The second half of the season is upon us boys and girls. And since the second half of baseball is basically a new season I spent the All-Star Break rebuilding my methodology for these ranks. I kept the core data but decided to change how I look at it a bit now that we have had nearly three and a half months of 2021 baseball data to draw from, which is now MORE than all of the 2020 season and its tomfoolery. So we turn a page and begin anew.

Unfortunately, we will be beginning anew without Ronald Acuna Jr., RIP. It will be interesting on draft day next season as for 2 seasons back-to-back now, Mr. 1.01 has dealt with an injury missing a good chunk of time. I think I still see him as the big Mac Tildaddy, but there’s some blemish on his armor now that wasn’t there before. Hopefully, this is just a blip on the radar. As the sun sets on one of our heroes, it rises for another. Who could that be? None other than…

The Ins

Juan Soto – 2 homeruns in his first game back from the Home Run Derby. The kid went to the factory and sampled the fizzy lifting drink and came back with that pop-pop fizz-fizz, and oh what a relief it is. Was that a Willy Wonka and Alka-Seltzer mashup? Damn right. Me and Grey both had the same idea. He finished the sudden death tiebreaker hitting 3 HRs in 3 swings. Someone found his swing again. I think we see a renewed Sexy Dr Pepper in the 2nd half to go along with his standout red numbers on statcast that I pointed out a few weeks ago. Literally the ONLY thing he needs to do better is hit balls in the air more. He’s still so young and rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Eloy Jimenez – Began his rehab assignment and already crushing balls. Someone else got a hold of the Predator Blood huh? Superman is not dead after all? And the Flash is not far behind him (Robert). Find out in our next episode!

Adolis Garcia – So it hasn’t struck midnight on this Cinderella story yet. Over the past 30 days he’s been hitting .250 with 6 HRs and 16 RBIs. He’s still remaining productive in the Rangers lineup. This is no small task. His AVG has regressed some, but he’s still out there doing it.

Tyler O’Neill – The data still looks great for him and now with some injury/allergy scares behind him, he looks primed for another run in the second half. The only thing keeping him from a push into the top 20 or so is his 30% K rate and a walk rate around 6%. Not unlike the man mentioned above him. In fact, at this point they are essentially the same hitter. [Insert Spiderman meme.]

Franmil Reyes – Guess who’s back and hitting dongs again? Yes, Franimal is Back. And now he’s pissed.

George Springer – The prodigal son has returned from the IL. Needless to say, if he is anywhere close to 100% he’s going to have a very good second half in front of that lineup.

The Outs

Mookie Betts – Hip injuries are no joke and he just aggravated it Saturday. Early reports are saying it’s only a “hip irritation” and that he could be back in lineup as soon as Monday. Apparently, he’s been dealing with this all season long and this was a flare up. So, depending what happens with this you could see him falling down my list next issue. FOR NOW, I’m leaving him in the 2 spot because he’s on pace for close to 120 runs 25 HR and 15ish SB. Obviously not his best work and clearly something has hamstrung him (I mean hipstrung, errrr you get what I mean), but in a season such as this nobody is running away with the crown. It’s kind of a latenight gameshow called “Who Wants to Finish the Season Healthy?”

Ronald Acuna Jr. – Season ending injury. Goodnight, sweet prince.

Charlie Blackmon – I just can’t seem to write off this guy completely… sigh. IT’S FREAKING COORS. sigh. I dialed back expectations some more and even with looking at things in a new light somehow he’s still at the cusp of top 40. But I don’t think I’d go about trading for him, so many more intriguing options available.

Kyle Schwarber – The Schwarbino! My Icarus, you flew too close to the sun. Not sure how many games he’ll play yet, but I baked in some mild optimism… you probably shouldn’t though.

The What-have-yous

The Call-ups…

Jarren Duran – Not added to my list yet. BUT! that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add him to your roster. Duran possesses both speed and pop and in a lineup like that, it can take you places. Just look what it did for JBJ.

Jarred Kelenic – After he fell flat on his face in call-up numero uno, I’m hesitant to add him to the top 100. Right now I have him sitting just on the outside looking in. He’s going to need to show me something first before I try to project any real value here. Though, def worth the speculative add.

Vidal Brujan – Not sure how long until he gets OF eligibility, but when he does he’ll probably make the list. Speed is very valuable these days.

