The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have the most players among the top 100 in Box-Toppers’ 2017 player rankings at the All-Star break.
Top 100 players of 2017Here are Box-Toppers Top 100 players of 2017 at the All-Star break, ranked by Box-Toppers points (BTP).
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||21.1|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||17.0|
|3||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||13.1|
|4||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||12.4|
|5||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||12.0|
|6||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||11.4|
|7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||11.4|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||10.4|
|9||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||10.0|
|10||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||9.4|
|11||Vargas, Jason 2055||pi sp||kc al||9.0|
|12||Straily, Dan 3080||pi sp||fla nl||8.7|
|13||Healy, Ryon 3685||dh 1b 3b||oak al||8.7|
|14||Judge, Aaron 3767||rf||nyy al||8.2|
|15||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||8.0|
|16||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||8.0|
|17||Nelson, Jimmy 3299||pi sp||mil nl||8.0|
|18||Holland, Greg 2906||pi cp||col nl||8.0|
|19||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh 1b||cle al||7.9|
|20||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||7.7|
|21||Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||bos al||7.7|
|22||Bellinger, Cody 3781||1b||lad nl||7.7|
|23||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||7.5|
|24||Sano, Miguel 3527||3b||min al||7.5|
|25||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||7.4|
|26||Maeda, Kenta 3609||pi sp||lad nl||7.0|
|27||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||7.0|
|28||Nova, Ivan 2796||pi sp||pit nl||7.0|
|29||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||7.0|
|30||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||lad nl||6.7|
|31||Chacin, Jhoulys 2711||pi sp||sd nl||6.7|
|32||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||6.7|
|33||Adams, Matt 3220||1b||atl nl||6.5|
|34||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||6.4|
|35||Chatwood, Tyler 2856||pi sp||col nl||6.4|
|36||Mancini, Trey 3766||lf 1b||bal al||6.2|
|37||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||6.0|
|38||Samardzija, Jeff 2495||pi sp||sf nl||6.0|
|39||Darvish, Yu 3003||pi sp||tex al||6.0|
|40||Harper, Bryce 3011||rf||dc nl||6.0|
|41||Altherr, Aaron 3563||lf rf cf||phi nl||6.0|
|42||Miranda, Ariel 3738||pi sp||sea al||6.0|
|43||Godley, Zack 3538||pi sp||ari nl||6.0|
|44||Feldman, Scott 2632||pi sp||cin nl||6.0|
|45||Freeland, Kyle 3763||pi sp||col nl||6.0|
|46||Anderson, Chase 3328||pi sp||mil nl||5.7|
|47||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||5.7|
|48||Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480||pi sp||bos al||5.7|
|49||Cabrera, Melky 2143||lf||chi al||5.7|
|50||Lynn, Lance 2992||pi sp||stl nl||5.7|
|51||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||5.5|
|52||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||5.5|
|53||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||5.5|
|54||Shaw, Travis 3544||3b||mil nl||5.5|
|55||Rendon, Anthony 3258||3b||dc nl||5.5|
|56||Perez, Salvador 2972||ca||kc al||5.5|
|57||Reddick, Josh 2936||rf lf||hou al||5.5|
|58||Smoak, Justin 2731||1b||tor al||5.5|
|59||Posey, Buster 2745||ca 1b||sf nl||5.5|
|60||Gennett, Scooter 3254||2b||cin nl||5.5|
|61||Cahill, Trevor 2658||pi sp||sd nl||5.4|
|62||Triggs, Andrew 3723||pi sp||oak al||5.4|
|63||Rosario, Eddie 3542||lf||min al||5.2|
|64||Upton, Justin 2411||lf||det al||5.0|
|65||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||5.0|
|66||Springer, George 3337||rf dh cf||hou al||5.0|
|67||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||5.0|
|68||Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||5.0|
|69||Johnson, Jim 2417||pi cp||atl nl||5.0|
