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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