Haniger, Paxton, Nola among players rising into Box-Toppers’ All-Star teams in past week

Here are Box-Toppers points leaders by position and by league for the current season (2018) and for this season and last season (2017-18) as of June 14. The top three outfielders and top four starting pitchers (SP) in each league over both time periods are shown. Also shown is closing pitcher (CP) with the most Box-Toppers points in each league over both time periods.  

2018 leaders 2017-18 leaders
AL players Team BTP Pos AL players Team BTP
Davidson, Matt 3292 chi al 5.2 1B Healy, Ryon 3685 sea al 12.2
Solarte, Yangervis 3304 tor al 3.7 2B Odor, Rougned 3336 tex al 8.7
Segura, Jean 3173 sea al 5.0 SS Andrus, Elvis 2582 tex al 11.0
Goodrum, Niko 3932 det al 4.0 3B Sano, Miguel 3527 min al 11.5
Sanchez, Gary 3701 nyy al 3.0 CA Perez, Salvador 2972 kc al 8.5
Haniger, Mitch 3772 sea al 6.5 OF Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 nyy al 16.2
Betts, Mookie 3404 bos al 6.2 OF Judge, Aaron 3767 nyy al 13.7
Mazara, Nomar 3614 tex al 6.0 OF Betts, Mookie 3404 bos al 12.2
Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 cle al 4.0 DH Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 cle al 16.1
Severino, Luis 3567 nyy al 13.7 SP Severino, Luis 3567 nyy al 34.8
Berrios, Jose 3791 min al 11.4 SP Sale, Chris 2806 bos al 31.8
Paxton, James 3280 sea al 11.0 SP Kluber, Corey 3200 cle al 30.7
Cole, Gerrit 3232 hou al 11.0 SP Carrasco, Carlos 2885 cle al 29.5
Kimbrel, Craig 2825 bos al 4.0 CP Kimbrel, Craig 2825 bos al 12.7
NL players Team BTP Pos NL players Team BTP
Freeman, Freddie 2887 atl nl 6.5 1B Rizzo, Anthony 3063 chi nl 18.0
Marte, Ketel 3630 ari nl 3.0 2B Gennett, Scooter 3254 cin nl 13.2
Crawford, Brandon 2878 sf nl 6.0 SS Seager, Corey 3587 lad nl 8.0
Suarez, Eugenio 3355 cin nl 6.5 3B Shaw, Travis 3544 mil nl 13.0
Hundley, Nick 2497 sf nl 3.5 CA Posey, Buster 2745 sf nl 9.5
Anderson, Brian W. 3954 fla nl 5.0 OF Bruce, Jay 2453 nym nl 11.5
Peralta, David 3370 ari nl 4.5 OF McCutchen, Andrew 2637 sf nl 11.0
Schwarber, Kyle 3536 chi nl 4.0 OF Harper, Bryce 3011 dc nl 10.0
Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 15.4 SP Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 40.4
Nola, Aaron 3569 phi nl 9.7 SP Strasburg, Stephen 2736 dc nl 27.2
Corbin, Patrick 3027 ari nl 9.0 SP Kershaw, Clayton 2494 lad nl 26.1
Pivetta, Nick 3825 phi nl 7.7 SP Nola, Aaron 3569 phi nl 25.5
Hand, Brad 2907 sd nl 6.0 CP Hand, Brad 2907 sd nl 10.7
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Mitch Haniger, James Paxton and Aaron Nola are among the players rising into Box-Toppers’ All-Star teams in the past week.

With Major League All-Star voting underway, here is a look at who is leading at Box-Toppers points at each position in both leagues.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 14:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 15.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 13.7
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 11.4
4 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 11.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.0
6 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
7 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 9.7
8 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 9.0
9 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 8.7
10 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 8.7
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Actually, because the 2018 season so far is a relatively small sample size, we’ll also look at top players since the start of the 2017 season.

Here are the changes to the teams since last week:

  • Mitch Haniger of the Mariners rises to the first outfield spot on the American League team for the 2018 season with 6.5 Box-Toppers points. He displaces Mike Trout of the Angels (5.5 points in 2018).

  • Mariners pitcher James Paxton rises to the third spot among AL pitchers for 2018 with 11.0 Box-Toppers points. He displaces Charlie Morton of the Astros (10.1 points in 2018).

  • Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel rises to top AL closing pitcher with 4.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, displacing Keone Kela of the Rangers (4.0 points). (Though both Kimbrel and Kela have 4.0 points on the season, Kimbrel ranks ahead because he had more 2017 Box-Toppers points—8.7 vs. 2.0).

  • Ketel Marte of the Diamondbacks rises to top National League second basemen for 2018 with 3.0 Box-Toppers points, displacing Scooter Gennett of the Reds (2.5 points).

  • Brian Anderson of the Marlins and David Peralta of the Diamondbacks rise to the top two spots among NL outfielders for 2018. Anderson has 5.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018 and Peralta has 4.5. They displace Brandon Belt of the Giants (4.0 points) and Christian Yelich of the Brewers (3.5 points).

  • Aaron Nola of the Phillies rises to the second spot among NL pitchers for 2018 with 9.7 Box-Toppers points and also rises to the fourth spot among NL pitchers for 2017-18 with 25.5 points over the past two seasons.

Max Scherzer of the Nationals continues to lead all players in both 2018 and combined 2017-18 Box-Toppers points. Scherzer’s 15.4 points in 2018 and 40.4 points over 2017-18 also leads all National League pitchers.

The chart above shows the leaders in Box-Toppers points by position over the two time periods—the 2018 season and the combined 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The Box-Toppers National League team has 13 positions—the customary five infield spots, three for outfield, four for starting pitchers plus one spot for closing pitcher. The Box-Toppers American League team has 14 spots with the addition of the designated hitter.

There are four AL players who occupy All-Star spots at their positions for both 2018 and 2017-18:

There are three NL players who occupy All-Star spots at their positions for both 2018 and 2017-18:

  • Starting pitchers—Max Scherzer, Nationals and Aaron Nola, Phillies

  • Closing pitcher—Brad Hand, Padres

Voting closes July 5. The All-Star Game is July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington.

Though Box-Toppers lists pitchers here, fans do not elect pitchers to the All-Star teams.

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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