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Welcome back to another edition of the weekly 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings. As of June 11, we are exactly one month away from the annual MLB All-Star game. Even though it is a month away, the All-Star voting has been open for quite some time now. So I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how the voting is stacking up as to this point to open up this week’s article.

In the NL, Buster Posey has been the league’s best catcher this season, and the fans have recognized this. Fellow Nationals Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy top their respective positions in both performance and voting as well. At third base, the Cubs “bandwagon boost” finally works in getting a starter in Kris Bryant. While the spot should go to Nolan Arenado, when there is a star player coming off of a World Series win, you know what happens. At shortstop, Zach Cozart (who we will discuss later) is getting slightly snubbed in favor of Corey Seager, but that is what you can expect when you have a star vs. a boring veteran. In the outfield, Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon easily make it as they have over a 500,000 vote lead over the next closet player who is … Jason Heyward. Also, how is Kyle Schwarber in the Top 10? Damn it Cubs fans. Can everyone right now go open a new tab and vote for Marcell

At shortstop, Zach Cozart (who we will discuss later) is getting slightly snubbed in favor of Corey Seager, but that is what you can expect when you have a star vs. a boring veteran. In the outfield, Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon easily make it as they have over a 500,000 vote lead over the next closest player who is … Jason Heyward. Also, how is Kyle Schwarber in the Top 10? Damn it Cubs fans. Can everyone right now go open a new tab and vote for Marcell Ozuna please?

In the AL, we have Salvador Perez starting rightfully at catcher, but our first problem starts at first base. Miguel Cabrera leads Yonder Alonso by 50,000 votes, but again, that’s what happens when the fans vote. Moving on, Jose Altuve and Miguel Sano rightfully top the leaderboard of their respective positions, and the same can be said of Francisco Lindor. With no clear leader in the DH position, I am fine with Nelson Cruz leading there. Then, in the outfield, we have Aaron Judge, Mike

Then, in the outfield, we have Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Michael Brantley. I don’t think that this is terrible, but there are two issues. Mike Trout is obviously injured, so while he may deserve the spot, that fourth outfielder race is going to be a battle. Right now its Mookie Betts, which I guess is OK with me as long as Asivail Garcia (who also will be discussed later) finds a way in over Michael Brantley.

So, that basically sums up the All-Star voting picture right now. Outside of a few unworthy stars, I believe that the fans have done a nice job voting this year. They have especially done a good job in recognizing breakout stars like Ryan Zimmerman, and even though Zack Cozart and Yonder Alonso aren’t starting right now, they are getting a fair share of votes and will likely end up in the All-Star game off the bench. Also, I won’t even get started on the Cubs. I refuse. Let’s just get into the stock changes.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

Stock Up

Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

I recently made this tweet:

Well, besides the fact that you should follow me on Twitter, you can add Zack Cozart to this list.

Cozart has been a solid shortstop for quite some time now. While Cozart doesn’t necessarily have the injury issues that have plagued Ryan Zimmerman or Elvis Andrus, he sure is having a breakout season. As a 31-year-old, he is batting .337 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 38 runs scored. Every single one of those statistics is on pace to be career highs, and you can add his .424 OBP, 1.018 OPS, 32 walks, 15 doubles and five triples to that list as well. And those numbers aren’t just career highs: they are numbers that can help

As a 31-year-old, he is batting .337 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 38 runs scored. Every single one of those statistics is on pace to be career highs, and you can add his .424 OBP, 1.018 OPS, 32 walks, 15 doubles and five triples to that list as well. And those numbers aren’t just career highs: they are numbers that can help any Fantasy team.

Avisail Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox

Garcia could almost be added to the list that I was talking about above, but he had only been a solid big leaguer for two years. In fact, that list/club definitely needs a name. Stay tuned.

All joking aside, Garcia is another player that has had an unexpected breakout this year. He is currently slashing .333/.373/.550 with 10 home runs, 33 runs scored and 42 RBI, which are numbers that not only deserve to be on your team but are numbers that should, in my opinion, be showcased in the All-Star Game.

