It’s rare to see a player having a breakout year in his age 35 season in the post-Selig era, but Yuli Gurriel needs just 2 runs, 1 RBI and even 2 SB to set career highs in all of those categories. He already has a career-high in HRs with 25 and could end the season with 30-35. With 37 games remaining Gurriel could end the season with an 85/33/100/8/.300 line for the year. Not too shabby from a guy with an ADP in the 200s. This production uptick is due to a career-low ground ball rate, career-high fly ball rate, career-high hard contact rate — the underlying numbers are pointing to this being for real and he should finish the year strong.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Christian Yelich OF MIL 1 0
2 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 2 0
3 Mike Trout OF LAA 3 0
4 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 4 0
5 Trevor Story SS COL 5 0
6 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 6 0
7 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 7 0
8 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B CHC 8 0
9 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 11 2
10 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS 9 -1

There’s a new girl in town
Who just came on the scene
The new girl in town
Can’t be more than sixteen

The young Devers has put up phenomenal numbers in his age 22 season. He’s on pace to finish with 115+ runs, 30+ HRs, 110+ RBI, 10+ SBs with around a .325 AVG. That’s first-round numbers for 2020 baby. He’s earned the push into the top-10.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
11 Mookie Betts OF BOS 10 -1
12 Alex Bregman 3B/SS HOU 13 1
13 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 14 1
14 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 15 1
15 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 12 -3
16 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 18 2
17 Starling Marte OF PIT 24 7
18 Trea Turner SS WAS 26 8
19 Josh Bell 1B PIT 16 -3
20 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 19 -1

Last year saw Starling Marte finally reach the 20/20 threshold and this year he’s got a good shot for 25/25. As Marte enters his 30s I think we’ll start to see less steals so it’s good to see that he is gaining value in the power game to still make him a viable fantasy pick. In any other season these would push him into the top-10 and in NL MVP conversation, but the 1, 2, and 4 players on this list are out of this world.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
21 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 20 -1
22 Eduardo Escobar SS/3B ARI 27 5
23 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 17 -6
24 Ketel Marte 2B/SS/OF ARI 31 7
25 Whit Merrifield 2B KC 22 -3
26 Carlos Santana 1B CLE 40 14
27 Jonathan Villar 2B BAL 46 19
28 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC 23 -5
29 George Springer OF HOU 25 -4
30 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 37 7

Jonathan Villar 2016 blah blah blah now here we are. Perhaps the most impressive stat for Villar is the 80 runs. The .340 OBP is the second-highest of his career and is all well and good — but he’s, unfortunately, toiling away on the AAA Orioles. Luckily he’s had Trey Mancini to knock him in 20 of those opportunities. Still — 90/20/70/30 has to have his owners living la Villar loca.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
31 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B NYY 44 13
32 Max Muncy 1B/3B LAD 28 -4
33 Manny Machado SS/3B SD 21 -12
34 Bryce Harper OF PHI 34 0
35 Gleyber Torres 2B NYY 45 10
36 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 32 -4
37 Elvis Andrus SS TEX 33 -4
38 Michael Brantley OF HOU 36 -2
39 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 39 0
40 Juan Soto OF WAS 41 1

Machado is having another awful month. Machado started the season with a .236 AVG/.693 OPS, but rebounded over the next three months with a .293/.925 mark. Well, August is here and March Machado is back with a vengeance: .177 AVG/.448 OPS with 0 HRs and only 1 SB in 62 ABs. Where will you draft Machado next year? 2nd round? 3rd round? Avoid altogether?

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
41 Trey Mancini OF/1B BAL 51 10
42 Max Kepler OF MIN 47 5
43 Mike Moustakas 3B MIL 29 -14
44 Marcell Ozuna OF StL 43 -1
45 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 84 39
46 Jorge Soler OF KC 63 17
47 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 57 10
48 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 60 12
49 Aaron Judge OF NYY 38 -11
50 Yoan Moncada 2B CHW 35 -15
51 Yasiel Puig OF CIN 48 -3
52 Jorge Polanco SS MIN 49 -3
53 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 50 -3
54 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 52 -2
55 Tim Anderson SS CHW 66 11
56 Andrew Benintendi OF BOS 56 0
57 Paul Goldschmidt 1B StL 68 11
58 Shin-Soo Choo OF OAK 61 3
59 Luke Voit 1B NYY 62 3
60 Tommy Pham OF TBR 65 5

