How 2017 Silver Sluggers winners fared in Box-Toppers points and rankings

Here are Silver Slugger Award winners for 2017, given to the top hitter at each position in both leagues, and how each player fared in Box-Toppers points and rankings at their position. Also shown is the Box-Toppers points leader at each position in both leagues.
 
Silver Slugger winners Box-Toppers points leaders

AL winners Team BTP Rank* AL leaders Team BTP Rank*
1B Eric Hosmer Royals 9.5 3 Ryon Healy Athletics 9.7 2**
2B Jose Altuve Astros 2.5 11 Rougned Odor Rangers 8.7 2**
SS Francisco Lindor Indians 3.5 9 Elvis Andrus Rangers 11.0 1
3B Jose Ramirez Indians 10.0 1 Jose Ramirez Indians 10.0 1
CA Gary Sanchez Yankees 3.5 7 Salvador Perez Royals 7.5 1
OF Aaron Judge Yankees 11.2 1 Aaron Judge Yankees 11.2 1
OF Justin Upton Angels 7.5 4 Jay Bruce Indians 10.0 2
OF George Springer Astros 5.0 21 Josh Reddick Astros 8.0 3
DH Nelson Cruz Mariners 5.5 7 Edwin Encarnacion Indians 12.1 1
NL winner Team BTP Rank* BT NL leader Team BTP Rank*
1B Paul Goldschmidt Dbacks 7.4 4 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 15.5 1
2B Daniel Murphy Nationals 7.5 2 Scooter Gennett Reds 10.7 1
SS Corey Seager Dodgers 7.0 1 Corey Seager Dodgers 7.0 1
3B Nolan Arenado Rockies 9.2 1 Nolan Arenado Rockies 9.2 1
CA Buster Posey Giants 9.5 1 Buster Posey Giants 9.5 1
OF Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 14.2 1 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 14.2 1
OF Marcell Ozuna Marlins 9.2 2 Marcell Ozuna Marlins 9.2 2
OF Charlie Blackmon Rockies 5.7 15 Andrew McCutchen Pirates 9.0 3
BTP: Box-Toppers points
Rank*: Shows the players rank among all players in his league at that position. For example, Paul Goldschmidt ranks fourth among NL first basemen in Box-Toppers points; Anthony Rizzo ranks first.
** While these players ranked second at their position in Box-Toppers points, they are deemed the leader because the actual leader at their position played two positions in 2017. Edwin Encarnacion led AL first basemen but also led AL designated hitters, his primary position, so is placed as leader at that spot. Jose Ramirez led AL second basemen but also led AL third basemen, his primary position, so is placed las leader at that spot.

Only 7 of 17 Silver Slugger Award winners also led their position in Box-Toppers points

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If you were a top batter in your position this season as measured by Box-Toppers points, you most likely were not a Silver Slugger Award winner.

The awards are given to the top batter in each position in both leagues. But using Box-Toppers points, only seven of the 17 announced winners would have been the same.

The awards are voted on by Major League Baseball coaches and managers. Box-Toppers analyzes traditional box scores and tracks which player most helps his team win the most games, awarding points for the top player in each game.

There were seven instances in which voters and Box-Toppers rankings agreed on choices:

  • Jose Ramirez of the Indians led American League third basemen with 10.0 Box-Toppers points.
  • Aaron Judge of the Yankees led AL outfielders with 11.2 points.
  • Corey Seager of the Dodgers led National League shortstops with 7.0 points.
  • Nolan Arenado of the Rockies led NL third basemen with 9.2 points.
  • Buster Posey of the Giants led NL catchers with 9.5 points.
  • Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins led NL outfielders with 14.2 points.
  • And Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins ranked second among NL outfielders with 9.2 points, taking one of the three Silver Slugger awards given to NL outfielders.

Here is a position-by-position look at the Silver Slugger winners compared to Box-Toppers leaders:

AL first base: Box-Toppers grade: A

Award winner Eric Hosmer of the Royals had 9.5 Box-Toppers points, third among AL first basemen. However, he has the most Box-Toppers points among players who played primarily or exclusively first base in 2017. The two AL first basemen who rank ahead of him were primarily designated hitters—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians (12.1 Box-Toppers points), who is listed as Box-Toppers leader at DH and Ryon Healy of the Athletics (9.7 points), who is listed as Box-Toppers leader at first base. Hosmer finished just 0.2 points behind Healy.

