So much of 2020 baseball has me dazed and confused. One injury pops up and “poof”, there goes the season. One 10 day hot stretch begets a 10 day cold stretch, and players pop up and go away like so many prairie dogs on the windswept empty plains of stadiums with no fans to be seen except in cardboard. Those who have hovered away include, in no particular order, Jonathan Schoop, Robinson Cano, Kyle Schwarber, Willy Adames, Alex Dickerson, Austin Meadows, Jorge Polanco, Shohei Ohtani, Jesse Winker, Yuli Gurriel, Mitch Moreland, Pedro Severino, and Max Kepler. Some of that is poor performance. Some of it is as simple as paternity leave at an inopportune time. Much of this unlucky 13 is gone simply because others have outperformed them. Now the good news.

#45 Jared Walsh – His stats put him in the top 10 over the last 15 days of Home runs? Check (7 and counting). Batting average? .396 thank you very much. RBI? How does in and around 20 sound? It all adds up to #45 on the list. Sure, he’s volatile, could crash hard. But it seems like he’s taken some of Ohtani’s mojo and run with it.

#62 D.J. Stewart – He’s taken up the mantle dropped by Anthony Santander. He’s not in Walsh’s category in batting average, but he’s in the .270s, and walking more than Walsh giving him a bit of substance.

#63 Byron Buxton – Welcome back to the list with a bang. 7 homers over the last 15. Another volatile bat that could get you over the hump these last days of the season.

#67 Didi Gregorius – He’s batting well over .300 these last weeks and looking like his former Yankee self.

#69 Chris Taylor – The Dodgers are so very deep. Another plus .300 bat with power making the semi-slumps of Muncy, Bellinger and Pederson being gone moot.

#71 Aaron Judge, #72 Gleyber Torres and #73 Giancarlo Stanton – The Bronx Bombers are back with a vengeance. They all have to be here because they could rake over the last days. They could also all get injured again. Hard to say.

#74 Clint Frazier – He gets his own line because he hasn’t been injured, he’s just looking for a chance. It’s mystifying why he’s been jerked around so much. The guy can flat out hit when he’s not stressing about being in the lineup. .347 with 4 home runs over the past 15 days. .306/8 overall.

#77 Brian Anderson – He’s pushing .340 lately with power.

#80 Salvador Perez, #81 Sean Murphy and #82 Will Smith – The Catchers making their presence felt in these last days. They’re all killing it lately in one way or another.

#95 Alec Bohm – His youth is bringing just a little speed, and the .330’s batting average and home run and doubles power jumps him onto to the list.

With this much turnover there was bound to be some movement on the list. Here are some of the movers from last week.

#1 Manny Machado and #5 Fernando Tatis Jr. – If Tatis had to give up his crown it might as well be to his teammate. Machado is approaching .400 over the last couple of weeks with power and speed. He’s more or less pulling a Tatis from earlier in the year. Tatis is struggling a touch, although 90% of the league would love to have his struggling stats.

#14 Freddie Freeman – He is on an RBI tear that could win you the category all on his own. 37% more RBI over the past two weeks than his closest companion. It’s vintage Juan Gonzalez over here. The approaching .500 batting average lately doesn’t hurt.

#17 Luke Voit – A Bomber’s Bomber. He doesn’t have the batting average but part of this ranking is boosted by the addition of Judge, Stanton and Torres surrounding him. Homers and RBI in bunches.

#19 Adalberto Mondesi – Over the last couple of weeks .300, 10 steals, several homers, he’s back to being one of the most valuable bats in the game as crunch time in the season arrives.

#52 Kole Calhoun – Homers in bunches again, even topping .300 lately.

#86 Ian Happ and #90 Anthony Rizzo – Cub fans don’t despair. Despite your big bats going silent you are leading the NL Central. Very impressive, and the bats can’t stay silent forever.

#87 Cavan Biggio – What happened to the Jays? Biggio just the posterboy: .239 no power no speed the last 14.

#93 Jake Cronenworth – Curse of the BABIP. His homers have turned into doubles and he’s only batting in the .220s lately.

#98 J.T. Realmuto – He’s barely staying off the IL and having setbacks.

