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Early 2016 Top 100 Hitter Rankings: 51 - 100

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Part two of my early 2016 top 100 hitter rankings includes some prospects who get regular playing time in 2016.

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There is not much going on during the All Star break for fantasy owners, so a big thanks goes out to Daniel Kelley who is offering our readers his midseason position rankings, posting one position rankings per day. Through Tuesday, he has published his catcher and first base rankings, and you can find them in the links provided below:

Midseason Catcher Rankings

Midseason First Base Rankings

Midseason Second Base Rankings

Early Top 100 Hitter Rankings: 1 - 50

The schedule for his midseason position rankings for the rest of the week is as follows:

Thursday: Third Base Rankings

Friday: Shortstop Rankings

To add to his midseason position rankings, I am publishing my early 2016 hitter rankings. Is it too early to think about 2016? For some, I would say yes. Those of us who are still competing for our league championships or attempting to finish in the money, we aren't looking toward 2016 just yet.

But, for others, who have decided to bail and play for next season, they are thinking about 2016 rankings, or attempting to rebuild their teams to compete in 2016 or even 2017. Or, maybe they have begun to focus on fantasy football, and we have you covered there as well.

I have to say the top 50 was a lot easier to rank than the next 50 hitters, for sure. There are a bunch of names between 70-100 who I could rank in any order and would be fine with where they landed. Hopefully it is easier once the season is over.

Heading the hitters ranked in the 51-60 range are two hitters who are currently injured, Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson and Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco. I believe both will continue to have impact bats when healthy, and my assumption is that both will be healthy to begin the 2016 season.

Also in the 51-60 grouping is Padres outfielder Matt Kemp, who has been a disappointment through the first two months of the season. I think he can have a better second half to end the season with respectable numbers, but if he doesn't, he will fall into the 75 -85 range.

I ranked a few prospects who have either had a cup of coffee or should get a cup of coffee this season, at the end of the top 100 hitters: Rangers outfielder/DH Joey Gallo, Twins third baseman Miguel Sano and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. I even added Dodgers infielder Hector Olivera at #101, but really think he will rank higher in the offseason Top 100, but want to see how he performs upon his eventual call up this season.

So, have a look at part two of my early Top 100 hitters for 2016, and let me know who is ranked too high, too low, and who did I miss?

Part two of my early Top 100 Hitter rankings for 2016:

