Postseason awards wrap-up: Box-Toppers leaders win 2 of 6 major honors

Box-Toppers points leaders won two of six major postseason awards as voted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Here are the winners of the six major awards (left) and the Box-Toppers points (BTP) leader in each category (right). Rank shows the players’ rank among all players in 2015.

Rookie of the Year
AL winner Team Pos BTP Rank AL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Carlos Correa Astros ss 7.2 102 Carlos Rodon Indians pi sp 8.1 76
NL winner NL BTP leader
Kris Bryant Cubs 3b 8.5 71 Chris Heston Giants pi sp 11.4 34
Cy Young Award
AL winner Team Pos BTP Rank AL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Dallas Keuchel Astros pi sp 21.4 4 Dallas Keuchel Astros pi sp 21.4 4
NL winner Team Pos BTP Rank NL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Jake Arrieta Cubs pi sp 29.1 1 Jake Arrieta Cubs pi sp 29.1 1
Most Valuable Player Award
AL winner Team Pos BTP Rank AL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 3b 9.9 48 Adrian Beltre Rangers 3b 12.5 27
NL winner Team Pos BTP Rank NL BTP leader Team Pos BTP Rank
Bryce Harper Nationals lf rf 9.0 63 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies rf 11.5 31
BTP: Box-Toppers points

Box-Toppers points leaders took home two of the six major postseason awards in 2015 as voted by baseball writers.

The Cy Young Award-winning pitchers in each league also led their leagues pitchers in Box-Toppers points. But for the four other major awards—Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in both leagues—the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted on different players for the awards.

Box-Toppers’ Player of the Year and Box-Toppers’ top National League pitcher Jake Arrieta of the Cubs also won the NL Cy Young Award. Arrieta had 29.1 Box-Toppers points. Box-Toppers’ top American League pitcher Dallas Keuchel of the Astros also won the AL Cy Young Award. Keuchel had 21.4 points, ranking fourth among all players.

But in the four other major awards, baseball writers chose a player who did not lead in that award category in Box-Toppers rankings. In fact, in three of the four cases, the Box-Toppers leader in that award category did not even receive any votes for the award from the baseball writers.

The Box-Toppers points leaders among AL batters was Adrian Beltre of the Rangers (12.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked 27th among all players), but he finished behind the AL Most Valuable Player winner, Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays (9.9 Box-Toppers points, ranked 48th among all players and seventh among AL batters). However, Beltre did receive votes for AL MVP, finishing seventh in voting.

But the Box-Toppers points leader among NL batters did not receive any votes for NL MVP. Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies had 11.5 Box-Toppers points and ranked 31st among all players. Baseball writers voted Bryce Harper of the Nationals as NL MVP. Harper had 9.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 63rd among all players and seventh among NL batters.

Also, neither rookie who led their league in Box-Toppers points received any votes from baseball writers as Rookie of the Year. Giants pitcher Chris Heston led NL rookies with 11.4 Box-Toppers points, ranking 34th among all players. But Kris Bryant of the Cubs was voted NL Rookie of the Year. Bryant had 8.5 Box-Toppers points, ranking 71st among all players and fifth among NL rookies.

In the AL, Carlos Rodon led AL rookies in Box-Toppers points with 8.1, ranking 76th among all players. But Rodon also received no votes for Rookie of the Year, which was won by Carlos Correa of the Astros, who had the second-most Box-Toppers points among AL rookies, 7.2, ranking 102nd among all players.

Last year, Box-Toppers and baseball writers coincided on five of the six awards and in 2013, on four of the six.

About Box-Toppers—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.