I’m starting a new feature for this column — Jose Ramirez Watch! The mood is tense! No one is losing more value than Ramirez right now. In a lot of leagues he was a top-10 pick and right now he isn’t even justifying a top-100 pick. It’s still early for him — but his owners have to be disappointed.

Last Week: 14 | This Week: 25

Last 7 days: 5/22, 6 runs, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 227 AVG

Another disappointing week for J-Ram, however, it is better than the previous week when he went 2 for 25. Baby steps? Here’s what I said to a commenter in last week’s top 100 column:

“JRam wasn’t hitting over .250 until April 24th last year.He’s got a higher hard contact rate so far this season (yay!) but also a higher soft contact rate (boo!) His BABIP is only .167 after last year’s 252. I’d obviously hold and wait until May 1. I think he’ll be fine — not 2018 foooiinnneee — but 2019 fine.”

Let’s see where his average sits later this week…

 

Rising

Cody Bellinger: Bellinger’s breakout is looking for real, real — not just for play, play. His numbers will humanize a bit — a hitter hasn’t hit over .400 since FDR was in office. Quick aside, according to Fangraphs, Ted Williams (who hit .406 that year) had a .378 BABIP that year. If you told him about his BABIP in 1941 though you’d probably end up with a shiner and someone would through your bowler in the mud and call you a rascal, see? They’d really give ya the business — the old 1, 2 — a knuckle sandwich, see? Where was I? BELLINGER! Right — he’s right in the middle of a fierce battle for NL MVP front-runnership with Christian Yelich. This is all for real too — he was a former top prospect and he’s just taken his game to a whole ‘nother level. A 40+/10+ season is in the making!

Tim Anderson: I don’t remember what I said exactly — but I definitely said some very unkind things about Anderson before this season. I’ll give my haters a moment to go find exactly what I said………are y’all back? Well good — because according to Anderson’s Baseball Reference headshot it looks like he read what I wrote too. Another .400+ batting average that won’t last. However, there’s no reason another 20+/20+ season won’t happen. Anderson’s .479 BABIP is sitting atop the leaderboard right now — expect that to come down and expect his average to double down with it. If you drafted Anderson late and have a suitable back-up SS, this might be a good chance to sell high.

Austin Meadows: If Meadows can maintain this production he’ll move up another 32 spots next week. Meadows was always a solid power/speed threat in the minors ranking as high as 6th on Baseball America’s prospect rankings. All he needed was a shot and he found that after his trade to Tampa Bay. The Rays are baseball’s funnest team and it’s seeming like everyone in their lineup is hitting their peak at the same time. A full season of Meadows could look like a 20+ HR/20+ SB season with close to a .300 average.

 

Falling

Kris Bryant: Last week I talked about Anthony Rizzo falling and now it’s his cross-court teammate Bryant. After a 2017 riddled with nagging injuries — I expected a full comeback from Bryant in 2019. You don’t win MVP on accident — Rookie of the Year? Maybe. Remember Angel Berroa? No one does! Bryan’s K and BB ratios are on or close to schedule, his medium and hard contact rates are better than last year, but he’s hitting 10% more of his balls on the ground this season and his BABIP is 36 points lower than last year. I’m thinking there’s still comeback potential in Bryant’s bat if you want to buy low.

Robinson Cano: I was optimistic about Cano’s season after watching him launch an Opening Day HR. Well he’s hit 1 HR since then and is barely hitting over .200 in the process. There’s two things I know are a young man’s game: baseball and stairs. Maybe after 2096 games, baseball is finally leaving Cano in the dust. If he doesn’t ramp it up soon he’ll play his last.

Jesus Aguilar: On April 1st Aguilar was ranked as high as 56 now he’s hanging on to this list for dear life. 0 HRs, .153 AVG — he might be losing playing time before he knows it, but more importantly he’ll be off my cool list just like Arnold and Gerald.

