Up this week are the May rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.
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Dropping off: Jorge Bonifacio (131st), Matt Holliday (138th), Andrew Toles (140th), Preston Tucker (141st), Jake Cave (143rd), Jacoby Ellsbury (146th), Carlos Gomez (147th)
- Granted that 3-for-46 is pretty dreadful, but it still seems like an overreaction that the Mariners demoted Mallex Smith on Tuesday because of two bad weeks. He started pretty well before that, hitting .255/.339/.392 in his first 12 games. Part of the problem, though, is that Smith’s defense in center field has been less than stellar; he might fit better in left field and his bat will never make him a real asset there. My guess is that Smith is back within 2-3 weeks and still finishes among the AL leaders in steals. Braden Bishop, his replacement on the roster, is a solid hitter and perhaps a better long-term option than Smith in center, but with just five steals and 11 homers in 435 minor league at-bats since the start of 2018, he doesn’t have nearly as much to offer for fantasy purposes.
- Austin Meadows would have cracked the top 40 here if he had been healthy, but because of his thumb injury, he’s ranked close to where he was in the preseason.
I have no idea how much time A.J. Pollock is going to miss with the elbow infection. If it looks like it’s going to turn into a long-term thing, Alex Verdugo would move up into the top 40.