Solarte is breaking out all over! He’s halfway to his career high HR total with 9 right now. He’s a third of the way towards surpassing his career highs in runs and RBI. So what gives? Well Solarte has embraced the launch angle revolution and has dropped his ground ball rate by 7% from his career numbers. But this shouldn’t have surprised us — every year it seems like Solarte has been hitting less ground balls. In the low minors he was hitting between 50 and 60% of his balls on the ground, in the upper minors he was hitting between 40 and 50% and now he’s just taking his game to the next level. Maybe we just should’ve seen this coming?

Risers:

A.J. Pollock: This is the A.J. Pollock we were all promised in 2015. Pollock is currently the #4 outfielder according to ESPN’s biased Player Rater and is the closest hitter to having double-digit HR and SB (10/8 respectively.) All Pollock owners are all collectively holding their breath in anticipation of this year’s season-ending injury, but for now enjoy the ride.

Corey Dickerson: No one seems happier than Corey Dickerson to escape Florida.Of the big three outfielders who were traded from their Florida teams (Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Dickerson) Dickerson has more hits, RBI and stolen bases. If he keeps this pace up he could end up in the top 50 completely eclipsing his current OF mate Gregory Polanco.

Fallers:

Marcell Ozuna: I don’t know how much longer Ozuna’s 2017 keeps him high on this list. Ozuna has 17 RBI which aren’t bad, but the 2 HR, 9 runs and .263 average are really not looking good for a guy who was probably a top 5 round pick in your league. Ozuna is making hard contact on almost 50% of his balls put in play — but unfortunately he’s also hitting 50% of his balls in play on the ground. He’s pulling 44% of his balls compared to 21% going to the opposite field — I wish there was something I could pinpoint with Ozuna, but baseball is a crazy game. I think last year’s .355 BABIP lead to a career high anomaly season. Before 2013 to 2016 his batting average was .265, .269, .259, .266. Last year? 312. This year? .263.

Brett Gardner: As of right now, Brett Gardner’s batting average is under .200. His lowest batting average since his rookie season was .256. I think a bit of bad luck has befallen the Yankees leadoff man who is posting a 13.8% BB/rate, yet the highest strikeout rate of his career with a 22.5%. Could age be catching up with him? Maybe — he’s an old 34 who seems like he’s been playing so long that he’s 44. More likely, his career low .259 BABIP is causing a bit of bad luck to affect his ratios. He, like Ozuna, is also hitting far too many ground balls: 51.2%. Maybe Gardy has lost a step at 34. When you’re 27 you can turn some of those ground balls into hits. Turning 35 in August plus having an annually falling speed score is a formula for decline.

New on the Scene:

Michael Brantley: Maybe I was hesitant to rank him on account of he’s always hurt. But I can’t deny that .348 average anymore. He is putting bat to ball at an astonishing 94% contact rate and he’s only drawn 3 walks and swung through 5 strikeouts. Michael Brantley has come to play and if he keeps making contact at that rate — he could hit over .333 on the year.

Kevin Pillar: Or as I like to call him — Diet Pollock. Solarte’s teammate hasn’t allowed his batting average to dip below .265 all year. This is being fed by a .354 meaning Pillar could be a sell high candidate for you. However, Pillar has been making excellent hard contact so far this season seeing his 27.3% last year to 36.9% this year so maybe all that time getting swole is paying off. Pillar has never hit over .280 at the major league level so I think some correction is coming — but he did have a 15/15 season last year making him a valuable 4th OF for you.

