Box-Toppers points leaders win only 2 of 9 Players Choice Awards

Here are winners of baseball’s 2015 Players Choice Awards compared with this season’s Box-Toppers points leaders. Award winners are shown along with their 2015 Box-Toppers point (BTP) total and their Box-Toppers ranking among the subset of players against which they are being compared. Also shown are the Box-Toppers leaders in each category. In only two of the nine categories did Box-Toppers points leaders win a Players Choice Award.

Award Winner Team BTP Rank* BTP leader Team BTP Rank*
Player of the Year Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 9.9 48 Jake Arrieta Cubs 29.1 1
AL Outstanding Player Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 9.9 7 Adrian Beltre Rangers 12.5 1
NL Outstanding Player Bryce Harper Nationals 9.0 7 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 11.5 1
AL Outstanding Pitcher Dallas Keuchel Astros 21.4 1 Dallas Keuchel Astros 21.4 1
NL Outstanding Pitcher Zack Greinke Dodgers 20.7 5 Jake Arrieta Cubs 29.1 1
AL Outstanding Rookie Carlos Correa Astros 7.2 2 Carlos Rodon Indians 8.1 1
NL Outstanding Rookie Kris Bryant Cubs 8.5 4 Chris Heston Giants 11.4 1
AL Comeback Player Prince Fielder Rangers 11.5 3** Prince Fielder Rangers 11.5 3**
NL Comeback Player Matt Harvey Mets 15.4 1 Matt Harvey Mets 15.4 1
Always Game Jose Altuve Astros 7.0 110 ***
Marvin Miller Man of the Year Adam Jones Orioles 5.5 162 ***
BTP: Box-Toppers points
* Rank is shown based on the overall group the player is compared against. For example, Josh Donaldson ranks 48th among all players, but ranks seventh among all AL batters.
** Fielder ranks third among most improved AL players in Box-Toppers points from 2014, but in terms of suffering a setback, missing significant time and coming back, he ranks highest.
*** Box-Toppers did not choose candidates for these very subjective awards.

Josh Donaldson wins Players Choice Player of the Year, though Jake Arrieta is Box-Toppers' top overall player

Box-Toppers points leaders won only two of nine Players Choice Awards given this week as voted by the players’ union.

The two categories in which Box-Toppers points leaders prevailed:

  • American League Outstanding Pitcher—Dallas Keuchel of the Astros
  • National League Comeback Player—Matt Harvey of the Mets

In the other seven relevant categories, a player lower in Box-Toppers player rankings won the award.

Player of the Year

Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays won the award, though Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was Box-Toppers Player of the Year. Donaldson had 9.9 Box-Toppers points in 2015, ranked 48th among all players and seventh among AL batters. Arrieta had 29.1 Box-Toppers points, most of all players and the eighth-highest single-season point total since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began.

AL Outstanding Player

Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays won the award, though Adrian Beltre was Box-Toppers top AL batter in 2015. Donaldson had 9.9 Box-Toppers points, ranked seventh among AL batters. Beltre had 12.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked first among AL batters. Donaldson, in fact, ranked third in Box-Toppers points among Blue Jays batters, behind Edwin Encarnacion (10.4) and Jose Bautista (10.0).

NL Outstanding Player

Bryce Harper of the Nationals won the award, though Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies was Box-Toppers top NL batter. Harper had 9.0 Box-Toppers points in 2015, ranked seventh among NL batters. Gonzalez had 11.5 points, ranked first.

AL Outstanding Pitcher

Dallas Keuchel of the Astros won the award and also finished first among AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points. Keuchel had 21.4 Box-Toppers points, finishing just ahead of second-place AL pitcher David Price of the Blue Jays (21.1 Box-Toppers points).

NL Oustanding Pitcher

Zack Greinke of the Dodgers won the award, though Jake Arrieta was Box-Toppers top NL pitcher. Greinke had 20.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth among NL pitchers. Arrieta had 29.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked first among all players. Greinke also ranked second in Box-Toppers points among Dodgers pitchers, behind Clayton Kershaw (25.7, ranked second among NL pitchers).

AL Outstanding Rookie

Carlos Correa of the Astros won the award, though Indians pitcher Carlos Rodon was Box-Toppers top AL rookie. Correa had 7.2 Box-Toppers points, ranked second among AL rookies and had the most points among AL rookie batters. Rodon had 8.1 points. Rodon ranked 19th among most improved players in Box-Toppers points from 2014, increasing his point total from 0 in 2014 to 8.1 in 2015.

NL Outstanding Rookie

Kris Bryant of the Cubs won the award, though Giants pitcher Chris Heston was Box-Toppers top NL rookie. Bryant had 8.5 Box-Toppers points in 2015, ranked fourth among NL rookies, behind Heston, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (10.4) and Randal Grichuk of the Cardinals (9.5). Heston led NL rookies with 11.4 points. Heston also ranked seventh among most improved players in Box-Toppers points from 2014, increasing his point total from 0 in 2014 to 11.4 in 2015. Bryant ranked 17th on that list.

AL Comeback Player

Prince Fielder of the Rangers won the award, though two other AL players ranked ahead of him in Box-Toppers most improved players list for 2015. Fielder had 11.5 Box-Toppers points in 2015 and had just 1.0 point in 2014, increasing his point total by 10.5. But Taijuan Walker of the Mariners increased his Box-Toppers point total from 0 in 2014 to 13.7 in 2015 and Fielder’s Rangers teammate Adrian Beltre increased his total from 0 in 2014 to 12.5 in 2015.

But in terms of calling 2015 a comeback season, Fielder perhaps ranks highest. Walker had 0 points in 2014, his rookie season and so in 2015 was really not coming back from anything, but simply emerging as a prominent starter. Beltre in somewhat of a fluke described in this post, earned 0 Box-Toppers points in 2014, despite playing in 148 games and putting up decent numbers.

So Fielder, since he played in only 42 games in 2014 and was returning from neck surgery, ranks the highest in Box-Toppers points among AL players who suffered a setback and returned to form. Fielder had 8.5 points in 2013 with the Tigers and his best year was 2011 with the Brewers, when he had 15.7 Box-Toppers points, leading all NL batters that season.

NL Comeback Player

Matt Harvey of the Mets won the award and also finished first among Box-Toppers Most Improved Players for 2015. Harvey had 15.4 Box-Toppers points, the biggest rise in points from 2014 to 2015. Harvey had 0 points in 2014 when he was out recovering from Tommy John surgery. Harvey had 15.0 Box-Toppers points in 2013 before his season was cut short by the injury.

The baseball union also awarded two other subjective awards. Jose Altuve of the Astros won the Always Game Award and Adam Jones of the Orioles won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.