Introducing the interrobang list! (You’ll find it at the bottom of the top 100.) What’s an interrobang you may be asking yourself? An interrobang essentially is a hybrid of a question mark and an exclamation point. When someone says something like “What in the world?!” You can save yourself some space and use the interrobang. “Okay cool, weirdo — how does this apply to fantasy baseball?” The interrobang list at the bottom are a few guys who didn’t make the Top 100 list proper, but are still people that are making me go “?!”

Risers:

Javier Baez: An interrobanger himself, Baez has been one of the best hitters over the last 15 days. He has 13 runs, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB and a .349 AVG. Joe Maddon has even moved Baez into the 2nd spot and Baez responded with 6 hits in 11 at bats. He won’t keep this up — but he’s still a solid contributor hitting in the top third of one of the best lineups in baseball.

Jed Lowrie: Ladies and gentlemen your AL MVP! He’s hitting a saucy .372 and is leading the planet in RBI with 22. But he’s going to turn into Bruce Banner again soon. His contact rate is 81% which is almost identically on pace to his career 82%. So what is explaining this career break-out season so far? His .406 BABIP is over 100 points higher than his career numbers. A 34-year old break-out is almost an oxymoron so even though it’s past 4/20 — sell as high as you possibly can.

Fallers:

Matt Carpenter: One of the biggest fallers this week, Carpenter can’t buy a hit in these first few weeks. If he was sacrificing for power like he has in the past few years this wouldn’t be a problem, but he’s only got 2 HR and 10 RBI. I’m pretty certain Carpenter is still nursing his back and shoulder injuries that he suffered through in spring training. I think the best thing the Cardinals could do is give him a 10 day DL stint to rest and recover.

Marwin Gonzalez: How much is positional eligibility worth to you? A sub-.200 average? 5 runs? 7 RBI? I’m predicting Gonzalez will bounce back. His walk rate is up from last year though his strikeout rate is up slightly as well though. His contact rate may be down but his BABIP is down over 100 points as well. He’s hitting a slightly higher percentage of line drives than ground balls with a significantly lower hard hit percentage. If he can start getting harder contact those line drive outs will start turning into line drive hits.

Interrobangers:

Yangervis Solarte: Who the heck is this guy? Solarte certainly has .280 AVG potential, he hit .286 as recently as 2016, but this 19.2% HR/FB is 8 percentage points higher than any other number in his career. Maybe another change of scenery was just what Solarte needed to break out. If he keeps this up he’ll be on the Top 100 soon enough. However, if he returns to what he has been in the past (like I expect him to) he won’t even be a banger anymore.

Christian Villanueva: I told you in February that Villanueva was going to be the front-runner for NL Rookie of the Year, but none of you believed me! Obviously no one predicted this. Villanueva is crushing lefties to a .524 clip with 5 HRs, but has only hit .212 with 1 HR against righties. Here’s what I said about Villanueva in my injury article article earlier this week: “His last year in triple-A (2017) he had a .923 OPS vs righties. If Villanueva can start hitting righties just as hard as he’s been killing lefties — we might have a league winner on our hands!”

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

Top 100 Hitters:

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

 

Interrobang List:

? Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
? Yangervis Solarte TOR 2B/SS/3B
? Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF
? Todd Frazier NYM 3B
? Scott Kingery PHI 2B
? Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF
? Ryan Flaherty ATL 2B/3B
? Christian Villanueva SD 3B
? Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 2B/SS/3B
? Kevin Pillar TOR OF
? Yasmani Grandal LAD C
? Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
? David Peralta ARI OF
? Preston Tucker ATL OF

 

 

There you have it — let me know what you think in the comments below!

  1. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    As a Rendon owner, I really wish he deserved that rank

    • Joel says:
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      @Fungazi 2.0: as a Rendon owner, I really wish they’d make a DL decision

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry Klug says:
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        @Joel: I’m a believer… But that dl stint finally came.

    • LAuNCanGLeS says:
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      @Fungazi 2.0: Lol seriously nobody in the world would give up Hoskins for him atm. This list is a little…weird.

  2. Josh says:
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    Would you trade Yelich for Bergman? Just received this offer.
    I always fear the sophomore slump, so Bergman scares me a bit. Not sure if he’s just getting unlucky at this point in the season.

    My outfield at the moment is Conforto, Cain, Harper, Benintendi
    My 3B is Machado and SS is Correa.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Josh: good lord. Is this a 4 team league? I’d trade bregman for pitching help unless your pitching is Kluber scherzer Kershaw.

      • RoPo says:
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        @Kerry Klug: lol. it is quite the squadron. i’ll say this about bryce harper — if history repeats itself, there is a better than 50% chance he is not there for you when it matters in September, whether by injury or late season slump / resting up for playoffs. i’d keep yelich.

        • Ropo says:
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          @RoPo: + brewers will be fighting for playoffs

  3. coacher says:
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    1B – Votto, CI Carlos Santana, U-Pujols, 1 bench spot Logan Morrison. Cron is on the WW. Drop LoMo or Pujols for Cron or stay put?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @coacher: stay out. Who knows with Cron.

  4. Joel says:
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    I see Hoskins is in neutral territory. That’s ok!

    Just had an offer:

    My Hoskins for Votto/Paxton.

    Gonna have to drop either Wacha, Merrifield, C. Taylor

    Ya? Na?

