Home run leaders for 2015 among Box-Toppers' top-ranked batters

Chris Davis of the Orioles led all players in home runs in 2015 and was among top American League batters in Box-Toppers points.

Davis hit 47 home runs and earned 11.0 Box-Toppers points, ranking fourth among AL batters and 36th among all players.

Home run leaders’ Box-Toppers points

Here is how 2015 home run (HR) leaders fared in Box-Toppers points. Players are listed from most home runs. Also shown are their 2015 Box-Toppers points (BTP) and their rank in Box-Toppers points among all players.

Player Team HR BTP Rank
1 Chris Davis Orioles 47 11.0 36
2 Nelson Cruz Mariners 44 2.0 405
3 Nolan Arenado Rockies 42 8.5 69
3 Bryce Harper Nationals 42 9.0 63
5 Mike Trout Angels 41 12.0 29
5 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 41 9.9 48
7 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 40 11.5 31
7 Jose Bautista Blue Jays 40 10.0 47
7 Albert Pujols Angels 40 7.0 106
10 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 39 10.4 40
BTP: Box-Toppers points

In general, this year’s top home run hitters did well in Box-Toppers points in 2015. Of the top 10 home run hitters, eight of them were also among their league’s top 10-ranked batters in Box-Toppers points.

The National League leaders in home runs were Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Bryce Harper of the Nationals, who both had 42. Arenado earned 8.5 Box-Toppers points, ranking 10th among NL batters and 69th overall. Harper earned 9.0 Box-Toppers points, ranking seventh among NL batters and 63rd overall. Harper also won the NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The AL batter in the top 10 in home runs who ranked highest in Box-Toppers player rankings is Mike Trout of the Angels. Trout hit 41 home runs, tied for fifth among all players. Trout ranked second among AL batters in Box-Toppers points with 12.0 (behind AL batting leader Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, with 12.5). Trout ranked 29th among all players in Box-Toppers points.

AL MVP Josh Donaldson also tied for fifth in home runs with 41. He had 9.9 Box-Toppers points, ranked seventh among AL batters and 48th among all players.

Box-Toppers points leader among NL batters in 2015 was Carlos Gonzalez (11.5, ranked 31st overall). Gonzalez hit 40 home runs, tied for seventh among all players.

Only two players in the top 10 in home runs were not among their league’s top 10 batters in Box-Toppers rankings, Nelson Cruz of the Mariners and Albert Pujols of the Angels. 

Cruz hit 44 home runs, ranked second overall, but had only 2.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 95th among AL batters and 405th among all players. However, in 2014, with the Orioles, Cruz led all batters in home runs with 40 and had 8.5 Box-Toppers points, sixth among AL batters. One key difference: In 2014, Cruz’s Orioles won 96 games, but in 2015, his Mariners won only 76 games. With fewer wins, there were fewer opportunities for Cruz to earn Player of the Game honors.

Pujols fared better than Cruz in 2015 in Box-Toppers rankings. Pujols hit 40 home runs, tied for seventh-most. He had 7.0 Box-Toppers points in 2015, ranked 20th among AL batters and 106th among all players.

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.