Zack Greinke, consistent high-ranking pitcher in Box-Toppers points, to sign with Diamondbacks

Zack Greinke on May 20, 2015

Zack Greinke, consistently one of the highest-ranking pitchers in Box-Toppers points, has agreed to a six-year, $206 million free-agent deal to join the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greinke earned 20.7 Box-Toppers points in 2015 with the Dodgers, ranking seventh among all players and fifth among National League pitchers.

Zack Greinke

Here is a look at Zack Greinke’s career in Box-Toppers points (BTP), showing how many points he earned each season, his overall rank among all players and his rank among pitchers in his league.

Overall Lge P*
Year Team BTP Rank Rank
2004 Royals 5.7 174 38
2005 Royals 3.0 335 68
2006 Royals 0.0 764 163
2007 Royals 9.7 50 17
2008 Royals 11.7 30 11
2009 Royals 21.5 1 1
2010 Royals 9.0 62 24
2011 Brewers 16.5 12 7
2012 Brewers/Angels 12.7 29 13
2013 Dodgers 19.4 3 3
2014 Dodgers 16.5 11 6
2015 Dodgers 20.7 7 5
Career 146.4
BTP: Box-Toppers points
Lge P*: Greinke’s rank among pitchers in his league. His ranks for 2004-10 are shown among AL pitchers (when he was with the Royals). His ranks for 2011 and 2013-15 are shown among NL pitchers (when he was with the Brewers and Dodgers). His rank for 2012 is shown among AL pitchers since he finished the season with the AL Angels (though he started the season with the NL Brewers).

He led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2009 with the Royals when he had 21.5 Box-Toppers points, his best season. Greinke also won the American League Cy Young Award in 2009.

Greinke, 32, has ranked among his league’s top 25 pitchers in Box-Toppers points in each of the past nine seasons. He’s been among his league’s top 10 pitchers in five of the past seven seasons. And he’s ranked among the overall top 10 players three times.

Though Greinke has had a lot of success in his three seasons with the Dodgers, ranking among the NL’s top six pitchers all three seasons, he never led Dodgers pitchers in Box-Toppers points. Each season, he has ranked second among Dodgers behind Clayton Kershaw:

  • In 2013, Kershaw had 21.7 Box-Toppers points to lead all players, while Greinke had 19.4, third among all players.
  • In 2014, Kershaw had 31.5 points to lead all players. Greinke had 16.5, 11th among all players.
  • In 2015, Kershaw had 25.7 points, second among all players. Greinke had 20.7, ranked seventh.

Over the past two seasons, Greinke has 37.2 Box-Toppers points, ranking eighth among all players. Over the past six seasons from 2010-15, Greinke has 94.8 Box-Toppers points, fourth-most among all players, behind Kershaw (141.9), Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (105.8) and Max Scherzer of the Nationals (99.0).

Greinke has 146.4 career Box-Toppers points, ranking him 21st among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He trails 20th-place player Jim Thome (146.7 Box-Toppers points). Greinke ranked seventh among players active at the end of 2015 (Tim Hudson with 157.0, announced his retirement). He ranked fifth among active pitchers and third among active NL pitchers, behind Kershaw (159.3) and Hudson (157.0). He will enter 2016 ranked second among active NL pitchers in career Box-Toppers points behind only former teammate Kershaw, who is 27.

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.