Trout, Schwarber, Kimbrel 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 7. 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 11.2
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
Betts, Mookie 3404 bos al 6.2 OF Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 nyy al 16.2
Mazara, Nomar 3614 tex al 6.0 OF Judge, Aaron 3767 nyy al 13.7
Trout, Mike 2949 ana al 5.5 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 30.1
Cole, Gerrit 3232 hou al 11.0 SP Kluber, Corey 3200 cle al 29.7
Morton, Charlie 2503 hou al 10.1 SP Carrasco, Carlos 2885 cle al 27.5
Kela, Keone 3789 tex al 4.0 CP Kimbrel, Craig 2825 bos al 11.7
NL players Team BTP NL players Team BTP
Freeman, Freddie 2887 atl nl 6.5 1B Rizzo, Anthony 3063 chi nl 18.0
Gennett, Scooter 3254 cin nl 2.5 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
Schwarber, Kyle 3536 chi nl 4.0 OF Bruce, Jay 2453 nym nl 11.5
Belt, Brandon 2943 sf nl 4.0 OF McCutchen, Andrew 2637 sf nl 11.0
Yelich, Christian 3334 mil nl 3.5 OF Harper, Bryce 3011 dc nl 10.0
Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 15.4 SP Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 40.4
Corbin, Patrick 3027 ari nl 9.0 SP Strasburg, Stephen 2736 dc nl 27.2
Nola, Aaron 3569 phi nl 7.7 SP Kershaw, Clayton 2494 lad nl 26.1
Pivetta, Nick 3825 phi nl 7.7 SP Greinke, Zack 1871 ari nl 24.1
Hand, Brad 2907 sd nl 6.0 CP Hand, Brad 2907 sd nl 10.7
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Mike Trout, Kyle Schwarber and Craig Kimbrel 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 7:  

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 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.0
5 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 10.0
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 9.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 7.7
9 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 7.7
10 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 7.7
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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:

  • Mike Trout of the Angels rises to the third outfield spot on the American League team for the 2018 season with 5.5 Box-Toppers points. He displaces J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox (4.0 points in 2018).

  • Keone Kela of the Rangers rises to top AL closing pitcher with 4.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, displacing Alex Colome of the Mariners (3.0).

  • Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs rises to first among National League outfielders in 2018 with 4.0 Box-Toppers points. He displaces Bryce Harper of the Nationals (3.0). (Harper is still on the 2017-18 Box-Toppers NL All-Star team as the third-ranked outfielder with 10.0 points over the past two seasons.)

  • Brad Hand of the Padres rises to top NL closing pitcher with 6.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, displacing Josh Hader of the Brewers (5.7).

  • Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox rises to first place among AL closers over 2017-18 with 11.7 Box-Toppers points, displacing Edwin Diaz of the Mariners (11.0).

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 three 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:

  • Second base—Scooter Gennett, Reds

  • Starting pitcher—Max Scherzer, Nationals

  • 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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