Boy, this Ohtani is all anybody’s ever talking about. I’m so sick and tired of hearing about how brilliant that Ohtani is. I was so tempted to put Shohei Ohtani on this list. So tempted! Unfortunately he only has 30 at-bats compared to the league leader, his teammate, Albert Pujols’s 67. That’s too small of a sample size for me to overreact and 3-4 batting games per week can leave you in a hole. It is fun to see that he has a 0% soft contact rate though. But that Ohtani is some kind of something, huh?

This winter weather is messing with a lot of players. At the bottom of my top 100 you’ll see a list of hitters who shoulda, coulda, woulda been in the top 100 if they were healthy. I think most of them will return and find themselves back on the top 100 list, but for now, due to their missed games and health uncertainty — they get their own list.


Ozzie Albies, ARI, 2B: This kid is putting up — dare I say it — MVP caliber numbers right now. “But Kerry! You only have him ranked at 61!” Right — because he has less than 300 career major league at bats. I hope he keeps it up because it’s a great debut — but I’m going to hold my horses for now. A 13/4/7/1/.288 line ain’t bad doe.

Gregory Polanco, PIT, OF: Polanco’s .239 batting average isn’t fantastic, but his double-digit runs and RBI are great to see. Polanco’s career batting average the past three years ranges from .251 to .258 so it’s not like he’s ever been a batting average stud. I think he’ll settle back into the .250 area and finally give us that 20/20 season we’ve all been hoping for. Maybe even a chance for 25+/25+. Gasp!


Edwin Encarnacion, CLE, 1B: E5’s WAR has fallen every year since 2015 and now he’s setting a new low so far in 2018. We have to remember that he’s 35 this season and his best days are behind him. I think we’re about to see that Albert Pujols adjace decline after a great career. He’ll still hit 25+ HR, but how low will that average go?

Billy Hamilton, CIN, OF: What do you want me to say? That stolen bases are scarce so Hamilton deserves to be in the top-50 because he can single-handedly win you that category? Well he’s batted mostly out of the 9-hole this season so he’s not going to score as many runs, he was always going to hurt you in HRs and RBI and now he’s only batting .184. I’m not even convinced Hamilton deserves a starting spot at this point. The Reds should make him their designated pinch runner. And then he’d almost be guaranteed 5 steals, 5 runs per week.

Top 100 Hitters:

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


Dubious List (Unranked):

DL Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
DL Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
DL Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
DL Rougned Odor TEX 2B
DL Adam Eaton WAS OF
DL Christian Yelich MIL OF
DL Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
DL Elvis Andrus TEX SS
DL Wil Myers SD 1B
DL Manuel Margot SD OF


Who did I rank wrong? Sound off in the comments!

  1. Hurt Yoenis says:

    I know you focus on hitters here but would you do bregman, kingery, and morrow for kluber? I can possibly switch bregman with cruz. Would you consider either based on this roster?
    C castillo
    1b jose martinez
    2b albies
    3b arenado
    Ss semien
    1b/3b bregman
    2b/ss kingery
    OF is JD, upton, cain, conforto, acuna.
    Util cruz
    Bench scooter
    Dl. Odor and deshields.
    Have iglesias and treinen as my other closers and my SPs are price, corbin, and clevinger.
    Thanks for the advice!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Hurt Yoenis: I think you’re giving away too much…but you really need pitching help. Take a look at where the kluber owner is weak and pair that position with bregman.
      Let me know what his roster looks like.

      • Hurt Yoenis says:

        @Kerry Klug: C Sanchez
        1b Hosmer
        2b merrifield
        3b frazier
        ss russell
        2b/ss devon travis
        1b/3b belt
        OF scharber, Michael Taylor, Hicks, Kemp, Heyward
        Util Hanley
        Dl Donaldson, Suarez, Andrus with Braun and Mazara DTD.
        He has Verlander, Paxton, Hendricks, and Wood as his starters.

