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.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1a Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 3 2
1b Christian Yelich OF MIL 2 1
1c Mike Trout OF LAA 1 0
4 Trevor Story SS COL 4 0
5 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B CHC 5 0
6 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 6 0
7 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 8 1
8 George Springer OF HOU 15 7
9 Mookie Betts OF BOS 7 -2
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!

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
11 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 10 -1
12 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS 11 -1
13 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 12 -1
14 Alex Bregman 3B/SS HOU 22 8
15 Joey Gallo 1B/OF TEX 30 15
16 Rhys Hoskins OF PHI 13 -3
17 Tim Anderson SS CHW 14 -3
18 Whit Merrifield 2B KC 17 -1
19 Manny Machado SS SD 21 2
20 Mitch Haniger OF SEA 25 5

Not letting Springer have all the fun in Houston — Bregman is killing it over his last 14 games: 12/9/20/.286.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
21 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 26 5
22 Michael Brantley OF HOU 37 15
23 Marcell Ozuna OF StL 16 -7
24 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 34 10
25 Paul Goldschmidt 1B StL 18 -7
26 Bryce Harper OF PHI 20 -6
27 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 35 8
28 Domingo Santana OF SEA 24 -4
29 Lorenzo Cain OF MIL 29 0
30 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 19 -11

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.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
31 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 31 0
32 Carlos Correa SS HOU 32 0
33 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 33 0
34 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 39 5
35 Trea Turner SS WAS 40 5
36 Yoan Moncada 2B CHW 45 9
37 David Peralta OF ARI 44 7
38 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC 61 23
39 Andrew Benintendi OF BOS 28 -11
40 Josh Bell 1B PIT 69 29

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!

Kris Bryant is acting like he plays for the Astros too in his last 14 games: 18/8/17/0/.377.

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.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
41 Juan Soto OF WAS 23 -18
42 Elvis Andrus SS TEX 36 -6
43 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 42 -1
44 Tommy Pham OF TBR 27 -17
45 Khris Davis DH OAK 38 -7
46 Willson Contreras C CHC 49 3
47 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 41 -6
48 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 46 -2
49 Edwin Encarnacion 1B SEA 47 -2
50 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 48 -2

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
51 Paul DeJong SS STL 50 -1
52 Mike Moustakas 3B MIL 51 -1
53 Gleyber Torres 2B NYY 52 -1
54 Aaron Judge OF NYY 53 -1
55 Starling Marte OF PIT 54 -1
56 Giancarlo Stanton OF NYY 55 -1
57 Michael Conforto OF NYM 56 -1
58 Jean Segura SS PHI 57 -1
59 Victor Robles OF WAS 58 -1
60 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 59 -1

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!

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
61 Yasmani Grandal C MIL 60 -1
62 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 62 0
63 Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B TOR 72 9
64 Hunter Dozier 1B/3B KC 70 6
65 Max Muncy 1B/3B LAD 71 6
66 Ketel Marte 2B/SS/OF ARI 64 -2
67 Alex Gordon OF KC 87 20
68 Jonathan Villar 2B BAL 66 -2
69 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 43 -26
70 Luke Voit 1B NYY 77 7

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.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
71 Brandon Lowe 2B TBR 63 -8
72 Ryan Braun OF LAD 97 25
73 Austin Meadows OF TBR 78 5
74 Jorge Polanco SS MIN 88 14
75 Trey Mancini OF/1B BAL 80 5
76 Eduardo Escobar SS/3B ARI 85 9
77 Joc Pederson OF LAD 86 9
78 Josh Donaldson 3B ATL 67 -11
79 Justin Turner 3B LAD 68 -11
80 Nick Castellanos OF DET 74 -6

The opposite of Alex GordonRyan Braun doesn’t really deserve good things, but he’s killing it in his last 14 games: 12/4/14/3/.438.

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.)

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
81 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 65 -16
82 Yasiel Puig OF CIN 89 7
83 Shin Soo Choo OF OAK 90 7
84 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 94 10
85 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 75 -10
86 Dee Gordon 2B/OF SEA 76 -10
87 Jarrod Dyson OF ARI NA
88 Stephen Piscotty OF OAK 79 -9
89 Daniel Murphy 1B/2B COL 73 -16
90 Maikel Franco 3B PHI 82 -8

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.