#99 J.D. Martinez – He could still show a little something the last week of the season to boost his potential free agent market. On the other hand, he’s completely checked out.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Manny Machado SS/3B SD 3 2
2 Mike Trout OF LAA 2 0
3 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 4 1
4 Mookie Betts OF LAD 6 2
5 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 1 -4
6 Trea Turner SS WSH 5 -1
7 Juan Soto OF WSH 7 0
8 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 8 0
9 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 9 0
10 Trevor Story SS COL 10 0
11 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 11 0
12 Christian Yelich OF MIL 12 0
13 Luis Robert OF CHW 13 0
14 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 19 5
15 Tim Anderson SS CHW 15 0
16 Anthony Rendon 3B LAA 16 0
17 Luke Voit 1B NYY 29 12
18 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 18 0
19 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 65 46
20 Marcell Ozuna OF ATL 20 0
21 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 17 -4
22 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 21 -1
23 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 22 -1
24 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF KC 23 -1
25 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 24 -1
26 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 25 -1
27 Matt Olson 1B OAK 26 -1
28 Paul Goldschmidt 1B STL 27 -1
29 Rhys Hoskins 1B PHI 28 -1
30 Eloy Jimenez OF CHW 30 0
31 Franmil Reyes OF CLE 31 0
32 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. OF TOR 58 26
33 Trent Grisham OF SD 33 0
34 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 34 0
35 Corey Seager SS LAD 35 0
36 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B NYY 63 27
37 Wil Myers 1B/3B/OF SD 60 23
38 Michael Conforto OF NYM 52 14
39 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 74 35
40 Dansby Swanson SS ATL 37 -3
41 Bryce Harper OF PHI 38 -3
42 Nick Castellanos OF CIN 39 -3
43 Brandon Lowe 2B TAM 40 -3
44 Starling Marte OF ARI 41 -3
45 Jared Walsh 1B LAA NA NA
46 Kyle Lewis OF SEA 44 -2
47 Keston Hiura 2B MIL 45 -2
48 Carlos Correa SS HOU 46 -2
49 Donovan Solano SS SF 48 -1
50 Alex Verdugo OF BOS 50 0
51 Javier Baez SS CHC 51 0
52 Kole Calhoun OF ARI 97 45
53 Jeimer Candelario 1B/3B DET 90 37
54 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B/OF LAD 53 -1
55 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 54 -1
56 Mike Yastrzemski OF SFG 55 -1
57 Jonathan Villar 2B/SS MIA 56 -1
58 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 57 -1
59 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF NYM 59 0
60 George Springer OF HOU 69 9
61 Adam Duvall OF ATL 70 9
62 D.J. Stewart OF BAL NA NA
63 Byron Buxton OF MIN NA NA
64 Alex Bregman SS/3B HOU 62 -2
65 Randal Grichuk OF TOR 42 -23
66 Yoan Moncada 3B CHW 66 0
67 Didi Gregorius SS PHI NA NA
68 Josh Donaldson 3B MIN 68 0
69 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF LAD NA NA
70 Kyle Tucker 1B/OF HOU 71 1
71 Aaron Judge OF NYY NA NA
72 Gleyber Torres 2B/SS NYY NA NA
73 Giancarlo Stanton OF NYY NA NA
74 Clint Frazier OF NYY NA NA
75 Wilmer Flores 2B SF 36 -39
76 Marcus Semien SS OAK 75 -1
77 Brian Anderson 3B/OF MIA  NA NA
78 Ryan Mountcastle OF BAL 91 13
79 Kris Bryant 3B CHC 78 -1
80 Salvador Perez C KC NA NA
81 Sean Murphy C OAK NA NA
82 Will Smith C LAD NA NA
83 Victor Robles OF WSH 82 -1
84 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 83 -1
85 Austin Nola C SEA 84 -1
86 Ian Happ OF CHC 47 -39
87 Cavan Biggio 2B TOR 49 -38
88 Dominic Smith OF NYM 86 -2
89 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B TOR 87 -2
90 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 43 -47
91 Bo Bichette SS TOR 73 -18
92 Michael Brantley OF HOU 92 0
93 Jake Cronenworth SS/2B SD 64 -29
94 Brandon Belt 1B SF 95 1
95 Alec Bohm 3B PHI NA NA
96 Isiah Kiner-Falefa C/3B TEX 96 0
97 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 14 -83
98 Bobby Dalbec 1B BOS 98 0
99 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 32 -67
100 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 99 -1
 
  1. Dougie says:
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    No Teoscar, my dude?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Consider it an oversight. Boot off J.D. Martinez and plop Teoscar in the high 60’s it what I should’ve done. Could argue T.H. higher than that even.

  2. Saint says:
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    Hello,

    Drop Just Dong for Lourdes for the last week?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Short answer is yes, especially with T.H. back.

  3. Bill M. says:
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    No AJ Pollock?

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