        I do have Devneski, Hader, Peackock, Bradley and stream releif pitchers to help keep my k’s and ratios up in a 200 start limit league. Obviously his offense is relatively weak all around and my best assests are my 2b and outfield players.
        Thanks for the response.

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:

          @Hurt Yoenis: oof his outfield isn’t great. I’d go maybe Bregman and Cain for Kluber and Belt?

  2. Joel says:

    Who would you prefer ROS (ignoring position) Merrifield or C.Talyor?

    Thanks for the article.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Joel: Merrifield for the steals.

  3. Scrapski says:

    Who do you like better, M Taylor or Franchy?

  4. Alberto says:

    Where’s phat Albert?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Alberto: I’m not a believer. Don’t think he’ll keep up the early average.

  5. sirbaseball says:

    Any reason you’re so high on Story?

  6. DonnieB says:

    Would you drop Peraza for Franchy or Teoscar? Thanks.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @DonnieB: Yea i’d go with franchy for right now. Peraza is just frustrating and Teoscar might not get the ABs consistently.

  7. Raindoggg says:

    I also have a Franchy question……better pick up rest of season…..Franchy or Trumbo….OBP league…..

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Raindoggg: ugh this is rough…i want to say franchy but as soon as myers comes back he might get sent down for all we know. Go trumbo I guess.

  8. Wile E Coyote says:

    Bumping Albies, but still being conservative is the right move. I expect him to continue, and I expect his rankings to rise, but no need to misplace cart and horse.

    Not ranking Ohtani is the right move, and probably will remain the right move, since nevermind the ABs for a real track record – but how about the ABs to actually compete with counting stats for players on the tail end of the list. You’re going to have to rank most of the dubious list as soon as they’re off the DL, I just don’t see how Ohtani gets the opportunities to compete, even at the 90 – 100 range. Ohtani’s value as a hitter comes in leagues (ESPN and….?) where you get both the hitter and pitcher version for the same price. How on earth could hitter-only-Ohtani be considered in the top 100 when he is in essence a platoon player with a poor slot in the batting order?

    Having the players highlighted green and red for falling or rising on the list was nice last week, I miss it this week. But I did notice Haniger, Chapman & Jo-Mart all get bumped, and deservedly so. And as long as I’m suggesting extra work for you, seeing players who gain or lose in OBP leagues marked somehow would be wonderful.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Wile E Coyote: I will fix the red/green issue — that was entirely my bad. I could possibly think of an OBP asterisk or something.

  9. lyricist says:

    I feel like I just made a comment to my brother about how menacing Corey Seager has been to begin the season.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @lyricist: them Seager boys are headed in opposite directions right now.

  10. H says:

    Where would you rank Mancini?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @H: Trey is in the 100-110 range. if he finds his power stroke in the next few weeks he’ll make the list.

  11. Mike says:

    Would you deal Hosmer and Rendon to Get Goldy?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Mike: I know Rendon isn’t crushing ’em right now but that’s a pretty hefty price to pay. I’d say Hosmer and someone else lower than Rendon.

  12. Deltron says:

    What is it that you see in Ian Desmond that puts him at 61st?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Deltron: 20/20 potential in one of the best line-ups in baseball in one of the parks. The sub .200 average is obviously gross, but I’m not going to drop him completely off the face of the planet because he could get hot in a hurry.

  13. Swick says:


    safe to cut moncada in a 12 team redraft?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Swick: he’s making me moncrazy. Depends on who else is out there for you — if you can hide him on your bench that might be the best option — but if you’re desperate — I could see a drop being necessary. Just be ready for one of your better-off league mates to stash and sit on him.

  14. Brett says:

    When Realmuto returns where do you see him fall on the list?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Brett: I’m probably going to plop him behind Yadier in the 80 range until he’s back to 100%. Yadier has found the fountain of youth and will be moving up.

