Top 100 players of 2014Here are Box-Toppers Top 100 players of 2014, ranked by Box-Toppers points (BTP).
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||31.5|
|2||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||25.8|
|3||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||22.6|
|4||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||cin nl||22.4|
|5||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||det al||22.1|
|6||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||20.8|
|7||Price, David 2593||pi sp||det al||19.1|
|8||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||18.7|
|9||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||17.4|
|10||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||16.7|
|11||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||16.5|
|12||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||oak al||16.4|
|13||Richards, Garrett 3042||pi sp||ana al||15.7|
|14||Abreu, Jose 3308||1b||chi al||15.5|
|15||Kazmir, Scott 1947||pi sp||oak al||15.1|
|16||Zimmermann, Jordan 2612||pi sp||dc nl||15.0|
|17||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||14.7|
|18||Teheran, Julio 3176||pi sp||atl nl||14.4|
|19||Fister, Doug 2688||pi sp||dc nl||14.4|
|20||Hughes, Phil 2272||pi sp||min al||14.1|
|21||Hutchison, Drew 3038||pi sp||tor al||14.0|
|22||Shields, James 2157||pi sp||kc al||13.7|
|23||Stroman, Marcus 3327||pi sp||tor al||13.7|
|24||Smyly, Drew 3009||pi sp||tb al||13.4|
|25||Collmenter, Josh 2863||pi sp||ari nl||13.0|
|26||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||13.0|
|27||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||12.7|
|28||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||12.5|
|29||Darvish, Yu 3003||pi sp||tex al||12.4|
|30||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||12.4|
|31||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||phi nl||12.4|
|32||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||12.4|
|33||Young, Chris 1933||pi sp||sea al||12.1|
|34||Iwakuma, Hisashi 3048||pi sp||sea al||12.0|
|35||McHugh, Collin 3316||pi sp||hou al||11.8|
|36||Cobb, Alex 2916||pi sp||tb al||11.7|
|37||Alvarez, Henderson 2951||pi sp||fla nl||11.7|
|38||Shoemaker, Matt 3290||pi sp||ana al||11.7|
|39||Tulowitzki, Troy 2308||ss||col nl||11.6|
|40||Jones, Adam 2347||cf||bal al||11.5|
|41||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||11.4|
|42||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||pit nl||11.1|
|43||Lohse, Kyle 1487||pi sp||mil nl||11.1|
|44||Gonzalez, Gio 2626||pi sp||dc nl||11.0|
|45||Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||atl nl||11.0|
|46||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||atl nl||11.0|
|47||Cishek, Steve 2997||pi cp||fla nl||11.0|
|48||Lynn, Lance 2992||pi sp||stl nl||10.7|
|49||Colon, Bartolo||pi sp||nym nl||10.7|
|50||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||stl nl||10.7|
|51||Norris, Bud 2638||pi sp||bal al||10.7|
|52||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi cp||cle al||10.7|
|53||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||oak al||10.5|
|54||Lincecum, Tim 2288||pi sp||sf nl||10.4|
|55||Hammel, Jason 2235||pi sp||oak al||10.4|
|56||Roark, Tanner 3261||pi sp||dc nl||10.0|
|57||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||10.0|
|58||Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||10.0|
|59||Buehrle, Mark 1407||pi sp||tor al||9.7|
|60||Ross, Tyson 2840||pi sp||sd nl||9.7|
|61||Kennedy, Ian 2723||pi sp||sd nl||9.7|
|62||Simon, Alfredo 2718||pi sp||cin nl||9.7|
|63||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||1b dh lf||tor al||9.5|
|64||Miller, Shelby 3134||pi sp||stl nl||9.0|
|65||Gallardo, Yovani 2333||pi sp||mil nl||9.0|
|66||Cashner, Andrew 2807||pi sp||sd nl||9.0|
|67||Leake, Mike 2709||pi sp||cin nl||9.0|
|68||Uehara, Koji 2802||pi cp||bos al||9.0|
|69||Odorizzi, Jake 3291||pi sp||tb al||9.0|
|70||Gonzalez, Miguel 3062||pi sp||bal al||8.7|
|71||Hudson, Tim 1231||pi sp||sf nl||8.7|
|72||Porcello, Rick 2573||pi sp||det al||8.7|
|73||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||atl nl||8.7|
|74||Vogelsong, Ryan 1820||pi sp||sf nl||8.7|
|75||Ventura, Yordano 3294||pi sp||kc al||8.7|
|76||Posey, Buster 2745||ca||sf nl||8.5|
|77||Cruz, Nelson 2224||dh lf||bal al||8.5|
|78||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||8.5|
|79||Duda, Lucas 2818||1b||nym nl||8.5|
|80||Upton, Justin 2411||lf||atl nl||8.2|
|81||LaRoche, Adam 1910||1b||dc nl||8.2|
|82||Burnett, A.J. 1300||pi sp||phi nl||8.0|
|83||Haren, Danny 1787||pi sp||lad nl||8.0|
|84||Wood, Travis 2777||pi sp||chi nl||8.0|
|85||Carter, Chris 2828||dh||hou al||8.0|
|86||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||lf||bos al||8.0|
|87||Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||pit nl||8.0|
|88||Ozuna, Marcell 3190||cf||fla nl||8.0|
|89||Seager, Kyle 3031||3b||sea al||8.0|
|90||Doolittle, Sean 3052||pi cp||oak al||8.0|
|91||Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||7.7|
|92||Dickey, R.A. 1734||pi sp||tor al||7.7|
|93||Wheeler, Zack 3204||pi sp||nym nl||7.7|
|94||Chavez, Jesse 2780||pi sp||oak al||7.7|
|95||Beckett, Josh 1544||pi sp||lad nl||7.7|
|96||Despaigne, Odrisamer 3359||pi sp||sd nl||7.7|
|97||Holliday, Matt 1836||lf||stl nl||7.5|
|98||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||7.5|
|99||Ackley, Dustin 2921||lf dh ph pr||sea al||7.5|
|100||Yelich, Christian 3334||lf||fla nl||7.5|
Clayton Kershaw dominated all players to top Box-Toppers list of the top 100 players of 2014.
