I can’t deny Brandon Crawford a spot on this list any longer. After a putrid April that saw the month end with his average under .200 — Crawford has turned it on more than any other player in the league. From May 1 to June 28 — a span of 34 games, 127 ABs — Crawford is hitting .425. Say whaaaatt?! Sure, 20 runs, 5 HRs, 25 RBI and 2 SBs as well — but .425 in over 30 games? That easily ranks #1 among qualified hitters over that span. The difference between Crawford and the player with the 3rd ranked average over that period (Jean Segura) is the same difference between Segura and Buster Posey — the hitter with the 20th ranked average. Included in this streak are 18 multi-hit games. Crawford is getting punches in bunches and needs to be owned in more than 65% of leagues.

 

Rising

  • Eddie Rosario, OF, MIN: Rosario is actually 4th in batting average on that same list that Crawford is leading, but Rosario has scored 27 runs, 11 HRs, 3 RBI and 3 SBs. This surge has pushed Rosario into 7th on the ESPN Player Rater among OFs. He’s also the only OF in the top-10 on the Player Rater who was drafted after pick 85 so you know a lot of smart owners who drafted Rosario late are probably sitting atop their league’s standings.
  • Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX: I’ll be honest — I counted Choo out after 2 disappointing, injury riddled seasons in the past three years. But “Big League” is back to his old tricks so far this season. The .272 average is about on par with what we can expect from Choo at age 35 and Choo could put up a .375 OBP when he’s 45. Only Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge have more walks among OFs than Choo. Not bad company to be in. Also, 11 HRs thus far into the season actually has Choo on pace to break his career high of 22. If Delino Deshields can start getting on base and stealing bases in front of Choo we could see more than his mildly disappointing 27 RBI should rise too.

 

Falling:

  • Carlos Correa, SS, HOU: Overall, Correa’s 36/10/39/2/.264 line isn’t bad — if you drafted him with a 7th or 8th round pick. When you drafted him around pick #11 (as his ADP suggested many of us did) than that is unacceptable. This drop also says a lot more about players in the top 20 than it does Correa. The kid is still only 23 and will become a perennial MVP candidate as he grows and develops — but with wily veterans like Segura crushing every pitch he sees — I can’t justify keeping Correa in the top 10 anymore.
  • Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL: I’m so mad at Schoop that I was almost considering dropping him off this list entirely. Still thinking about that as I write this sentence. And that one. AND THAT ONE! And that one — I could go on but I don’t want to because I’m so frustrated. The Orioles as a collective unit are just disappointing all over. They’re 28th in team batting average, 29th in OPS, 29th in runs scored, 29th in RBI, 24th in triples — okay now I’m just looking for any reason to complain. I’m still holding out hope Schoop can turn it around. 2017’s .293 average was never realistic — but .270? .250 at this point? With 20 HRs? His contact rate and strikeout rate are on par with year’s past — but a .264 BABIP might be to blame for the extreme drop in production across the board. That is partially fueled by a 14% drop from last year in his hard hit percentage. Schoop is just not making solid contact and hopefully he can turn it around in the second half.

 

