#100. One hundred. Benjamin Franklin. C-note. One hunnit (RIP Nipsey Hussle.) That’s where you’ll find Jose Ramirez this week. Last week he was sitting at a no-so-nice #69 and he had another awful week: 6 games, 20 ABs, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 HRs, 0 RBI, 0 SB. Sorry Ramirez fans — his season line: 193 ABs, 17 runs, 4 HRs, 15 RBI, 12 SBs, .197 is not a top-100 player anymore. However, this might be a perfect buy low opportunity since Ramirez is an avid Razzballer and doesn’t want to find himself missing from the most controversial column on the site.

Top 100 Hitters

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 1 0
2 Christian Yelich OF MIL 1 -1
3 Mike Trout OF LAA 1 -2
4 Trevor Story SS COL 4 0
5 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 6 1
6 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B CHC 5 -1
7 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 7 0
8 George Springer OF HOU 8 0
9 Mookie Betts OF BOS 9 0
10 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 10 0

Not too much shake-up in my top 10. All of you are going to be mad at George Springer staying in the top 10, but it is looking like he won’t miss too much time and I still have him this high going forward. Sorry haters.

The other change at the tippy top was really just semantics E.B. White. Last week I had Bellinger, Yelich and Trout 1a, b and c respectively. I’m officially giving the nod to Bellinger this week. Yes Yelich has the HRs and RBI, but Belly has the runs, RBI and AVG. And look out lil Mikey Trout — Trevor Story has you beat in runs, HRs, RBI and SBs.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
11 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS 12 1
12 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 13 1
13 Alex Bregman 3B/SS HOU 14 1
14 Joey Gallo 1B/OF TEX 15 1
15 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 11 -4
16 Josh Bell 1B PIT 40 24
17 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 21 4
18 Rhys Hoskins OF PHI 16 -2
19 Tim Anderson SS CHW 17 -2
20 Whit Merrifield 2B KC 18 -2

There he is — Josh Bell. His numbers this year actually compare favorably to Yelich and Bellinger sans the speed game. Bell might unseat Springer in next week’s rankings if he can keep this up.

Don’t overreact to J.D.’s drop — his numbers aren’t so hot right now, but is there anyone else you are expecting to have an unbelievably explosive 2nd-half than Martinez? There is no better power threat in the game capable of going off at the drop of a hat.

On May 7th, Eddie Rosario’s batting average was sitting at a sad .225. In the 17 games since he’s hit .394 with 14 runs, 4 HR, 17 RBI and even snatched 2 SBs. The 15 games before that, however, he only had 8 hits (.136 AVG) so hopefully he isn’t that extremely streaky.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
21 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 50 29
22 Michael Brantley OF HOU 22 0
23 Marcell Ozuna OF StL 23 0
24 Mitch Haniger OF SEA 20 -4
25 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 24 -1
26 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 27 1
27 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC 38 11
28 Manny Machado SS SD 19 -9
29 Bryce Harper OF PHI 26 -3
30 Lorenzo Cain OF MIL 29 -1

There’s more than a few Razzball commenters who will be happy at that Rizzo course correction. Look, I was a little worried about his numbers when he wasn’t hitting over .230 at the end of April. Well he’s shut me up in May: 15/8/22/1/.359. Lot of helium possibly here despite the worldwide shortage (how did we run out of helium?!)

I’m still a believer in Machado and Harper, but right now the two biggest free agents from this Winter are two of the biggest disappointments from a fantasy perspective. They’re putting up a respectable counting stats, but their averages: Machado: .263 and Harper: .227 aren’t what their new teams expected. They’re both too good to stay down this low — they could easily come back strong.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
31 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 31 0
32 Carlos Correa SS HOU 32 0
33 Yoan Moncada 2B CHW 36 3
34 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 33 -1
35 Elvis Andrus SS TEX 42 7
36 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 34 -2
37 Trea Turner SS WAS 35 -2
38 Paul Goldschmidt 1B StL 25 -13
39 David Peralta OF ARI 37 -2
40 Domingo Santana OF SEA 28 -12

I guess I was just in Goldschmidt denial. You expect to see him at the top of any hitter rankings so I became nose blind to him. Boy, I was wrong. Every season we’d all ask “Yea Goldy’s double-digit steals are nice — but when will they run out?” Well, we have our answer: now. He’s only attempted 1 the entire season. “Well that’s okay — he’ll still hit a bunch of HRs.” Okay — now this is where you’re really going to get mad — he has 1 HR in his last 30 games.

Santana’s first 19 games had me salivating: 12/4/24/3/.354. I moved him up as high as the mid-20s based on that performance. In the 33 games since? 14/6/17/1/.231.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
41 Andrew Benintendi OF BOS 39 -2
42 Juan Soto OF WAS 41 -1
43 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 43 0
44 Ketel Marte 2B/SS/OF ARI 66 22
45 Tommy Pham OF TBR 44 -1
46 Austin Meadows OF TBR 73 27
47 Gleyber Torres 2B NYY 53 6
48 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 30 -18
49 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 48 -1
50 Willson Contreras C CHC 46 -4

Here’s my question to you! Who ends 2019 with the better fantasy season: Sterling Marte or Ketel Marte? Don’t look now — but Ketel has the early lead in every 5×5 category except stolen bases.

