I’m going to do something a little different this week. I wanted to do a fun little experiment to show how tricky it can be to rank 100 hitters every week. It can be tough to decide which statistic is more valuable in standard 5×5 leagues while also taking into account: age, injury history, lineup, previous performance, home stadium, position eligibility, splits, etc.

 

Player A: 54 runs/19 HRs/61 RBI/5 SB/.272 AVG

Player B: 65 runs/19 HRs/65 RBI/7 SB/.245 AVG

Player C: 56 runs/19 HRs/58 RBI/2 SB/.303 AVG

I ranked them: C, A, B and even to this second I’m second-guessing myself. Sure, B has more runs, RBI and stolen bases, but that .245 AVG can really hurt a team. However, C has the least RBI and stolen bases, but a nice .303 AVG which has him tied for 16th among eligible hitters. Stat heads among you may have already figured it out by these hitters are (A) Odubel Herrera, (B) Gregory Polanco and (C) David Peralta. Based on name value you might change your rankings. We’ve been hoping Polanco would go 30/30 for years now — and his ADP reflects that. Polanco’s ADP is 134 compared to 230 for Peralta. However Peralta’s .303 average makes him more valuable in my opinion. 

 

Player A: 56 runs/23 HRs/68 RBI/2 SB/.252 AVG

Player B: 52 runs/16 HRs/58 RBI/0 SB/.289 AVG

Player C: 50 runs/20 HR/68 RBI/3 SB/.253 AVG

I ranked them: A, C, B. Like Polanco in example 1, Player B’s average is keeping him in the conversation since all his other numbers are lower than A and C. Ranking this trio might seem a bit more obvious. Well, what if I told you these guys are (A) Travis Shaw, (B) Anthony Rendon and (C) Mike Moustakas? I second-guess myself ranking Rendon below Shaw and Moustakas because Rendon was an MVP candidate last season and we know he’s capable of. Shaw is statistically superior right now, but what about to close out your fantasy season? And how do we account for Shaw losing some ABs to Moustakas, but gaining second base eligibility in a few days?

 

Player A: 63 runs/17 HRs/64 RBI/1 SB/.217 AVG

Player B: 62 runs/31 HRs/71 RBI/3 SB/.199 AVG

Player C: 60 runs/22 HRs/54 RBI/2 SB/.235 AVG

I ranked them: B, C, A. Alright, I can get this one out of the way: .199 AVG and 31 HRs? Only one player is capable of such a feat and that’s Joey Gallo. The other two: A is Carlos Santana and C is Matt Olson. All Santana owners are hoping for him to bring his average a bit closer to the .259 he put up in 2016 and 2017, but we’ve only got about 40 games left in the season — when should we abandon all hope? Olson (along with Rhys Hoskins) was a sophomore player we all were banking on for a breakout season in Oakland and his 117 ADP speaks to that. So I put Gallo at the top knowing full well that his .199 is nauseating, but his 71 RBI actually have him tied with Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman and he’s one of only seven players with over 30 HRs so far this season. So who would you rank higher? The old, reliable Carlos Santana? The upside of the 24 year old Matt Olson? Or the boom stick of Joey Gallo?

These are the questions I get to ask myself every week — and I’m not asking you to feel sorry for me — these rankings are really fun to do! I’m just genuinely curious for the Razzball family’s feedback.

 

Top 100 Hitters

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

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

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Mike: You’re probably right. Muncy isn’t the Muncy of the first-half sure and he’ll be falling now that the dream is slowly dying right in front of our eyes. I do still like his 1/2/3 eligibility and that revamped Dodgers lineup.

  2. Chucky says:
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    Not seeing Pollock at #45. He’s stopped running. 1 SB since his return from a thumb injury, go figure the relevance. I’m guessing he’s on Dr’s orders not to get hurt anymore. Whatever….#45 is generous even for a cleanup hitter in a decent Az lineup. Just sayin….

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chucky: In the time it took me to read this he probably just got hurt again.

  3. Tufloc says:
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    Surprised with Tim Anderson so high…..past 30 days have been dreadful. And Dozier is coming on strong, but you have them pretty equal. Love reading your rankings, thanks for doing them!

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      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Tufloc: Thanks man. Tim Anderson and Brian Dozier are trending in opposite directions. I really don’t like Tim Anderson, but can’t complain with a possible 20/25 season. Dozier in the top half of the Dodgers line-up? Yowza!

  4. Eric says:
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    I thought Andujar would of made the top 100.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Eric: Andujar is definitely going to be on here next week — trying to not be too much of a fan boy here. But man he’s making the Yankees look like geniuses for not going after Manny!

  5. Tony C says:
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    Hey Kerry thank u for doing this list each week. It has to be difficult to decid3 where to rank hitters based on different stats, strengths, past performance and future prognostications. It’s a very subjective exercise and I do think you do a great job with this list. I most agree with the top of your rankings through about 30. I don’t agree with Muncy being ranked so highly and yet I love Suarez ranked at 16 even though I don’t own either guy. Gallo has to be so difficult to rank since he provides elite power numbers but his BA is such a drag. I’m in a league that has 10 hitting cats which include some H, doubles, triples, HR, RBI, SB, BB, SO, BA and OPS I wouldn’t get close to owning Gallo. For this week please pick one among, Hicks, Alonso, Puig, Renfroe, Nimmo and Josh Bell. Thanks for the info!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks man! I’d roll with Hicks with 7 games at home.

  6. Kerry Klug

    Kerry Klug says:
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    @Mike: You’re probably right. Muncy isn’t the Muncy of the first-half sure and he’ll be falling now that the dream is slowly dying right in front of our eyes. I do still like his 1/2/3 eligibility and that revamped Dodgers lineup.

  7. lwomack58 says:
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    I don’t understand how Desmond stays so high on everyones list. Can you shed some light on this. Sure he has some power but most days he’s 0-4 or 1-4. There are so many better hitters below his ranking.

    Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @lwomack58: I know the average stinks but 60 runs, 19 HRs, 59 RBI and 13 steals is still pretty good.

  8. Maryann says:
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    It’s surprising that you continue to have Scooter Gennett so high considering his numbers over the past month. 233 1 HR 8 rbi .612 OPS over the past month. He’s slugging .244 in August. Do you go by overall season numbers? I follow the Reds and it seems like his numbers are inflated because of the crazy May he had. Thanks.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Maryann: If I drop him the Scooter mafia will have my head on a platter Maryann! he still has an impressive 68/18/69/3/.306 .
      I do see what you mean though — his numbers have tapered off since May and I’ll adjust his ranking a bit.

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