Justin Smoak, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

I’m doing it. I am adding Smoak to the PHOGBOL. Yes, I named it (Post-Hype Older-Guy Breakout List), yes I will be referring to it in future articles, and yes Smoak is in it. For a while now, Smoak has been an irrelevant high-strikeout, low-average power bat. This year, it has all changed.

The 30-year-old is batting slashing .296/.358/.606, which are all career bests. His 18 home runs and 43 RBI also could end up surpassing his career high total by the time we reach the All-Star Game. This type of crazy breakout is definitely deserving of a spot of the PHOGBOL.

 

Stock Down

Jonathan Lucroy, C, Texas Rangers

You may be surprised that I am only now dropping Lucroy down in my rankings. However, you have to keep in mind the fact that these are Rest-of-the-Season rankings, and I gave Lucroy my vote of confidence that he would turn it around. Well, time is up on my watch.

Yes, Lucroy is hitting better as of late, and has even got his batting average up to .266. However, that is not why I am disappointed. I was waiting for Lucroy to break out of his cold streak in order to gauge his ROS value, and now he has and I don’t like what I am seeing. The average isn’t bad, but the four home runs, 12 runs scored and 16 RBI can be found elsewhere until he proves that he is back to full form.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Bryce HarperWSHRF
2Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
4Kris BryantCHC1B,3B,LF,RF
5Jose AltuveHOU2B
6Mookie BettsBOSRF
7Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
10Max ScherzerWSHSP
11Anthony RizzoCHC1B,2B
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B
14Chris SaleBOSSP
15Trea TurnerWSH2B,SS,CF
16Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
17Joey VottoCIN1B
18Wil MyersSD1B,RF
19Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
20Corey SeagerLADSS
21Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
22Francisco LindorCLESS
23Ryan BraunMILLF
24Robinson CanoSEA2B
25Yu DarvishTEXSP
26Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
27George SpringerHOUCF,RF
28Christian YelichMIALF,CF
29Carlos CorreaHOUSS
30Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
31Xander BogaertsBOSSS
32Jon LesterCHCSP
33Brian DozierMIN2B
34Giancarlo StantonMIARF
35Jose RamirezCLE2B,3B,LF
36Jacob DeGromNYMSP
37Carlos CarrascoCLESP
38Carlos MartinezSTLSP
39Zack GreinkeARISP
40Jean SeguraSEA2B,SS
41A.J. PollockARICF
42Kyle HendricksCHCSP
43Edwin EncarnacionCLE1B,DH
44Kenley JansenLADRP
45Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
46Dee GordonMIA2B
47Buster PoseySFC,1B
48Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
49Billy HamiltonCINCF
50Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
51Elvis AndrusTEXSS
52Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
53Jonathan VillarMIL2B,3B,SS
54Michael BrantleyCLELF
55Marcell OzunaMIALF,CF,RF
56Jay BruceNYM1B,RF
57Eric ThamesMIL1B,LF,RF
58Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
59Corey KluberCLESP
60Craig KimbrelBOSRP
61Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
62Kyle SeagerSEA3B
63Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
64Johnny CuetoSFSP
65Justin VerlanderDETSP
66Chris ArcherTBSP
67David PriceBOSSP
68Gerrit ColePITSP
69J.T. RealmutoMIAC
70Jake ArrietaCHCSP
71Wade DavisCHCRP
72Aaron JudgeNYYRF
73Justin UptonDETLF,CF
74Cody BellingerLAD1B,LF
75J.D. MartinezDETRF
76Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
77Chris DavisBAL1B
78Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
79Anthony RendonWSH3B
80Greg HollandCOLRP
81Cole HamelsTEXSP
82Adrian BeltreTEX3B
83Michael FulmerDETSP
84Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
85Ian DesmondCOL1B,LF,CF
86Mark MelanconSFRP
87DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
88Freddie FreemanATL1B
