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Ray updates his top 100 hitters for 2016, where Mike Trout is not the #1 hitter in the game anymore.

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I posted an early Top 100 hitters for 2016 way back in mid-July during the All Star break, so this is my first take on my top 100 hitters in the offseason. The name I have at the top of my rankings may surprise some of you, but for me he is a five category hitter capable of hitting .300+, hitting 40 home runs and stealing 20 bases. Angels outfielder Mike Trout isn't running anymore, focusing more on hitting for power and staying healthy. Nationals outfielder and National League MVP Bryce Harper doesn't run either, so I am more comfortable with Goldschmidt at the top spot.

My #4 ranked hitter is the young Orioles third baseman Manny Machado who had a breakout season in 2015, hitting 35 home runs, scoring over 100 runs, driving in 86 and stealing 20 bases while hitting .286. Keep in mind he is only three months older than Harper, so two of my top four hitters are 23 years of age, Trout is just 24, while Goldschmidt is 28.

The rest of my top 10 includes Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who won the American League MVP after hitting .297 with 41 home runs and scoring and driving in over 120 runs.  Whether he can repeat that kind of production in 2016 is the question for fantasy owners, but he should be good for at least 30 home runs and 90-100 runs scored and RBI.

Two Astros are ranked in my top 10: outfielder George Springer at #7 and shortstop Carlos Correa at #10. Both are capable of putting up 25 home runs and stealing 20 bases in 2016, with a chance at a 30-30 season as well. Springer showed some growth at the plate in 2015, lowering his strikeout rate while maintaining his double digit walk rate. If he can stay healthy this season, I think 2016 can be his breakout season. Correa already showed us what he can do at the plate and all that is stopping him from being the #1 fantasy pick in 2017 is whether he goes through a sophomore jinx and has trouble making adjustments to major league pitching.

It seems strange to see Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera outside of the top 10, but age and injuries have impacted his power production at the plate. While he is still a solid choice to hit .320+, the question for owners is if he can return to being a 30+ home run hitter or not.

Another hitter who is a stranger to being outside the top 10 is Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. In just 74 games last season, Stanton hit 27 home runs and drove in 67, but for the fourth time in his six seasons, he failed to play more than 123 games. When healthy, he is the best power hitter in the game, but he is a health risk on draft day.

Looking further down my top 100 rankings, you can see I am high on Twins designated hitter/outfielder Miguel Sano, Rockies outfielders Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, and Padres outfielder Matt Kemp.

Am I too high on any of these hitters? Who am I too low on? Let's hear it in the comments section, and provide support and reasoning if you disagree. We can all learn from each other.

