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Here are the June rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Most of the positions have expanded rankings this month, just in case anyone was disappointed by Ender Inciarte’s absence in the May column.
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First Baseman Rankings
Dropping off: Travis d’Arnaud (45th), Marwin Gonzalez (53rd)
Obviously, I’m not yet completely sold on Jared Walsh here. He puts the ball on the ground a lot, and his 39% hard-hit rate ranks him 82nd of 124 batting-title qualifiers. Statcast thinks he should be batting .264 and slugging .457 (he’s actually at .306 and .570, respectively). That he’s in a terrific ballpark for left-handed power hitters is a good thing (though his road numbers are even better than his home numbers this year), but I’m not going to count on him continuing to hit for average.
Ryan Mountcastle turned in a decent .256/.293/.465 line with four homers in May, but that still came with a 31/3 K/BB ratio. It was a given that plate discipline would be a big issue for him in the majors, but I thought he’d make more contact that this; he has the third-worst swinging strike rate in the majors behind Javier Baez and Michael A. Taylor. If the Orioles stick with him, I expect that he’ll get around to helping mixed leaguers. However, at this point, a demotion to Triple-A when Austin Hays returns could be the best thing for him.