Top 100 Hitters

GREEN: Rising | BLUE: New Additions RED: Falling

RANK NAME TEAM POSITION LAST WEEK
1 Mike Trout LAA OF 1
2 Bryce Harper WAS OF 2
3 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3
4 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 4
5 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 5
6 Trea Turner WAS SS 6
7 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 8
8 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B 9
9 Manny Machado BAL 3B 10
10 Aaron Judge NYY OF 11
11 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 13
12 Kris Bryant CHC 3B 7
13 Joey Votto CIN 1B 14
14 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 15
15 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 16
16 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B 17
17 George Springer HOU OF 18
18 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF 19
19 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 20
20 Christian Yelich MIL OF 21
21 Jean Segura SEA SS 30
22 Carlos Correa HOU SS 12
23 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 23
24 Jose Abreu CHW 1B 22
25 Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B 24
26 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF 25
27 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 26
28 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF 27
29 Javier Baez CHC SS/2B 31
30 Khris Davis OAK OF 33
31 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 54
32 Justin Upton ARI OF 34
33 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 40
34 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 36
35 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 37
36 Gary Sanchez NYY C 29
37 Eric Hosmer SD 1B 38
38 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 35
39 Tommy Pham STL OF 28
40 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 41
41 Nomar Mazara TEX OF 42
42 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 43
43 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 32
44 Didi Gregorius NYY SS 45
45 Whit Merrifield KC 2B 46
46 Ender Inciarte ATL OF 47
47 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF 39
48 Travis Shaw MIL 3B 48
49 Trevor Story COL SS 49
50 Michael Brantley CLE OF 50
51 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B 61
52 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 62
53 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF NR
54 Andrew McCutchen SF OF 51
55 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 53
56 Nelson Cruz SEA DH 56
57 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 58
58 Carlos Santana PHI 1B 59
59 Brett Gardner NYY OF 60
60 D.J. LeMahieu COL 2B NR
61 Jose Martinez STL 1B 64
62 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 57
63 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF/SS 65
64 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B/SS 66
65 Yoan Moncada CWS 2B 67
66 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B 68
67 Buster Posey SF C/1B 52
68 JT Realmuto MIA C 72
69 Matt Olson OAK 1B 73
70 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 63
71 Ryan Braun MIL OF 74
72 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 76
73 Nick Markakis ATL OF 79
74 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF 85
75 Matt Kemp LAD OF NR
76 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF 75
77 Yangervis Solarte TOR 2B/SS/3B 78
78 CJ Cron TB 1B 81
79 Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B 91
80 Marcell Ozuna STL OF 70
81 Adam Jones BAL OF 69
82 Austin Meadows PIT OF 84
83 Juan Soto WAS OF 100
84 Justin Turner LAD 3B 77
85 Odubel Herrera PHI OF 83
86 Yasmani Grandal LAD C NR
87 Jorge Soler KC OF 86
88 Yasiel Puig LAD OF 88
89 Marcus Semien OAK SS 90
90 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 2B/SS/3B 92
91 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 94
92 Denard Span SEA OF 95
93 Francisco Cervelli PIT C 96
94 Tim Anderson CHW SS 98
95 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 99
96 Brandon Crawford SF SS NR
97 Eduardo Escobar MIN 3B/SS NR
98 Ian Desmond COL 1B/OF NR
99 Jeimer Candelario DET 3B NR
100 Leonys Martin DET OF NR

 

As always — drop me a comment below!

   
  1. Anodyne says:
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    Thoughts on Matt Adams? Would you rank him ahead of Daniel Palka if your rankings went that deep?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Anodyne: As crazy as this sounds i might put Palka over Adams due to playing time concerns and Palka has the same 30+ HR power in his bat that Adams does. Take a look at Palka’s minor league stats — they’re kinda impressive.

  2. Starz says:
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    Order of preference to add: Kinsler, L. Martin, Schebler, M. Taylor?

    Cut Conforto or Vlad Jr. for anyone of them?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Starz:
      If you’re in redraft its safe to cut vlad for kinsler if you need 2B help.
      And cut Conforto for Leonys. Conforto is the far superior player — but he’s looking beyond lost at the plate.

  3. Pedro says:
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    Why do you continue to rank Inciarte so high? He hasn’t done shit over his last 30 games.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Pedro: I’m blinded by the 18 steals — and I think he’ll get it back on track again.

  4. Pedro says:
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    Also, how does Marte not have a spot on your list? He’s got to be at least top-50!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Pedro: Oversight on my part — I’m still figuring out how to deal with guys on the DL and I guess he slipped out of my rankings on accident. My bad. He was 32 the last time he was on here and that’s about where I’d have him this time too.