    I’m leaning towards ya! Thanks for the new list.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Joel: I have Hoskins as my nl MVP pick this year… But that’s a solid haul. I’d drop wacha.

  5. Nathan says:
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    Teoscar is on a tear! Didn’t expect that at all…. just wondering if this is sustainable. So glad I picked him up, already have trade offers coming in for him.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Nathan: teoscar has always been one of the best dual threats in the minors. It’s just his k/rate that makes us all nervous. Ride him for now… But pitchers will start to figure him out. They alwaayyyssss do. Trade him if you can live without him and improve your weaknesses elsewhere.

  6. Foul balls says:
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    Is this a top 100 players list or 100 top hitters list as there appears to be some hitters with absolutely horrible numbers.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Foul balls: top 100 hitters going forward… Who are you questioning?

  7. TTRA1N says:
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    Buy high on Baez? Or just a lil hot streak?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @TTRA1N: I’d wait a week and the buy low!

  8. Jon Gray's Broken toe says:
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    WATCH OUT! The Jorge Soler train is coming. In years past this guy was crazy aggressive at the plate. This year, this year, I don’t know who is standing in the batter’s box for Soler. Whoever is hitting for him has been extremely patient.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Jon Gray’s Broken toe: a 3 walk game for Soler?! Your comment just made me take a look in my 14teamleague and I grabbed him. Tip of the hat to you!

  9. Robert Rich says:
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    Hey guys , was there a top 100 SP article/list last week? What about for this week?

  10. Simps says:
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    I see Judge (12) and Springer (20) aren’t far apart on your top 100. I have an offer on the table for my Judge and S. Gray for his Syndergaard and Springer.

    It’s a 12 team keeper league. Standard 6×6. My other hitter keeper options include Freeman, Bryant, Marte/Baez.

    I won’t necessarily keep Noah as one of my arms.

    Do you make this deal?

    Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Simps: In a keeper league I like Judge best in that trade. I’ll admit I was skeptical that last year was going to be Judge’s best year — but he’s somehow getting better?!
      I say no.

  11. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Where’s Conforto?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Hebrew Hammer: Love Conforto but he needs to get that .213 average up — I think he will.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Kerry Klug: back injury. not healthy from that. and carpenter’s shoulder injury started about exactly a year ago, he’s not been able to drive balls since that time. due to really bad thinking (on his part likely caused by religiosity, on coaches part matheny likely believing him when he says he’s healthy) he never got that shoulder injury fixed.

  12. Wile E Coyote says:
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    Awesome! LOVE the formatting, LOVE the interrobang (both as punctuation and as a list modification).

    I excuse Conforto’s absence in probably the same way you do – coming back from shoulder surgery is kind of a big deal, and he doesn’t even have 400 ABs backing him up. That said, I like him more than a few OFs who made the list, but I couldn’t objectively justify it.

    Josh Bell is a 1B. Typos happen.

    Dansby Swanson looks more like an interrobanger to me. Less of one than Solarte, who at least had Petco to blame last year.

    I think Lowrie is more than a sell-high. If he converts 15 – 20% of his doubles into homers (from last year), presumably through the launch angle dance revolution, he plays as a top 10 2b. If not, then he’s the same waiver bait that most people will have invested in him in the first place. But I’d still sell him as a top 10 2b, in case you meant sell “that” high.

    Outside of OBP leagues, I think I was wrong about Matt Davidson. I think he still plays there, but he’s going to be a streaky path to an upside of 30ish dongs.

    I’m nervously pessimistic about Seager-the-Younger’s offense and elbow this year.

    Enjoying watching (and owning!) Albies rise to the top.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Wile E Coyote: I love Conforto — hate that I have 0 shares of him anywhere. I think he has the potential to jump on this list.
      Yea if you’ve got an inpatient Schoop/Murphy owner or a Scooter Gennett owner who got duped by 2017 — offer them Lowrie.
      We all hope guys with 30+% K rates will work hard in the offseason to bring that number down — but if they haven’t worked on it now — this might just be who they are.

      Saw an interesting tweet last night — who would you rather have? Didi or Corey Seager?

      • Wile E Coyote says:
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        @Kerry Klug:

        Right now, Didi. Next year, Didi. Part of this is that I am WAY lower on Seager than almost everyone else. I think it all goes back to the elbow from last summer. But the other part is that Didi is a legit 25hr, with 30ish potential, hitting in the best part of the best lineup in baseball. I believed the power a month ago, but the lineup slot wasn’t so sure a thing until recently.

        I loved Seager last year, to the point of over-drafting him. I missed on Didi, and I’m a Yankee fan. I rate Seager somewhere in the 80 – 90 range, and Didi maybe in the 30 – 40 range (of hitters).

        Great question though.

  13. Ezdoesit74 says:
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    Always enjoy the list, thoughts on Ozunas cold start? He was recently dropped in my league, but I’d have to drop Eddie Rosario or Moncada to add him.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Ezdoesit74: I would drop Rosario for Ozuna.

  14. ESB says:
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    @Kerry Klug: Thanks man, appreciate it!

  15. assy says:
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    does anyone know when Razzball is bringing back the top 100 pitchers??

    • The Harrow says:
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      @assy: once a month, it still exists. ralph said this IN the last 100 SP post. check it, it’s there.

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