Blake Snell tops Box-Toppers list of the top 100 players in 2018.
Top 100 players of 2018Here are Box-Toppers Top 100 players of 2018, ranked by Box-Toppers points (BTP).
|1||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||25.5|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||25.1|
|3||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||24.1|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||21.7|
|5||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||21.1|
|6||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||20.1|
|7||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||19.8|
|8||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||18.0|
|9||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||17.8|
|10||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||17.8|
|11||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||17.7|
|12||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||17.0|
|13||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||ari nl||16.0|
|14||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||nyy al||15.7|
|15||Marquez, German 3788||pi sp||col nl||15.7|
|16||Buehler, Walker 3943||pi sp||lad nl||15.1|
|17||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||hou al||14.8|
|18||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||14.4|
|19||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||14.1|
|20||Chacin, Jhoulys 2711||pi sp||mil nl||13.7|
|21||Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||13.7|
|22||Foltynewicz, Mike 3455||pi sp||atl nl||13.7|
|23||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||13.4|
|24||Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480||pi sp||bos al||13.1|
|25||Flaherty, Jack 3971||pi sp||stl nl||13.1|
|26||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||13.0|
|27||Teheran, Julio 3176||pi sp||atl nl||12.7|
|28||Martinez, J.D. 2922||lf dh rf||bos al||12.5|
|29||Taillon, Jameson 3658||pi sp||pit nl||12.4|
|30||Freeland, Kyle 3763||pi sp||col nl||12.4|
|31||Pivetta, Nick 3825||pi sp||phi nl||11.7|
|32||Gray, Jon 3634||pi sp||col nl||11.7|
|33||Mikolas, Miles 3034||pi sp||stl nl||11.7|
|34||Yelich, Christian 3334||rf lf||mil nl||11.5|
|35||Porcello, Rick 2573||pi sp||bos al||11.4|
|36||Newcomb, Sean 3831||pi sp||atl nl||11.4|
|37||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||chi nl||11.1|
|38||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||10.9|
|39||Godley, Zack 3538||pi sp||ari nl||10.7|
|40||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||10.7|
|41||Maeda, Kenta 3609||pi sp mr||lad nl||10.7|
|42||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||10.7|
|43||Fiers, Mike 3029||pi sp||oak al||10.7|
|44||Urena, Jose 3492||pi sp||fla nl||10.7|
|45||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp mr||mil nl||10.7|
|46||Wheeler, Zack 3204||pi sp||nym nl||10.7|
|47||Gonzales, Marco 3408||pi sp||sea al||10.4|
|48||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi nl||10.1|
|49||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||10.1|
|50||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||10.0|
|51||Baez, Javier 3395||ss 2b 3b||chi nl||10.0|
|52||Treinen, Blake 3495||pi cp||oak al||10.0|
|53||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||lad nl||9.7|
|54||LeBlanc, Wade 2669||pi sp||sea al||9.7|
|55||Boyd, Matthew 3550||pi sp||det al||9.7|
|56||Heaney, Andrew 3515||pi sp||ana al||9.7|
|57||Lindor, Francisco 3586||ss||cle al||9.6|
|58||Acuna, Ronald Jr. 3947||lf||atl nl||9.2|
|59||Diaz, Edwin 3690||pi cp||sea al||9.0|
|60||Cahill, Trevor 2658||pi sp||oak al||9.0|
|61||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||nyy al||8.7|
|62||Manaea, Sean 3637||pi sp||oak al||8.7|
|63||Hendricks, Kyle 3386||pi sp||chi nl||8.7|
|64||Davidson, Matt 3292||3b dh 1b||chi al||8.7|
|65||Stripling, Ross 3629||pi sp||lad nl||8.7|
|66||Eovaldi, Nathan 2928||pi sp||bos al||8.7|
|67||Peralta, Freddy 3965||pi sp||mil nl||8.7|
|68||Peralta, David 3370||lf||ari nl||8.5|
|69||Stratton, Chris 3883||pi sp||sf nl||8.4|
|70||Sanchez, Anibal 2187||pi sp||atl nl||8.4|
|71||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||phi nl||8.4|
|72||Granderson, Curtis 2051||dh rf||mil nl||8.2|
|73||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||8.0|
|74||Vargas, Jason 2055||pi sp||nym nl||8.0|
|75||Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840||pi sp||cin nl||8.0|
|76||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||8.0|
|77||Williams, Trevor 3792||pi sp||pit nl||8.0|
|78||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||8.0|
|79||Anderson, Tyler 3656||pi sp||col nl||8.0|
|80||German, Domingo 3957||pi sp||nyy al||8.0|
|81||Ohtani, Shohei 3933||pi sp dh||ana al||8.0|
|82||Trivino, Lou 3939||pi mr cp||oak al||8.0|
|83||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||7.7|
|84||Gonzalez, Gio 2626||pi sp||mil nl||7.7|
|85||Bundy, Dylan 3655||pi sp||bal al||7.7|
|86||Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||7.7|
|87||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||phi nl||7.7|
|88||Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||7.7|
|89||Skaggs, Tyler 3183||pi sp||ana al||7.7|
|90||Minor, Mike 2894||pi sp||tex al||7.7|
|91||Eflin, Zach 3679||pi sp||phi nl||7.7|
|92||Richards, Trevor 3945||pi sp||fla nl||7.7|
|93||Suarez, Andrew 3963||pi sp||sf nl||7.7|
|94||Odor, Rougned 3336||2b||tex al||7.5|
|95||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||1b||ari nl||7.5|
|96||Harper, Bryce 3011||rf||dc nl||7.5|
|97||Rosario, Eddie 3542||lf||min al||7.5|
|98||Reynolds, Mark 2297||1b 3b 2b ph||dc nl||7.5|
|99||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.5|
|100||Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||7.5|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
The Rays pitcher had 25.5 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, which is the 23rd-highest single-season point total since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.