AL second base: Box-Toppers grade: D

Award winner Jose Altuve of the Astros finished 11th among AL second basemen with just 2.5 Box-Toppers points. Rougned Odor of the Rangers led AL second basemen with 8.7 Box-Toppers points. Last season, Altuve won the Silver Slugger and led AL second basemen with 12.5 points. This year, though he is odds-on-favorite to win the AL Most Valuable Player award, he was not the one key contributor to Astros wins that he was last season—his teammates simply beat him out for Player of the Game in most Astros wins. As a result, he only earned Player of the Game honors twice during the regular season and earned only 2.5 points in 2017. With Altuve ranked so low in Box-Toppers points, Box-Toppers letter grade should be F, but given Altuve’s past performance and the MVP hype surrounding him this year, we’ve artificially inflated the grade to a D.

AL shortstop: Box-Toppers grade: F

Award winner Francisco Lindor of the Indians had 3.5 Box-Toppers points, ninth among AL shortstops. Elvis Andrus of the Rangers led AL shortstops with 11.0 points.

AL third base: Box-Toppers grade: A

Award winner Jose Ramirez of the Indians led AL third basemen with 10.0 Box-Toppers points.

AL catcher: Box-Toppers grade: D

Award winner Gary Sanchez of the Yankees ranked seventh among AL catchers with 3.5 points. Salvador Perez of the Royals led AL catchers with 7.5 points. Perez won the Silver Slugger award for AL catchers in 2016, when he had 4.0 Box-Toppers points, sixth among AL catchers.

AL outfield: Box-Toppers grade: B

Box-Toppers’ leader among AL outfielders won a Silver Slugger award; the other two winners ranked outside the top three AL outfielders in Box-Toppers points.

Award winner Aaron Judge of the Yankees led AL outfielders with 11.2 Box-Toppers points.

However, award winners Justin Upton of the Angels and George Springer of the Astros ranked outside the top three AL outfielders in Box-Toppers points.

Upton ranked fourth with 7.5 points, just outside the top three. Springer ranked 21st with 5.0 points.

Jay Bruce of the Indians ranked second among AL outfielders with 10.0 Box-Toppers points. Josh Reddick of the Astros ranked third with 8.0 Box-Toppers points, just ahead of Upton and 3.0 points ahead of fellow Astros outfielder Springer.

AL designated hitter: Box-Toppers grade: C

Award winner Nelson Cruz of the Mariners had 5.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked seventh among AL designated hitters. Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians led AL DHs (and all AL batters) with 12.1 Box-Toppers points.

NL first base: Box-Toppers grade: C

Award winner Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks ranked fourth among NL first basemen with 7.4 Box-Toppers points. Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs led all batters in 2017 with 15.5 Box-Toppers points. Interestingly, Rizzo won the 2016 Silver Slugger award for first basemen, even though he had just 3.0 Box-Toppers points last season, 16th among NL first basemen. Box-Toppers gave that 2016 award to Rizzo a letter grade of D.

NL second base: Box-Toppers grade: B

Award winner Daniel Murphy of the Nationals had 7.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked second among NL second basemen. Box-Toppers leader at the position is Scooter Gennett of the Reds (10.7). Murphy also won the Silver Slugger at the position in 2016, ranking third among NL second basemen, also with 7.5 points.

NL shortstop: Box-Toppers grade: A

Award winner Corey Seager of the Dodgers led NL shortstops with 7.0 Box-Toppers points. Seager also won the award in 2016, though he ranked sixth among NL shortstops with 4.0 Box-Toppers points.

NL third base: Box-Toppers grade: A

Award winner Nolan Arenado of the Rockies led NL third basemen in Box-Toppers points with 9.2.

NL catcher: Box-Toppers grade: A

Award winner Buster Posey of the Giants led NL catchers with 9.5 Box-Toppers points.

NL outfield: Box-Toppers grade A-

Two of three Silver Slugger winners for NL outfielder are among the top two at the position in Box-Toppers rankings.

Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, both of the Marlins, led NL outfielders in Box-Toppers points in 2017. Stanton ranked first with 14.2 points and Ozuna ranked second with 9.2.

The third award winner, Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies, ranked 15th among NL outfielders with 5.7 Box-Toppers points. The third-ranked NL outfielder in Box-Toppers rankings is Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates with 9.0 Box-Toppers points.

NL pitcher: Box-Toppers grade: Incomplete

Award winner is Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals. But there is simply too small a sample size to pick a credible winner among batting pitchers. Pitchers can earn Box-Toppers points for batting but it is relatively rare—only seven times in 2017 did a pitcher earn Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for batting. Wainwright did it once on April 21 and he has done it five times in his career. Phillies pitcher Ben Lively actually won Player of the Game honors for batting twice in 2017, most of any pitcher, and did it within the same week—on Aug. 31 and Sept. 5. In fact, those are the only two times in Lively’s career he has won Player of the Game honors.

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.

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Last year: In 2016, six of the 17 Silver Slugger winners were leaders at their position in Box-Toppers rankings.