A detailed look at Box-Toppers points leaders for 2018: Top players by position in each league

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Here is a detailed look at Box-Toppers point leaders for 2018.

The chart accompanying this post shows points leaders for the season by several different categories and classifications, including:

Detail leaders 2018

Here are Box-Toppers point leaders for 2018 broken down according to several factors, including by position and league. Included here are:
• Overall top 10 leaders and top 10 American League and National League pitchers and batters.
• Top batters by position in each league—top 10 for outfielders, top five for all other positions.
• The top 10 biggest dippers and risers—the "dippers" are players whose Box-Toppers point total declined most from 2017; the "risers" are players whose point total climbed the most from 2017.
• Top relief pitchers, including the top five AL and NL closing (CP) and middle relief (MR) pitchers.

2018 OVERALL Pos Team 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
2018 AL PITCHERS Pos Team BTP
1 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 25.5
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 24.1
3 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 21.7
4 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
5 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 19.8
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
7 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 17.8
8 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
9 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 17.0
10 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 15.7
2018 AL BATTERS Pos Team BTP
1 Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh rf bos al 12.5
2 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 10.9
3 Lindor, Francisco 3586 ss cle al 9.6
4 Davidson, Matt 3292 3b dh 1b chi al 8.7
5 Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 8.0
6 Ohtani, Shohei 3933 pi sp dh ana al 8.0
7 Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 7.5
8 Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 7.5
9 Garver, Mitch 3950 ca min al 7.5
10 Healy, Ryon 3685 1b sea al 7.0
2018 NL PITCHERS Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.1
2 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 20.1
3 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 17.8
4 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 16.0
5 Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 15.7
6 Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 15.1
7 Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 13.7
8 Foltynewicz, Mike 3455 pi sp atl nl 13.7
9 Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 13.1
10 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 13.0
2018 NL BATTERS Pos Team BTP
1 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 11.5
2 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 10.0
3 Baez, Javier 3395 ss 2b 3b chi nl 10.0
4 Acuña, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf atl nl 9.2
5 Peralta, David 3370 lf ari nl 8.5
6 Granderson, Curtis 2051 dh rf mil nl 8.2
7 Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b ari nl 7.5
8 Harper, Bryce 3011 rf dc nl 7.5
9 Reynolds, Mark 2297 1b 3b 2b ph dc nl 7.5
10 Suarez, Eugenio 3355 3b cin nl 7.5
2018 AL 1B Pos Team BTP
1 Davidson, Matt 3292 3b dh 1b chi al 8.7
2 Healy, Ryon 3685 1b sea al 7.0
3 Smoak, Justin 2731 1b tor al 6.0
4 Mauer, Joe 1869 1b min al 5.5
5 Bauers, Jake 3993 1b tb al 5.5
2018 AL 2B Pos Team BTP
1 Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 7.5
2 Kinsler, Ian 2144 2b bos al 6.0
3 Goodrum, Niko 3932 1b rf 3b 2b pr det al 5.0
4 Lowrie, Jed 2437 2b oak al 4.0
5 Cano, Robinson 2092 2b sea al 4.0
2018 AL SS Pos Team BTP
1 Lindor, Francisco 3586 ss cle al 9.6
2 Bogaerts, Xander 3383 ss bos al 5.5
3 Segura, Jean 3173 ss sea al 5.0
4 Profar, Jurickson 3665 ss 3b 1b tex al 5.0
5 Iglesias, Jose 3532 ss det al 4.5
2018 AL 3B Pos Team BTP
1 Davidson, Matt 3292 3b dh 1b chi al 8.7
2 Bregman, Alex 3721 3b hou al 6.2
3 Ramirez, Jose 3436 3b cle al 6.0
4 Solarte, Yangervis 3304 3b tor al 5.2
5 Profar, Jurickson 3665 ss 3b 1b tex al 5.0
2018 AL CA Pos Team BTP
1 Garver, Mitch 3950 ca min al 7.5
2 Chirinos, Robinson 2924 ca tex al 6.0
3 Sanchez, Gary 3701 ca nyy al 5.5
4 Maldonado, Martin 3082 ca hou al 5.5
5 Arcia, Francisco 4033 ca ana al 3.2
2018 AL OF Pos Team BTP
1 Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh rf bos al 12.5
2 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 10.9
3 Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 8.0
4 Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 7.5
5 Mazara, Nomar 3614 rf tex al 7.0
6 Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 dh rf lf nyy al 6.5
7 Castellanos, Nicholas 3349 rf det al 6.5
8 Haniger, Mitch 3772 rf sea al 6.5
9 Piscotty, Stephen 3570 rf oak al 6.0
10 Gardner, Brett 2486 cf lf nyy al 5.5
2018 AL DH Pos Team BTP