Snell earned his 25.5 Box-Toppers points by being Box-Toppers Player of the Game in 20 of the Rays wins, earning 1.0 Box-Toppers point each time. In addition, he earned bonus points:
Five times for being American League Player of the Day (0.7 extra points each time, for a total of 3.5 more Box-Toppers points).
Twice for being overall Player of the Day (1.0 extra point each time, for a total of 2.0 more Box-Toppers points).
In fact, Snell’s two Player of the Day honors are the fewest for any Box-Toppers Player of the Year winner in the 24 seasons of player tracking. The previous low was four by Justin Verlander of the Tigers, who was Player of the Year in 2012 with 24.8 Box-Toppers points. The most Player of the Day honors earned by a Player of the Year is 15 earned by Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks in 2000, when he had 33.7 Box-Toppers points. Johnson is the only Player of the Year winner with 10 or more Player of the Day honors in a season—and he did it four times: 2000 (15), 2002 (12), 2001 (10) and 1999 (10).
While Snell is Box-Toppers’ 2018 Player of the Year, he only led season player rankings for a total of four days all season—he took the lead Sept. 23 and held it for two days and took the lead again Sept. 29, leading for the final two days of the season. By contrast, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who finished second with 25.1 Box-Toppers points, led for a total of 120 days during the season, holding the lead 10 different times.
Through much of the season, Scherzer traded the Box-Toppers player rankings lead with Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, who led six different times for a total of 47 days. However, Severino only earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point after July 1 and ended with 17.7 points for the season, falling to 11th among all players.
Snell, by contrast, started off slowly. He did not rise into the top 10 players list until June 25, when he was the ninth player of the season to reach 10.0 Box-Toppers points. At the All-Star break, he ranked eighth with 12.7 points. From July 8 to Aug. 15, he earned no Player of the Game honors and thus, no Box-Toppers points. In August, he fell out of the top 10 player rankings. He rejoined the top 10 on Aug. 21, rising to ninth place with 15.4 points.
On Aug. 26, he earned American League Player of the Day honors worth 1.7 Box-Toppers points and rose to fourth place overall with 17.1 points.
On Sept. 12, he earned AL Player of the Day honors worth 1.7 Box-Toppers points and rose to second place overall with 20.8 Box-Toppers points, taking the lead among AL pitchers.
On Sept. 23, Snell took the lead after earning Player of the Day honors worth 2.0 Box-Toppers points, giving him 24.5 points for the season, passing Scherzer and his then-23.1 points.
Scherzer retook the lead Sept. 25, earning Player of the Day honors worth 2.0 Box-Toppers points, giving him 25.1 points. But Snell came back on Sept. 29, earning Player of the Game honors worth 1.0 point, giving him 25.5 Box-Toppers points for the season and retaking the lead for good for the final two days of the season.
Scherzer earned Player of the Game honors 16 times in 2018, earning bonus points 10 times—three times as National League Player of the Day (worth 0.7 extra Box-Toppers points) and seven times as overall Player of the Day (worth 1.0 extra Box-Toppers point).
Scherzer also ranked second overall in 2017 with 25.0 Box-Toppers points. He ranked first overall in 2016 with 25.7 points. He has led NL pitchers in points for three straight seasons. Scherzer was the NL Cy Young Award winner in both 2016 and 2017.
It took 7.5 Box-Toppers points for a player to make the top 100 list—Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman took the 100th spot with 7.5 points. He earned them by being Player of the Game in six of the Braves’ wins, including being National League Batter of the Day three times (earning an extra 0.5 bonus points each time), giving him 7.5 total points.
