Well, I did it. I removed Jose Ramirez from my top 100 hitters rankings. He played another 5 games and only managed 2 hits. 2 runs? Sure. 4 RBI? Sure. 1 SB? Sure. But when he is hurting you this bad he is permanently in the limbo that is ranking #101. I am fully prepared to rocket him up the rankings if he turns it around — but right now? He is the wonderful 101.
Yelich has retaken the #1 spot from Bellinger after another spectacular week: 10 hits, 3 runs, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB. His total line for the year is a good season for some players: 49/23/52/14/.337. There’s nothing else to say. (Update: he hit another HR already on Sunday.)
Freddie Freeman joins the top 10 despite being the most unappreciated offensive stud in the league. He’s just so consistent that we forget how good he is until November. This week he crushed another 3 HRs and is halfway towards his career high 34 already.
Bregman joins the top 10 as well as he’s heating up with the weather. Hopefully he can pick up a few more SBs (3) but if he keeps up this June performance (32 AB, 11 hits, 6 runs, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB) you really can’t complain.
|12||Ronald Acuna Jr.||OF||ATL||10||-2|
Betts is still putting up a great run total as the Red Sox leadoff hitter (50) but all of his other numbers are disappointing from last year. The .268 average is eerily close to the .264 he put up in 2017 so maybe this is one of his two realities: The .346 MVP candidate — or the .265 All-Star. Still not bad — yet not elite.
Bogaerts’s leap here wasn’t because of his last week, but was more based on the fact that I’ve been sleeping on his May. From May 2nd to June 7th Bogaerts had 32 runs, 8 HRs, 25 RBI, and 2 SBs. I don’t own Bogaerts anywhere so I guess I’ve just been sleeping on him.
Hoskins could only muster 3 hits in his last week which brought me to give closer attention to his season line: 34/13/42/1/.263. That’s fine — just not top 25. Now, if you’re playing in OBP leagues Hoskins’s NL leading 44 walks make it a whole different story.
Here’s the deal with Lindor — at the end of 2018 he was a top-5 fantasy player. Unfortunately, due to injuries, his value has taken a hit so far this year. However, for 2019
it ain’t about how fast he gets there. Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.
Moustakas’s back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games to end last week has me moving him up a bit. Also, so far in June he already has 4 HRs. There are plenty of RBI opportunities for Moustakas hitting behind Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun, but he needs to improve on that .236 batting average with runners in scoring position to take advantage of it. He is hitting .292 with men on base though.
Polanco deserves this bump. He’s top 10 among SS in runs, HRs, RBI and is actually 1st in batting average at the position. He’s a major reason the Twins are 9.5 games above the second-place Indians in the AL Central.
After only hitting 1 HR in the final 19 games of June E5 has woken up in June. In 8 June games he now has 8 runs, 5 HRs and 9 RBI to launch himself into the top 10 in HRs with 18.
I was tempted to drop Haniger completely off this list because there’s no telling what that type of injury will do to a player’s self-esteem going forward. Every conversation for the rest of the season his teammates will be cringing as they talk to him “Heeeeyyyyy buddy….you doing alright?” Two to three weeks? I’d need two to three decades to recover.
Machado is falling just like Jose Ramirez, but he’s maintaining some of his value at least with decent run and RBI totals and an okay HR total. However, any semblance of a running threat is gone from his game and the .242 average is the lowest of his career. Is his season over? No, obviously ya big dummy, but he is one of the more disappointing first rounders this year.
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The big faller here is obviously Tommy Pham. He hasn’t stolen a base since April 18th and only has 3 HRs in his last 23 games. For a guy hitting 2nd for the Rays he also has a disappointing 26 runs scored.
|71||Vlad Guerrero Jr.||3B||TOR||71||0|
I keep wanting to doubt Mancini, but he just keeps hitting. Over his last 15 games/59 ABs he has 12 runs, 18 hits, 3 HRs and 8 RBI. You obviously wish he played on a team with more major leaguers, but 44 runs and 31 RBI is really not that bad all things considered.
Khris is hitting more like Chris. Only 2 HRs in his last 34 games and a .221 average to boot. I can see a huge second-half on top for Davis though.
Dansby has been the mansby over his last 16 games. In 71 ABs he has 22 hits, 15 runs, 6 HRs, 14 RBI and 2 SB. He’s hitting out of the two-hole like we all wanted Ozzie Albies to. Of those 16 games, 9 of them were multi-hit games. Not too shabsby. I hate myself.
|91||Tommy La Stella||2B/3B||LAA||NA|
Whole bunch of new faces this week. Here’s a little something, something about each of them:
Tommy La Stella: I have a VERY strict policy about having a limit to how many grown men with little boys names I allow on my top 100 list. Luckily Scooter Gennett has been injured so now Pham and La Stella are the only two allowed. I call Charlie Blackmon Charles so he’s just barely cutting it. Tommy Boy is enjoying a nice little breakout season setting career highs in every single professional baseball stat that exists so far. Do I totally believe it? No — I can get a good look at a solid baseball player by sticking my head up his ass, but I’d rather take that player’s stats for it. It’s a stretch — I know.
Franmil Reyes: Another guy I’ve inconveniently left off my rankings Franmil has every right to feel disrespected. The 19 HRs are good for 4th in all of baseball, but the 29 runs and 32 RBI are a little disappointing. I’m also worried that the 27.4% k/rate will continue to climb.
Derek Dietrich: Is it weird I have no problem with Yasiel Puig admiring and over-selling a HR, but not Dietrich? Dietrich’s previous career high in HR was 16, he’s never been on a team with over a .500 record and have you seen his doofy face? You have to EARN the right to pimp a HR. He’s got a similar problem to Reyes: the 17 HRs are nice — but only 25 runs due to his team. The .248 average also isn’t great.
Hunter Renfroe: We knew the guy had power. He hit 26 HRs in his last two seasons and even hit 30 in 133 AAA games in 2016. However, it’s everything else that doesn’t look great. 26 runs, 35 RBI, .249 AVG, 27.1% K/rate. 35-40 HRs are attainable — but what about the stats around them?
Jay Bruce: Bruce must love Philadelphia. Since the trade he’s hit 4 HRs and knocked in 11 RBI. He’s hitting 6th behind 5 Phillies with OBPs over .330 so he should continue to put up a high RBI total with Andrew McCutchen done for the year.