1 Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh rf bos al 12.5
2 Davidson, Matt 3292 3b dh 1b chi al 8.7
3 Ohtani, Shohei 3933 pi sp dh ana al 8.0
4 Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 dh rf lf nyy al 6.5
5 Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh cle al 6.5
2018 NL 1B Pos Team BTP
1 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 10.0
2 Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b ari nl 7.5
3 Reynolds, Mark 2297 1b 3b 2b ph dc nl 7.5
4 Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 7.5
5 Carpenter, Matt 2987 1b stl nl 6.5
2018 NL 2B Pos Team BTP
1 Baez, Javier 3395 ss 2b 3b chi nl 10.0
2 Reynolds, Mark 2297 1b 3b 2b ph dc nl 7.5
3 Gennett, Scooter 3254 2b cin nl 6.0
4 Descalso, Daniel 2855 3b 2b lf ari nl 5.0
5 Muncy, Max 3969 3b lf 2b 1b lad nl 4.5
2018 NL SS Pos Team BTP
1 Baez, Javier 3395 ss 2b 3b chi nl 10.0
2 Crawford, Brandon 2878 ss sf nl 7.5
3 DeJong, Paul 3827 ss stl nl 6.0
4 Story, Trevor 3607 ss col nl 6.0
5 Machado, Manny 3087 ss lad nl 5.7
2018 NL 3B Pos Team BTP
1 Baez, Javier 3395 ss 2b 3b chi nl 10.0
2 Reynolds, Mark 2297 1b 3b 2b ph dc nl 7.5
3 Suarez, Eugenio 3355 3b cin nl 7.5
4 Shaw, Travis 3544 3b mil nl 6.5
5 Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 6.5
2018 NL CA Pos Team BTP
1 Ramos, Wilson 2904 ca phi nl 6.0
2 Realmuto, J.T. 3491 ca fla nl 5.5
3 Contreras, Willson 3776 ca chi nl 5.0
4 Hundley, Nick 2497 ca ph sf nl 4.5
5 Grandal, Yasmani 3058 ca lad nl 4.5
2018 NL OF Pos Team BTP
1 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 11.5
2 Acuña, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf atl nl 9.2
3 Peralta, David 3370 lf ari nl 8.5
4 Granderson, Curtis 2051 dh rf mil nl 8.2
5 Harper, Bryce 3011 rf dc nl 7.5
6 Soto, Juan 3994 lf dc nl 7.5
7 Conforto, Michael 3622 lf nym nl 6.5
8 Anderson, Brian W. 3954 rf fla nl 6.5
9 Polanco, Gregory 3361 rf pit nl 6.0
10 Braun, Ryan J. 2300 lf mil nl 6.0
2018 DIPPERS Pos Team BTP
1 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al -16.1
2 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl -15.8
3 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl -15.1
4 Nelson, Jimmy 3299 pi sp mil nl -14.0
5 Samardzija, Jeff 2495 pi sp sf nl -11.0
6 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl -10.7
7 Andrus, Elvis 2582 ss tex al -10.0
8 Fowler, Dexter 2698 cf stl nl -9.0
9 Bellinger, Cody 3781 1b rf lf lad nl -8.7
10 Bruce, Jay 2453 rf nym nl -8.5
2018 RISERS Pos Team BTP
1 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 20.5
2 Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 15.1
3 Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 13.1
4 Mikolas, Miles 3034 pi sp stl nl 11.7
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.0
6 Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 11.0
7 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 10.0
8 Price, David 2593 pi sp bos al 9.7
9 Foltynewicz, Mike 3455 pi sp atl nl 9.7
10 Wheeler, Zack 3204 pi sp nym nl 9.7
2018 AL CP Pos Team BTP
1 Treinen, Blake 3495 pi cp oak al 10.0
2 Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp sea al 9.0
3 Trivino, Lou 3939 pi mr cp oak al 8.0
4 Kimbrel, Craig 2825 pi cp bos al 7.0
5 Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp cle al 7.0
2018 AL MR Pos Team BTP
1 Trivino, Lou 3939 pi mr cp oak al 8.0
2 Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi mr tb al 7.0
3 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi mr sp tb al 6.0
4 Peacock, Brad 2968 pi mr hou al 4.0
5 Betances, Dellin 3333 pi cp mr nyy al 4.0
2018 NL CP Pos Team BTP
1 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mr mil nl 10.7
2 Davis, Wade 2681 pi cp col nl 7.0
3 Vazquez, Felipe 3579 pi cp pit nl 6.0
4 Smith, Will 3073 pi cp sf nl 5.7
5 Doolittle, Sean 3052 pi cp dc nl 5.0
2018 NL MR Pos Team BTP
1 Maeda, Kenta 3609 pi sp mr lad nl 10.7
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mr mil nl 10.7
3 Stammen, Craig 2506 pi mr sd nl 5.0
4 Strop, Pedro 3005 pi mr cp chi nl 5.0
5 Ferguson, Caleb 4006 pi mr lad nl 5.0
BTP—Box-Toppers points
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About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
➜ Players are listed by the position they predominantly played when they earned Box-Toppers points (by earning Player of the Game honors).
➜ Players are listed with the team on which they finished the season. Some players played on two or more teams in a single season.
➜ DIPPERS: Players whose Box-Toppers point total declined most from one season to the next, ranked by biggest point decline.
➜ RISERS: Players whose Box-Toppers point total increased most from one season to the next, ranked by biggest point increase.
➜ Note: If players have the same Box-Toppers point total, ties are broken based on which player had more Box-Toppers points in the previous season (or the previous season before that—and so on, if those point totals are tied).
  • Overall top 10 leaders and top 10 American League and National League pitchers and batters.

