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Welcome to another edition of the 2017 Rest-of-the-Season Rankings. Today, to start off this article, I want to talk about the recently completed MLB draft.

From June 9 to June 12, all 30 MLB teams drafted players that they hope will be part of their future. The MLB draft, due to the presence of minor-league baseball and the in-season draft date, is different from both the NBA and MLB drafts. Instead of getting players that will make an instant impact, most teams draft players are at least a few years away, if not more, from their MLB debuts. Also, the draft is 40 rounds long, so it basically ends up being a crap shoot as to which players actually end up playing in the majors. However, this does not stop us from looking at the top prospects and seeing what they could potentially bring to the table Fantasy wise when they finally get called up. So, to start this article, I will be talking about some of the top picks and their future Fantasy outlook.

Also, the draft is 40 rounds long, so it basically ends up being a crap shoot as to which players actually end up playing in the majors. However, this does not stop us from looking at the top prospects and seeing what they could potentially bring to the table Fantasy wise when they finally get called up. So, to start this article, I will be talking about some of the top picks and their future Fantasy outlook.

However, this does not stop us from looking at the top prospects and seeing what they could potentially bring to the table Fantasy wise when they finally get called up. So, to start this article, I will be talking about some of the top picks and their future Fantasy outlook.

Royce Lewis, the high-school shortstop from California, was the first overall pick by the Minnesota Twins. He has a very good ability to put the bat on the ball and should hit for a high average as a pro. He also has very good speed that should translate into plenty of stolen bases. If he is able to stay at shortstop, he could have great value as a hitter in a prime position, but the bat will also play if he is forced to move to the outfield.

Hunter Greene and Brandon McKay were two of the most interesting players in the draft. The two players were taken at second overall by the Reds and fourth overall by the Rays, respectively, but the thing that makes them so interesting is their two-way abilities. Both Greene and McKay were regarded as first-round talents as either a hitter or a pitcher, so it will be interesting to see how their teams end up using them, but either way, they should have Fantasy value.

The top two pure pitchers selected were high-school lefty MacKenzie Gore to the Padres at #3 and Vanderbilt righty Kyle Wright to the Braves at #5. Both of them are pretty polished pitchers for their age with great stuff and both high ceilings and high floors. They should be able to be solid fantasy pitchers down the road.

That is enough of my brief MLB Draft thoughts. I advise you to go check out this edition of The Fantasy Six Pack Hour podcast with Joe Bond and A.J Applegarth with a guest appearance from Chris Blessing from BaseballHQ if you want to learn more about the recent MLB Draftees from a fantasy perspective, but for now, let’s get into the stock changes in this week’s rankings.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

Stock Up

Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners

I’ll be honest, I was having a hard time finding a single player who truly improved their stock this week. Naturally, Felix Hernandez was the highest riser because of the simple fact that he is returning from injury.

He hasn’t been the best this year when healthy, but he is King Felix and should at least be somewhat productive in his return. I know, I know, he isn’t the best “Stock Up” candidate ever, but I promise that I will make it up in the “Stock Down” section.

 

Stock Down

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies

This year has been nothing short of a disappointment for Gonzalez. The career .287/.345/.511 hitter has only managed to slash .218/.302/.336 with the average and slugging percentage being career lows.

The struggles haven’t stopped there, however. His production in all categories are down, as his five home runs, 12 runs scored, and 19 RBI are all well below his usual totals. It is now at the point in the season where this isn’t a slow start anymore. This could very well be regression.

Johnny Cueto, SP, San Francisco Giants

Johnny Cueto is another player who was drafted to be a cornerstone on your Fantasy team who just hasn’t performed up to expectations so far. After a great first year in San Francisco, Cueto has struggled with his worst numbers since his stint in Kansas City in 2015, and before that, his 2009 age-23 season.

Cueto on the year carries a 5-6 record with a 4.57 ERA. His 86 strikeouts are his only stat that is really somewhat decent. While pitching can be luck based at times, Cueto has been bad pretty much all season and his 4.45 FIP doesn’t suggest much improvement for the near future.

Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants

For most of his career, Brandon Belt has been a first baseman who provides a good average and great OBP who has had below average totals in home runs, RBI and runs scored for a first baseman. However, he wasn’t drafted to be a power threat and had a solid role as a ratio-raiser. Well, not this year.

