More pitchers lead their team in 2017 Box-Toppers points than batters at the All-Star break

More pitchers lead their teams in Box-Toppers points at the All-Star break than batters.

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Here are Box-Toppers points (BTP) leaders on each of the 30 teams as of the 2017 All-Star break. Teams are grouped with their league division and listed alphabetically by nickname.  

American League
East Player Pos BTP
Blue Jays Smoak, Justin 2731 1b 5.5
Orioles Mancini, Trey 3766 lf 1b 6.2
Rays Faria, Jacob 3816 pi sp 4.7
Red Sox Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp 13.1
Yankees Judge, Aaron 3767 rf 8.2
Central Player Pos BTP
Indians Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp 11.4
Royals Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp 9.0
Tigers Upton, Justin 2411 lf 5.0
Twins Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp 12.4
White Sox Cabrera, Melky 2143 lf 5.7
West Player Pos BTP
Angels Meyer, Alex 3742 pi sp 5.0
Astros McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp 9.4
Athletics Healy, Ryon 3685 dh 1b 3b 8.7
Mariners Paxton, James 3280 pi sp 7.0
Rangers Darvish, Yu 3003 pi sp 6.0
National League
East Player Pos BTP
Braves Adams, Matt 3220 1b 6.5
Marlins Straily, Dan 3080 pi sp 8.7
Mets deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp 7.7
Nationals Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp 17.0
Phillies Altherr, Aaron 3563 rf lf cf 6.0
Central Player Pos BTP
Brewers Nelson, Jimmy 3299 pi sp 8.0
Cardinals Martinez, Carlos 3371 pi sp 7.5
Cubs Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp 8.0
Pirates Nova, Ivan 2796 pi sp 7.0
Reds Feldman, Scott 2632 pi sp 6.0
West Player Pos BTP
Dbacks Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp 11.4
Dodgers Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp 21.1
Giants Samardzija, Jeff 2495 pi sp 6.0
Padres Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp 6.7
Rockies Holland, Greg 2906 pi cp 8.0
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Twenty-two pitchers lead their teams in Box-Toppers points compared to eight batters who lead their teams.

But before Thursday, pitchers led 23 teams. That number decreased by one Thursday when Jose Quintana was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs. Quintana had been the White Sox player with the most Box-Toppers points (8.0), but after the move, batter Melky Cabrera became the White Sox Box-Toppers points leader (5.7). Meanwhile, Quintana became the Cubs Box-Toppers points leader, displacing another pitcher, Jon Lester (6.0).

There are six teams in which the leading player has 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points. All are pitchers. They are:

  • Dodgers—Clayton Kershaw, 21.1 points, ranked first overall.
  • Nationals—Max Scherzer, 17.0 points, ranked second overall.
  • Red Sox—Chris Sale, 13.1 points, ranked third.
  • Twins—Ervin Santana, 12.4 points, ranked fourth.
  • Indians—Carlos Carrasco, 11.4 points, ranked sixth.
  • Diamondbacks—Zack Greinke, 11.4 points, ranked seventh.

There are nine players who have 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points so far this season. That means there are three players with 10.0 or more points who do not lead their team:

  • Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood, 12.0 points, ranked fifth.
  • Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, 10.4 points, ranked eighth.
  • Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray, 10.0 points, ranked ninth.

Among the 30 leaders, here is a breakdown of the positions they play:

  • 21—Starting pitcher
  • 5—Outfield
  • 2—First base
  • 1—Designated hitter
  • 1—Closing pitcher

Here are the eight batters who lead their teams in Box-Toppers points in order of their point totals:

  • 8.7—Athletics, Ryon Healy, ranked first among American League batters.
  • 8.2—Yankees, Aaron Judge, ranked second among AL batters.
  • 6.5—Braves, Matt Adams, ranked third among National League batters.
  • 6.2—Orioles, Trey Mancini, ranked fifth among AL batters.
  • 6.0—Phillies, Aaron Altherr, ranked fifth among NL batters.
  • 5.7—White Sox, Melky Cabrera, ranked sixth among AL batters.
  • 5.5—Blue Jays, Justin Smoak, ranked 10th among AL batters.
  • 5.0—Tigers, Justin Upton, ranked 12th among AL batters.

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers leads NL batters in Box-Toppers points with 7.7, but ranks third among Dodgers in Box-Toppers points, behind Kershaw (21.1) and Wood (12.0). The leaders of the other three main categories all lead their teams in Box-Toppers points:

  • NL pitchers—Kershaw, Dodgers, 21.1.
  • AL pitchers—Sale, Red Sox, 13.1.
  • AL batters—Healy, Athletics, 8.7.

Of the 22 pitchers who lead their teams in Box-Toppers points, all but one are starters. The exception: Closing pitcher Greg Holland leads the Rockies with 8.0 Box-Toppers points.

The lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead teams belongs to starting pitcher Jacob Faria, who leads the Rays with 4.7 Box-Toppers points. Faria ranks 77th among all players and 24th among all AL pitchers. Despite having the lowest-ranked leader, the Rays still rank 10th among all teams in accumulated Box-Toppers points for 2017 with 54.6.

Here are the next four lowest-ranked team leaders:

  • 5.0—Angels, starting pitcher Alex Meyer.
  • 5.0—Tigers, outfielder Justin Upton.
  • 5.5—Blue Jays, first baseman Justin Smoak.
  • 5.7—White Sox, outfielder Melky Cabrera.

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