The Dodgers pitcher had 31.5 Box-Toppers points during the season, nearly 6.0 more than any other player, the most by any player since 2002 and the fourth-highest single-season total since Box-Toppers record keeping began in 1995. Kershaw also won the National League Cy Young Award for top pitcher and the NL Most Valuable Player Award.
Kershaw earned his 31.5 Box-Toppers points by being Box-Toppers Player of the Game in 20 of the Dodgers wins, earning 1.0 Box-Toppers point each time. In addition, he earned bonus Box-Toppers points:
• Five times for being NL Player of the Day (0.7 extra points each time, for a total of 3.5 Box-Toppers points).
• Eight times for being overall Player of the Day (1.0 extra point each, for a total of 8.0 more Box-Toppers points).
It took 7.5 Box-Toppers points to make the top 100 list—Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich took the 100th spot with 7.5 Box-Toppers points. He earned them by being Player of the Game in seven of the Marlins wins in 2014, including once on May 16, when he was National League Batter of the Day, earning an extra 0.5 Box-Toppers points.
Box-Toppers points are a measure of how much a player provides key contributions to his team’s wins. Specifically, Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.
Some player highlights among the top 100:
2. Corey Kluber of the Indians had 25.8 Box-Toppers points, leading AL players. He was voted AL Cy Young Award winner.
3. Madison Bumgarner of the Giants had 22.6 Box-Toppers points, he was second among NL pitchers and went on to earn Player of the Game honors five times during the postseason, three times in the World Series.
5. Max Scherzer of the Tigers had 22.1 Box-Toppers points, second among AL pitchers. He led AL pitchers most of the season before being passed in mid-September by Kluber. Scherzer led AL players in Box-Toppers points in 2013 and won the AL Cy Young Award that year.
14. Jose Abreu of the White Sox had 15.5 Box-Toppers points. The rookie first baseman led all batters in Box-Toppers points. While he won AL Rookie of the Year honors, he finished fourth in AL Most Valuable Player voting.
26. Jacob deGrom of the Mets had 13.0 Box-Toppers points. He led all NL rookies in Box-Toppers points and was voted NL Rookie of the Year. He ranked 12th among all NL pitchers.
28. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had 12.5 Box-Toppers points. He ranked second among AL batters, behind Abreu. In 2013, Cabrera led AL batters in Box-Toppers points and won the AL Most Valuable Player Award.
39. Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies had 11.6 Box-Toppers points. In a comparatively lackluster year for NL batters, Tulowitzki had by far the most Box-Toppers points in the group, even though he played just over half the season due to injury. While he was Box-Toppers’ top NL batter, he received only one 10th-place vote for NL Most Valuable Player.
78. Mike Trout of the Angels had 8.5 Box-Toppers points. He was voted AL MVP, though he was the seventh-ranked AL batter in Box-Toppers points.
Box-Toppers favors pitchers, especially in the short term, so most of the top 100 players—for the 2014 season, 79, in fact, are pitchers. Here is a breakdown of player by their primary position:
8—Outfield (3 CF, 5 LF, 0 RF)
All teams have at least one player in the top 100.
Eight teams had five or more players:
6—Braves and Nationals
5—Dodgers, Mariners, Giants, Cardinals and Blue Jays.
While the World Series-winning Giants have five players in the top 100, the AL champ Royals had three.
Five teams had one player each in the top 100 (Diamondbacks, Rockies, Twins, Yankees, Rangers).
There were 722 players who earned Box-Toppers points in 2014. Of those, 475 players earned 2.0 or more points and 247 earned fewer than 2.0, meaning they earned Player of the Game honors only once.
There were another 447 players active on a roster at the end of the season who earned no Box-Toppers points in 2014.
Editor's note: Box-Toppers realizes the Marlins are no longer called the Florida Marlins and the Angels are no longer the Anaheim Angels. But we keep the old team abbreviation names around (fla nl, ana al) since the changes in the team name were largely for marketing or political purposes and involved no substantial change in the actual geography of the team.