Welcome to our 2019 Series Player Profiles. The consensus rankings of Heath Cummings and Scott White are among the top 300 players to give you arguments in favor of each player's selection. When you're done, you'll know everything you need to know about writing in 2019.

Player ranking: 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100
101-110 | 111-120 | 121-130 | 131-140 | 141-150 | 151-160 | 161-170 | 171-180 | 181-190 | 191-200
201-210 | 211-220 | 221-230 | 231-240 | 241-250 | 251-260 | 261-270 | 271-280 | 281-290 | 291-300

1. Mike Trout, OF, Angels

The case for: I mean … it's Mike Trout. I do not really have to do that, is not it? OK fine. Trout might not be the Fantasy's best player every year – in fact, it's not been since 2014 – but there's only one player who has outpaced it more than a year ago. times per game in the last five seasons. Sure, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon have beaten him in recent years, but it usually takes a career year for someone else to match Trout's.

The case against: Well, Betts has beaten him twice in the last three years, and Trout has missed 22 and 48 games in the last two seasons. We could therefore worry about its durability. If you go for it, you can argue for someone who is not trout, but you overestimate it too much if you recruit someone else that trout in the front row. You will have hard choices to make, but it will not be one of them.

2. Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox

The case for: Well, I did say that Betts had beaten Trout in the last two years, which is a very good example. Choosing # 2 is fundamentally # 1 this year because Betts is more like a 1A. At his best, Betts is a rare talent belonging to five categories, averaging 308-117-29-98-27 over the past three years. It rarely hits, so it's a good bet for a high average and its swing is perfectly suited to Fenway Park. If Trout did not exist, Betts would probably be the first choice unanimously.

The case against: Unlike Trout, who has been a source of unparalleled consistency since the first day of his career, we have seen the highs and lows of Betts. He was the best hitter in Fantasy in 2016 and 2018, but he was 17th in 2017 despite 152 games played. This is not wrong, in itself, but when compared to Mike Trout, these thin distinctions matter.

3. Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians

The case for: He may not look like your prototype power hitter, but with 68 homers in the past two seasons, skepticism is no longer meaningful. Like Betts, a low engagement rate ensures a relatively high batting average, even in the lean season – his .252 BABIP in 2018 was the 12th lowest in baseball, and he still managed to hit .270 – and he was fifth of the stolen bases. . With a little luck from the BABIP gods, there may be no difference between Ramirez and Betts in 2019.

The case against: Ramirez has improved considerably each season, which also means that he has only played at this level for one season. It was certainly not bad in 2017, but 2018 was his first season as an elite player among the top five. His 34 interceptions played an important role in his jump, as well as his 39 circuits, and both were relatively huge for Ramirez's career in the major league. Neither seems necessarily unsustainable – it was in the 74th percentile in barrel rate, the 94th percentile in average launch angle and the 52nd percentile in average sprint speed – but any fall could to make him fall in the second row of the batters.

4. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rocky Mountains

The case for: You can set your watch on the production of Nolan Arenado. It has been between 37 and 42 runs, 110 and 133 RBIs, 97 and 116 points and a batting average of .287 to .309 over the last four years. Coors Field helps, of course, but guess what? Arenado will still be out of the limelight in Colorado in 2019. As long as it remains, Arenado is poised to rank among the leaders in grading and production with an average of .300 going hand in hand.

The case against: He might not be in Colorado too long. Arenado is ready to be a free agent after this season, and although the Rockies are holding him for as long as they are in contention, a mid-season slide could get them to put their star ahead of his status as a free agent . Arenado would be a good hitter from anywhere, but Colorado is what makes him elite. In addition, he simply does not steal the basics, which makes it fundamentally impossible for him to join the Trout / Betts class in the category leagues.

5. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros

The case for: Altuve is one of Fantasy's top five hitters in three of the past four years. He took a step back in 2018. I mean by that he was still in the top 60 despite his 25 missing matches. This is not a bad floor and the ceiling is still so high. Before a knee injury at the end of July, Altuve had hit .329 and was ahead for 15 HR, 22 interceptions and 172 combined points and RBI. Not quite his usual standards, but better than his full season figures. As long as he is in good health, Altuve is the best choice to win a batting title in the sport and is one of the few speed threats. Stage and composition do not hurt.