Top 100 Hitter Rankings for 2016

Rank

Name

Pos

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

WAR

1

Paul Goldschmidt

1B1

159

695

33

103

110

21

0.321

0.435

0.570

0.418

164

7.4

2

Bryce Harper

OF2

153

654

42

118

99

6

0.330

0.460

0.649

0.461

197

9.5

3

Mike Trout

OF1

159

682

41

104

90

11

0.299

0.402

0.590

0.415

172

9

4

Manny Machado

3B1

162

713

35

102

86

20

0.286

0.359

0.502

0.370

134

6.8

5

Josh Donaldson

3B2

158

711

41

122

123

6

0.297

0.371

0.568

0.398

154

8.7

6

Anthony Rizzo

1B2

160

701

31

94

101

17

0.278

0.387

0.512

0.384

145

5.5

7

George Springer

OF3

102

451

16

59

41

16

0.276

0.367

0.459

0.360

129

3.7

8

Andrew McCutchen

OF4

157

685

23

91

96

11

0.292

0.401

0.488

0.380

146

5.8

9

Nolan Arenado

3B3

157

665

42

97

130

2

0.287

0.323

0.575

0.371

119

4.5

10

Carlos Correa

SS1

99

432

22

52

68

14

0.279

0.345

0.512

0.365

133

3.3

11

Joey Votto

1B5

158

695

29

95

80

11

0.314

0.459

0.541

0.427

172

7.4

12

Miguel Cabrera

1B3

119

511

18

64

76

1

0.338

0.440

0.534

0.413

165

4.3

13

Giancarlo Stanton

OF5

74

318

27

47

67

4

0.265

0.346

0.606

0.394

152

3.8

14

Jose Bautista

OF6

153

666

40

108

114

8

0.250

0.377

0.536

0.389

147

4.5

15

Edwin Encarnacion

1B4

146

624

39

94

111

3

0.277

0.372

0.557

0.392

150

4.5

16

Starling Marte

OF7

153

633

19

84

81

30

0.287

0.337

0.444

0.337

117

3.6

17

Mookie Betts

OF8

145

654

18

92

77

21

0.291

0.341

0.479

0.351

119

4.8

18

Charlie Blackmon

OF9

157

682

17

93

58

43

0.287

0.347

0.450

0.345

101

2.1

19

Buster Posey

C1

150

623

19

74

95

2

0.318

0.379

0.470

0.363

138

5.7

20

A.J. Pollock

OF10

157

673

20

111

76

39

0.315

0.367

0.498

0.371

132

6.6

21

Chris Davis

1B6

160

670

47

100

117

2

0.262

0.361

0.562

0.390

147

5.6

22

Nelson Cruz

OF11

152

655

44

90

93

3

0.302

0.369

0.566

0.396

158

4.8

23

J.D. Martinez

OF12

158

657

38

93

102

3

0.282

0.344

0.535

0.372

137

5

24

Troy Tulowitzki

SS2

128

534

17

77

70

1

0.280

0.337

0.440

0.335

100

2.3

25

Brian Dozier

2B1

157

704

28

101

77

12

0.236

0.307

0.444

0.323

103

3.4

26

Yoenis Cespedes

OF13

159

676

35

101

105

7

0.291

0.328

0.542

0.367

135

6.7

27

Jose Abreu

1B7

154

668

30

88

101

0

0.290

0.347

0.502

0.361

129

3

28

Carlos Gomez

OF14

115

477

12

61

56

17

0.255

0.314

0.409

0.315

96

2.6

29

Miguel Sano

DH1

80

335

18

46

52

1

0.269

0.385

0.530

0.392

151

2

30

Lorenzo Cain

OF15

140

604

16

101

72

28

0.307

0.361

0.477

0.360

129

6.6

31

Kris Bryant

3B4

151

650

26

87

99

13

0.275

0.369

0.488

0.371

136

6.5

32

Todd Frazier

3B5

157

678

35

82

89

13

0.255

0.309

0.498

0.342

114

4.4

33

Jose Altuve

2B3

154

689

15

86

66

38

0.313

0.353

0.459

0.347

120

4.3

34

Dee Gordon

2B2

145

653

4

88

46

58

0.333

0.359

0.418

0.337

113

4.6

35

Justin Upton

OF16

150

620

26

85

81

19

0.251

0.336

0.454

0.340

120

3.6

36

Adam Jones

OF17

137

581

27

74

82

3

0.269

0.308

0.474

0.334

109

3.6

37

Corey Dickerson

OF18

65

234

10

30

31

0

0.304

0.333

0.536

0.371

119

0.5

38

Freddie Freeman

1B8

118

481

18

62

66

3

0.276

0.370

0.471

0.364

133

3.4

39

Matt Kemp

OF19

154

648

23

80

100

12

0.265

0.312

0.443

0.325

109

0.4

40

Ian Desmond

SS3

156

641

19

69

62

13

0.233

0.290

0.384

0.294

83

1.7

41

Prince Fielder

DH2

158

693

23

78

98

0

0.305

0.378

0.463

0.360

124

1.6

42

Anthony Rendon

2B4

80

355

5

43

25

1

0.264

0.344

0.363

0.315

97

0.9

43

Ryan Braun

OF20

140

568

25

87

84

24

0.285

0.356

0.498

0.366

129

2.8

44

Ian Kinsler

2B7

154

675

11

94

73

10

0.296

0.342

0.428

0.335

111

4.2

45

Maikel Franco

3B6

80

335

14

45

50

1

0.280

0.343

0.497

0.360

128

1.5

46

Carlos Gonzalez

OF21

153

608

40

87

97

2

0.271

0.325

0.540

0.364

114

2.4

47

Jason Heyward

OF22

154

610

13

79

60

23

0.293

0.359

0.439

0.346

121

6

48

Adrian Gonzalez

1B10

156

643

28

76

90

0

0.275

0.350

0.480

0.354

129

3

49

David Ortiz

DH3

146

614

37

73

108

0

0.273

0.360

0.553

0.379

138

2.8

50

Albert Pujols

1B9

157

661

40

85

95

5

0.244

