When I left Jose Martinez off my Top 100 Hitter rankings earlier in the season people were calling for Grey to take my head. Well maybe this is why I was hesitant: Martinez hasn’t homered since June 30th. Oh wait, let me make that even more shocking — he hasn’t scored a run since June 30th. He also only has 1 XBH since June 30th. I like JMart, really I do. But we all need to pump our brakes on him. If he keeps up this “pace” — he’ll find himself just like Eric Hosmer off my Top 100 list and onto Chris Jericho’s list.

Cody Bellinger was enjoying a fine season until the end of June too. He had 49 runs, 16 HRs, 40 RBI and even 5 stolen bases with a .832 OPS. Like Martinez, Bellinger’s power has disappeared in this past month. He only has 1 HR and 4 RBI in 90 ABs.

You have to wonder if Max Muncy absorbed Bellinger’s power in some Space Jam Monstar style scheme. Bellinger and Martinez owners have to hope that Mike Trout beats the Monstars in Space Slam and gets Bellinger’s powers back. Or would it be Bryce Harper? Mike Trout apparently doesn’t use his personal marketing department enough.

Falling:

  • Jean Segura, SS, SEA: Segura had a lot of upward momentum over his first 60 games on pace to set career highs in most 5×5 categories and making his first All Star Game since 2013. He had 47 runs, 5 HRs, 40 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Well, over his last 35 games he only has 1 stolen base and 2 HRs. Segura was dealing with an arm infection at the end of June and you have to wonder if he’s just struggling through that right now.

Rising

  • Khris Davis, OF, OAK: I don’t know if Davis would’ve moved up much before Sunday. After all, he’d only hit 1 HR in his previous 108 ABs. Then he went ahead and launched 6 HRs in 4 games and I had to take notice. Oakland and Seattle are going to battle it out for the right to face the Yankees until the end of September. Davis won’t hit 6 HRs in 4 days again, but man imagine if he did? Sonny Gray’s former team might just stand a chance to top his current team.
  • Ian Desmond, 1B/OF, COL: Desmond didn’t get his batting average above .200 until June 15th. Yes, he had 12 HRs and 7 SBs, but if you can’t bat your weight (215) then you don’t deserve to be high in my rankings. Well, since June 15th the HRs (7) and SBs (5) have still been there, but he’s hitting .331 over those 33 games. Oh and don’t forget — Desmond’s best month is August. He is a career .292 hitter in August so the best is yet to come and won’t that be fine.
  • Matt Carpenter, 1B/2B/3B, STL: Like Desmond, Carpenter was struggling in a big way to start the season. On June 7th he was only hitting .225 with 7 HRs. Well in his 41 games since that date he’s hit 18 HRs with 41 runs, 32 RBI and a .342 AVG. However, unlike Desmond, Carpenter’s worst month for his career is August where he has a .261 AVG and .793 OPS. Not bad, but this might be a good sell high opportunity for Carpenter owners.

 

