Here we are again with nine more changes to the Top 100. In general a drop happens either through flash in the pans that hopped on or season long slumps for highly touted guys or injuries. A hot two weeks can get someone on the list, but if there is no history it takes more time than if there isn’t. First the good news. The six newcomers are San Francisco treats #97 Brandon Belt and #96 Alex Dickerson, (welcome back) #84 Andrew McCutchen, #78 Willy Adames propping up Tampa, #77 Robinson Cano (the old man has ramped it up big time), the San Diego boys #71 Jake Cronenworth (proving me wrong) and #70 Eric Hosmer, (welcome back) #68 Rhys Hoskins and #67 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Those leaving are Aaron Judge and his injuries, Gary Sanchez, David Peralta, Edwin Encarnacion, Hanser Alberto and Christian Vazquez all batting around or under .200 with little power or slumping, and IL trips for Justin Turner and David Fletcher. The biggest blow is Anthony Santander. An oblique is probably the end of his season. It was tempting to move Trout back up to Number 1, but Tatis’ slump is too small to knock him off. #6 Trea Turner is hot as a pistol but couldn’t crack the Top 5 (Soto’s MRI came back clean), and #19 Charlie Blackmon all of a sudden isn’t squaring everything up. You can find last week’s list here. Now on to some of the other movers this week.
#8 Ronald Acuna Jr. – Youth is being served. His problems appear behind him, despite the wrist scare. Four home runs in his past few days is eye popping. He’s on his way back to the Top 5 if he keeps it up.
#22 Anthony Rizzo – Has started to pick it up, and having Bryant back will only help him.
#27 Marcell Ozuna – Alex Dickerson thought having three homers in a game was special. Adam Duvall pulled it off this week too, but Ozuna;s was part of a bigger story. Hitting in the .370s in the past 14 games with big time power.
#32 Bryce Harper, #33 Nick Castellanos and #34 Brandon Lowe – These guys have all disappointed over the past few weeks. Sure, Lowe has much less history than the others, but it seems right to stick them all here. More than likely Castellanos and Harper move up again before Lowe, but it’s 2020, anything can happen.
#40 Franmil Reyes – .364 the last 14 days, .476 the last week. Has included two homers and five doubles over the past 14.
#41 Matt Olson – Olson’s power has all of a sudden dried up, and he’s right around .200 or under.
#46 Kyle Schwarber – Every once in a while he turns it on big time and shows the power potential that’s always lurking. Right now is one of those times.
#61 DJ LeMahieu – Bounced off the IL with bells on so far. He doesn’t care how many of his teammates go down, he’s a hitting machine.
#81 Eugenio Suarez – He’s just barely managed to keep that average above .200 for the past few weeks, but his power has shown up with eight home runs (of his nine on the year) in the past two weeks.
#56 Ketel Marte, #80 Mitch Moreland, #89 Adalberto Mondesi, #92 Kyle Seager, #93 Austin Meadows and #98 Kole Calhoun are all suffering from various levels of bad seasons with good history or slumps that threaten their spot on the list.
#90 Teoscar Hernandez – Special attention to this injury. He’s been an across the board contributor and total revelation this year with a .308 average, 14 homers, 27 RBI and 5 steals. The Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley is reporting that he is expected to miss serious time with a suspected rib injury. Details on the injury are still forthcoming. For now we’ll stick him here and hope for better news for his owners.
|1||Fernando Tatis Jr.||SS||SD||1||0|
|8||Ronald Acuna Jr.||OF||ATL||12||4|
|52||Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||1B||TOR||58||6|
|67||Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||OF||TOR||NA||NA|