Final rankings—Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Oct. 4.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||21.4||1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||29.1|
|2||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||21.1||2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||25.7|
|3||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||19.4||3||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||22.4|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||18.8||4||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||21.0|
|5||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||18.0||5||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||20.7|
|6||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||17.8||6||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||19.0|
|7||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||16.0||7||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||17.0|
|8||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||15.4||8||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||15.4|
|9||Walker, Taijuan 3453||pi sp||sea al||13.7||9||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||pit nl||14.9|
|10||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||13.4||10||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.0|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||12.5||1||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||rf||col nl||11.5|
|2||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||12.0||2||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||lf cf||nym nl||10.9|
|3||Fielder, Prince 2029||dh||tex al||11.5||3||McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||10.5|
|4||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||11.0||4||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||1b||ari nl||10.2|
|5||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||tor al||10.4||5||Grichuk, Randal 3474||rf lf cf||stl nl||9.5|
|6||Bautista, Jose 2169||rf||tor al||10.0||6||Upton, Justin 2411||lf||sd nl||9.0|
|7||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||9.9||7||Harper, Bryce 3011||lf rf||dc nl||9.0|
|8||Bradley, Jackie Jr. 3293||cf lf rf||bos al||9.5||8||Frazier, Todd 2929||3b||cin nl||8.9|
|9||Hosmer, Eric 2886||1b||kc al||9.0||9||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||8.5|
|10||Cain, Lorenzo 3171||cf||kc al||8.2||10||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||8.5|
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is Box-Toppers Player of the Year.
Arrieta earned 29.1 Box-Toppers points in 2015, winning the crown by 3.4 points over second-place player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (25.7). Arrieta ends Kershaw’s four-year streak of leading NL pitchers and two-year streak of leading all players.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Oct. 4 (Final standings).
|1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||29.1|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||25.7|
|3||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||22.4|
|4||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||21.4|
|5||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||21.1|
|6||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||21.0|
|7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||20.7|
|8||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||19.4|
|9||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||19.0|
|10||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||18.8|
Lowest points to lead categoryCarlos Gonzalez of the Rockies set the record for lowest Box-Toppers point total to win a season category—his 11.5 points led National League batters in 2015. Here are the lowest-point totals to win a single-season league category in the 21 seasons of Box-Toppers record keeping:
|1||Carlos Gonzalez||col nl||11.5||2015 NL bat|
|2||Troy Tulowitzki||col nl||11.6||2014 NL bat|
|3||Adrian Beltre||tex al||12.5||2015 AL bat|
|3||Aubrey Huff||bal al||12.5||2008 AL bat|
|3||Ryan Braun||mil nl||12.5||2012 NL bat|
|6||Adrian Beltre||tex al||13.0||2012 AL bat|
|7||Paul Goldschmidt||ari nl||13.7||2013 NL bat|
|7||Bret Boone||sea al||13.7||2001 AL bat|
|9||Asdrubal Cabrera||cle al||14.7||2011 AL bat|
|9||Adam Dunn||cin nl||14.7||2005 NL bat|
|9||David Ortiz||bos al||14.7||2005 AL bat|
Other category leaders:
Box-Toppers American League Player of the Year—Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had 21.4 points, finishing 0.3 points ahead of second-place player, Blue Jays pitcher David Price (21.1). Last week, Price led AL players. Keuchel ranks fourth among all players.
Box-Toppers American League Batter of the Year—Adrian Beltre of the Rangers had 12.5 Box-Toppers points, finishing 0.5 points ahead of second-place player Mike Trout of the Angels (12.0). Last week, Trout led AL batters. In fact, Beltre only made his debut among Box-Toppers top 10 AL batters last week, in sixth place, before rising to the top spot after a strong week, earning 3.0 Box-Toppers points. Beltre ranks 27th among all players.
It is the second time Beltre has led AL batters in Box-Toppers points. He previously did it in 2012, when he had 13.0 Box-Toppers points. Beltre earned no points in 2014.
Box-Toppers National League Batter of the Year—Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies had 11.5 Box-Toppers points finishing 0.6 points ahead of second-place player Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets (10.9). Gonzalez ranks 31st among all players.
Both Beltre and Gonzalez set dubious Box-Toppers records in 2015—they each had the lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead their league in batting in 21 seasons of record keeping. In the AL, Beltre tied the previous low point total to lead AL batters, set in 2008 by Aubrey Huff of the Orioles (12.5). Gonzalez (11.5) set a new mark for NL batters, lower than the previous lowest Box-Toppers point for a leader set in 2014 by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (11.6). (See all season category leaders from 1995 on here.)
In 2015, 751 different players earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There were 402 players with more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points and 47 with 10.0 or more points. There were 172 players who made their Box-Toppers debut during the season, earning Player of the Game honors for the first time.
By comparison, in 2014, 722 different players earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There were 399 players with more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points and 58 with 10.0 or more points. There were 135 players who made their Box-Toppers debut during the 2014 season, earning Player of the Game honors for the first time.
About Box-Toppers—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.