Top 100 Hitters

GREEN: Rising | BLUE: New Additions | RED: Falling

RANK NAME TEAM POSITION 7/15/2018 CHANGE
1 Mike Trout LAA OF 1 0
2 Mookie Betts BOS OF 2 0
3 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B 3 0
4 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 4 0
5 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 5 0
6 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF 6 0
7 Manny Machado BAL 3B 7 0
8 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 8 0
9 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 11 2
10 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 12 2
11 Trea Turner WAS SS 13 2
12 Javier Baez CHC SS/2B 15 3
13 Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B 16 3
14 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 17 3
15 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 18 3
16 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 19 3
17 Trevor Story COL SS 26 9
18 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 9 -9
19 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 21 2
20 Starling Marte PIT OF 25 5
21 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 22 1
22 Aaron Judge NYY OF 10 -12
23 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B 23 0
24 Bryce Harper WAS OF 24 0
25 Christian Yelich MIL OF 27 2
26 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF 33 7
27 Jean Segura SEA SS 14 -13
28 Khris Davis OAK OF 38 10
29 Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B 30 1
30 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B 31 1
31 George Springer HOU OF 32 1
32 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B 35 3
33 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 37 4
34 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 20 -14
35 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 41 6
36 Nelson Cruz SEA DH 34 -2
37 Tim Anderson CWS SS 44 7
38 Carlos Correa HOU SS 29 -9
39 Justin Upton LAA OF 45 6
40 Matt Kemp LAD OF 46 6
41 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF 28 -13
42 Joey Votto CIN 1B 36 -6
43 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 49 6
44 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF 54 10
45 Brandon Belt SF OF 40 -5
46 AJ Pollock ARI OF 51 5
47 Michael Brantley CLE OF 52 5
48 Nick Markakis ATL OF 43 -5
49 Juan Soto WAS OF 59 10
50 Didi Gregorius NYY SS 42 -8
51 Ian Desmond COL 1B/OF 67 16
52 Tommy Pham STL OF 39 -13
53 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF 47 -6
54 Aaron Hicks NYY OF 53 -1
55 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 55 0
56 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 56 0
57 Travis Shaw MIL 3B 58 1
58 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 48 -10
59 Odubel Herrera PHI OF 61 2
60 Elvis Andrus TEX SS 63 3
61 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF 65 4
62 Jose Abreu CHW 1B 66 4
63 Nomar Mazara TEX OF 69 6
64 Ronald Acuna ATL OF 71 7
65 Adam Eaton WAS OF 72 7
66 Ender Inciarte ATL OF 57 -9
67 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 60 -7
68 Yoan Moncada CWS 2B 73 5
69 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B 62 -7
70 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B/SS 74 4
71 Whit Merrifield KC 2B 80 9
72 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF 64 -8
73 Kris Bryant CHC 3B 50 -23
74 JT Realmuto MIA C 75 1
75 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B 96 21
76 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF 89 13
77 Matt Olson OAK 1B 76 -1
78 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 78 0
79 Carlos Santana PHI 1B 88 9
80 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 79 -1
81 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B 81 0
82 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 2B/SS/3B 82 0
83 Eduardo Escobar MIN 3B/SS 83 0
84 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF/SS 84 0
85 D.J. LeMahieu COL 2B 70 -15
86 Andrew McCutchen SF OF 86 0
87 Jose Martinez STL 1B 68 -19
88 Evan Gattis HOU C 77 -11
89 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 87 -2
90 David Peralta ARI OF 90 0
91 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 93 2
92 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS 95 3
93 Brett Gardner NYY OF 85 -8
94 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF 97 3
95 Gregory Polanco PIT OF 98 3
96 Corey Dickerson PIT OF NR N/A
97 Michael Conforto NYM OF NR N/A
98 Rougned Odor TEX 2B NR N/A
99 Maikel Franco PHI 3B NR N/A
100 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B NR N/A
  1. Scott says:
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    Schoop is gonna soar if he keeps hitting his daily HR! Dynasty league…which side ya taking?

    Side A: Castellanos and Dereck Rodriguez
    Side B: Robbie Ray

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Scott: I always lean with the batters and since they’re the same age — I’m leaning Castellanos side.

  2. batflix says:
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    Haniger is a little high for me , more of a top 60ish than top25 imo

    and I’d take Soto even with his sss over some other dudes like Muncy and Aguilar
    and certainly over Choo

    interesting to read tho as always, thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @batflix: Yea originally I held Soto down because I didn’t know how he’d do as a 13 year old in a man’s league, but he’s proven me so wrong.
      If Choo was playing this well on any team with a winning record he’d be an MVP candidate with a boost to his runs & RBI.
      There’s definitely some correction coming for Haniger — 1 HR/2 SB/.197 in July? No bueno.

  3. Jump on it says:
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    What are your thoughts on Hosmer – he’s not on the list anymore

  4. Darren says:
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    Not concerned about Shaw’s playing time?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Darren: Unfortunately I wrote this before the trade — Shaw could start losing a few starts, but gaining 2B eligibility should be nice for his owners. I think he’ll slip a few rankings — but less than 15.

      • Darren says:
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        @Kerry Klug: I should have known given Moose was still listed as w KC, my bad!
        I just dropped him in a 12 team H2H, but may pick him back up to stream when he does start. Seeing your rank makes me unsure if it was the right move, but 12 team I want everyday at bats.

  5. hotmilk8 says:
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    Smoak up there with .252/16/54 but no Alonso .265/18/63?? Also no love for profar?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @hotmilk8: Yonder was so blah until July which has really got him back on my radar.
      Same with Profar — he is in the 100-110 range. He’s reached .250 with his average and if he can keep that rising he’ll definitely be upwardly mobile.

  6. Chucky says:
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    Looking for my final lineup piece for the week. Cargo has a 7 game week, with 6 v RHP vs St Louis and Milwaukee SPs, Avi is home v KC and on the road @TB, looks like he’ll miss Snell and last but not least Hicks with 2 games v Baltimore then onto the Green Monster where he gets the likes of Sale and Price.

  7. Bubbs says:
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    Does Rosario’s value take a hit with Dozier gone?
    Would you trade Kersh for him?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Bubbs: Apparently his value is taking a hit — he’s been on the struggle bus the past week or so.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Bubbs: Apparently his value is taking a hit — he’s been on the struggle bus the past week or so.

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