Top 100 Hitters

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Mike Trout OF LAA 1 0
2 Christian Yelich OF MIL 3 1
3 Mookie Betts OF BOS 2 -1
4 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B CHC 5 1
5 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 13 8
6 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 9 3
7 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 6 -1
8 Manny Machado SS SD 4 -4
9 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 7 -2
10 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 10 0
11 Trevor Story SS COL 17 6
12 Alex Bregman 3B/SS HOU 8 -4
13 Khris Davis DH OAK 15 2
14 Bryce Harper OF PHI 11 -3
15 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS 19 4
16 Paul Goldschmidt 1B StL 12 -4
17 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 16 -1
18 Aaron Judge OF NYY 18 0
19 Juan Soto OF WAS 21 2
20 Starling Marte OF PIT 23 3
21 Rhys Hoskins OF PHI 24 3
22 Whit Merrifield 2B KC 29 7
23 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 30 7
24 Andrew Benintendi OF BOS 20 -4
25 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 14 -11
26 Giancarlo Stanton OF NYY 25 -1
27 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 26 -1
28 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 27 -1
29 Carlos Correa SS HOU 28 -1
30 Lorenzo Cain OF MIL 31 1
31 Tommy Pham OF TBR 32 1
32 Marcell Ozuna OF StL 36 4
33 George Springer OF HOU 33 0
34 Mitch Haniger OF SEA 40 6
35 Domingo Santana OF SEA 54 19
36 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 34 -2
37 Trea Turner SS WAS 35 -2
38 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 37 -1
39 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 42 3
40 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 38 -2
41 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC 22 -19
42 Tim Anderson SS CHW 71 29
43 Gleyber Torres 2B NYY 41 -2
44 Michael Conforto OF NYM 49 5
45 Jean Segura SS PHI 43 -2
46 Corey Seager SS LAD 44 -2
47 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 47 0
48 Wil Myers 3B/OF SD 50 2
49 Edwin Encarnacion 1B SEA 53 4
50 Mike Moustakas 3B MIL 57 7
51 Michael Brantley OF HOU 59 8
52 David Peralta OF ARI 60 8
53 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 61 8
54 Yasmani Grandal C MIL 62 8
55 Josh Donaldson 3B ATL 46 -9
56 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 39 -17
57 Nick Castellanos OF DET 48 -9
58 Joey Votto 1B CIN 51 -7
59 Justin Turner 3B LAD 52 -7
60 Matt Carpenter 1B/3B StL 55 -5
61 Max Muncy 1B/3B LAD 68 7
62 Elvis Andrus SS TEX 77 15
63 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 80 17
64 Austin Meadows OF TBR 96 32
65 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 56 -9
66 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 67 1
67 David Dahl OF COL 63 -4
68 Yasiel Puig OF CIN 65 -3
69 Yoan Moncada 2B CHW 82 13
70 Joey Gallo 1B/OF TEX 78 8
71 Stephen Piscotty OF OAK 66 -5
72 Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B TOR 69 -3
73 Gary Sanchez C NYY 74 1
74 Willson Contreras C CHC 75 1
75 Mallex Smith OF SEA 70 -5
76 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 72 -4
77 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 83 6
78 Robinson Cano 2B NYM 45 -33
79 Travis Shaw 2B/3B MIL 58 -21
80 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 64 -16
81 Jonathan Villar 2B BAL 76 -5
82 Wilson Ramos C NYM 79 -3
83 Dee Gordon 2B/OF SEA 92 9
84 Victor Robles OF WAS 91 7
85 Trey Mancini OF/1B BAL 97 12
86 Jason Heyward OF CHC 99 13
87 A.J. Pollock OF LAD 81 -6
88 Kolten Wong 2B StL 100 12
89 Paul DeJong SS STL 98 9
90 Maikel Franco 3B PHI 95 5
91 Amed Rosario SS NYM 84 -7
92 Enrique Hernandez 2B/SS/OF LAD 94 2
93 Eduardo Escobar SS/3B ARI 86 -7
94 Aaron Hicks OF NYY 87 -7
95 Nomar Mazara OF TEX 88 -7
96 Jurickson Profar 1B/SS/3B TEX 90 -6
97 Jesus Aguilar 1B MIL 73 -24
98 Ender Inciarte OF ATL 93 -5
99 Dan Vogelbach 1B SEA NA
100 Brandon Lowe 2B TBR NA
  1. Mike says:
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    What makes Lorenzo Cain a top 30 hitter? Even ahead of Blackmon/Lindor?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      If Lindor shows he’s healthy (which he already has started to) he’ll be back in the top-20 range.
      Blackmon is starting to heat up a bit — but I love Cain. He should lead the NL in runs and if he reaches 10/30/.300 again — that’s moneeyyyy!