  5. simsbad says:
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    Was going to comment on Inciarte but someone beat me to it. I’ll settle for thinking Cruz should be trending upwards.

    • Anodyne says:
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      @simsbad: Agree on Cruz. He deserves to be at least a top 50 bat.

      • Anodyne says:
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        @Anodyne: I also think at this point you’ve got to have J.D. Martinez as a top 10 bat.

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:
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          @Anodyne: Who should I kick out of the top 10? They’re all pretty deserving.

          • Anodyne says:
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            @Kerry Klug: I don’t disagree that they’re all good. I’d probably slot J.D. just ahead of Turner, which I guess would then knock Judge out of your top ten. Though if these were my rankings, I’d probably have Turner lower than Judge. In any case, I understand these guys aren’t easy to rank, and it may come down to whether you need power or speed.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @simsbad: Cruz went on a 9 for 54, 0 HR drought in May that saw him slip in my rankings — if he can keep up his recent resurgence then yes, he’ll move back up. But if he falls into another deep slump…

      • simsbad says:
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        @Kerry Klug: My man was coming off of an injury. Give papa bear a break. He starting to make me swoon with all these homers.

  6. Justin Ralph says:
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    Is Vlad Jr worth holding on to in non keeper formats? I thought he would be up by now but the Jays don’t appear to want to call him up.

    • Starz says:
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      @Justin Ralph: Vlad will be out much longer now due to injury. Not worthing holding in non-keeper format since he’s being shutdown for four weeks at least, putting him at least two months away from his best case scenario of debuting this season.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Justin Ralph: Nah — 4 weeks until he’s even being reevaluated. Then he’ll probably spend another month at least in the minors. you need production now.

  7. Eddy says:
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    Dude Betts isnt listed

    • Raindoggg says:
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      @Eddy: DL players don’t make list….

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Eddy: What he said below. I’m going to be changing that for next week because it’s hard to manage even though I also write the injury column. Its hard to keep up on when people come back i.e. Marte/Belt/Betts.

      • coacher says:
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        @Kerry Klug: Yeah, gotta include DL guys – maybe freeze them at their spot with a DL on them?

        If Betts is #4 when he is hurt and Blackmon is #5, then move Blackmon to #4 but leave Betts there, too?

        3-Arenado
        **4DL-Betts
        4-Blackmon

  8. Eric says:
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    Good 2 c the bum, Gregory Polanco, gone 4 good!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Eric: That first week or so had my thinking BREAKOUT! Every day since had me thinking AAA.

  9. Trubull says:
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    where is max muncy? #5 overall player in my espn leagues past 30 days

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Trubull: I actually tweeted out that Max Muncy probably should’ve made this list — now with HRs in three straight games — I’m sure of it.

  10. gwaskiew says:
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    I know he hasn’t been very good and I’m not really even arguing that he should be on he list, but how does Devers go from 55 last week to off the list without even a mention in the lead?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @gwaskiew: I didn’t realize how bad he’s been.

  11. Bbb says:
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    What does JD have to do go higher? He’s literally a triple crown candidate, and close to the triple crown since AZ trade. And I’d say top 5. He’s the best hitter in the game, maybe not the best fantasy player, but the best pure hitter. I traded him for Blackmon and Paxton and am kicking myself.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Bbb: Everyone above him is playing pretty well too. He’ll get moved up next week where I can place him.

      • Jack of all Asses says:
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        @Kerry Klug: Turner has been hitting .230 for the last month and Harper has been hitting that the whole season. How can they legitimately be top 10 and JD isnt?

  12. Chucky says:
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    Kris Bryant at #12? Bryant has turned into a Punch and Judy hitter. 8 HRs? 29 RBIs? He’s tied for 86th in HRs and 88th in RBIs. 14th respectively among 3B in those categories as well. Rated #12? Cmon that MVP was two years ago. He can’t live on that reputation forever.