This year Belt has only managed a .220 batting average. While the .339 OBP is a big jump from his average and shows that he is still drawing walks like normal, his inability to get hits weighs down his OBP to a below average level. While he could be on pace for his first career 20 home run season, it is very easy to find 20-homer first basemen who can hit below .220, so if his calling card in his batting average isn’t there, he holds little Fantasy value.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Bryce HarperWSHRF
2Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
4Jose AltuveHOU2B
5Mookie BettsBOSRF
6Kris BryantCHC1B,3B,LF,RF
7Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
10Max ScherzerWSHSP
11Chris SaleBOSSP
12Trea TurnerWSH2B,SS,CF
13Anthony RizzoCHC1B,2B
14Miguel CabreraDET1B
15Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B
16Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
17Joey VottoCIN1B
18Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
19Corey SeagerLADSS
20Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
21Francisco LindorCLESS
22Ryan BraunMILLF
23Robinson CanoSEA2B
24Yu DarvishTEXSP
25Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
26George SpringerHOUCF,RF
27Christian YelichMIALF,CF
28Carlos CorreaHOUSS
29Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
30Xander BogaertsBOSSS
31Jon LesterCHCSP
32Wil MyersSD1B,RF
33Brian DozierMIN2B
34Giancarlo StantonMIARF
35Jose RamirezCLE2B,3B,LF
36Jacob deGromNYMSP
37Carlos CarrascoCLESP
38Carlos MartinezSTLSP
39Zack GreinkeARISP
40Jean SeguraSEA2B,SS
41Aaron JudgeNYYRF
42Kyle HendricksCHCSP
43Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
44Kenley JansenLADRP
45Dee GordonMIA2B
46Buster PoseySFC,1B
47Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
48A.J. PollockARICF
49Edwin EncarnacionCLE1B,DH
50Billy HamiltonCINCF
51Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
52Elvis AndrusTEXSS
53Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
54Jonathan VillarMIL2B,3B,SS
55Michael BrantleyCLELF
56Marcell OzunaMIALF,CF,RF
57Jay BruceNYM1B,RF
58Eric ThamesMIL1B,LF,RF
59Cody BellingerLAD1B,LF
60Corey KluberCLESP
61Craig KimbrelBOSRP
62Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
63Kyle SeagerSEA3B
64Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
65Justin VerlanderDETSP
66Chris ArcherTBSP
67David PriceBOSSP
68Gerrit ColePITSP
69Johnny CuetoSFSP
70J.T. RealmutoMIAC
71Jake ArrietaCHCSP
72Wade DavisCHCRP
73Justin UptonDETLF,CF
74J.D. MartinezDETRF
75Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
76Chris DavisBAL1B
77Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
78Anthony RendonWSH3B
79Greg HollandCOLRP
80Cole HamelsTEXSP
81Adrian BeltreTEX3B
82Michael FulmerDETSP
83Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
84Ian DesmondCOL1B,LF,CF
85DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
86Freddie FreemanATL1B
87James PaxtonSEASP
88Lance McCullersHOUSP
89Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
90Marcus StromanTORSP
91Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
92Gary SanchezNYYC
93Adam DuvallCINLF,RF
94Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
95Salvador PerezKCC,DH
96Adam JonesBALCF
97Matt KempATLLF,RF
98Mike TroutLAACF
99Kenneth GilesHOURP
100Travis ShawMIL1B,3B
101Eric HosmerKC1B
102Justin SmoakTOR1B
103Justin TurnerLAD3B
104Julio TeheranATLSP
105Jose QuintanaCWSSP
106Cody AllenCLERP
107Jake LambARI3B
108Dylan BundyBALSP,RP
109Zack CozartCINSS
110Eduardo NunezSF3B,SS,LF
111Yonder AlonsoOAK1B
112Yasmani GrandalLADC
113Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
114Jose PerazaCIN2B,SS,LF,CF
115Alexander ColomeTBRP
116Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
117Mark MelanconSFRP
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
130Andrew MillerCLERP
131Luis SeverinoNYYSP,RP
132Felix HernandezSEASP
133Madison BumgarnerSFSP
134Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
135Evan LongoriaTB3B,DH
136Avisail GarciaCWSLF,RF,DH
137Ender InciarteATLLF,CF
138Sonny GrayOAKSP
139Cesar HernandezPHI2B
140Jake OdorizziTBSP
141Mike MoustakasKC3B,DH
142Mark ReynoldsCOL1B
143Michael ConfortoNYMLF,CF,RF
144Scott ScheblerCINLF,CF,RF
145Andrew BenintendiBOSLF,CF
146Sean ManaeaOAKSP
147Chris OwingsARI2B,SS,CF,RF
148Roberto OsunaTORRP
149Yasmany TomasARILF,RF
150Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
151Brandon CrawfordSFSS
152Kevin PillarTORCF
153Kendrys MoralesTOR1B,RF,DH
154Carlos SantanaCLE1B,RF,DH
155Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
156Starling MartePITLF,CF
157Starlin CastroNYY2B
158Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
159Rougned OdorTEX2B
160Jonathan LucroyTEXC,1B,DH
161Aledmys DiazSTLSS
162Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
163Andrew McCutchenPITCF,RF
164David PeraltaARIRF
165Steven MatzNYMSP
166Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
167Brandon PhillipsATL2B
168Joey GalloTEX1B,3B
169Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF,DH
170Yangervis SolarteSD2B,3B,1B
171Aaron SanchezTORSP
172Odubel HerreraPHICF
173Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF,1B
174Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
175Tony WatsonPITRP
176Brett GardnerNYYLF
177Hanley RamirezBOS1B,DH
178Zach BrittonBALRP
179Brian McCannHOUC,DH
180Trevor StoryCOLSS
181Stephen PiscottySTLCF,RF
182Jarrod DysonSEALF,CF,RF
183Matt WietersWSHC
184Manuel MargotSDCF
185Kole CalhounLAARF
186Matt HarveyNYMSP
187Aaron NolaPHISP
188Ty BlachSFSP,RP
189David RobertsonCWSRP
190Kyle SchwarberCHCC,LF
191Rich HillLADSP
192A.J. RamosMIARP
193Jameson TaillonPITSP
194Joc PedersonLADCF
195Addison RussellCHCSS
196Todd FrazierCWS1B,3B,DH
197Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
198Mitch HanigerSEALF,CF,RF
199Justin BourMIA1B
200Drew PomeranzBOSSP

 

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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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