The 2nd Half Board

# Name Team Pos AV$
1 Juan Soto WSH OF 24.6
2 Mookie Betts LAD OF 22.4
3 Mike Trout LAA OF 20.8
4 Bryce Harper PHI OF 18.6
5 Aaron Judge NYY OF 17.6
6 Nick Castellanos CIN OF 16.9
7 Franmil Reyes CLE DH/OF 16.6
8 George Springer TOR OF 16.5
9 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 16.4
10 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 16.2
11 Christian Yelich MIL OF 15.6
12 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF 13.3
13 Giancarlo Stanton NYY DH/OF 12.6
14 Jesse Winker CIN OF 12.4
15 Kyle Tucker HOU OF 12.3
16 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF 12.2
17 Byron Buxton MIN OF 11.8
18 Starling Marte MIA OF 11.3
19 Randy Arozarena TB OF 11.0
20 Kris Bryant CHC 1B/3B/OF 10.9
21 Joey Gallo TEX OF 10.3
22 Tommy Pham SD OF 10.0
23 Trent Grisham SD OF 9.8
24 Alex Verdugo BOS OF 9.5
25 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF 9.4
26 Michael Conforto NYM OF 9.3
27 Ramon Laureano OAK OF 9.3
28 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF 8.6
29 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF 7.9
30 Raimel Tapia COL OF 7.9
31 Cedric Mullins BAL OF 7.8
32 Adolis Garcia TEX OF 7.7
33 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 2B/OF 7.7
34 Austin Riley ATL 3B/OF 7.6
35 Justin Upton LAA OF 7.6
36 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF 7.6
37 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 7.3
38 Tyler O’Neill STL OF 7.2
39 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF 7.2
40 Austin Meadows TB OF 7.0
41 Max Kepler MIN OF 6.9
42 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 6.9
43 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF 6.7
44 Michael Brantley HOU OF 6.4
45 Eddie Rosario CLE OF 6.4
46 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B/OF 6.2
47 Dylan Carlson STL OF 5.9
48 Brandon Lowe TB 1B/2B/OF 5.7
49 Andrew Benintendi KC OF 5.7
50 David Fletcher LAA 2B/SS/3B/OF 5.4
51 Joc Pederson ATL 1B/OF 5.4
52 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF 5.3
53 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF 5.3
54 Luis Robert CHW OF 5.1
55 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF 4.7
56 Kyle Schwarber WSH OF 4.4
57 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF 4.3
58 Ketel Marte ARI 2B/SS/OF 4.2
59 Anthony Santander BAL OF 4.1
60 Ian Happ CHC 2B/3B/OF 4.0
61 Cavan Biggio TOR 2B/3B/OF 4.0
62 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 4.0
63 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF 3.8
64 Tommy Edman STL 2B/SS/3B/OF 3.5
65 Kole Calhoun ARI OF 3.5
66 AJ Pollock LAD OF 2.6
67 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF 2.3
68 Nick Senzel CIN 2B/OF 1.8
69 J.D. Davis NYM 3B/OF 1.5
70 Dominic Smith NYM 1B/OF 1.5
71 Adam Duvall MIA OF 1.0
72 Harrison Bader STL OF 0.6
73 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF 0.3
74 Nick Solak TEX 2B/3B/OF 0.2
75 Alex Kirilloff MIN 1B/OF 0.2
76 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF 0.2
77 Avisail Garcia MIL OF 0.1
78 Akil Baddoo DET OF 0.1
79 Manuel Margot TB OF -0.5
80 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B/ OF -0.8
81 Victor Robles WSH OF -1.3
82 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF -1.6
83 Austin Hays BAL OF -1.7
84 Randal Grichuk TOR OF -1.8
85 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -1.9
86 David Peralta ARI OF -1.9
87 Robbie Grossman DET OF -1.9
88 Alex Dickerson SF OF -2.1
89 Andrew Vaughn CHW 1B/OF -2.2
90 Trevor Larnach MIN OF -2.3
91 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF -2.3
92 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/SS/3B/OF -2.5
93 Jorge Soler KC DH/OF -2.6
94 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF -2.7
95 Enrique Hernandez BOS 2B/SS/OF -3.0
96 Jesus Sanchez MIA OF -3.3
97 Adam Eaton CHW OF -3.4
98 Clint Frazier NYY OF -3.4
99 Jason Heyward CHC OF -3.5
100 Willie Calhoun TEX OF -3.8
101 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -4.2

I’ll be out of commission this coming week, see you all back here for a deep dive after that.

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11 months ago

Since his 3 HR game on June 6th, Jesse Winker is slashing .203/.320/.305 with 2 HR coming into today’s action.

Winker went 1-4 today.

He now has 2 HR in his last 154 PA.

thats baseball susan…

11 months ago

Are you expecting a big drop off for Mullins?

11 months ago

Surprised no room for Jake Fraley on this list

11 months ago

Vidal has not been impressing me so far.