Matt Carpenter (up 36 spots): In his first 186 ABs: 23 runs, 7 HR, 21 RBI, .215 AVG. In his next 183 ABs: 47 runs, 19 HRs, 36 RBI, .339 AVG. End paragraph. 

There’s a few guys every week who I’m keeping a close eye on who are on the cusp of making the Top 100 Hitters list. This week the guys on the bubble are: Mallex Smith, Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler. Smith is looking like everything  we want Billy Hamilton to be. Like Hamilton, Smith had an eye-popping stolen base season in the minors (92  in 2014!) But Mallex is actually getting on base at a great rate (.357) this year, something Hamilton has sworn against. Mallex has all the speed of Hamilton and with opportunity could put together an amazing full season next year. I’m sure you already realized this, but Kole Calhoun was just the worst until the end of May. .162 batting average. That’s worse than some pitchers! Maybe — I don’t know. I’m pro-NL-DH. Haters gonna hate! Well Kole world got demoted and found the ghost of Babe Ruth while hitting for the Salt Lake Bees. (Beads?!) Since his return to The Los Angeles Trouts he’s hitting .302 with 27 runs, 13 HRs, 30 RBI and has even stolen 2 bases just for fun. If this pace keeps up, he’ll be rocketing up this list. Finally, Ian Kinsler has a pretty nice 20 game hot streak. He’s got 15 runs, 2 HRs, 10 RBI, 2 SBs, and a .347 AVG in that span. Now, put those numbers batting 6th behind Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and friends. His value just got a nice shot in the arm.

Risers:

  • Gregory Polanco (up 11 spots): Gregory Polanco before June 18th:: 36 runs, 9 HRs, 34 RBI, 3 SBs, .211 AVG. Since June 18th: 24 runs, 10 HRs, 25 RBI, 4 SBs, .325 AVG. End paragraph…okay not really. Apparently Polanco revamped his swing at the end of June and it has yielded the results we’ve been hoping for since Polanco was a 17 year old way back in 2009. Hopefully the kid can keep it up.

Fallers:

  • Mitch Haniger (down 20 spots): Haniger’s tumble continues. Since July 1st he’s hit only 1 HR and stolen only 3 bases with a .194 AVG. This performance is a major reason why it looks like the Mariners are losing ground in the second wild card spot. Well that, and the also struggling Jean Segura.
  • Ender Inciarte (down 15 spots): Inciarte hasn’t stolen a base since July 4th and hasn’t hit a HR since July 3rd. What’s that? You want more frustrating stats? In his first 40 games of the season he had 18 stolen bases. In the 61 games since he’s stolen 5. What? You want even MORE frustrating stats? In those first 40 games his OBP was .319. In the following 61 games his OBP has been .317.

New Arrivals:

  • Jurickson Profar: Sometimes a guy just needs consistent ABs. After 633 at bats over 4 seasons before 2018 Profar was looking like a bust. A .229 AVG and .638 OPS didn’t look like a consensus #1 prospect. When Elvis Andrus went down with an injury on April 11th, Profar stepped in and has earned his spot in the lineup hitting .256 with 53 runs, 10 HRs, 50 RBI and 7 stolen bases. Profar is still only 25 and hopefully for him this is just the (late) start to the Hall of Fame career for Jurickson Barthelomeus Profar. (Not a typo.)
  • Yonder Alonso: Yonder didn’t have much of a case to make my top 100 before June 20th. 11 HRs and a .251 AVG were pretty ho-hum. Especially after an 18 game homerless streak. In the 28 games since Yonder has upped his performance with 6 HRs and a .265 AVG. Hitting 5th behind Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion has lead to him standing 6th in RBI among first basemen.

 

Top 100 Hitters

GREEN: Rising | BLUE: New Additions RED: Falling

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

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chris: Oh maannnn. Great question — I’m leaning Correa just because his ceiling is higher than Yelich’s.

  2. Josh C says:
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    More live for Yelich! Guy has been quietly murdering the last few weeks.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Josh C: You’re definitely right. I grabbed him in the 3rd round in my main league and have been loving the results. He’s got a good shot for 20/20 and MAYBE 25/20 if has two hot months.

  3. johnnyhobbes says:
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    The bees / beads reference… good one.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: We’ll see who gets more honey!

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Kerry Klug: The rest of Kole’s season will be off the hook!

  4. Re-Pete says:
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    Is there no starting pitcher post for this week? I can’t decide if I should roll the dice on Velasquez (@Arizona/Corbin) over Berrios (@CLE/Kluber) due to the matchup.

  5. Brandon Vasquez says:
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    Is this a REST OF SEASON rank?

    Thanks!

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