Everybody chill — Ramirez has started his climb. He’ll be back in the top-25 if he keeps this up. You already know what he’s done this year, but just for fun here it is: April, May, June: 295 ABs, 32/5/30/18/.214. July and August: 164 ABs, 33/15/44/6 SB/.323. Like Machado I’m curious to see where he’ll be drafted in 2020.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
61 Yordan Alvarez OF HOU 77 16
62 Paul DeJong SS STL 58 -4
63 Joey Gallo 1B/OF TEX 42 -21
64 Michael Conforto OF NYM 67 3
65 Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B TOR 69 4
66 Yuli Gurriel 1B/3B HOU 99 33
67 Rhys Hoskins OF PHI 59 -8
68 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 53 -15
69 Ramon Laureano OF OAK 54 -15
70 Eric Hosmer 1B SD 74 4
71 Danny Santana 1B/2B/OF TEX 78 7
72 Victor Robles OF WAS 82 10
73 Jean Segura SS PHI 70 -3
74 Yasmani Grandal C MIL 71 -3
75 Austin Meadows OF TBR 55 -20
76 Edwin Encarnacion 1B NYY 75 -1
77 Hunter Renfroe OF SD 76 -1
78 Domingo Santana OF SEA 64 -14
79 Gary Sanchez C NYY 79 0
80 Justin Turner 3B LAD 89 9

Yordan Alvarez is the real friggen deal. I’ve denied him his climb because I was waiting for him to hit the rookie wall and for pitchers to start figuring him out. In 405 total ABs between AAA and MLB Alvarez has 84 runs, 42 HRs, 126 RBI and a .344 AVG. Thems some mid-90’s Juan Gonzalez numbers and there are still a lot of games to be played!

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
81 Hunter Dozier 1B/3B KC 85 4
82 Amed Rosario SS NYM 92 10
83 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 88 5
84 Keston Hiura 2B MIL 93 9
85 Carlos Correa SS HOU 100 15
86 Franmil Reyes OF SD 90 4
87 Josh Donaldson 3B ATL 91 4
88 Eloy Jimenez OF CHW 98 10
89 Alex Gordon OF KC 81 -8
90 Adam Eaton OF WAS NA NA
91 Michael Chavis 2B/3B BOS 94 3
92 Willson Contreras C CHC 73 -19
93 Avisail Garcia OF TBR 95 2
94 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B/SS/OF TOR 96 2
95 Marcus Semien SS OAK 86 -9
96 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF NYM 97 1
97 Gio Urshela 3B NYY NA NA
98 Aristides Aquino OF CIN NA NA
99 Byron Buxton OF MIN 80 -19
100 Joc Pederson OF LAD 87 -13

The man with the best name in the game, Aristedes Aquino, makes his debut this week. In only 55 ABs he has 11 HRs. Much like Alvarez above, Aristides was crushing in the minors this year with 28 HRs in 294 ABs. Will this trend continue? Obviously not. I’m a little worried about the walk and K-rates. He’ll get figured out, but enjoy this outburst while it lasts.

  1. surferdude says:
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    Hi Double K, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: playoffs start in 2 weeks, on the fringe (tied for the last spot, ahead by pts) drop Machado for M.Gonzalez or McMahon?
    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

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      No I still don’t think you can drop Machado for either of those guys.

  2. Chucky says:
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    No Sano?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’m still not a Sano believer… I’ll keep a close eye on him these next two weeks.

  3. Steve says:
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    Should Senzel be on here? Thanks.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Senzel is definitely catching my eye and should be here with another 2 good weeks.

  4. SauceMan says:
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    Hey K Klug,

    I love the weekly listing and thanks for doing same! One players ranking that sticks out as far too low for me is Mr. Juan Soto. Why no love? Kids been a stud lately.

    Btw, check out your squad in RCl #54. Your team has climbed abit recently.

    Mike

    • Kerry Klug

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      Soto is definitey going to climb. He’s looking like a top 20 pick next year too.

  5. Harley Earl says:
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    Remember when you were dropping Muncy, saying he was a fluke? I do! Now he’s #32 right where he belongs!!!

    So why no love for Keston Hiura? He’s a top 60 hitter easily. And I mean EEEEEEEEasily. No way I’d take DeJong over Hiura in any format. Give Hiura the love he deserves!!!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’m hesitant with rookies but after this crazy year I might to rethink my rookie opinion.

  6. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Are these meant o be ROS ratings; if so, why are injured guys like Laureano, Encanarcion and Voit rated so highly?

    Or are these meant as early 2020 rankings?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      They could be back before the season ends. I still think they’ll be good performers for the playoff push

  7. rotomaven10 says:
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    No Puig?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      51

  8. Assy says:
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    Bichette!!!!!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I know his pedigree but he could hit a rookie wall. He has less than 100 ABs.
      If he has another great 2 weeks hell debut.

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