I’m not going to overreact to 20 at-bats. I will not do it. That being said, if you’re in a league with me — every one of my players is a bum and is on the block. Starting next week we’ll start to see some moving and shaking, but this list is mostly a refresher from the pre-season. There are really only six “fallers” this week and they’re all injury related. I’ll be writing more about them in my injury column which drops on Wednesday, but here’s who slipping, tumbling, sinking, fumbling:


On The Come Up

Domingo Santana: We’ve all known what Santana’s potential could be after his 88/30/85/15/.278 line in 2017. Then, 2018 happened. Santana got completely exposed vs. lefties only hitting .172 against them and only hit 3 HRs with a .249 average over the Brewers first 62 games which lead to him losing playtime time even spending a decent chunk of time in AAA. Like Soler below, Santana came out in spring training with something to prove — especially to his new team, the Mariners. If Santana keeps up his early season production (5/3/10/2/.348 through 5 games) he is going to earn his owners top 25 player value and a rankings somewhere in my top 30. If he slumps again, however, he’ll find himself going the Eric Thames route getting ABs with the NC Dinos of the KBO.

Jorge Soler: Soler’s always had potential at the plate ranking as high as #12 on Baseball America’s top 100 prospect rankings before 2015. His spring training could foreshadow a bit of a breakout as Soler hit 5 HRs with 18 RBI and a .281 AVG. Right now he’s hitting .714 and my bold prediction is that he hits .400 this year because I just picked him up and I deserve this. Soler is hitting 4th behind Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi and Alex Gordon could be decent for his RBI production, but with something called “Frank Schwindel” hitting behind him don’t expect a lot of runs scored.

Marcus Semien: Semien’s power/speed mix in a solid lineup usually flirts with ranking between 85 and 100 on any given week. So far, Semien has hit safely in all five of the Athletic’s first games including 3 runs, 3 RBI and a HR. Unfortunately it’s looking like Semien is going to be hitting in the back third of their lineup, but he’ll occasionally jump in the lineup like when he hit leadoff in the second Japan game. Semien hasn’t hit over .260 in a full season in his career so expect his .389 hot start to come down — but if he has a full breakout season and hits .275 with 20/20 potential? He might finally achieve his goal of breaking the 85 spot in my rankings for the first time.

Ryon Healy: Heoly wos something of o deep sleeper heoding into this seoson ofter he hit o combined 49 HRs over the post two seosons. However, ofter hitting .271 in 2017 his overoge fell to .235 lost seoson ond he fell out of fovor with fontosy owners. If you look ot his minor leogue numbers however, Heoly wos o .294 botter over 1,594 minor leogue OBs so I think his overoge could come bock up to the .270 ronge. If he con hit 25 HRs with o .270+ overoge he could find o nice home in the 90-100 ronge.

Tim Beckham: He won’t keep this up, but we can all dream can’t we? The former #1 overall pick has always teased us with random weeks of great production so maybe he’s just getting this year’s out of the way? Don’t go chasing Tim Beckham, please stick to the Correa’s and DeJong’s that you’re used to.

Joc Pederson: A nice pair of 3-hit games with 3 HRs so far has Pederson near the top of the offensive leaderboards. Maybe this is finally Pederson living up to his top-10 prospect potential. If he could EVER match his 33 HR/30 SB minor league season in 2014 we’re talking about a top-10 player.

Top 100 Hitters

Rank Name Position Team
1 Mike Trout OF LAA
2 Mookie Betts OF BOS
3 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE
4 Christian Yelich OF MIL
5 Trea Turner SS WAS
6 Manny Machado SS SD
7 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B CHC
8 Trevor Story SS COL
9 J.D. Martinez OF BOS
10 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
11 Alex Bregman 3B/SS HOU
12 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL
13 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
14 Bryce Harper OF TBD
15 Paul Goldschmidt 1B StL
16 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
17 Aaron Judge OF NYY
18 Andrew Benintendi OF BOS
19 Giancarlo Stanton OF NYY
20 Juan Soto OF WAS
21 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
22 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC
23 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
24 Khris Davis DH OAK
25 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
26 Starling Marte OF PIT
27 Rhys Hoskins OF PHI
28 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS
29 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD
30 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN
31 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
32 Carlos Correa SS HOU
33 Whit Merrifield 2B KC
34 Lorenzo Cain OF MIL
35 Tommy Pham OF TBR
36 George Springer OF HOU
37 Marcell Ozuna OF StL
38 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC
39 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL
40 Joey Votto 1B CIN
41 Mitch Haniger OF SEA
42 Gleyber Torres 2B NYY
43 Nick Castellanos OF DET
44 Matt Carpenter 1B/3B StL
45 Eddie Rosario OF MIN
46 Jean Segura SS PHI
47 Jose Abreu 1B CHW
48 Miguel Andujar 3B NYY
49 Corey Seager SS LAD
50 Robinson Cano 2B NYM
51 Josh Donaldson 3B ATL
52 Matt Chapman 3B OAK
53 J.T. Realmuto C PHI
54 Nelson Cruz DH MIN
55 Michael Conforto OF NYM
56 Jesus Aguilar 1B MIL
57 Justin Turner 3B LAD
58 Yasiel Puig OF CIN
59 Edwin Encarnacion 1B SEA
60 Travis Shaw 2B/3B MIL
61 Mike Moustakas 3B MIL
62 Wil Myers 3B/OF SD
63 Michael Brantley OF HOU
64 David Peralta OF ARI
65 Gary Sanchez C NYY
66 David Dahl OF COL
67 Brian Dozier 2B WAS
68 Stephen Piscotty OF OAK
69 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI
70 Max Muncy 1B/3B LAD
71 Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B TOR
72 Aaron Hicks OF NYY
73 Mallex Smith OF SEA
74 Scooter Gennett 2B CIN
75 Justin Upton OF LAA
76 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA
77 Yasmani Grandal C MIL
78 A.J. Pollock OF LAD
79 Willson Contreras C CHC
80 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
81 Elvis Andrus SS TEX
82 Jurickson Profar 1B/SS/3B TEX
83 Joey Gallo 1B/OF TEX
84 Wilson Ramos C NYM
85 Jose Peraza SS CIN
86 Daniel Murphy 2B COL
87 Tim Anderson SS CHW
88 Ender Inciarte OF ATL
89 Nomar Mazara OF TEX
90 Domingo Santana OF SEA
91 Ian Desmond 1B/OF COL
92 Eric Hosmer 1B SD
93 Jonathan Villar 2B BAL
94 Rafael Devers 3B BOS
95 Amed Rosario SS NYM
96 Eduardo Escobar SS/3B ARI
97 Harrison Bader OF StL
98 Cesar Hernandez 2B PHI
99 Adam Eaton OF WAS
100 Jorge Soler OF KC
  1. Rick Brown says:
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    With the injury to Souza is it worth rostering Jarrod Dyson? I have Terrence Gore on one of my H2H teams for the late game SB threat.However I don’t think he’s gotten into a game.
    Thanks,RICK