Rank

Name

Team

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

WAR

51

Corey Dickerson

Rockies

133

5

15

16

0

0.299

0.331

0.512

0.363

116

0.2

52

Christian Yelich

Marlins

285

5

32

20

8

0.264

0.344

0.366

0.318

101

0.8

53

Kyle Seager

Mariners

356

12

36

39

1

0.269

0.329

0.438

0.330

114

2.5

54

Devin Mesoraco

Reds

51

0

2

2

1

0.178

0.275

0.244

0.242

47

-0.1

55

Jonathan Lucroy

Brewers

212

2

22

17

0

0.241

0.307

0.325

0.282

74

0.4

56

Adrian Beltre

Rangers

297

7

36

22

1

0.255

0.290

0.396

0.295

81

1.1

57

Pablo Sandoval

Red Sox

313

7

29

30

0

0.265

0.307

0.384

0.304

89

-0.8

58

Matt Kemp

Padres

374

8

44

47

8

0.250

0.291

0.382

0.294

90

-0.6

59

Jacoby Ellsbury

Yankees

193

2

32

10

14

0.318

0.399

0.376

0.350

122

1.3

60

Jorge Soler

Cubs

239

4

23

21

1

0.260

0.314

0.388

0.305

91

0.4

61

Brandon Crawford

Giants

335

12

42

52

4

0.262

0.331

0.465

0.342

124

0.5

62

Carlos Santana

Indians

348

10

41

40

5

0.221

0.353

0.382

0.329

113

1.6

63

Carlos Gonzalez

Rockies

323

13

38

35

2

0.259

0.314

0.452

0.330

93

0.8

64

Hunter Pence

Giants

97

3

14

20

1

0.283

0.320

0.457

0.337

121

0.9

65

Jose Reyes

Blue Jays

271

4

34

32

14

0.283

0.313

0.390

0.308

93

2.4

66

Jay Bruce

Reds

343

13

35

42

6

0.251

0.341

0.465

0.346

119

1.5

67

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

336

3

39

43

4

0.304

0.338

0.411

0.328

106

1.5

68

Howie Kendrick

Dodgers

359

7

42

37

4

0.292

0.343

0.416

0.332

115

1.7

69

Josh Reddick

Athletics

333

11

40

51

3

0.287

0.343

0.455

0.348

126

4

70

Chris Davis

Orioles

352

19

44

52

0

0.235

0.318

0.469

0.341

117

2.9

71

Eric Hosmer

Royals

350

8

45

45

4

0.291

0.352

0.434

0.341

118

1

72

Lorenzo Cain

Royals

322

8

54

42

17

0.316

0.373

0.491

0.372

140

2.2

73

Alex Gordon

Royals

312

11

32

39

1

0.279

0.394

0.457

0.370

138

1.9

74

Billy Hamilton

Reds

316

3

41

19

44

0.220

0.269

0.287

0.248

52

1.3

75

Kendrys Morales

Royals

348

11

41

61

0

0.281

0.339

0.457

0.345

121

2.5

76

Yasmany Tomas

Diamondbacks

268

5

25

35

5

0.313

0.351

0.448

0.348

118

1.4

77

Brian McCann

Yankees

290

14

36

55

0

0.259

0.331

0.471

0.346

120

2.2

78

Ian Kinsler

Tigers

384

3

50

39

6

0.274

0.339

0.375

0.316

100

3.4

79

Steven Souza

Rays

307

15

41

33

10

0.210

0.301

0.417

0.316

107

2.9

80

Russell Martin

Blue Jays

307

12

49

41

4

0.251

0.339

0.457

0.347

120

1.3

81

Michael Brantley

Indians

346

5

35

46

9

0.292

0.364

0.420

0.340

121

2.3

82

Matt Carpenter

Cardinals

361

9

51

43

3

0.266

0.371

0.430

0.351

126

1.6

83

Joe Panik

Giants

368

7

47

33

3

0.308

0.372

0.448

0.359

136

0.8

84

Rougned Odor

Rangers

193

4

16

24

5

0.241

0.321

0.382

0.312

93

0.3

85

David Ortiz

Red Sox

340

15

32

43

0

0.231

0.326

0.435

0.325

104

0.4

86

Neil Walker

Pirates

340

7

41

34

3

0.278

0.341

0.414

0.331

113

1.7

87

Mike Moustakas

Royals

334

7

39

31

1

0.297

0.353

0.427

0.343

119

1.8

88

Jhonny Peralta

Cardinals

372

13

39

46

1

0.298

0.355

0.473

0.357

130

2.1

89

Robinson Cano

Mariners

369

6

38

30

2

0.251

0.290

0.370

0.288

85

0

90

Gregory Polanco

Pirates

336

3

40

23

17

0.237

0.315

0.338

0.287

83

0.4

91

Lucas Duda

Mets

359

12

42

38

0

0.241

0.345

0.430

0.340

121

1

92

Brandon Belt

Giants

318

9

40

36

4

0.279

0.352

0.481

0.359

136

1.7

93

Alex Rodriguez

Yankees

348

18

48

51

1

0.278

0.382

0.515

0.386

148

2.4

94

Yasmani Grandal

Dodgers

257

14

35

36

0

0.282

0.401

0.526

0.401

162

2.2

95

Salvador Perez

Royals

304

15

30

38

1

0.262

0.273

0.453

0.312

98

1.3

96

Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals

234

5

22

34

1

0.209

0.265

0.346

0.268

66

2.7

97

Michael Taylor

Nationals

251

6

24

32

8

0.246

0.296

0.375

0.287

80

0.1

98

Corey Seager

Dodgers

2.5

99

Miguel Sano

Twins

1.1

100

Joey Gallo

Rangers

98

5

13

13

2

0.218

0.306

0.448

0.318

97

101

Hector Olivera

Dodgers

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