  2. krazyivan says:
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    How close to top 100 would Joc Pederson and Jorge Polanco? They a both seeing and hitting the ball hard this spring. Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Reallllll close.
      Pederson just needs to maintain this pace and Polanco needs to stay off the juice (which he obviously will.)

  3. happyharry says:
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    12 team, H2H, 6X6..Which one would you cut? Enrique Hernandez, Cano, Castellanos…thanks,

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Cano.

  4. Anodyne says:
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    Not buying the Hunter Dozier breakout just yet?

    • Chet says:
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      2 hits including another HR today! Next week……

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I don’t knowwwww…if his average craters I’m out.
      I’m cycolpsing him — but with a side eye.

  5. toolshed says:
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    Would you cut peraza in a 12 team mixed. I got polanco as a reserve ss and Lindor. Peraza was supposed to help me sb now he is losing playing time. Toussant sent down so I was looking at soroka. Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Yea Peraza gotta go until he sorts his life out.
      Soroka is a good grab.

  6. Zeus says:
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    Throw not through. Now I know why grammarly is a a thing

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Clearly I was doing the old-timey spelling, see?

  7. Handy Afterall says:
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    Ahoy,

    I know mazara actually makes your top-100, whereas these other guys don’t, but would you be starting any of them ahead of mazara this week?

    H dozier
    J wendle
    N goodrum
    R laureano

    Also…is that how you’d rank them ros?

    Weekly h2h obp league.

    Thanks,
    Handy

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Give me Dozier, Goodrum, Laureano, Mazara Wendle in OBP.

  8. MARK e Penn says:
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    Picked up Eddie Rosario and Marcell Ozuna off the free agent pile before last week. That they aren’t risers or rated higher means you weren’t looking close enough.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      Ozuna’s up 4 spots and Rosario 3. Rather than complain that someone on the internet who’s writing for a site providing some of the best fantasy baseball content there is for free hasn’t ranked ‘your guys’ high enough for your liking, I’d be more inclined to be happy about the fact that I play in a league where those guys are even available.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Picked them up?
      Lucky dog!
      I’ll look closer — but I’m happy with where they are this week.

  9. Dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Kerry
    You said that now is a good time to sell high on T.Anderson. Which struggling SP should i target? Kluber, Nola, Syndegaard, Flaherty, Cole, Wheeler? Which 3 would you aim for? I know that im buying low but Anderson is killing it right now and I want to strike while the iron is hot.

  10. Tony says:
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    Would you trade Rizzo to get Starling Marte? Buying low on Marte on the DL now

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’d hold for a little while — this injury is looking a bit more serious than we first expected.

  11. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hey!

    In my keeper league which I took 1st in 2017 and 2nd in 2018, I kept Stanton, Benintendi, Soto, and Hoskins

    Keep 4, I let’s Bellinger and Khris Davis go. Looking bad.