I’ve been a little reluctant on Austin Meadows due to his inexperience, but as my good friend Jalen Rose would say, “He’s young, but he’s readddyyyy!” Since my rankings last week he’s hit .360 with another HR and SB. Meadows could end the season with 25 HRs and 20 SBs with solid counting stats hitting for the wild card Rays.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
51 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 95 44
52 Mike Moustakas 3B MIL 52 0
53 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 47 -6
54 Paul DeJong SS STL 51 -3
55 Aaron Judge OF NYY 54 -1
56 Starling Marte OF PIT 55 -1
57 Giancarlo Stanton OF NYY 56 -1
58 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 60 2
59 Hunter Dozier 1B/3B KC 64 5
60 Michael Conforto OF NYM 57 -3

I have been sleeping on Rafael Devers! He’s been killing it in May: 22 games, 22 runs, 7 HRs, 22 RBI, 3 SBs, .368 AVG. On the Sox he’s always a threat for 80+ runs/RBI and now he’s putting it together elsewhere. I apologize to the entire Devers family.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
61 Edwin Encarnacion 1B SEA 49 -12
62 Jean Segura SS PHI 58 -4
63 Jorge Polanco SS MIN 74 11
64 Luke Voit 1B NYY 70 6
65 Yasmani Grandal C MIL 61 -4
66 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 62 -4
67 Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B TOR 63 -4
68 Eduardo Escobar SS/3B ARI 76 8
69 Max Muncy 1B/3B LAD 65 -4
70 Victor Robles OF WAS 59 -11

Not much to say here really: Polanco continues to produce, Voit continues to produce, Escobar continues to produce. This is the land of the sub-elite players who do well enough to make the list, but not well enough to break the list.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
71 Khris Davis DH OAK 45 -26
72 Alex Gordon OF KC 67 -5
73 Jonathan Villar 2B BAL 68 -5
74 Brandon Lowe 2B TBR 71 -3
75 Ryan Braun OF LAD 72 -3
76 Max Kepler OF MIN NA
77 Trey Mancini OF/1B BAL 75 -2
78 Joc Pederson OF LAD 77 -1
79 Hunter Pence OF TEX 94 15
80 Shin-Soo Choo OF OAK 83 3

Here’s the good news about Khris Davis: he’s hitting .248. We’re oh so close to that .247 threshold. However, he’s now on the DL again and has been a bit of a disappointment so far this season.

Kepler was doing just enough to be in the 101-120 range for most of the season, but he’s making this list because of his last 8 games: 14/4/14/1/.471 in 34 ABs to bring his season line to 35/12/33/.276. Really not bad for a 3rd or 4th OF.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
81 Justin Turner 3B LAD 79 -2
82 Nick Castellanos OF DET 80 -2
83 Byron Buxton OF MIN 100 17
84 Eric Hosmer 1B SD NA
85 Yasiel Puig OF CIN 82 -3
86 Gary Sanchez C NYY 92 6
87 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 85 -2
88 Dansby Swanson SS ATL NA
89 CJ Cron 1B MIN NA
90 Jarrod Dyson OF ARI 87 -3

Hosmer has rebounded nicely from his career-worst 2018. Hosmer is hitting 2nd, 4th and 5th in the Padres line-up most often which has lead to him having a pretty solid balance of runs and HRs: 29/30 respectively.

Y’all don’t want Dansby on here, but he’s got good numbers so far this year: 27/10/35/5/.262. Dansby has hit 2nd in 15 of the Braves last 16 games so his numbers could get even better going forward.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
91 Daniel Vogelbach 1B SEA 98 7
92 Stephen Piscotty OF OAK 88 -4
93 Dwight Smith Jr. OF BAL 93 0
94 Avisail Garcia OF TBR NA
95 Wil Myers 3B/OF SD 96 1
96 Dee Gordon 2B/OF SEA 86 -10
97 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 81 -16
98 Michael Chavis 2B/3B BOS NA
99 David Dahl OF COL 99 0
100 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 69 -31

Dee Gordon and Nelson Cruz are easy candidates to move up as soon as they’re healthy — but right now they’re going to hang around the 90s.

Michael Chavis makes his debut after Dustin Pedroia all but made his retirement announcement this year. That’s not to say Chavis hasn’t been deserving — in 122 ABs so far this year Chavis’s line: 20/10/26/2/.270 is top-100 worthy and more.

A lot of people were calling for Austin Riley to make his debut after hitting 5 HRs in his first 9 games, but I’m a little wary of rookies. Especially rookies who have a 15:2 K/BB ratio in their last 33 ABs. Pitchers are already starting to figure him out.

  1. Ryan says:
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    Franmil?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      If he sustains this current streak and continues to overcome his weak start he’ll be on the come up.

  2. Chucky says:
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    Aside from the fact, that the Rockies will play two of the next three weeks at home, both 7 games series, Tapia, Buxton or Avisail. Need two

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’d take Avisail and Buxton.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    You’re taking Stephen Piscotty over Jose Ramirez?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I’m taking 2 Piscotty’s over 4 Ramirez’s.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Galaxy brain math!