The case against: The question is: does Altuve still have the skills to rank among the top five hitters? He did it in two different ways:

  • In 2014, he was a minimal contributor in human resources, R and RBI, but had stolen 56 bases and hit the .341.
  • In 2016 and 2017, Altuve was a true contributor in five categories, reaching nearly 0.340 in 30-30 and around 200 R and RBI combined each season.

We know that he will certainly never steal more than 50 goals, and his 162 paces before his injury were not those of a top-five hitter. It can justify its milking cost here with this production, but it has to go back to a 30 HR production and an elite production of RBI to generate a lot of profits. It may not be there anymore.

6. Max Scherzer, SP, Nationals

The case for: You pay for stability as much as for production here, and production is about as good as baseball. Scherzer has had an ERA of 2.52 and 0.907 WHIP in the last two years. He passed the 300 mark for the first time in his career in 2018. He also made 200 innings for six consecutive years, including four seasons above 220 and no other. The pitcher even reached 220 innings last season.

The case against: He is a pitcher, and 34 years old at that. It has not broken down yet, but the sleeves have accumulated. That happens to every pitcher at one point, and last season, 138 starting pitchers hit the DL, according to spotrac.com. The pitchers are healthy and reliable until they are not – just ask anyone who has recruited Madison Bumgarner in the past two years.

7. J.D. Martinez, OF, Red Sox

The case for: What can you say? Martinez is unquestionably the best baseball hitter, and he plays in a park and training that allows him to collect huge statistics of counting. He proved that 2017 was not a coincidence with an average of .330, 43 homers, 130 RBIs and 111 points, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better contributor in these four categories. It could be a better option than Arenado from this point of view.

The case against: He is probably not going to hit .330 again because a .375 BABIP is high, even for Martinez. OK, so he could only hit .310. The biggest concern is the lack of flights (only six in 2018, a career high) and his injury history; Before playing 150 games last season, he had not exceeded 120 since 2015.

8. Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians

The case for: We probably did not see the best of Francisco Lindor, which is scary because what we have seen so far has been rather positive. He has been the No. 5 batter on average over the last three seasons, despite a bad luck at BABIP over the past two years. It reached .273 and .277 with a .275 and .279 BABIP, but xBABIP suggests that it should be more in the .300 range. Like his teammate Ramirez, Lindor's surge has been fired from nowhere, but the data from the struck ball suggest that it's not a coincidence.

The case against: It was hard to defend Lindor until he suffered a calf injury a few weeks before the start of spring training. Now? It's pretty easy. In the best of cases, Lindor will be back at the game early in the regular season, although it's absolutely not out of the question that he's missing the first few weeks. Risk factor for new injury or limited impact on baspaths, and Lindor has to slide at least a little bit in the rankings. It is undoubtedly the most risky choice of first round now.

9. Trea Turner, OF, Nationals

The case for: You can count the number of players who have stolen 40 goals on one hand and still have fingers to reveal a "peace" sign. Turner's pace slowed in 2018, but that's mainly because of the stick order: when he scored the start of the match, Turner ran at a pace of 60 out of 150 attempts ; in all other places he was at 45 attempts. Turner was only the No. 28 hitter in 2018, but if he started running again, he could be part of the top five.

The case against: Considering his speed and his lower than average exit rate, one would think that Turner would fend off better than the .271 average that he wore in 2018. Turner probably had some bad luck last season, but his Swing profile does not really lend itself. BABIPs ultra-high, thanks to a low rate of line driving. Add to that the potential departure of Bryce Harper could even tip Turner into the formation, where opportunities to fly will be harder to find, and I'm not sure Turner will be better than Whit Merrifield, who should be available at least two rounds later. .

10. Bryce Harper, OF, to be determined

The case for: Circumstances plotted against him, but not so long ago, Harper was the best baseball hitter. A mysterious upper body injury prevented Harper from reaching those heights in 2015 and he was almost as good as the 2014 season in 2016, but was limited to 111 games due to an injury. Harper was probably better than it appeared in 2018 as well; he had just a .289 BABIP, compared to a .318 career mark, and unlike Turner, he does not have a low online coaching rate to blame. Few players hit the ball as hard as Harper, and better days should be in his future.

The case against: Of course, it is not so simple to simply declare Harper a victim of bad luck. After all, he has missed at least 40 games in three of his seven seasons, and his 2018 BABIP bottom may not be a bad luck. His stopping rate has climbed to 24.3%, and the increased frequency of transfers around the league means he could lose a dozen hits a year. That's enough to lose about 20 points of average batting right there.

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