    The first 3 weeks of the season my opponents have combined for the following:

    146 runs
    54 home runs
    141 rbi
    15 sb

    Is that normal? Lol. Definitely the oddest start to a season I’ve ever had. I mean I’m getting outplayed by teams whose own Ryan Braun (oddly enough I went again the owner who owns him in week one where he went for 3HR and 12RBI with a .300 average) and Asdrubal Cabrera. I feel like I need to vent in some platform lol. That is a bit insane thought, 54 home runs?

    Anyhow, part of the problem is Travis Shaw. Would you drop him or bench him? Problem is he’s my only 3B.

    The options I have the wire range from Wendel (coming off DL soon and I have a DL spot open), Pinder who doesn’t play enough, Renato Nunez, Tommy La Stella is hitting home runs, Eduardo Escobar?

    These are the type of guys I have to choose from. I’m hesitant to drop Shaw because he seems like a sure 30/100 guys but he’s not doing dick and it would figure the year I draft him he can’t get a hit let alone any counting stats. What should I do? I Feel like I drafted horribly this season.

    Would you also drop Alfaro for Garver? I need some production somewhere. I’m avg about 6 home rubs and 20/20 runs rbi a week.

    Thanks!!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Bench him — he’ll come around.
      I also think EEscobar is going to come around.
      La Stella might not hit another HR all season for all we know. 6 is already his career high.
      This has been a completely random season so far so patience will be rewarded.
      No, I would stick with Alfaro–Garver won’t hit .400 for long.

  12. LG Baseball says:
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    Great stuff!

    I have Bellinger and Meadows and enjoying the ride. If Meadows hits those projections where do you think you would rank him on next year’s top 100 keeper listing?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Top 35-40 for sure. I’d be a little nervous about a let down, but he’s got the pedigree.
      Hopefully he’s a quick healer.

  13. Overlord1317 says:
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    Yasiel Puig (actually, about thirty to forty different players) above Yoan Moncada?

    I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up on current events …

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’m not going to forgive Moncada’s .234 career average the past 3 years. Every player goes on streaks — Moncada could bottom out again next week for all we know.

  14. thorbs says:
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    Nice writeup!

    What are you expecting out of Inciarte to keep him in the top 100? I’m debating dropping him outright in a 12-team dynasty league for Cole Tucker, as I’m not seeing much difference between Inciarte than guys on my bench like Fletcher or Camargo, especially as he’s hitting low in the order now.

    • thorbs says:
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      FWIW, I’m balls deep in the outfield (Pache, Waters on the farm, Stewart in the IR, and I’ve got the holy trinity of Trout, Betts and Yelich along with Ozuna and Robles.

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry Klug says:
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        You have WHO in your OF?! Trout, Betts, Yelich, Ozuna AND ROBLES?!
        Your infield better be nick johnson, david eckstein etc to have THAT type of outfield.
        Drop Inciarte and pick up anyone and you’ll be fine.
        I still think Inciarte could be a run and SB threat going forward, but he’s your 6th OF.

  15. Cole says:
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    You would seriously draft Puig over Gallo in a redraft? Come on

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Puig could go 20/20/.270 by season’s end and is in a better lineup.
      Gallo could go 40/5/.200.
      Gallo’s highest batting average is .209 — forgive me for not buying on .280 just yet.

      • Daniel Moran says:
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        Have you seen Gallos peripherals? Past results not indicative of future performance

  16. Cole says:
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    You would draft Puig over Gallo right now? Come on

  17. Andrew Eaton says:
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    Still no love for Tatis, huh? SMH. Not sure how adalberto is top 25 but Tatis isnt even top 75…

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      There are going to be growing pains for both — I’m not going to have a guy with 79 career ABs ranked super high right away. He could get there obviously — he’s a 30/30 threat — but let’s see how he does in a few more games.

  18. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Some impatient owners in my 10 team H2H (6×5 with OPS) have dropped Abreu, Votto, and D. Murphy. I have a roster spot available to grab one of them. Any suggestions on which one would be best from here forward? Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’d go: Murphy, Abreu, Votto

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