It is that time!  Opening day has passed and that means it is time for our first Top 100 Hitter rankings for the rest of the 2022 season.  Every other week we will be looking at the movers and shakers for rest of the season value.  This will be the place to be every Saturday throughout the season to get your rankings fix.  For this first version, we will discuss where some of the young upstart rookies fit such as Bobby Witt Jr.  We will also look at a few Spring Training performances and where guys like Cody Bellinger and Francisco Lindor land after springs heading in opposite directions.  As always, thanks for reading, and good luck to you this season.

With the formalities out of the way, here are the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the 2022 fantasy baseball season:

Rank Player Movement
1 Trea Turner
2 Jose Ramirez
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
4 Bo Bichette
5 Kyle Tucker
6 Juan Soto
7 Shohei Ohtani
8 Bryce Harper
9 Mike Trout
10 Luis Robert
11 Ronald Acuna Jr.
12 Freddie Freeman
13 Mookie Betts
14 Rafael Devers
15 Ozzie Albies
16 Yordan Alvarez
17 Matt Olson
18 Starling Marte
19 Marcus Semien
20 Nick Castellanos
21 Eloy Jimenez
22 Paul Goldschmidt
23 Manny Machado
24 Tyler O’Neill
25 Whit Merrifield
26 Aaron Judge
27 J.D. Martinez
28 Xander Bogaerts
29 Francisco Lindor
30 Trevor Story
31 Tim Anderson
32 Brandon Lowe
33 George Springer
34 Cedric Mullins II
35 Javier Baez
36 Wander Franco
37 Mitch Haniger
38 Jose Altuve
39 Teoscar Hernandez
40 Randy Arozarena
41 Nolan Arenado
42 Pete Alonso
43 Ketel Marte
44 Bryan Reynolds
45 Corey Seager
46 Giancarlo Stanton
47 Carlos Correa
48 Alex Bregman
49 Kris Bryant
50 Austin Riley
51 Salvador Perez
52 Byron Buxton
53 Jose Abreu
54 Jorge Polanco
55 Adalberto Mondesi
56 Jesse Winker
57 J.T. Realmuto
58 Fernando Tatis Jr.
59 Christian Yelich
60 Joey Votto
61 Anthony Rendon
62 Julio Rodriguez
63 Jonathan India
64 Hunter Renfroe
65 Jazz Chisholm Jr.
66 Kyle Schwarber
67 Max Muncy
68 Nelson Cruz
69 Marcell Ozuna
70 Franmil Reyes
71 C.J. Cron
72 Bobby Witt Jr.
73 Avisail Garcia
74 Jarred Kelenic
75 Tommy Edman
76 Justin Turner
77 Ryan Mountcastle
78 Robbie Grossman
79 Will Smith
80 Jo Adell
81 Cody Bellinger
82 Rhys Hoskins
83 Dansby Swanson
84 Josh Bell
85 Jared Walsh
86 Jake Cronenworth
87 Eduardo Escobar
88 Austin Meadows
89 Daulton Varsho
90 Willy Adames
91 Yoan Moncada
92 Trent Grisham
93 Alex Verdugo
94 DJ LeMahieu
95 Eddie Rosario
96 Josh Donaldson
97 Gleyber Torres
98 Ty France
99 Spencer Torkelson
100 Josh Lowe

The Young Guns

Welcome to the big leagues for several top prospects coming out of Spring Training.  As we update our rankings going into the season, the art of finding their place begins.  Rookies are inherently high risk/high reward.  So we welcome Bobby Witt Jr. (72), Julio Rodriguez (62), Spencer Torkelson (99) and Josh Lowe (100) to their opening day spots.  The mix of power and speed provide a floor for all but Torkelson.  As we see over the coming weeks how these guys adjust, expect them to move throughout the rankings as they settle into their new digs.  They all seem ready, but I am most excited about the potential for Julio and simply hope he has full playing time in a decent Mariners outfield.

Spring Training Studs or Duds

It is like that commercial that says, “If it is on the internet it just be true”.  If you see it in spring training, it must be indicative of the regular season?  Not really.  However, for a few guys, we can look at the spring games to give us solace in what we should expect going into the season.  The following three guys really changed their value with their spring performance or in the case of our first guy, lack thereof:

  • Cody Bellinger – For a guy with a full offseason to figure out his demons, a spring training with 5 hits and 18 strikeouts is probably not ideal. I am not buying here even if the price is right.
  • Francisco Lindor – Lindor powered up this spring with four longballs after a down year in the power category during 2021. Still just 28, with some positive regression it looks like Lindor might be primed for a strong rebound
  • Paul Goldschmidt – A hot hitting spring to the tune of a .500 average tied in with four opening day walks hints to Goldy being locked in to start the season. He bumped up a few spots going into the year as a 35/15/.300 season might just be in reach.

Guys to Watch

You would think there would be enough spots to cover with 100 hitters, but here at Razzball, we go the extra mile.  Well maybe more like the extra few steps, but who is keeping track?  Anyway, there are a few guys that just missed the top 100 this time around that I will be watching closely and think you should too.  For the honorable mention this week, we have a number of young outfielders in Alex Kirilloff, Dylan Carlson, Andrew Benintendi, and Jesus Sanchez.  Not to be left out, we do have to open one watch spot in the infield for Nate Lowe in Texas coming off a strong spring.  All of these guys have the opportunities to run with their roles and make an impact on this fantasy season.

Thanks for stopping by and come back next week as we start into our hitter profiles during the regular season as we try to find the next big thing!