Early Fantasy baseball top 25 hitter projections for 2018. No need to sign up for a membership or pay money. That would be absurd! It’s all free here. I should have 5×5 using OBP projections later in the week.
I almost had A.J. Pollock inside the top 25 but I docked him about 90 PA due to lingering groin issues the last couple years. But the upside is huge if he can stay healthy hitting second in the ARI lineup, a 20-30 season is a possibility. I was also surprised that Rhys Hoskins did not make the list considering how much I love him! I feel that with all the fly balls his BABIP will be around .260-.270 capping his BA upside and not to mention the Phils offense isn’t going to help him all that much. Also, Justin Upton got an upgrade staying in LA with Mike Trout. Hitting behind Trout will provide ample RBI opportunities and should finish close to 30-100 with 10 steals but with BA regression.
Ok, enough about who isn’t on this list. I was a bit surprised to have Jose Abreu inside the top 25 but he’s been a steady 30-100 hitter since he’s come over from Cuba. I understand 30-100 isn’t what it used to be, but he’s capable of hitting over .300 with his high contact rate. Batting average is often overlooked but with the increase in strikeouts batting average’s across the league have dropped and only 25 players hit .300 in both 2016 and 2017. BA isn’t quite as scarce as steals, but Abreu should be close to top 25-30 in three categories. He’s a safe, highly productive 3rd rounder. That being said, if I’m in a keeper or dynasty league, I’m taking Hoskins all day over Abreu.
Gary Sanchez‘s overall projections probably put him in the mid 30s for hitters but his numbers at the catcher position were unmatched in 2017 and I expect more of the same in 2018. Contreras is my #2 catcher and he might end up with .265-70-25-80 which is solid but you’d have to spend a top 65 pick to get him.
Stanton and J.D. Martinez could move around a bit depending on where they end up. The rumors of Stanton going to the Giants would be a knock on his fantasy value. I’m not worried about the park, no park can hold Stanton except maybe center field at the old Polo Grounds. Martinez on the other hand has been rumored to go to the Red Sox or back to the Diamondbacks which would obviously be great for his value. I wouldn’t change his projections is that’s where he ends up.
Anyone else you think should be in the top 25? Who should be left off that I have here? You can also ask me on twitter @FreezeStats.