Most Player of the Day honors among Player of the Year winnersRandy Johnson of the Diamondbacks had the most Player of the Day honors among all of Box-Toppers Player of the Year winners. In 2000, when he was Player of the Year, leading all players with 33.7 Box-Toppers points, he earned Player of the Day honors 15 times during the season. He is also the only Player of the Year to earn Player of the Day honors 10 times in a season, doing in four times. In 2018, Blake Snell of the Rays earned the fewest Player of the Day honors (two) among all Player of the Year winners in Box-Toppers 24 season tracking history.
of the Day
Box-Toppers points are a measure of how much a player provides key contributions to his teams win. 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.
Here are some other highlights from the top 100 list:
2018 lead changesHere are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.
|3/29||Luis Severino||nyy al||2.0|
|3/30||Max Scherzer||dc nl||2.0|
|4/02||Paul DeJong||stl nl||2.5|
|4/04||Luis Severino||nyy al||3.0|
|4/09||Max Scherzer||dc nl||3.7|
|4/12||Jose Berrios||min al||4.0|
|4/13||Gerrit Cole||hou al||5.0|
|4/14||Max Scherzer||dc nl||5.7|
|4/18||Jose Berrios||min al||6.0|
|4/20||Max Scherzer||dc nl||6.7|
|4/22||Patrick Corbin||ari nl||7.0|
|4/27||Luis Severino||nyy al||7.7|
|5/1||Max Scherzer||dc nl||7.7|
|5/2||Luis Severino||nyy al||9.7|
|5/11||Max Scherzer||dc nl||11.4|
|6/4||Luis Severino||nyy al||13.7|
|6/5||Max Scherzer||dc nl||15.4|
|7/1||Luis Severino||nyy al||16.7|
|7/27||Max Scherzer||dc nl||18.4|
|8/12||Chris Sale||bos al||20.1|
|8/17||Max Scherzer||dc nl||21.1|
|9/23||Blake Snell||tb al||24.5|
|9/25||Max Scherzer||dc nl||25.1|
|9/29||Blake Snell||tb al||25.5|
4., 7., 19., and 21. The Cleveland Indians top four starting pitchers were among the top 21 overall players in Box-Toppers player rankings. Corey Kluber ranked fourth (21.7 Box-Toppers points), Carlos Carrasco ranked seventh (19.8 points), Trevor Bauer ranked 19th (14.1) and Mike Clevinger ranked 21st (13.7). Last season, Kluber ranked fifth among all players with 22.0 Box-Toppers points, second among AL pitchers and won the AL Cy Young Award.
5. Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, last year’s Box-Toppers Player of the Year with 25.1 Box-Toppers points, had 21.1 points in 2018, fourth among AL pitchers.
16. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler had 15.1 Box-Toppers points in 2018, most among all rookie players. Buehler ranks sixth among NL pitchers.
28. J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox led all batters with 12.5 Box-Toppers points. That is tied for the lowest point total to lead all batters in Box-Toppers’ 24 seasons. In 2015, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers also led all batters with 12.5 points (he ranked 27th among all players that season). Martinez’s 12.5 points is tied for the sixth-lowest total to lead any Box-Toppers’ season category (AL or NL pitchers or batters) since 1995. Martinez led AL batters in 2018.
34. Christian Yelich of the Brewers led all NL batters with 11.5 Box-Toppers points. That is tied for the second-lowest point total to lead any Box-Toppers’ season category. The lowest is the 10.7 points Nolan Arenado of the Rockies earned in 2016 to lead NL batters.
50. Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs led all batters in 2017 with 15.5 Box-Toppers points. In 2018, he had 10.0 points, second among NL batters.
58. Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among NL rookie batters with 9.2.
73. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw earned 8.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, 34th among NL pitchers. For the previous seven seasons, Kershaw ranked among the top three players in Box-Toppers points each season, including winning Player of the Year honors in 2011 (26.1 points), 2013 (21.7) and 2014 (31.5).
81. Shohei Ohtani of the Angels earned 8.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, 4.0 as a starting pitcher and 4.0 as a designated hitter. Box-Toppers ranks the rookie at both positions based on his overall season total. His 8.0 points ranks 31st among AL pitchers and third among AL designated hitters. Because the players ranked ahead of him at designated hitter also played other positions, Ohtani’s 8.0 points actually qualified him to be named designated hitter on Box-Toppers’ 2018 year-end AL All-Star team. (Though I’ll admit it doesn’t make perfect sense since half his points were actually earned for pitching.) Ohtani also has the most Box-Toppers points among qualified AL rookies in 2018.
