The 10 HR/8 SB/.302 AVG player we saw from AJ Pollock over the first month or so of the season is a top-20 player if that pace continues for a full season. However we know how this story goes, since May 4th (yes I know there was an injury in there because OF COURSE there was) Pollock has 184 ABs with only 6 HRs and 2 SBs with a .261 AVG. However, I keep him on these rankings because peak Pollock is a 20/40 threat. The only problem is peak Pollock is a pretty preposterous proposition. Whatever is hurting him this time seems to be limiting him on the base paths which is limiting you in your standings. 

Falling:

Matt Kemp: Pardon my French, but what the French has happened to Matt Kemp?! Over the past month he has 11 hits in 80 at bats. Eleven! Stranger things have happened, but did he have some Rihanna fever dream that is still haunting him? Kemp 2.0 was looking pretty good before July 24th: 47 runs, 17 HRs, 63 RBI and a .318 AVG. That average is now down to .282 and just hit the “basement” button on the elevator.

Starling Marte: On July 15th I was expecting Marte to climb up to top-15 player consideration with 13 HRs, 25 SBs and a .285 AVG. Unfortunately in the 29 games since he’s stalled. 4 HRs/4 SBs with a .246 AVG. He was even recently benched for not hustling. He had a particularly cold 15 game stretch in august where he had only 10 hits in 64 ABs. The Pirates acquired Chris Archer in the hopes of making a wild card dream run, but have lost 9 of their last 11 games and that dream is starting to look like a nightmare.

Rising:

David Peralta: Peralta has always been able to make solid contact — his contact rate has hovered around 80% since he debuted in 2014. But this year has seen his hard contact rate skyrocket. His previous hard contact rate high was 35.4% way back in 2015. (What a simpler time.) This year it is up to 47.7%! That has him currently ranked 7th in the league only slightly behind sluggers like Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt, but ahead of Khris Davis and J.D. Martinez. This new Peralta is looking like a 4th or 5th rounder next year when he was drafted in around the 19th this year.

Christian Yelich: Yelich has always been a pretty safe second tier outfield selection. He was a safe predictable bet for 15/15 with an average above .280 and solid counting stats. But in his first year away from Miami, Yelich is on pace to break many of his career highs (if he hasn’t broken them already.) He’s already got 22 HRs (beating his 21 from 2016.). And he’s got 14 SBs (21 is his career high from 2014.) All with 32 games still remaining! He has a good chance of going 30/20 with 100 runs and 90 RBI. And he hasn’t even reached that magical age 27 season we all think means something!

As always with these rankings — if you’ve got something to say — drop a comment below!

Or you could always find me on Twitter: @KerryKlug.

Top 100 Hitters

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

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

    • Kerry Klug says:
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      @Prog_Nation: I’d rate Polanco higher just because we don’t know when Ozuna will return exactly or how he’ll return. It’s a tough choice, but give me definite ABs over maybe ABs.

  2. Racehorse says:
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    16 team keeper H2H where we keep 24 …

    Time to cut Greg Bird loose? He’s officially losing PT to Luke Voit, and I can use the roster spot for one more bullpen arm come playoff time.

    Also, who do you like better ROS, Cedric Mullins or Kevin Keirmaier?

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug says:
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      @Racehorse: I’d go with Kiermaier after Mullins’s little hip injury.
      Bird…it’s time to let him fly away.

  3. Pops says:
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    Matt Carpenter is not falling. C’mon.

    • Kerry Klug says:
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      @Pops: Nah not really — just relative to where he was last week. I think I got a bit overzealous ranking him in the top -15 last week and he had a bad 10 game streak. 20 is more realistic to me than the 12th I had him last week.

  4. DonnieB says:
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    I think Jose Abreu had abdominal surgery this week. I think he is outside the Top 100 for a bit.

    • Kerry Klug says:
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      @DonnieB: Dang it. It’s so hard to keep track of 100 players.

  5. Skinny Mike says:
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    Stressing out over some big lineup decisions that I need to make today heading into my first round playoff (head-to-head, 12 category, 2-week match up). Need to choose FOUR out of the EIGHT dudes below to play, and 4 to sit. What would YOU do?!

    1. Max Muncy, 2. Yasiel Puig, 3. Carlos Gonzalez, 4. Rougned Odor, 5. Dee Gordon, 6. Brandon Belt, 7. Tyler O’Neill, 8. Marwin Gonzalez.

    • Kerry Klug says:
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      @Skinny Mike:
      Start: Muncy, Marwin, O’Neill and Odor.

      • Skinny Mike says:
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        Thank you! And who would your 5th be if you had to choose one of the remaining 4 – Puig, CarGo, Gordon, Belt? Is Puig still appealing his suspension and if so, is it possible that he misses time this week because of it?

        • Kerry Klug says:
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          @Skinny Mike: That whole suspension issue is looming but I have no idea whats going on with it to be honest.
          I’d go with Gordon actually just to get a few extra SBs.

  6. Cabby says:
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    Are people starting Votto this week? Its risky but sounds like he could be back Tuesday barring a setback.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Cabby: I don’t know if its worth it — he wasnt crushing before he got hurt anyway.

  7. Cabby says:
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    Are people going with Votto this week? Sounds like he should be back Tuesday barring a setback

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