There were many big movers and shakers in the Top 100 this week perhaps none bigger this year (and maybe the past few years) than Josh Bell. Bell has slapped a hit in all but 9 of his 42 games so far this season. In 15 May games alone he’s hitting .383 with 12 runs, 6 HRs, and 18 RBI. (Writer update: since I started writing this, Bell has crushed another 2 HRs and 4 RBI tonight!) Bell keeps this up and he could be in top 20-25 territory.
|10||Ronald Acuna Jr.||OF||ATL||9||-1|
Cop out? You bet — but we’ve got the front runner for this year’s MVP Cody Bellinger, last year’s NL MVP and competitor for this year Christian Yelich, and the best baseball player on the planet, Mike Trout, all playing at an extremely high level. Of these three I’m still most worried about Bellinger — but it’s May 19th — maybe I’m the problem here.
New guy in the top 10 alert: George Springer! In his last 13 games, Springer has better stats than some players have all season: 19/8/18/1/.431. Yowie wowie! Springer could be top-5 if this pace keeps up!
Not letting Springer have all the fun in Houston — Bregman is killing it over his last 14 games: 12/9/20/.286.
Michael Brantley — another Astro having an out of this world past two weeks: 13 games, 10/5/13/.313.
Charlie Blackmon’s average was hovering around .220 on April 18th. Since then: 26/9/21/1/.350.
I really just wanted to bunch those middle infielders together in the low-30s and now that all of them are healthy and we’ll see who reigns supreme!
Benintendi isn’t playing badly per se, but 5 HRs and 3 SBs are just boring. He’ll always have respectable runs/RBI because he’s a Red Socks.
That’s honestly a little freaky… None of these guys really took huge steps forward or backward I guess. Conforto and Segura are most likely to move up a bit, but they’re both streaky and could hit .200 next week for all I know or go down with another injury!
|62||Fernando Tatis Jr.||SS||SD||62||0|
|63||Vlad Guerrero Jr.||3B||TOR||72||9|
Jose Ramirez watch: I’VE HAD IT! 5 more games this week — only 2 hits. He’s on the fast track off this list. Another 2 hit week — another 26 ranking drop — he’ll be at 95. Which means it’s probably a good time to buy low because he’s about to break out. I’m a reverse jinx.
I’m happy for Alex Gordon. He seems like a good dude and has been through a lot of ups and downs in his career. Someone in the comments please point out how Gordon isn’t a good guy. Here he is having a great post-hype, post-breakdown resurgence.
Little Vladito had a rough opening 11 games (6 hits in 41 ABs.) Last 6 games? 7 hits, 21 ABs, 3 HRs. I’m a true believer and expect him to pop off for the rest of the season.
Donaldson’s 23/7/21/.259 is so boringly league average that I think he could continue to fall of this list. As is Justin Turner’s 21/6/21/.285. As is Nick Castellanos’s 23/5/12/.256. They’re all still here because I know the solid offensive potential these veterans can contribute — but I just need to see it. Of the 3 I’m most high on Castellanos as the only one under the age of 33 — but don’t expect more than 60 RBI (until he is traded to the Yankees that is.)
|83||Shin Soo Choo||OF||OAK||90||7|
Dyson will probably be off this list next week — but let’s enjoy him here for now! Dyson is at the top of the NL SB race with 12, but is actually consistently making it happen with the stick for what feels like the first time in his career. 23/3/10/.284. He’s always been the 4th fill-in outfielder on whatever team he’s on — but when given starters ABs — he’s disappointed. Like I said — I really don’t think this sticks — but he deserves this spot for now.
|93||Dwight Smith Jr.||OF||BAL||91||-2|
Dahl’s .298 batting average is nice — but 3 HRs and 1 SB are not list-worthy.
With little Cron (Kevin Cron) crushing it in AAA for the D-Backs right now (18 HRs in 39 games) Walker better watch his back. They’re only 4 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and are currently one of the wild card teams in the NL. Cron is someone to stash since this team is surprisingly competitive this year.
Byron Buxton’s post-post-post-post-post hype breakout is here! The 40/40 prince who was promised is not here YET — but his 22/3/18/8/.274 line is more than good enough to make the top 100 with a LOT of room to move up. Buxton is top in the bigs in doubles with 18 and as the season goes on I’m thinking a few more of those doubles will turn into HRs. Buxton has cut his K/rate to a respectable (for his standards) 23.3%, is hitting 51.5% of his balls in the air after averaging 41.4% for his career and while his .347 BABIP is a little high — his speed and skill set are more than capable of sustaining such a number. Enjoy Buxton true believers — he’s finally putting everything together.