Week 2 of Razzball’s top 100 hitters is here! Now with actual baseball being played! This list is not going to be overly reactionary after nine days of rainy, snowy baseball. Barring injury you won’t see too many shake-ups among the top hitters. Yes, I see Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto, and Anthony Rizzo’s batting averages and I’m not going to freak out and you probably aren’t either. Should you try to buy low on them if someone’s entire team is really under-performing: of course you should. In the same vein, if you saw in the comments last week everyone was calling for Jose Martinez to be on the list, but he has just as many multi-hit games as 0-fer games. If he can even that out a little bit he’ll find himself climbing this list faster than the yodeler in a game of Cliffhangers on Price is Right after some fool says that a bag of rice-a-roni costs 10 bucks. Get a grip Suzanne! Shohei Ohtani on the other hand — after the sloppiest of sloppy springs he is now starting to live up to the Japanese Babe Ruth moniker with HRs in three straight games. He’s not in the top 100 proper just yet — but should he keep this up he’ll be rising up. 

Falling:

  • Andrew McCutchen, SF (down 15 spots): I wasn’t high on Cutch going into this season after his move to San Fran, but 2 for 24 in his first 6 games? Yikes. He’s a much better hitter than this obviously, but I never thought his declining power was going to play all that well in AT&T Park anyway.
  • Mike Moustakas, KC (down 8 spots): No one liked Moustakas returning to KC with no one but weatherman Whit Merrifield in the line-up around him, but Moustakas is 2 for his last 18. Plenty of time to turn it around (duh — it’s not even tax day yet) but it isn’t a good look so far.

Rising:

  • Didi Gregorius, NYY (up 9 spots): Everyone was predicting Greg Bird would be the biggest beneficiary of the Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez trio hitting near in each other in the line-up, but turns out it was The Gregorius One all along. He’s hit clean-up most often for the Yankees so far and is quickly making everyone in New York refer to Derek Jeter as “that guy who runs the Marlins” instead of The Captain. He’s tied for second in all of baseball with 10 RBI so far.
  • Justin Smoak, TOR (up 5 spots): Only 2 HRs so far, but he’s hit safely in 6 of the Jays’ 8 games–3 of those being multi-hit games. Many of us were non-believers of Smoak going into 2018 (myself included) but he’s really shutting us all up so far. If he can change, you can change, everybody can change!

 

Alright, enough banter, making this list is never easy, but let’s get into it:

 

Rank Name Team Position
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
3 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
4 Bryce Harper WAS OF
5 Mookie Betts BOS OF
6 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF
7 Trea Turner WAS SS
8 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
9 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
10 Carlos Correa HOU SS
11 Kris Bryant CHC 3B
12 Manny Machado BAL 3B
13 Joey Votto CIN 1B
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF
15 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
16 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
17 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
18 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
19 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B
20 George Springer HOU OF
21 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
22 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
23 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
24 Jose Abreu CHW 1B
25 Dee Gordon SEA 2B
26 Gary Sanchez NYY C
27 Corey Seager LAD SS
28 Justin Upton ARI OF
29 Christian yelich MIL OF
30 Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B
31 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
32 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B
33 Marcell Ozuna STL OF
34 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
35 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
36 Buster Posey SF C/1B
37 Starling Marte PIT OF
38 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
39 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
40 Wil Myers SD 1B
41 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
42 Byron Buxton MIN OF
43 Khris Davis OAK OF
44 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
45 Eric Hosmer SD 1B
46 Nelson Cruz SEA DH
47 Tommy Pham STL OF
48 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
49 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
50 Miguel Sano MIN 3B
51 Willson Contreras CHC C
52 D.J. LeMahieu COL 2B
53 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
54 Jean Segura SEA SS
55 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF
56 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF
57 Whit Merrifield KC 2B
58 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B
59 Trevor Story COL SS
60 Yasiel Puig LAD OF
61 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
62 Didi Gregorious NYY SS
63 Domingo Santana MIL OF
64 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
65 Ian Desmond COL 1B/OF
66 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
67 Travis Shaw MIL 3B
68 Andrew McCutchen SF OF
69 Adam Jones BAL OF
70 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
71 Mike Moustakas KC 3B
72 Manuel Margot SD OF
73 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
74 Matt Carpenter STL 1B
75 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
76 Matt Olson OAK 1B
77 Ryan Braun MIL OF
78 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
79 Javier Baez CHC SS/2B
80 Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B/3B/OF
81 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
82 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
83 Marwin Gonzalez HOU SS/1B/2B/OF
84 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
85 Adam Eaton WAS OF
86 Nomar Mazara TEX OF
87 Jay Bruce NYM OF
88 Brett Gardner NYY OF
89 Jose Martinez STL 1B
90 Evan Gattis HOU C
91 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF
92 Paul DeJong STL SS/2B
93 Ozzie Albies ATL OF
94 Josh Bell PIT 2B
95 Yadier Molina STL C
96 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF
97 Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
98 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
99 Tim Anderson CWS SS
100 Matt Chapman OAK 3B