Daniel Murphy is the latest veteran who is going to find himself off this list following Joey Votto to listless obscurity.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
91 Andrelton Simmons SS LAA 96 5
92 Gary Sanchez C NYY 83 -9
93 Dwight Smith Jr. OF BAL 91 -2
94 Hunter Pence OF TEX 92 -2
95 Rafael Devers 3B BOS NA
96 Wil Myers 3B/OF SD 93 -3
97 Christian Walker 1B ARI 95 -2
98 Dan Vogelbach 1B SEA 98 0
99 David Dahl OF COL 84 -15
100 Byron Buxton OF MIN NA

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.

  1. Matthew Bauer says:
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    Did I miss Rizzo?

    • David says:
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      Good stuff, thanks. Please rank these ss both for ROS and next 5 years from a fantasy standpoint: Story, Correa and Mondesi. Thanks

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Next 5yrs wtf lol

        • David says:
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          You read well

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry Klug says:
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        I guess it has to be Mondesi, Story, Correa — based on age and SB. In 5 years Story will be 31 — Mondesi will be 28.
        Mondesi/Story is very close though — but I like 20/50 better than 25/25

        • Harley Earl says:
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          Wrong Answer!!!

          Story is not 25/25. Last year he was 37/27 with 108 RBIs. Don’t sell those RBIs short.

          And, if you haven’t noticed, Story is on pace for 39/28 this year and another 100+ RBIs. That’s significantly more than 25/25.

          Close call here but I’d much rather have Story even with the age difference. In five years, yeah, I’d rather have Mondessi. But not until then and even then, that speed will probably depreciate quite a bit for both. The power of Story, especially in Coors, won’t

  2. Strange says:
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    No Rizzo or Soto?

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      Soto 41
      Rizzo 50

  3. BH says:
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    Where would Eloy rank now that he is off the IL?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Honestly — no where just yet. He needs to show me a bit more.

  4. Joe Schmo says:
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    Pham an omission?

  5. Dane says:
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    No Eugenio Suarez?

  6. Richard A Davis says:
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    No Chavis? He’s been a BEAST since being called up…

    • keith o branstetter says:
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      I was just about to post about Chavis. How the hell could he not make the list and pretty high. Rizzo is top 100 easy.

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry Klug says:
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        I don’t usually like to overreact to rookies, but Chavis is making the case. It’ll be interesting to see what the Sox do with Pedroia though.

  7. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Juan Soto?

  8. jeffino says:
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    Where dafak is Rizzo?

  9. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Willson Contreras?

  10. stevie says:
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    What happened is you went from 40 to 51 in the rankings, that’s why there’s missing names…

  11. Fred says:
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    E. Suarez?

  12. daniel says:
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    You only put up a top 90 youre missing 41-50. Please update when you can. Keep rocking

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      ah

  13. David says:
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    Also, who would you rather have, Benintendi or Meadows? Thanks.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Wow — great question. Both 24, both former top 10 prospects, both in solid lineups, I guess I’m giving Benintendi a bit more slack because of his 374 game history vs Meadows’s 87. There’s some course correction coming.

  14. CJ Cron’s Momma says:
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    Cron’s 12 dongs not top 100?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Cron’s been off my radar since his first 28 games only saw 5 HRs and a .220 avg.
      If he can put up another 15 games like his most recent: 7 HRs, .328 avg — we’ll talk.

      • Zeus says:
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        Guess your radar isn’t good that you missed the last 15 games.

        • Pousse-Pousse says:
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          Now now, don’t be snooty and snotty

  15. Fred says:
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    Please disregard my “E. Suarez?” My apologies for the oversight.

  16. john1689 says:
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    How does Rizzo drop in rankings after hitting .308 (20-for-65) with seven homers and 16 RBI over his last 16 games?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Fun with numbers: he has 3 hits since May 10th . He’s on his way up though.

      • john1689 says:
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        He sat 4 straight games from May 12- May 15 thought? Not really a fair point.

  17. Harley Earl says:
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    Where’s Austin Riley!!!! After that week, he’s got to be top 100!!!!!

    You know you want to rank him!!!! Don’t fight it. Just do it!

    • Harley Earl says:
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      Well would you look at that. Riley hit another bomb tonight!!! He belongs at #99!!!

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry Klug says:
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        I don’t know how long he’ll be up though. Once Inciarte’s healthy he could be right back down — I know that’s a ways away, but I’m not going to overreact right away.

        • Harley Earl says:
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          What’s the fun of it if you don’t over-react and get all emotional and silly?

