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

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

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.

Rising

  • #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.

 

  1. manormachine? says:
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    Pham still at #39? He was dropped to 7th then 8th in the order yesterday.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @manormachine?: I know…it’s a rough decision, but I’m a Pham Phan.

  2. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team 5×5 OBP roto…
    Villar just went on the DL and Niko Goodrun is at my MI. Peraza is fine at SS but I’m open to changes at 2 spots.

    Free agent options: Ian Happ, L.Gurriel, Diaz, Hanson, Ahmed, Kike Hernandez, Wendle, Camargo, Pirela, Rojas, Swanson, Wong, Pinder, H.Perez, and Mondesi.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete: I’d take a chance on Happ and Hanson for the second-half.

  3. batflix says:
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    that 30-35 range is bold
    I’m not sure what to make of it

    but I enjoyed the read and list either way!
    ~cheers

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @batflix: i dont WANT to put them there…but they keep MAKING me! MUNCY FOR MVP!

  4. mut says:
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    Receive Charlie Blackmon($27) for Blake Snell ($1)

    Keeper league w/ values in parenthesis.

    I have top 2 pitching in the league, please advise!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @mut: Oh mama Mut. Yea if you’re top 2 in pitching I fully expect Blackmon to go off in the second half.
      That Snell money is…money though!

  5. Simsbad says:
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    My man! Earned some street cred with the Gurriel add!

  6. Chris says:
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    Would you buy low on Andrus? I can get him basically for free and he would certainly be an upgrade over my Ketel Marte

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chris: If you can get him for $free.99 then definitely go for it. I’m still a fan of Marte though.

  7. Vash says:
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    Keeper league H2H. Odor, Mazara, and JD for Judge and Teoscar Hernandez. What side would you want?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Vash:
      JD = Judge
      Mazara > Teoscar
      I hate Odor. But still — like the JD side more.
      If you’re looking to build for the long term I like the Judge side due to being 4 years younger.
      Again Odor is the worst. Don’t be fooled. If you can’t get someone else instead of Odor — go for it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with Kerry

  8. Rene De La Torre says:
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    My lineup…

    Realmuto
    Encarnacion
    Dozier
    Machado
    Gregorius
    Gennett
    E. Rosario
    Kris Davis
    Smoak
    Schoop
    Grandal
    Ohtani
    B. Anderson
    Donaldson (DL)

    Would you trade Cain for Encarnacion?

    What player would you be looking to sell and get in return looking at this lineup? I’m also weak in saves/RP.

    I appreciate the feedback.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Rene De La Torre: I dont think so….I like your OF of Gennett/Rosario/Davis better than your first base platoon of E5/Smoak.

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry Klug says:
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        @Kerry Klug: btw — I’m assuming Gennett has OF eligibility in your league from last year — otherwise who is your 3rd OF?

        • Rene De La Torre says:
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          Gennett has 2b/3b/OF eligibility.

          Outfielders are Gennett,Rosario and Kris Davis

  9. Mike Honcho says:
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    Where does a healthy Cespedes or Donaldson fall on this list? Or is that too big of an “if”?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Mike Honcho: Honestly Mike– 70-80 range until they can prove otherwise. I’m more confident in Cespedes moving up in the rankings and having an okay second half. I’m thinking Donaldson is in the midst of another lost injury-plagued season.

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