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.
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|58||Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||1B||TOR||69||11|
No Joey Gallo?
Solano, top 50 bat, really?
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.
I dunno. Pull up Dominic Smith (#83) season stats and compare. Not really close. Gimme Dom.
You just had to go there with Acuna, didn’t you?
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!
Tucker will be top 50 before Joe Biden comes out of basement. Mark my words
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.
What do you think of JD Martinez? Should I drop him for McCutchen? Currently in the playoffs
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.
Jake Croneworth > Jeff McNeil in my mind. Similar profiles, but Croneworth both outperforming, and performance backed up by statcast.
There’s no doubt Cronenworth should be ranked here, huge oversight
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.
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’
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.