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 10
11 Manny Machado BAL 3B 11
12 Aaron Judge NYY OF 12
13 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 13
14 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 14
15 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 15
16 Joey Votto CIN 1B 16
17 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 17
18 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 18
19 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B 19
20 George Springer HOU OF 20
21 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 21
22 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 22
23 Jose Abreu CHW 1B 23
24 Dee Gordon SEA 2B 24
25 Gary Sanchez NYY C 25
26 Christian Yelich MIL OF 26
27 Justin Upton ARI OF 27
28 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B NR
29 Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B 28
30 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF 29
31 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF 30
32 Starling Marte PIT OF 31
33 A.J. Pollock ARI OF 44
34 Buster Posey SF C/1B 33
35 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B 47
36 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 34
37 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B NR
38 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 36
39 Khris Davis OAK OF 37
40 Didi Gregorius NYY SS 39
41 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF 40
42 Marcell Ozuna STL OF 32
43 Eric Hosmer SD 1B 41
44 Nelson Cruz SEA DH 42
45 Tommy Pham STL OF 43
46 Jean Segura SEA SS 46
47 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF 48
48 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 49
49 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF 50
50 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 64
51 Whit Merrifield KC 2B 52
52 Andrew McCutchen SF OF 53
53 Ender Inciarte ATL OF 54
54 Ronald Acuna ATL OF 55
55 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 56
56 Javier Baez CHC SS/2B 57
57 Trevor Story COL SS 58
58 Travis Shaw MIL 3B 59
59 Rafael Devers BOS 3B 62
60 Gregory Polanco PIT OF 51
61 Matt Olson OAK 1B 67
62 Jose Martinez STL 1B 70
63 Willson Contreras CHC C 60
64 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 71
65 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 61
66 Nomar Mazara TEX OF 72
67 Adam Jones BAL OF 66
68 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 76
69 Carlos Santana PHI 1B 69
70 Hanley Ramirez BOS DH 77
71 Ryan Braun MIL OF 80
72 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 81
73 Brett Gardner NYY OF 68
74 Billy Hamilton CIN OF 73
75 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF 83
76 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B 92
77 JT Realmuto MIA C 84
78 Corey Dickerson PIT OF 100
79 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF 82
80 Yangervis Solarte TOR 2B/SS/3B NR
81 Kevin Pillar TOR OF NR
82 Salvador Perez KC C 89
83 Yadier Molina STL C 90
84 Brandon Belt SF 1B NR
85 Nick Markakis ATL OF NR
86 David Peralta ARI OF 97
87 Domingo Santana MIL OF 74
88 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 93
89 Todd Frazier NYM 3B NR
90 Matt Chapman OAK 3B 85
91 Josh Bell PIT 1B 87
92 Delino DeShields TEX OF NR
93 Tim Anderson CWS SS 95
94 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 99
95 Michael Brantley CLE OF NR
96 Christian Villanueva SD 3B NR
97 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF NR
98 Marcus Semien OAK SS NR
99 Jose Peraza CIN SS NR
100 Eduardo Escobar MIN 3B/SS NR

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

There were a lot of new arrivals because eight players in the top-100 from last week went on the disabled list!

   
  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    It’s all thanks to Yangervis’ Band-Aid mustache!

  2. Prog_Nation says:
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    Hope Au Shizz can turn it around, otherwise will be going Aww Shi ite.

    • longbeachyo says:
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      @Prog_Nation: Doesn’t look good. His swinging strike and contact percentage numbers are dreadful.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Prog_Nation: maannnnn Ive been holding off on dropping him but he’s 3 for his last 34 …………………………………………………………………………..3/34.
      Three 4 thirty-four.
      That’s .088
      Yuck.

      • Prog_Nation says:
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        @Kerry Klug: Don’t want to drop, but may see if I can trade him for someone up and coming, or close on your list. One article states he is seeing less fastballs and more breaking and falling behind in the count more often. I’ll hold him and see how he does against less than stellar pitching later this month.

        • Kerry Klug

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          @Prog_Nation: Oh my bad! I meant drop him in my rankings — sorry.

  3. J-Hova says:
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    The Dickerson vs Stanton Yelich comment is nuts, worst ballpark and supporting offense than the other two as well!

    Rosario has to be rising. Where do you see him at next week? Is top 50 feasible the way he’s hitting?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @J-Hova:
      Oh I don’t know if he’s actually the happier than the other two but he is performing really well.

  4. dfrench23 says:
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    Dahl and Brinson in the OF (with LoCain, Trout and Acuna) so Rajai Davis is on the WW. Do I make a claim and who to drop? Or I could replace either guy with Canha, L.Garcia, Altherr, Descalso, J.Pederson , Kiki Hernandez. GParra, Dietrich, H.Bader, A.Hanson, K.Calhoun or Hernan Perez.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @dfrench23: I’d drop brinson and grab Canha. Brinson has a bright future but not yet.

  5. Robert says:
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    Mancini or M. Adams?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Robert: I’d go with Adams for right now.

  6. Chucky says:
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    Week 7 @ Coors, Cargo, Dahl or Desmond?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Chucky: Call me crazy…but I think Desmond is about to go on a hot streak.

  7. LadyScorpio says:
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    What about Matt Adams?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @LadyScorpio: Matt Adams was replaced VERY late with Jose Peraza — I need more time with Adams and I need to see what happens when Eaton is back.

  8. Wile E Coyote says:
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    So-lar-te!

    I’ve been keen on him since last year. But last year it was easy to look past him, because of the lack of offensive talent surrounding him. I don’t know how much of a chance he has to rise in your rankings, but I think he’s more or less worth where he’s at. Belt and Teoscar (have you seen his barrel rates?!) are the only 2 you have after him that I mildly prefer. But that position eligibility is pure gold in some leagues.

    Twelve new names this week, so that means another twelve left us like a red-shirt leaves Star Trek. We aren’t sure who they were and we aren’t sure if we care. There are for sure new players added who probably should have been there a few weeks ago, but your conservative approach deserves respect. While you aren’t especially helping out someone looking to take some chances, you are establishing a reasonable confidence level in a range of players.

    A question though – who is the Yankees player in your profile pic? I feel like I am supposed to recognize him, as I am both old enough and a Yankee fan…

  9. Dwange says:
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    Does this person who writes this normally parodies?

    • Dwange says:
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      @Dwange:

      Really just I mean the rankings.

