
88 Victor Robles OF WSH 68 -20
89 Austin Nola C SEA NA NA
90 Renato Nunez 1B BAL NA NA
91 Jorge Polanco SS MIN 63 -28
92 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN NA NA
93 Gary Sanchez C NYY 65 -28
94 Bo Bichette SS TOR 67 -27
95 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B NYY 62 -33
96 Aaron Judge OF NYY 47 -49
97 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 95 -2
98 Edwin Encarnacion DH CHW 98 0
99 Kyle Tucker 1B/OF HOU NA NA
100 Kris Bryant 3B CHC 100 0
 
  1. Chris says:
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    Jake Croneworth > Jeff McNeil in my mind. Similar profiles, but Croneworth both outperforming, and performance backed up by statcast.

    • Marc B says:
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      There’s no doubt Cronenworth should be ranked here, huge oversight

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Croneworth has 92 at bats in his career. Last seven a .756 OPS vs season .995. We’ll see if he keeps it up. McNeil having a tough year, as is his team. Good for finding one of the few who weren’t put under a microscope for this writing, but he has a career .315 ba/.872 OPS including the .259/.658 this year. He’s young. Cronenworth .283/.769 OPS in five minor league seasons. Statcast may back up his season, but it’s on limited time IMO. We’ll see over the next week or two.

      • Marc B says:
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        Cronenworth’s 5 year minor league stats are irrelevant for the purposes of this article. We are not judging any of these players on what they did prior to this season. Besides, Cronenworth was a pitcher as well and not fully concentrating as a position player most of that time though he did win a AAA batting title last season and is well on his way to a potential ROY award, just sayin’

        • Thomas Howland

          Thomas Howland says:
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          This is the Top 100 for the rest of the season. Yes, it changes week to week, more so than ever in 2020, but just because a player has a hot month does not mean he’s going to keep it up for the rest of the season. There is a certain amount of projection, part of that is seeing a .396 BABIP on Cronenworth. The major league average is .300. That tells me, with no history of this type of performance, he’s likely to regress hard. Again, he could continue to defy gravity. We’ll see.

  2. Adrian says:
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    What do you think of JD Martinez? Should I drop him for McCutchen? Currently in the playoffs

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      JD just took a 96 MPH pitch off his wrist. X-Rays were negative. If he’s traded he could find a new lease on MLB life, and way outperform the suddenly hot McCutchen. Then again, JD could go on the IL tomorrow. Wait 24 hours, but if JD ever does turn it around he will outperform McCutchen by a ton.

  3. Tucker is king says:
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    Tucker will be top 50 before Joe Biden comes out of basement. Mark my words

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Tucker had a great last few days, probably his best in the majors thus far. If he keeps it up he’ll be moving up for sure.

  4. P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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    You just had to go there with Acuna, didn’t you?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Part of my job to monitor the health of these guys, sorry! It could be the hamstring is compensation for his wrist hurting so he’s using more of his lower half. But then again, could be nothing. He could roll out of bed and hit two homers today!

  5. Dingo37 says:
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    Solano, top 50 bat, really?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Still hitting .327, 7th in the league, and 10 doubles is tied for fourth most in the league. But he’s slipping a bit so unless he picks it up he will be dropping.

      • Dingo37 says:
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        I dunno. Pull up Dominic Smith (#83) season stats and compare. Not really close. Gimme Dom.

  6. Jacoby says:
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    No Joey Gallo?

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