0.307

0.480

0.333

116

2

51

Kyle Seager

3B7

161

686

26

85

74

6

0.266

0.328

0.451

0.335

116

3.9

52

Evan Longoria

3B8

160

670

21

74

73

3

0.270

0.328

0.435

0.327

110

4.2

53

Jason Kipnis

2B6

141

641

9

86

52

12

0.303

0.372

0.451

0.355

126

5.2

54

Matt Carpenter

3B9

154

665

28

101

84

4

0.272

0.365

0.505

0.372

139

5.2

55

Corey Seager

SS4

27

113

4

17

17

2

0.337

0.425

0.561

0.421

175

1.5

56

Hanley Ramirez

OF23

105

430

19

59

53

6

0.249

0.291

0.426

0.308

89

-1.8

57

Adrian Beltre

3B10

143

619

18

83

83

1

0.287

0.334

0.453

0.337

108

4.6

58

Brett Gardner

OF24

151

656

16

94

66

20

0.259

0.343

0.399

0.327

105

2.6

59

Hunter Pence

OF25

52

223

9

30

40

4

0.275

0.327

0.478

0.347

127

1.6

60

Robinson Cano

2B5

156

674

21

82

79

2

0.287

0.334

0.446

0.335

116

2.1

61

Eric Hosmer

1B11

158

667

18

98

93

7

0.297

0.363

0.459

0.355

125

3.5

62

Yasiel Puig

OF26

79

311

11

30

38

3

0.255

0.322

0.436

0.328

111

1.5

63

Xander Bogaerts

SS5

156

654

7

84

81

10

0.320

0.355

0.421

0.338

109

4.3

64

Jonathan Lucroy

C2

103

415

7

51

43

1

0.264

0.326

0.391

0.313

93

1.1

65

Curtis Granderson

OF27

157

682

26

98

70

11

0.259

0.364

0.457

0.357

132

5.1

66

Gregory Polanco

OF28

153

652

9

83

52

27

0.256

0.320

0.381

0.304

94

2.3

67

Brandon Crawford

SS6

143

561

21

65

84

6

0.256

0.321

0.462

0.332

117

4.7

68

Brandon Belt

1B12

137

556

18

73

68

9

0.280

0.356

0.478

0.359

135

4.3

69

Mike Moustakas

3B11

147

614

22

73

82

1

0.284

0.348

0.470

0.353

124

3.8

70

Jacoby Ellsbury

OF29

111

501

7

66

33

21

0.257

0.318

0.345

0.294

83

0.9

71

Lucas Duda

1B13

135

554

27

67

73

0

0.244

0.352

0.486

0.359

133

3.1

72

Brian McCann

C3

135

535

26

68

94

0

0.232

0.320

0.437

0.327

105

2.9

73

Jorge Soler

OF30

101

404

10

39

47

3

0.262

0.324

0.399

0.312

96

0.1

74

Kyle Schwarber

C4

69

273

16

52

43

3

0.246

0.355

0.487

0.364

131

1.9

75

Michael Conforto

OF31

56

194

9

30

26

0

0.270

0.335

0.506

0.359

134

2.1

76

Christian Yelich

OF32

126

525

7

63

44

16

0.300

0.366

0.416

0.343

117

2.3

77

Shin-Soo Choo

OF33

149

653

22

94

82

4

0.276

0.375

0.463

0.365

127

3.5

78

Kole Calhoun

OF34

159

686

26

78

83

4

0.256

0.308

0.422

0.317

105

3.8

79

Russell Martin

C5

129

507

23

76

77

4

0.240

0.329

0.458

0.340

114

3.5

80

Dexter Fowler

OF35

156

690

17

102

46

20

0.250

0.346

0.411

0.333

110

3.2

81

Khris Davis

OF36

121

440

27

54

66

6

0.247

0.323

0.505

0.353

121

1.3

82

Dustin Pedroia

2B8

93

425

12

46

42

2

0.291

0.356

0.441

0.347

116

2.5

83

Michael Taylor

OF37

138

511

14

49

63

16

0.229

0.282

0.358

0.274

69

1

84

Carlos Santana

1B14

154

666

19

72

85

11

0.231

0.357

0.395

0.331

110

2.4

85

Kolten Wong

2B9

150

613

11

71

61

15

0.262

0.321

0.386

0.310

96

2.3

86

Kendrys Morales

DH4

158

639

22

81

106

0

0.290

0.362

0.485

0.364

131

2.1

87

Francisco Lindor

SS7

99

438

12

50

51

12

0.313

0.353

0.482

0.358

128

4.6

88

Jung-ho Kang

SS8

126

467

15

60

58

5

0.287

0.355

0.461

0.356

130

3.9

89

Michael Brantley

OF38

137

596

15

68

84

15

0.310

0.379

0.480

0.368

135

3.8

90

Justin Turner

3B12

126

439

16

55

60

5

0.294

0.370

0.491

0.371

141

4

91

Alex Rodriguez

DH5

151

620

33

83

86

4

0.250

0.356

0.486

0.361

129

2.7

92

Stephen Piscotty

OF39

63

256

7

29

39

2

0.305

0.359

0.494

0.364

133

1.1

93

Ben Zobrist

OF40

126

535

13

76

56

3

0.276

0.359

0.450

0.349

123

2.1

94

Brandon Phillips

2B10

148

623

12

69

70

23

0.294

0.328

0.395

0.315

96

2.6

95

Devin Mesoraco

C6

23

51

0

2

2

1

0.178

0.275

0.244

0.241

45

-0.2

96

Joc Pederson

OF41

151

585

26

67

54

4

0.210

0.346

0.417

0.335

115

2.8

97

David Wright

3B13

38

174

5

24

17

2

0.289

0.379

0.434

0.359

133

0.9

98

Billy Hamilton

OF42

114

454

4

56

28

57

0.226

0.274

0.289

0.251

52

1.9

99

Neil Walker

2B11

151

603

16

69

71

4

0.269

0.328

0.427

0.325

108

2.4

100

David Peralta

OF43

149

517

17

61

78

9

0.312

0.371

0.522

0.380

138

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