On the radar:

Michael Conforto NYM OF
Preston Tucker ATL OF
Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
Josh Reddick HOU OF
Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B

Off the radar:

Jake Lamb ARI 3B
Kevin Kiermaier TB OF
Justin Bour MIA 1B
Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF

 

Your rankings are probably completely different than mine — that’s the best thing about fantasy baseball: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Leave a comment below if you think my list is beautiful or hideous.

  1. From Beyond says:
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    Excellent list! Would you drop E. Suarez to grab K. Seager off waivers? Can’t tell which version of Seager we’re getting this season…

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @From Beyond: if you don’t have the DL space for Suarez i’d say he’s a safe drop. I had seager tabbed for a bounceback this year and think he’d make a good replacement.

  2. Jon says:
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    Kyle Seager for Sonny Gray in a QS keeper league.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Jon: I like the sonny gray side.

  3. Nitro says:
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    What do you see for Y Gurriel’s role once off the DL for Astros?
    And any interest in Y Alonso for Cleveland? Over D. Peralta?

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Nitro: I think Yuli gets the majority starts at first while Marwin takes the super duper utility role.
      Depends on need — Alonso should have more HR/RBI, Peralta should have better AVG/Runs/SB. Overall: i like peralta better.

  4. Mike Honcho says:
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    Drop B. Lowrie for Peraza at MI?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Mike Honcho: you mean j lowrie? no. i like lowrie more.
      do you mean brett lawrie? what year is it?

  5. Earl says:
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    I know this is a hitters post but can anyone explain what is going on with Luis Castillo??

    I know it is too early to panic with him but looks like he will be headed to the bench for me until he can show that he can still pitch.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Earl: idk…velocity is down a little from last year but 96 is nothing to scoff at.
      some of his pitches have lost a bit of movement.
      but in closing — idk. i have 0 shares of castillo because i think it was a tad premature to take him as a top 100 player overall.

      • Earl says:
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        @Kerry Klug:
        Thanks. Do not follow what IDK means??

        I am sort of wishing that I did not listen to the hype on Castillo. Got a lot of hype right from razzball itself.

        Anyway, don’t think I have much choice but to hang on for bit and see where it goes with Castillo as I made him basically my sp2.

        • Joel says:
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          @Earl:

          You don’t know (ironic)

          IDK = I don’t know

          Now you know.

  6. Sean says:
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    What do you think of Franco’s start?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Sean: i was a big believer in franco going into this year (and the phillies in general.) the skillset has always been there — don’t know what happened the past two years.
      contact rate was the same, bb rate was similar, k rate too. BABIP was down so maybe a few more lucky bounces and he rebounds.

  7. Wile E Coyote says:
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    Love the additions – those I lobbied for (Jo Mart, Haniger) as well as those I did not (Timmeh Anderson, Chapman).

    I’m noticing a tendency to value SB production / potential even when other parts of the hit-tool aren’t delivering (Buxton!, Hamilton, Margot to name a few). I can appreciate that – it offers a production safety net. They almost need asterisks or something, since if you have SB production without them , they become almost garbage.

    The only real thing that stood out to me – and I realize you did just bump him – but man, I like Smoak a good 15ish+ spots higher, minimum. Even just looking at other 1B ranked higher – I have to go all the way to Gallo before I pause and think about it. I’m not sure I like Hosmer more than Smoak this year, though thats mostly about the surrounding talent.

    Also, not that he hasn’t tried to deserve it, but it feels like you cut bait and ran on Happ… I’ll have to take a closer look, I liked him a ton going into the season, but man has he stunk it up.

    Still predicting that Matt Davidson is for-real-ish this year. K% down (hard to go anywhere but down from where it was), BB% up (minors showed the tool) and still hitting the ball hard – and possibly the best detail – owns the cleanup spot on a team that isn’t the Marlins or Padres. I understand if you want to see more before you believe.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Wile E Coyote: man tim anderson has delivered on his stolen base promises. usually i don’t even believe my wife for anything she says in the month of march but tim is making it happen.
      yea i’ll need to really take a look at hamilton and margot going forward. stolen bases are down, yes, but at what cost? I’m still a buxton believer though. maybe he should only play in the second half?
      Smoak has been so bad for so long that it’s hard to believe in him. but if he keeps this up #IBelieve Never been a hosmer fan to be honest.
      The bottom quarter of this list could be pretty fluid — that’s why they’re at the bottom.
      I’m not willing to give up on Davidson either, but that contact & k/rate ain’t been pretty.