  4. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Bill James noted about Austin Riley.
    A lot of people were calling for Austin Riley to make his debut after hitting 5 HRs in his first 9 games, but I’m a little wary of rookies. Especially rookies who have a 15:2 K/BB ratio in their last 33 ABs. Pitchers are already starting to figure him out.

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      Disregard this message – part of your intro.

  5. krazyivan says:
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    Is Carlos Santana not repping top 100 because of the horrible offense he sits in the middle?
    9 HRs and 36 BBs. Slugging over .550 the past month and doesn’t strikeout too much.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      I thought he retired in shame after 2018! He’s someone who I was eyeing for one of those bottom spots — I’ve always wanted him to hit for a higher average and he’s actually doing it this year.

  6. Charlie says:
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    H2H Points 10 team.
    1: is this team naughty or nice?
    2: who should I add to play 2nd base?
    Schoop/Murphy/Lourdes Gurriel

    Contreras
    Bell
    ( open )
    Arenado
    Seager
    Soto
    Hanniger
    Robles
    Guerrero Jr.

    Cole
    Woodruff
    Paddack
    Nola
    Wheeler
    Price
    Flaherty
    Fried
    E.Rodriguez
    RP: Hader
    RP: Vasquez

    Bench/IR: Eloy/Stanton/Kluber

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Nice! OF could use a little work and there’s a few pitchers who’ve been unpredictable in your rotation — but really not bad.
      Schoop.

  7. Jeremy Burke says:
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    I own Albies and hes been very disappointing this season and as you know has been moved to 8th in the order. Ive actually benched him tonight in favor of Scott Kingery.
    What do you see that makes him worthy of being so high? I hope youre right obviously but he looks like he might be a 4 month wonder.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Oh I think I’ve become nose blind to him as well…he’s going to tumble if he doesn’t start taking advantage of the lineup handed to him.

  8. Ozzie Smith says:
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    As an Acuna, Santana, Albies, Moncada, Judge, Tatis Jr. owner in one league Woof!
    I sure hope you’re right! My offense has been ugly so far, hopefully a big correction coming!

  9. toolshed says:
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    Thank you for finally doing the right thing and moving Ramirez to the bottom and soon off of this list. He currently is the #312 ranked player in my league’s YTD stats. His numbers are abysmal. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of a rebound coming either. I still haven’t benched him which is even more perplexing. I keep saying how much worse can it get but he defies logic and continues to do worse every week. Glad he was on the bench yesterday so I didnt have to even think about playing him.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      But why do I still want to trade for him so badly?!

      • toolshed says:
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        I have been getting some crappy offers for him. I’d sell him but I am not giving away 1st round regardless of how bad he is doing. I rather hold him and eat it. If I trade him away and he finds his stroke, I will never be able to stomach that after sitting going through a miserable 50+ games with him. I think if I sell him, he will automatically start to hit again with my luck.

  10. edietrich1962 says:
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    What in the world is wrong with Eloy Jimenez?

    I know people are hanging on to him but for how long??

    Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry W Klug says:
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      Bad K/rate
      Bad BABIP
      High ground ball rate, low line drive rate, low hard contact rate
      His 15.7% swinging strike rate would be bottom 15 in the league.
      68% contact rate would be bottom 10.
      Pitchers just seem to be feeding him a lot of breaking balls and he is getting fooled.
      He’s only 22 so he should be fine long term — but this year? He needs to be in AAA learning how to hit a curveball.

  11. CTFDU says:
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    Senzel not in 100?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry W Klug says:
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      Not yet — let’s see if pitchers start figuring him out and how he responds.

  12. Jp says:
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    Would you consider this trade?? In a 10 team keeper league.
    Get: Machado ($31) & Cole ($27)
    Trade: Trout ($51) $ Glasnow (4)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry W Klug says:
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      I’d consider it — but ultimately I like Trout and Glasnow more.

  13. The Old Professor says:
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    Moncada?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      33

  14. Matt says:
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    Putting any stock into a bounce back year for Hosmer? He’s been hanging on the WW all season and has turned a corner over the last 5/6 weeks. Do you see him keeping it up and climbing the list or reverting back to last years production?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      Absolutely 0 scientific evidence for this, but it’s interesting nonetheless;
      Eric Hosmer’s WAR year-by-year:
      2011: 1.4
      2012: -0.5
      2013: 3.5
      2014: 0.8
      2015: 3.6
      2016: 1.2
      2017: 4.1
      2018: 1.4
      2019 (so far): 0.5

      We all should’ve seen this coming.

  15. Harley Earl says:
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    There you go dropping Muncy again, not sure why since he had a nice week again last week 6/23, 6 R, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 SB. And he follows that up with a 2/5 including his 11th dong last night! Patience!!!

    Oh, one more thing, why isn’t Austin Riley top 100 yet??? You’re telling me Jose Ramirez is #100 but Austin Riley isn’t???? NO FREAKIN’ WAY!!!

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