    • Wile E Coyote says:
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      @Dwange:

      Parodies? I don’t know what you mean. Most of the writers on this site take a lead from Grey and add some wit to their writing. I like Klug’s rankings. I mean, they’re supposed to be legit rankings, if that’s what you mean. Parody of what?

      • Dwayne says:
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        @Wile E Coyote: Jose R at 19? He’s better then springer?

        T Turner at 5? I don’t get it. Lindor is better than him at #15. And probably every player outside your top 4

        • Wile E Coyote says:
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          @Dwayne:

          A lot of rankings lists have Turner in the top 10. His value should be obvious, 50+ SB, a ton of runs, mid-teen homers+, and either avg or obp depending on your league. At SS. A 50+ SB player who doesn’t kill all of your other cats is gold.

          I’m not saying you’re an idiot for disagreeing, but you are in the minority with that viewpoint. The other error you’re making is assuming that any list is some kind of exact and perfect valuation. Its a predictive model. A generalization. Don’t obsess over precise and discrete values, try to view rankings as a blurred line.

        • TruthInNumbers says:
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          @Dwayne:

          Jose Ramirez wOBA: .400
          George Springer wOBA: .340

          Jose Ramirez wRC+: 151
          George Springer wRC+: 117

          It’s not even close. Ramirez is the far better hitter so far this season, and has been for a while now.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Dwange: I usually write parody songs. I took Nicki Minaj’s song “Chun-Li” and made a parody called “Chunky.”

      Jose Ramirez is better at every fantasy statistic than Springer. And has better position eligibility. Is that a parody suggesting Springer should be ranked higher than Ramirez?

      You do make a good point about Turner vs. Lindor. I was expecting a LOT more stolen bases from Turner and a lot of people agreed with me apparently according to their ADP (9 vs 20.) Will I flip them? Probably not — but should Lindor move up? Perhaps. Most of the players in that top 20 deserve to be there (and a few don’t. I SEE YOU GOLDSCHMIDT!)
      It’s tough to move players out of the 20 because they mostly have earned their ranking and I don’t want to overreact to one month of stats.

  10. Matt says:
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    Looking for the Paul Goldschmidt that I drafted in the first round. Any idea where he is?

    • Gg says:
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      @Matt: Arizona

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Matt: Dang man…i don’t know. I thought the humidor situation was getting overblown and even drafted him (surprisingly late) in a few leagues. I think first round Goldschmidt was left back in 2017. I am not giving up on him in the slightest — but I’d try to grab Matt Adams if he’s still available in your league.

      • Joel says:
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        @Kerry Klug: 1 fer 1, based on your top 100, what number range would you comfortably give up for Goldy?

  11. Utah Green Sox says:
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    Is Didi a sell high?

    If so, who would you be looking to dish him off for?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Utah Green Sox: I guess technically you would be selling high…but I’m not getting rid of Didi if I’m you unless you have a lot of weaknesses. What is your team looking like?

      • Utah Green Sox says:
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        @Kerry Klug:
        I’m coasting in the hitting categories. ..maybe a little lacking in Stolen Bases

        My pitchers ain’t flash and saves are hard to come by…

        There are normally good(ish) hitters and crappy pitchers on waivers in my league

        12 Team 6×6 OBP + Holds
        C Wellington Castillo
        1 – Jose Abreu
        2 – Cesar Hernandez (Murphy on DL)
        3- Freeman
        SS – Anderson
        OF – Bryant, Castellanos, Acuna
        Utl – Rendon and Didi
        Bench – Rosario

        SP – Robbie Ray (DL), Carlos Mart, Luis Castillo, Alex Wood, Bauer, Wacha, Shark, Tallion
        Saves – Allen, Treinen
        Holds – Reed, Nicasio, Kintzler, Stammen, Alvarado

        • Utah Green Sox says:
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          @Utah Green Sox:
          Or just a simple drop Anderson for like Euginio Suarez or Pillar

  12. Joel says:
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    1 fer 1, based on your top 100, what number range would you comfortably give up for Goldy?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Joel: I’d say…you’d have to get a top 25 player back for him despite his struggles. Between #25 and #40 would have to be a package.

  13. Scrody says:
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    Elvis just landed on the WW. Got Segura at SS and he’s my only SS-elig guy. Nunez in my MI slot doing nothing.

    Got the #2 spot in waivers. Trying to decide who, if anyone, to drop (in order of consideration): Jeimer (JDon & Beltre healthy!), Cervelli (not a believer yet – happy going no C), Nunez (have a feeling I’d regret dropping him later).

    Or I could let go of a P: Minor would be the likely victim. I’m thinking with this route I’d be able to slide Elvis into a DL slot and scoop Minor right back as a FA since he’s starting today (2 day waiver period).
    What’s your take on Luke Weaver?

    1) Would you use the #2 WW pick on Elvis? FA options are Anderson (-1 per K), Dansby, Kingery, Robertson, Adames
    2) Who would you drop if so?

    Thanks!

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