      • Wile E Coyote says:
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        @Kerry Klug:
        Hard to not like Tim Anderson right now. The only thing really holding me back from fully jumping on board is the lackluster slot in the batting order. But the way things are going he could snag almost any spot in the top 5, between his own, and the current occupants’ performance. He would need to show improved BB% to truly earn it though.

        I totally get your view on Smoak, but a full season is pretty convincing to me – and its kind of the same reason I still don’t trust Buxton – though of course I understand the hype. Also not a fan of Hosmer, though he outperformed everyone’s expectations last year, but its hard to maintain that trust in SD.

  8. Chris says:
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    Thanks Mr Klug! Good stuff agood rankings.

    please help sit 2:

    Zimmerman-Schebler-Kinsler-Mallex Smith-Brian Anderson.

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chris: Anderson and Kinsler. Kinsler should be back Tuesday so he’ll still get 6 solid games in.
      Anderson has been one of the great stories so far.

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks! So sit schebler and smith?

      • Chris says:
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        I could also put Ryan Anderson at CI sit Zimmerman so I would play schebler-Anderson-Smith-Kinsler. I really wantt o play schebler but the day to day scares me. Its a weekly change. Let e know! Thanks

  9. Slimcompoop says:
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    Would you drop Dansby Swanson for any of the following?

    Chris Owings
    Maikel Franco
    Brandon Belt
    Hunter Renfroe

    Just looking for a player to play the 3 days where Ohtani is not playing DH. Thank you!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Slimcompoop:
      Owings: no
      Franco: yes
      Belt: yes
      Renfroe: no

      dansby is the king of empty average. i’m glad he’s being somewhat productive, but you’re not getting enough from him.

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Kerry Klug: It’s an OBP/SLG keeper league. I agree with your assessment on Swanson, and I already have Trea Turner and Tim Anderson, so not afraid to lose him. I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be bidding high on Franco as he’s been hot over the weekend. Maybe just slow roll Belt? How much would you bid on Franco (i.e., $250 auction dollars to start, 12-teamer).

        Appreciate the feedback. Thank you.

  10. jerkstore says:
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    Points League. Lineup sets weekly. Have to start 4 of these 6: Benintendi, Castellanos, Marte, Gardner, Jose Martinez, Haniger. What ya think?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @jerkstore: Roll with the first four!

      • jerkstore says:
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        @Kerry Klug: thanks man. Keep up the good work!

  11. Rawr... says:
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    This is such a fun article.

    I feel Miguel Cabrera should be moving up. Team is not the best, but he is a true RBI guy and he’s shown it the first handful of games.

    Can Kiermaier make it back on the list next time this article is updated?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Rawr…: Thanks man!
      I’ll keep an eye on Miggy — but he’s 2 for his last 17 as of 7:30 monday night.
      KK definitely could — but he’s gotta figure it out. Looks lost right now.

  12. Loro1991 says:
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    Why Miguel Cabrera so low? I know down season last year but just wondering. Am thinking of buying him

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Loro1991: Last season worried me and back injuries don’t magically go away after the amount of games he’s played. If he can continuously produce he’ll earn the bump.

  13. TTRA1N says:
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    Trade Castillo for Baez,Puig or Ian Happ? If so which one?

    • Fred says:
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      @TTRA1N:

      I wouldn’t get rid of Castillo. He’s got great promise – give him a few weeks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @TTRA1N: Only if you’re really hurting for offense. otherwise, wait a little bit.

  14. Chucky says:
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    Vogelbach is reasonable replacement for Suarez at CI? Points League.
    Alonso with 7 home games , 4 v LHP or Rizzo DTD?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chucky: Vogelbach is about to get a playing time boost with Healy’s injury so yea, if it’s a deep league he could be a good speculative add.
      Yonder now with Rizzo on the DL

  15. Fred says:
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    Bregman is 30 and Hoskins is 35? Really?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Fred:
      Yessir — what’s the concern? Bregman was more highly touted and plays 2 more premium positions and is a 20/20 threat on the year in the best line-up in baseball. And Hoskins is also bi-positional, could hit 35+ HR with great ratios and run/RBI totals.

  16. Scoopski Potatoes says:
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    Great info Klug. WIll Razzball be posting a similar weekly list for Top 100 SP?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Scoopski Potatoes: That is a great question… let me find out.

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