  • Top batters by position in each league—top 10 for outfielders, top five for all other positions.

  • The top 10 biggest dippers and risers—the "dippers" are players whose Box-Toppers point total declined most from 2017; the "risers" are players whose point total climbed the most from 2017.

  • Top relief pitchers, including the top five AL and NL closing (CP) and middle relief (MR) pitchers.

Highlights include:

Top overall player for 2018—Rays pitcher Blake Snell is Box-Toppers 2018 Player of the Year, leading all players with 25.5 Box-Toppers points for the season. He also led American League pitchers.

Top NL pitcher for 2018—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer led National League pitchers in 2018 with 25.1 Box-Toppers points, second overall behind Snell.

Top overall batters for 2018—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox led AL batters with 12.5 Box-Toppers points. Christian Yelich of the Brewers led NL batters with 11.5 points.

Top batters by position—The chart shows the top AL and NL batters by position, including the top five first basemen, second basemen, shortstops, third basemen and catchers in both the AL and NL. Also shown are the top 10 outfielders in each league, plus the top five AL designated hitters.

Dippers—These are the players whose Box-Toppers point total declined most from 2017 to 2018. Twins pitcher Ervin Santana had the biggest decline of 16.1 points. He earned 16.1 points in 2017 and no points in 2018. Due to injuries, he only made five starts in 2018 and did not win Player of the Game honors in any of them, thus,  earning no Box-Toppers points. (Box-Toppers plans to have more details on the season’s top “dippers” in a future post.)

Risers—These are the players whose Box-Toppers point total increased most from 2017 to 2018. Rays pitcher Blake Snell (Box-Toppers 2018 Player of the Year) had the biggest increase of 20.5 points. He earned 5.0 points in 2017 and 25.5 points in 2018. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler, who finished second with a rise of 15.1 Box-Toppers points, had the biggest rise among rookie players. (Box-Toppers plans to have more details on the season’s top “risers” in a future post.)

Relief pitchers—The chart shows the top five closing and relief pitchers in both the AL and NL for 2018. Josh Hader of the Brewers led NL closing pitchers with 10.7 Box-Toppers points and Blake Treinen of the Athletics led AL closing pitchers with 10.0 points. Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers led NL middle relief pitchers with 10.7 points and Lou Trivino of the Athletics led AL middle relief pitchers with 8.0 points. Many relievers had more than one role through the season and are ranked as both a closer and a middle reliever—such as Hader and Trivino. Maeda was primarily a starter, but earned two of his seven Player of the Game honors during the season as a middle reliever.

Box-Toppers has tracked each game played since the start of the 1995 season. A season-by-season look at Box-Toppers’ detail leaders for all 24 seasons—a sprawling, scrolling chart—can be found at this link. Like the chart here, it shows the top groups of players at different positions and by different categories or classifications, but this chart shows every season from 1995 to 2018. For example, who was the top AL first baseman in 1996? Who was the top NL closing pitcher in 1999? Whose Box-Toppers point total rose the most from 2004 to 2005? And who was the top NL second baseman in 2008? It’s all there.

(Answers, by the way are: Mo Vaughn of the Red Sox with 18.6 points, Billy Wagner of the Astros with 15.0 points, Dontrelle Willis of the Marlins, who rose 12.7 points from 2004 to 2005 and Chase Utley of the Phillies with 12.0 points.)

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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