    • carter says:
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      @Chucky: I agree w the guy above me. Bryant has value in OBP leagues, but is around replacement value in 5×5 if you switched him to a worse offense. He has hit 37 home runs over his last 1010 at bats. That is nearly two full seasons. He is not a 20 hr a year guy anymore of a significant sample size.

    • Bill Lee says:
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      @Chucky:

      i blame Joe”the smartest guy in the room” Maddon for Bryant’s and Happ’s struggles.

      that phocking guy annoys me : (

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Chucky: His .293 AVG/.902 OPS shows he’s still good to me. I still think he’ll end up with 30 HRs/100 runs/80 RBI.

      • carter says:
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        @Kerry Klug: I get the batting average and OPS, but assuming this is for 5×5 Ops means not. You realize how few home runs he has hit over the last 1k at bats right? Trust me, I was shocked as well. Now clearly you can’t take out runs, but if you could, he’d be replacement level. He is 13th currently on yahoo at 3rd base. I would expect him to finish around 8th-10th this year, but that is based off of his teammates, not him. It is like somehow he is this guy we are entirely blind on. It started late in 2016, he traded power for contact and became a slap hitter who walks a lot. Plenty of real life value, but way overrated for fantasy purposes. I can’t think of a better “draft this, not that.”

        Now if you do an in depth dive he looks even worse. Doesn’t put up elite EV, Elite Barrels, Elite anything for that matter. 119th out of 237 qualifying hitters in Max EV, 172 out of 237 qualified hitters in average EV, 82nd out of 237 in max distance, 149th out of 237 in hard hit percentage. I get that statcast only tells part the story, but this story sucks. Keep in mind when he came up he was near the top in everything. Clearly it is an approach change, and maybe the approach helps him in real life (actually for a fact it doesn’t) but it really, reallly hurts his fantasy value. Lets hope he makes a change.

  13. Robert Adams says:
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    Would you drop Conforto/Hicks/Eaton for Randal Grichuk?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Robert Adams: No. He’s the hottest right now — but he’ll go ice cold again in another week.

  14. Heisenberg says:
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    Scooter gets no respect

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Heisenberg: When that .395 BABIP humanizes he’ll be exactly where he needs to be.

  15. JP Guy says:
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    Would you receive Moustakas($8) for Trevor Bauer($16)? Keeper league w/ values in parenthesis

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @JP Guy: I normally lean towards hitters in any league style — but Bauer has ace potential — I’d go with him.

      • Sammy says:
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        @Kerry Klug: should I move Wacha and mcchuchen for Bauer ? It’s a competitive keeper 14 man league

  16. drewbug says:
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    jose Martinez and Charlie Morton for votto is an easy accept right? I’m just overthinking this

    • drewbug says:
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      id be adding eflin as well

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @drewbug: Oh yea baby — grab that Votto and never Letgo

  17. jamie says:
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    so i probably know the answer to this, but wanna throw it out there.
    20 team 15 player dynasty keeper league with also 5 milb keepers (with call ups my main milb guy is now Robles)
    my 1B is Yuli who i actually just got via trade.
    my SP’s are Skaggs, Heaney, Davies, Gausman, Pivetta, Freeland
    my remaining bats/lineup are Schoop, Arenado, Correa, Acuna, J Soto, Margot, Odubel, Soler.

    deep league, i could use a 1B upgrade and SP help.

    was offered C Santana, A Rendon, W Buehler for my Arenado.
    i’m playing for the future, like hope to be in contention 2019 and beyond. is this offer even considerable??

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @jamie: Honestly, if that’s your pitching — yes. Buehler will become your ace.

  18. Regan Sayer says:
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    Boom Stick got yo 59 right here MF!!

  19. ScottyNKC says:
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    Time to bump Albies down the list.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @ScottyNKC: You’re right unfortunately. I still think he ends the season on an upswing.

  20. Crabman says:
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    Where does aj pollock rank when he returns?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Crabman: He was around 33 when he left — I might drop him to around 40 when he returns just to see if he’s 100%.

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