89James PaxtonSEASP
90Lance McCullersHOUSP
91Marcus StromanTORSP
92Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
93Gary SanchezNYYC
94Adam DuvallCINLF,RF
95Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
96Salvador PerezKCC,DH
97Adam JonesBALCF
98Matt KempATLLF,RF
99Mike TroutLAACF
100Kenneth GilesHOURP
101Travis ShawMIL1B,3B
102Eric HosmerKC1B
103Justin SmoakTOR1B
104Justin TurnerLAD3B
105Julio TeheranATLSP
106Jose QuintanaCWSSP
107Cody AllenCLERP
108Jake LambARI3B
109Dylan BundyBALSP,RP
110Zack CozartCINSS
111Eduardo NunezSF3B,SS,LF
112Yonder AlonsoOAK1B
113Yasmani GrandalLADC
114Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
115Jose PerazaCIN2B,SS,LF,CF
116Alexander ColomeTBRP
117Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
118Mark TrumboBALRF,DH
119Yasiel PuigLADRF
120Ian KinslerDET2B
121Brad BrachBALRP
122Rick PorcelloBOSSP
123Lorenzo CainKCCF,RF
124Ervin SantanaMINSP
125Robbie RayARISP
126Michael PinedaNYYSP
127Kelvin HerreraKCRP
128Jason VargasKCSP
129Tanner RoarkWSHSP
130Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
131Andrew MillerCLERP
132Luis SeverinoNYYSP,RP
133Sonny GrayOAKSP
134Jake OdorizziTBSP
135Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
136Evan LongoriaTB3B,DH
137Avisail GarciaCWSLF,RF,DH
138Ender InciarteATLLF,CF
139Sean ManaeaOAKSP
140Cesar HernandezPHI2B
141Madison BumgarnerSFSP
142Mike MoustakasKC3B,DH
143Mark ReynoldsCOL1B
144Michael ConfortoNYMLF,CF,RF
145Scott ScheblerCINLF,CF,RF
146Andrew BenintendiBOSLF,CF
147Aaron SanchezTORSP
148Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
149Roberto OsunaTORRP
150Chris OwingsARI2B,SS,CF,RF
151Brandon CrawfordSFSS
152Yasmany TomasARILF,RF
153Kevin PillarTORCF
154Kendrys MoralesTOR1B,RF,DH
155Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
156Carlos SantanaCLE1B,RF,DH
157Starlin CastroNYY2B
158Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
159Rougned OdorTEX2B
160Jonathan LucroyTEXC,1B,DH
161Aledmys DiazSTLSS
162Andrew McCutchenPITCF,RF
163Starling MartePITLF,CF
164David PeraltaARIRF
165Felix HernandezSEASP
166Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
167Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
168Brandon PhillipsATL2B
169Joey GalloTEX1B,3B
170Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF,DH
171Yangervis SolarteSD2B,3B,1B
172Ty BlachSFSP,RP
173Odubel HerreraPHICF
174Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF,1B
175Steven MatzNYMSP
176Tony WatsonPITRP
177Brett GardnerNYYLF
178Hanley RamirezBOS1B,DH
179Zach BrittonBALRP
180Brian McCannHOUC,DH
181Trevor StoryCOLSS
182Stephen PiscottySTLCF,RF
183Jarrod DysonSEALF,CF,RF
184Matt WietersWSHC
185Manuel MargotSDCF
186Kole CalhounLAARF
187Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
188Matt HarveyNYMSP
189Aaron NolaPHISP
190David RobertsonCWSRP
191Kyle SchwarberCHCC,LF
192Rich HillLADSP
193A.J. RamosMIARP
194Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
195Jameson TaillonPITSP
196Joc PedersonLADCF
197Addison RussellCHCSS
198Todd FrazierCWS1B,3B,DH
199Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
200Mitch HanigerSEALF,CF,RF

 

 

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Josh is a current student at Las Lomas High School in California. This is his second year writing for the So-Called Fantasy Experts. He has been an avid fantasy player for a long time and loves writing. If you have any fantasy related questions, be sure to ask him on Twitter @SCFE_Josh.
Josh Morgan
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Josh is a current student at Las Lomas High School in California. This is his second year writing for the So-Called Fantasy Experts. He has been an avid fantasy player for a long time and loves writing. If you have any fantasy related questions, be sure to ask him on Twitter @SCFE_Josh.

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