I’m playing the guy who has Ronald Acuna this week so I went by his house and slashed his tires. That oughta show him! His last arbitrary 18 games: 18 runs, 10 HRs, 19 RBI, 4 SBs, .377 AVG. That’s a good SEASON for Chris Davis!

Rising:

Kole Calhoun: Calhoun is making Mike Trout look like Mike Guppy! Fish jokes! Calhoun has been one of the hottest hitters in the two months since his re-debut. 41 runs/16 HRs/39 RBI/2 SBs and a .306 average in 180 ABs? What round are you taking Calhoun in next year?

Falling:

Max Muncy: It’s almost like someone sent the entire league a How-To-Pitch-To-Max-Muncy book over the All-Star Break. He’s hitting .208 since the mid-summer classic with a 33:6 K/BB ratio. It looks like he was who we thought he was and we let him off the hook. Hope you sold high while you could!

Odubel Herrera: Odubel has been cooler than being cool his last 14 games: ICE COLD! 1 run! 0 HRs, 0 SBs. And this after I mentioned him in this column last week? The nerve!

Newcomer:

Miguel Andujar: Andujar is making Manny Machado’s friends come out and say how much he wants to be a Yankee next year just to convince the Yankees a bit more to pay up for him. I don’t see it happening unless the Yankees hang it up on Greg Bird and see how well Andujar can handle first base. Andujar should win AL rookie of the year and cause a few more non-Yankee fans to hiss and curse at the Yankees good fortune. I thought Andujar was going to be a solid, not spectacular player in the league — but what the hell do I know? I thought Rob Refsnyder was the Yankees second baseman of the future! Those are the only despicable tweets they’ll dig up on me. And my anti-Carmelo Twitter rants.

Newleaver:

Brian Anderson: Here’s something I haven’t done yet in this column — explaining why I dropped someone off the Top 100 list. Brian Anderson was hovering in the bottom 10% of this last for most of the year because he had a great average despite his lack of power and speed. A guy who can hit .285 with 80 run/80 RBI pace is valuable to me. He’s like a reminder of what Baltimore Oriole Nick Markakis was like before this season. But Anderson has stunk it up in August. He still has the typical 0 HR/0 SB that we’re accustomed to, but now he’s hitting .212 in August over 52 ABs? Sorry Anderson. I was fighting for you, but you’re just not fighting back.

Top 100 Hitters

GREEN: Rising BLUE: New Additions | RED: Falling

RANK NAME TEAM POSITION LAST WEEK
1 Mookie Betts BOS OF 1
2 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B 2
3 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 3
4 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 4
5 Mike Trout LAA OF 5
6 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF 6
7 Manny Machado LAD 3B 7
8 Javier Baez CHC SS/2B 8
9 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 9
10 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 10
11 Trea Turner WAS SS 11
12 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B 13
13 Trevor Story COL SS 17
14 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 14
15 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 15
16 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 16
17 Bryce Harper WAS OF 18
18 Khris Davis OAK OF 19
19 Christian Yelich MIL OF 20
20 Starling Marte PIT OF 21
21 Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B 12
22 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 22
23 Justin Upton LAA OF 23
24 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF 24
25 Juan Soto WAS OF 25
26 Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B 27
27 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 29
28 George Springer HOU OF 30
29 Nelson Cruz SEA DH 32
30 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B 33
31 Jean Segura SEA SS 34
32 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 35
33 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF 36
34 Aaron Judge NYY OF 37
35 Ronald Acuna ATL OF 49
36 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 26
37 Nick Markakis ATL OF 38
38 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 39
39 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 40
40 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 41
41 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 42
42 Aaron Hicks NYY OF 43
43 Didi Gregorius NYY SS 44
44 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B 28
45 Brian Dozier LAD 2B 46
46 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF 47
47 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B 31
48 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 50
49 Travis Shaw MIL 3B 54
50 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 55
51 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 56
52 Michael Brantley CLE OF 57
53 David Peralta ARI OF 63
54 Whit Merrifield KC 2B 58
55 Elvis Andrus TEX SS 60
56 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 61
57 Tim Anderson CWS SS 48
58 AJ Pollock ARI OF 45
59 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF 65
60 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 3B/SS 66
61 Carlos Correa HOU SS 53
62 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF 67
63 Ian Desmond COL 1B/OF 51
64 Asdrubal Cabrera PHI 2B/SS/3B 68
65 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 69
66 Matt Kemp LAD OF 52
67 Joey Votto CIN 1B 59
68 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B/SS 62
69 Kole Calhoun LAA OF 86
70 Tommy Pham TBR OF NR
71 Odubel Herrera PHI OF 64
72 Brandon Belt SF OF 72
73 Nomar Mazara TEX OF 73
74 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF/SS 70
75 Matt Chapman OAK 3B 84
76 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF 74
77 Miguel Andujar NYY 3B NR
78 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B 75
79 Robinson Cano SEA 2B NR
80 Ender Inciarte ATL OF 77
81 D.J. LeMahieu COL 2B 78
82 Mallex Smith TBR OF 88
83 Andrew McCutchen SF OF 80
84 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 81
85 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 82
86 Jurickson Profar TEX SS/3B/OF 83
87 Yonder Alonso CLE 1B 89
88 Jose Peraza CIN 2B/SS 90
89 Carlos Santana PHI 1B 92
90 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS 76
91 Marcus Semien OAK SS NR
92 JT Realmuto MIA C 94
93 Yadier Molina STL C NR
94 Gregory Polanco PIT OF 71
95 Brett Gardner NYY OF 96
96 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 98
97 Adam Jones BAL OF 99
98 Adam Eaton WAS OF 79
99 Matt Olson OAK 1B 91
100 Wilson Ramos WAS C NR
  1. Slappy Jack says:
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    You should have just looked at Acuna’s last 30 days and noticed he’s JUST DONGS with wheels
    29 12 24 8 .355 (1.191 OPS)

    wait .. oh damn.. R.Odor is too… I probably shouldn’t have dropped him

    and JD has a sneaky 5 bags so far, bless you Alex Cora

    all this to say RAJ looks minimum 20 spots too low

    not sure if that makes me a fanboi but I’m all in

    thanks for the list tho again my man

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Slappy Jack: He’s been en fuegooooo. If he keeps this up he’ll be skyrocketing. Sometimes those “next Trout” comps are accurate!
      Think he’s a first rounder next year?

  2. Chucky says:
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    Villanueva a valid start next week, v 5 LHPs, two of which @ Coors? He has an 1100+ OPS v LHP.
    Hicks, Camargo, Pollock, Odor? Week 22?

    • batflix says:
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      @Chucky: yep

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chucky: Oh yea I would. This guy feasts on lefties.
      If you’re asking me to rank ’em: Hicks, Odor, Pollock, Camargo.

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