|70||Devenski, Chris 3702||pi mr||hou al||5.0|
|71||Meyer, Alex 3742||pi sp||ana al||5.0|
|72||Kintzler, Brandon 3150||pi cp||min al||5.0|
|73||Ramirez, JC 3778||pi sp||ana al||5.0|
|74||Fulmer, Michael 3640||pi sp||det al||4.7|
|75||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||1b||ari nl||4.7|
|76||Peacock, Brad 2968||pi sp||hou al||4.7|
|77||Faria, Jacob 3816||pi sp||tb al||4.7|
|78||Murphy, Daniel 2589||2b||dc nl||4.5|
|79||Duvall, Adam 3573||lf||cin nl||4.5|
|80||Schoop, Jonathan 3307||2b||bal al||4.5|
|81||Molina, Yadier 1967||ca||stl nl||4.5|
|82||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||4.5|
|83||Bour, Justin 3433||1b||fla nl||4.5|
|84||Inciarte, Ender 3360||cf||atl nl||4.5|
|85||Zimmerman, Ryan 2180||1b||dc nl||4.5|
|86||Ramirez, Jose 3436||3b||cle al||4.5|
|87||Iglesias, Jose 3532||ss||det al||4.5|
|88||Broxton, Keon 3785||cf||mil nl||4.5|
|89||Hedges, Austin 3790||ca||sd nl||4.5|
|90||Gausman, Kevin 3191||pi sp||bal al||4.4|
|91||Manaea, Sean 3637||pi sp||oak al||4.4|
|92||Cobb, Alex 2916||pi sp||tb al||4.4|
|93||Morrison, Logan 2794||1b||tb al||4.2|
|94||Baez, Javier 3395||2b 3b||chi nl||4.2|
|95||Benintendi, Andrew 3815||lf||bos al||4.2|
|96||Roark, Tanner 3261||pi sp||dc nl||4.0|
|97||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||4.0|
|98||Nolasco, Ricky 2125||pi sp||ana al||4.0|
|99||Estrada, Marco 2847||pi sp||tor al||4.0|
|100||Kennedy, Ian 2723||pi sp||kc al||4.0|
Both teams have seven players among the top 100.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, the top-ranked team in Box-Toppers rankings, are tied for the next-most players with five. The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians both also have five players on the list.
The list is led by Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has 21.1 Box-Toppers points, ahead of second-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who has 17.0.
The Nationals and Astros, which each has the most players on the list, are ranked second and third in Box-Toppers team rankings, behind the Dodgers and their 79.0 accumulated Box-Toppers points.
While the Nationals and Astros both have 68.1 accumulated Box-Toppers points on the season, the Nationals hold the tiebreaker to rank second because they have more Box-Toppers points between June 30 and July 9 (6.5). The Astros rank behind in third place with 6.0 points during that period.
Here are the seven Nationals players in the top 100, with their overall rank shown, their position and their season Box-Toppers point total:
- 2. Max Scherzer, starting pitcher—17.0.
- 8. Stephen Strasburg, starting pitcher—10.4.
- 40. Bryce Harper, right field—6.0.
- 55. Anthony Rendon, third base—5.5.
- 78. Daniel Murphy, second base—4.5.
- 85. Ryan Zimmerman, first base—4.5.
- 96. Tanner Roark, starting pitcher—4.0.
Here are the seven Astros players in the top 100, with their overall rank shown, their position and their season Box-Toppers point total:
- 10. Lance McCullers Jr., starting pitcher—9.4.
- 25. Dallas Keuchel, starting pitcher—7.4.
- 53. Carlos Correa, shortstop—5.5.
- 57. Josh Reddick, outfield—5.5.
- 66. George Springer, outfield, designated hitter—5.0.
- 70. Chris Devenski, middle relief pitcher—5.0.
- 76. Brad Peacock, starting pitcher—4.7.
The league-leading Dodgers have five players in the top 100:
- 1. Kershaw—21.1.
- 5. Alex Wood, starting pitcher—12.0.
- 22. Cody Bellinger, first base—7.7.
- 26. Kenta Maeda, starting pitcher—7.0
- 30. Rich Hill, starting pitcher—6.7.
Though the Dodgers only have five players compared to the Nationals and Astros seven, the Dodgers players in the top 100 have more Box-Toppers points than the Nationals’ or Astros’ top 100 players:
- The five Dodgers have 54.5 combined Box-Toppers points.
- The seven Nationals have 51.9.
- The seven Astros have 42.5.
All 30 teams have at least one player in the top 100. The Texas Rangers are the only team with just one representative: 39th-ranked Yu Darvish, starting pitcher, with 6.0 Box-Toppers points.