  15. JB2 says:

    Would you deal Trea and Puig for Jean Segura and Blackmon in a dynasty? You lose the upside of Trea…but you lose the potential for Puig/Trea to disappear for a month.

    I’m conflicted, I love my guys. But hey, can’t have a conscience in the pimp game.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @JB2: I honestly wouldn’t. Trea is the best piece of the four in a dynasty format. He’s the youngest and has the most stolen base potential. I’m a puig owner and he’s killing me too — but in dynasty you have to love Trea.

  16. surfer dude says:

    Hi, in a 10 team h2h pts, would you please choose 2 from each position – thank you.
    C. Villanueva
    M. Moustakas
    N. Castellanos
    J. Pirela
    Thanks again.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @surfer dude:
      1B: Olsen & Bell
      3B: Castellanos & Moustakas
      OF: Castellanos and Santana

      You’re not going to kill the others right?

      • surfer dude says:

        @Kerry Klug: no, just hang them out to dry… speaking of “the others”, I have one reserve spot open, excluding the 5 guys you mentioned, which player should I grab of the those remaining – BIG THANKS!

  17. Re-Pete says:

    Would you keep Arenado in the lineup for this week despite him only playing 3 games (suspension)? My replacement options, effectively, are Addison Russell, Jose Peraza, and Teoscar Hernandez (DH slots). 16-team H2H/points.

  18. Kerry Klug

    Kerry Klug says:

    @Re-Pete: oh god. I’m tempted to say yes.
    He’ll face Yu Darvish on the 20th who he has never faced, Darvish has never pitched at Coors and hasn’t been pitching well so far.
    JQuintana on the 21st who has a 3.65 ERA in 12.1 innings at Coors and has never faced Arenado but hasn’t looked great so far.
    TChatwood on the 22nd who has a 5.17 ERA in 254 innings at Coors (because he used to play there) and has also never faced Arenado.
    Addison has a .213 batting average so far.
    Peraza is hitting .255 with 0 HR and only 2 SB
    Teoscar is your next best bet but he’s a part-timer and isn’t guaranteed the ABs just yet.

  19. Martin says:

    Edwin has put up April’s like this before and always ends with the solid power numbers. In fact each of his last five seasons have had March/April’s that look very similar. I think 25 homers is probably about 10 too low. He’s fine.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Martin: You’re right — the worst month for his entire career is April. (.749 OPS in April vs .851 for his career.)
      Maybe the parrot doesn’t migrate back north until the weather warms up.

      • Martin says:

        @Kerry Klug: You’re the man. Any insight into Domingo? Dude can’t buy a homer (or even a fuggin double!).

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:

          @Martin: This isn’t the Domingo we all ordered! But is it the Domingo we all should’ve expected?
          That .014 ISO has to be fluky right?! The hard hit percentage seems on par with what he’s done in the past, the BABIP is still pretty high at .340, his line drive percentage is actually up from last year, K/rate is pretty similar, contact rate, FB%. I have no friggen idea what’s going on.
          He’s pulling the ball less than last year and returned to pre-2017 numbers so maybe that’s the issue? You can’t really drop him — so you just have to bench him. Unfortunately with Yelich back he’s going to start losing ABs!

  20. assy says:

    any love for Kingery or DeJong? also was missing the red/green indicator but happy to hear it’s coming back!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @assy: Yea the red/green thing was completely my bad. I have it green/red on my google doc which I was working on but it didn’t carry over.
      Kingery: yes, now that he’s getting more regular ABs and could have crazy eligibility in about 2-3 weeks.
      DeJong: not really. way too streaky and smart pitchers can exploit that 41%!!!!! K rate

  21. PJF311 says:

    I have Delino Deshields coming back soon.

    Who would you drop after Deshields comes off the DL: Bradley Zimmer, Preston Tucker, Pujols?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @PJF311: Tucker unfortunately (I have him in other places) but his days are numbered with God-cuna’s eventual call up.

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