Other notable players not among the top 100:
Lowest points to lead categoryNolan Arenado holds the record for lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead category (10.7 to lead National League batters in 2016). Here are the lowest-point totals to win a league category since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995:
|1||Nolan Arenado||col nl||10.7||2016 NL bat|
|2||Carlos Gonzalez||col nl||11.5||2015 NL bat||2||Christian Yelich||mil nl||11.5||2018 NL bat|
|4||Troy Tulowitzki||col nl||11.6||2014 NL bat|
|5||Edwin Encarnacion||cle al||12.1||2017 AL bat|
|6||Adrian Beltre||tex al||12.5||2015 AL bat|
|6||Aubrey Huff||bal al||12.5||2008 AL bat|
|6||Ryan Braun||mil nl||12.5||2012 NL bat|
|6||J.D. Martinez||bos al||12.5||2018 AL bat|
|10||Manny Machado||bal al||12.7||2016 AL bat|
|11||Adrian Beltre||tex al||13.0||2012 AL bat|
|12||Paul Goldschmidt||ari nl||13.7||2013 NL bat|
|12||Bret Boone||sea al||13.7||2001 AL bat|
Ranked 120th—Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees was NL Most Valuable Player in 2017, when he was with the Marlins and had 14.2 Box-Toppers points, 17th among all players, second among NL batters. In 2018, he earned 6.5 points, which ranked 11th among AL batters.
Ranked 121st—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians led AL batters in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 12.1 (ranked 22nd overall). This season, he had 6.5 Box-Toppers points, 12th among AL batters.
Ranked 293rd—Jose Altuve of the Astros was AL Most Valuable Player in 2017, even though he only earned 2.5 Box-Toppers points and ranked 387th overall, 90th among AL batters. This season, he actually performed marginally better, though he is not in the discussion to win AL MVP—he had 3.5 Box-Toppers points and ranked 64th among AL batters. Altuve ranked 94 spots higher among all players compared to last year, but still is not among the top 250 players in 2018.
Box-Toppers tends to favor pitchers, especially in the short term, so most of the top 100 players are pitchers and this year that number has climbed, with 82 of the 100 top players being pitchers. In recent years, the number of pitchers among the top 100 players declined each season from 79 in 2014 to 63 in 2018, but this season—a year in which pitchers dominated and batters Box-Toppers point totals declined to record-low levels—pitchers rebounded with a vengeance.
Here is a breakdown of this year’s top 100 players by their primary position:
8—Outfield (4 LF, 3 RF, 1 CF)
1—Middle relief pitcher
The highest-ranked catcher is Mitch Garver of the Twins, who had 7.5 Box-Toppers points and ranked just outside the top 100 in 102nd place. Though he had the same Box-Toppers point total as the 100th-ranked player Freddie Freeman, Garver ranks lower on a tiebreaker because he had fewer 2017 Box-Toppers points than Freeman (0.0 vs. 3.0).
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have the most players in the top 100—seven. They are:
5. Chris Sale, pitcher, 21.1 Box-Toppers points.
18. David Price, pitcher, 14.4 points.
24. Eduardo Rodriguez, pitcher, 13.1.
28. J.D. Martinez, outfield/designated hitter, 12.5.
35. Rick Porcello, pitcher, 11.4.
38. Mookie Betts, rightfielder, 10.9.
66. Nathan Eovaldi, pitcher, 8.7.
Six teams each had six players among the top 100, tied for the second-most among all teams: Diamondbacks, Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Brewers and Yankees.
Three other teams each had five players among the top 100: Indians, Athletics and Phillies.
Five teams each have just one player on the list, including the Rays, which had the top-ranked player of the season, pitcher Blake Snell with 25.5 points. The four other teams with just one player among the top 100: Orioles, White Sox, Tigers and Royals.
Two teams have no representatives in the top 100: Padres and Blue Jays. The Padres’ top-ranked player is pitcher Eric Lauer (6.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 119th). The Blue Jays’ top-ranked player is first baseman Justin Smoak (6.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 137th).
This season, 744 different players earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There were 400 players who had more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points and 52 with 10.0 or more points. There were 175 players who made their Box-Toppers debut in 2018, earning Player of the Game honors for the first time.
Here are comparisons with those numbers from recent seasons:
Players earning Player of the Game honors—2017 (763), 2016 (730), 2015 (751), 2014 (722).
Players earning more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points—2017 (409), 2016 (395), 2015 (402), 2014 (399).
Players earning 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points—2017 (38), 2016 (54), 2015 (47), 2014 (58).
Players making their Box-Toppers debut—2017 (169), 2016 (151), 2015 (172), 2014 (135).
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.
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.