This lede is for Eric Hosmer’s (1B, #94) eyes only. Everyone else can scroll down to the rankings and comment on how Scooter Gennett deserves to be #1 overall. Is it just Eric and I now? Okay good. Eric. E-Dog. HOZ. My guy. You’re 94th. On a list of 100. If this keeps up–you’ll be #101 on a list of 100. That means you aren’t here. Or maybe you are if I can’t limit my list to 100 again for some reason. You have four hits in July. Four! That’s the same amount of Emmy nominations Queer Eye for the Straight Guy just got! For the Queer Eye squad, all things just keep getting better! For you, if you don’t start hitting less ground balls (62%!!!) things will just keep getting worse! If you keep striking out at the highest rate of your career (22.6%!) things will just keep getting worse! And if you don’t go back to your former approach to hitting — things will just keep getting worse for you…
Top 100 Hitters
GREEN: Rising | BLUE: New Additions | RED: Falling
- #54, Rhys Hoskins, 1B/OF: Oh Rhys. I had you pegged as both the fantasy MVP and real life MVP going into this year. His 49/14/56/4/.252 line isn’t terrible, but he hasn’t homered in almost two weeks and is hitting only .212 over that time. I’m still a Rhys-liever and he’s still killing it in OBP leagues — but if he doesn’t pick up his power production he’ll continue to slip. You know who might help his production? A young man by the name of Manny Machado hitting in the lineup with him instead of the also-slipping Carlos Santana. . #PonderingEmoji
- #57, Ender Inciarte, OF: Your honor, I am openly admitting that I am completely guilty of overvaluing Inciarte’s stolen bases. Over the past 30 days he only has three stolen bases and a .240 batting average. I throw myself on the mercy of the comment section court! Part of the problem is Inciarte is completely perplexed at the concept of a left-handed pitcher (.208 AVG against lefties vs. .256 against righties.) He’ll be losing ABs against lefty starters unless the Braves bring in guest instructor Tom Glavine to pepper the batting cage strike-zone with pinpoint fastballs against Inciarte.
- #6, Andrew Benintendi, OF, BOS: In last week’s edition of the Top 100 Hitters, one commenter, Bryan McDonald, asked in the comments, “Where do you think Benintendi goes in drafts next year?” Which is a great and really interesting question. This year, his ESPN ADP is 47.5 which is around the 4th round. Benintendi is living up to his pedigree this year with the potential to end the season with a line of 100/25/100/25/.290. What we’re all seeing now is the emergency of a late first round draft pick who only turned 24 nine days ago.
- #35, Max Muncy, 1B/3B/LAD: I don’t know what to say anymore guys. Sorry — the guy just can’t miss. Where will he be drafted next year? If he continues this hot season he’ll definitely be one of the most debated players in the pre-season. Similar to Matt Olson and Hoskins before this year — yes they had hot debuts, but how much of it is fluky and how much of it is for real-y? Oh and I forgot to mention he’s one game away from getting second base eligibility as well.
- #65, Wil Myers, 1B/OF: I’ll admit that Myers was in danger of slipping in the rankings before this past week. In the 14 games directly after his return from the DL he was only hitting .255 with 1 HR. Ho-hum. Well, in the 7 games since he’s hit 6 HRs with a .357 average. If he’s got his rhythm back he and his owners are in for a scorching post-ASB performance.