Most players in the top 100 are starting pitchers. Here is the position-by-position breakdown of players (if a player played more than one position, then their primary position—the one at which they most often earned Player of the Game honors—is used):
- 55—Starting pitchers
- 8—First base
- 5—Third base
- 4—Closing pitcher
- 4—Second base
- 2—Designated hitter
- 1—Middle reliever
Compared to the last two years at this time, there are more batters in the top 100 at the All-Star break and fewer pitchers.
- In 2015, there were 74 pitchers (67 starters and seven closers).
- In 2016, there were 65 pitchers (64 starters and one closer).
- This year, there are 60 pitchers (55 starters, four closers and one middle reliever).
That means batters are taking more spots in the midseason top 100. In 2015, they accounted for 26 spots, in 2016, 35 spots and in 2017, 40 spots. Over two seasons, that’s a 53 percent increase in the number of batters in the midseason top 100 players.
How are last season’s postseason award-winners doing in Box-Toppers points this year?
National League Cy Young Award—Max Scherzer of the Nationals has 17.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked second among all players and second among NL pitchers, behind Kershaw’s 21.1. Scherzer also led all players in Box-Toppers points at the end of 2016 with 25.7, but at the All-Star break had 14.0 points, third among all players and third among NL pitchers.
American League Cy Young Award—Rick Porcello of the Red Sox has 1.0 Box-Toppers point, ranked 396th among all players, 100th among AL pitchers. (Last year, at season’s end, despite winning 22 games, Porcello had just 8.0 Box-Toppers points, 91st among all players and 31st among AL pitchers.)
National League Most Valuable Player—Kris Bryant of the Cubs has 2.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked 235th among all players, 51st among NL batters.
American League Most Valuable Player—Mike Trout of the Angels has 1.0 Box-Toppers point, 386th among all players, 100th among AL batters.
National League Rookie of the Year—Corey Seager of the Dodgers has 4.0 Box-Toppers points, 118th among all players, 24th among NL batters.
American League Rookie of the Year—Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer has 4.7 Box-Toppers points, 74th among all players, 22nd among AL pitchers.
Last year’s Box-Toppers points leader among AL pitchers was Corey Kluber of the Indians (21.2). This year, Kluber has 8.0 Box-Toppers points, 15th among all players and sixth among AL pitchers.
Last year’s Box-Toppers points leader among AL batters was Manny Machado of the Orioles (12.7). This year, Machado has 3.5 Box-Toppers points, 145th among all players and 28th among AL batters.
Last year’s Box-Toppers points leader among NL batters was Nolan Arenado of the Rockies (10.7). This year, Arenado has 5.5 Box-Toppers points, 51st among all players and sixth among NL batters.
So far this season, 573 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 259 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 91 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors.
Nine of those players who’ve made their debut in 2017 are on the top 100 list.
Aaron Judge of the Yankees has the most Box-Toppers points among players who made their Box-Toppers debut in 2017. His 8.2 Box-Toppers points ranks 14th among all players and second among AL batters.
Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers has the most Box-Toppers points among NL players who made their Box-Toppers debut in 2017. His 7.7 Box-Toppers points ranks 22nd among all players and first among NL batters.
Other players in the top 100 who made their Box-Toppers debut in 2017:
- Trey Mancini of the Orioles, 6.2 Box-Toppers points, 36th among all players, fifth among AL batters.
- Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland, 6.0 Box-Toppers points, 45th among all players, 21st among NL pitchers.
- Angels pitcher JC Ramirez, 5.0 Box-Toppers points, 73rd among all players, 21st among AL pitchers.
- Rays pitcher Jacob Faria, 4.7 Box-Toppers points, 77th among all players, 24th among AL pitchers.
- Keon Broxton of the Brewers, 4.5 Box-Toppers points, 88th among all players, 19th among NL batters.
- Austin Hedges of the Padres, 4.5 Box-Toppers points, 89th among all players, 20th among NL batters.
- Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox, 4.2 Box-Toppers points, 95th among all players, 19th among AL batters.
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.
Box-Toppers strives for accuracy. See a mistake in a post? A wrong name, wrong team, grammar error, spelling goof, etc.? Thanks for pointing it out! Contact Box-Toppers here. Let's fix it and make it right.
Editor's note: Box-Toppers realizes the Marlins are no longer called the Florida Marlins and the Angels are no longer the Anaheim Angels. But we keep the old team abbreviation names around in the accompanying chart (fla nl, ana al) since the changes in the team name were largely for marketing or political purposes and involved no substantial change in the actual geography of the team. (Plus, it’s a pain to make extensive database changes.)