    • Luxky Dog says:
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      League size? Other options?

    • bit711 says:
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      You put Francisco Liriano but I think you meant Francisco Lindor :)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      It feels like every year we all want Dyson to be that 4th OF who gets playing time due to an injury then it happens….andhe’s a dud. You can take a shot on Dyson if you want — but temper your expectations. Is Greg Allen available?

      • Rick Brown says:
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        He’s on waivers until tomorrow.I have Allen in another league but he’s only got 4 AB’s.But with Cleveland’s outfield it’s probably just a matter of time til he gets a full-time gig.
        Thanks,RICK

  2. Lucky Dog says:
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    Oh Acuna. I am a sophomore slump magnet. I coulda had Trey Turner, but I couldn’t resist the power. Between him & Eljoy, my OF is far less potent than I thought during the 1st week. Sigh.

    Sad souzaphone. :(

    • Sean says:
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      Have a little patients my friend Acuna will be just fine :)

      • Sean says:
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        patience*

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      4 days worth of games — they’ll both be fine.

  3. Harley Earl says:
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    “Don’t go chasing Tim Beckham, please stick to the Correa’s and DeJong’s that you’re used to.”

    I see what you did there. Big fan of TLC, eh? Good song.

    • Richard says:
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      You have to be a Cardinals fan, no?

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry says:
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        Me? Nah.
        I do like DeJong as a deep SS option though.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Ha! Waterfalls is a modern American classic!

  4. chris pierce says:
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    Where’s kiki love at? He put up 21 homers as part timer last year..

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      I’m optimistic about Kiki Suave, but not optimistic the Dodgers don’t go out and try to trade for someone else to block him.

  5. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Hi and thanks in advance. 14-team 5×5 OBP/QS/ Sv+Holds league.

    I’m stashing some guys that should help me at some point (Keuchel, Kimbrel, etc.) but here is what I have for pitchers: AMiller, CGreen, Leclerc, Kela, Chacin, KHendricks, Estrada, Minor, AND Bauer.

    Hitters are Hosmer, Freeman, JBauers, Dozier, Kinsler, Zobrist, EEscobar, BrMcCann, CVazquez, AGordon, EJimenez, Acuna, Adames, AND Trout.

    Not much left on waivers to replace any mistakes but who jumps out on this list to replace with any of these guys?

    Aledmys Diaz SS | HOU Brandon Drury 3B | TOR Chad Pinder LF | OAK Daniel Descalso 2B | CHC Freddy Galvis SS | TOR Hanley Ramirez 1B | CLE John Hicks 1B | DET Josh Harrison 2B | DET Josh Phegley C | OAK Lou Trivino RP | OAK Marcus Semien SS | OAK Mikie Mahtook LF | DET Mitch Moreland 1B | BOS Nick Hundley C | OAK Pedro Strop RP | CHC Robbie Grossman RF | OAK Rowdy Tellez 1B | TOR Ryan Yarbrough RP | TB Sean Reid-Foley SP | TOR Tyler Anderson SP | COL

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      Just looking at your team I’d be seeing what pitching options are available to you especially SP. Tyler Anderson might be a good target — just be careful at home obviously.

      If you’re looking for offense then I like Pinder, Semien and Grossman.

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Thanks. Yeah, I’m used to streaming some pitchers. I can do that.

        Who would you drop for Pinder, Semien, and Grossman?

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry says:
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          Good question — now that I think about it I wouldn’t drop anyone for any of those guys.

  6. Beerion Lannister says:
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    Is Chris Taylor cooked? 15 team OBP league

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry says:
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      In a 15 teamer I don’t think so — he’ll get a little play everywhere and think he can still be a double-double threat. Just a little patience.

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