          You’re no fun! I’m going home and taking my toys with me!!!

          • Harley Earl says:
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            UPDATE: Riley hit another bomb tonight.

            OK, so that’s four HR in eight games, or four HR in 29 at-bats. However way you want to slice it, we both know this man is already Top 100!!!

  18. Milad says:
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    Not sure Ozzie Albies deserves to be this high…also don’t know why you’re selling Vogelbach short. Both the counting and underlying stats seem to indicate this is legit. And hes got the prospect pedigree to boot. If Alonso is top 30, why is Dan 60 spots lower?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Vogelbach can disappear at times — he went 18 games with only 8 hits and 1 HR. Vogelbach was never as highly touted as a prospect as Alonso.

  19. Spencer says:
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    What the heck do I do with Soto? Keep playing the patience game and see if he finally breaks into consistent production or do you think there’s alarming signs already developing?

    • Kerry Klug

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      It’s looking like the classic case of a sophomore slump. I can’t really put my finger on it though. He’s striking out a bit more, but hitting less ground balls. He’s hitting for a lower soft contact rate, but also lower hard contact rate. His BABIP is lower, yet not astronomically. You have to hold on to him hoping he can turn it around, but again — sophomore slumps are unpredictable. He was crushing fast balls last year — pitchers are adjusting to him now and he needs to respond.

  20. Riley freeman says:
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    Mr current lineup is

    W Ramos
    R Hoskins
    O Albies
    N Arenado
    G Torres
    E Rosario
    B Harper
    A benentendi
    F Reyes
    B buxton
    D Voguelbach
    H dozier
    D gregorious
    A judge

    L Castillo
    C Morton
    D German
    M Soroka
    Y Kikuchi
    L Giolito
    M fried
    Z Eflin
    J Musgrove
    E Diaz
    T Glasnow

    Who do I drop for victor Robles?

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      Efflin – his FIP is almost 4 and K’ s are mediocre

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’d have to agree on Eflin — he’s also got Vince Velasques and yes, even Nick Pivetta waiting in the wings for a return.

  21. uncle ernie says:
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    Good stuff and thanks. My Blackmon and deGrom and La Stella for his JD Martenez and Hader and Moose? thanks

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      its close but I’d do it. i’m guessing you’re good to go on pitching if you’re giving up DeGrom

      • uncle ernie says:
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        My pitching is good with Sale. Scherzer. Price. Luke Weaver. Martin Perez I need saves and thers the likes of Minor and Kikuchi on waivers. Thinking JD will end up alot higher than Blackmon in the end.Thanks

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:
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          I’m thinking JD has an out of this world second half. No numbers for a reason — just a feeling.

  22. WhiteRabbit says:
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    Efflin – his FIP is almost 4 and K’ s are mediocre

  23. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    My man, what’s the appeal of Andrew McCutchen at this point in his career? I own him, but I’m about a hot second from cutting bait. He doesn’t hit for power, his batting average is terrible, and he hasn’t stole a base in about four years. Yeah, he might score a few runs at the top of the Phillies lineup, but if they’re smart, he won’t be at the top of the lineup for much longer. Honestly trying to find a reason to keep him. Why do you have him ranked?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      He’s leading the league in my respect. Yea, he’ll be tumbling soon — I really had high hopes for him this year.

  24. I was offered Lorenzo Cain (29) for my Tommy Pham (44). Points league; R 1, TB 1, RBI 1, BB 1, K -1, SB 1. Pull the trigger on that trade then?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Eh — it’s kind of a push. I’m just really disappointed with Pham’s lineup stats right now. 17 runs? 18 RBI? We deserve more!

  25. 183414 says:
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    I’ll take Gleyber over Benny Tendy all day long, and for the rest of their careers. Torres is 2 yrs. younger, and he does have 3 s.b.’s, so though we can’t call him a 5 cat player yet, he’s heading in the right direction. Add Stanton, Judge, and Hicks to the every day roster, and Gleyber’s counting stats will only increase.

  26. 183414 says:
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    Let me add Albies 20 spots ahead of Torres. Need to fix that…….yesterday.

  27. Harley Earl says:
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    Well Wil Myers was finally put out to pasture!! Haha! About time.

    Good to see you give Muncy his bump up to #65. That feels about right. He got another bomb tonight. That’s 10 in 49 game or basically one every 5 games, so he’s on pace for 32 HR. Yeah, that’s right where he belongs. Can’t believe people think he sucks.

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