(This post was edited Thursday, November 22, 2018, to correct an error in the Box-Toppers point total of Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom . During the 2018 season, an extra, unearned point was added to his total. There is more information about this at the bottom of the post.)
Top 100 players of 2018Here are Box-Toppers Top 100 players of 2018 at the All-Star break (as of Wednesday, July 18), ranked by Box-Toppers points (BTP).
Click here to see Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings through the games of Monday, July 23
|1||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||16.7|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||16.4|
|3||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||15.1|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||14.7|
|5||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||14.0|
|6||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||13.4|
|7||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||13.0|
|8||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||12.7|
|9||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||12.4|
|10||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||hou al||11.8|
|11||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||ari nl||11.0|
|12||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||10.7|
|13||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||10.7|
|14||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||10.4|
|15||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||9.7|
|16||Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480||pi sp||bos al||9.7|
|17||Pivetta, Nick 3825||pi sp||phi nl||9.7|
|18||Teheran, Julio 3176||pi sp||atl nl||9.7|
|19||Gonzales, Marco 3408||pi sp||sea al||9.4|
|20||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||9.0|
|21||Maeda, Kenta 3609||pi sp||lad nl||8.7|
|22||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||8.7|
|23||Foltynewicz, Mike 3455||pi sp||atl nl||8.7|
|24||Stripling, Ross 3629||pi sp||lad nl||8.7|
|25||Martinez, J.D. 2922||lf dh rf||bos al||8.5|
|26||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||8.4|
|27||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi nl||8.1|
|28||German, Domingo 3957||pi mr||nyy al||8.0|
|29||Lindor, Francisco 3586||ss||cle al||7.9|
|30||Manaea, Sean 3637||pi sp||oak al||7.7|
|31||Gray, Jon 3634||pi sp||col nl||7.7|
|32||Marquez, German 3788||pi sp||col nl||7.7|
|33||Mikolas, Miles 3034||pi sp||stl nl||7.7|
|34||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.5|
|35||Crawford, Brandon 2878||ss||sf nl||7.5|
|36||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||7.2|
|37||Mazara, Nomar 3614||rf||tex al||7.0|
|38||Anderson, Tyler 3656||pi sp||col nl||7.0|
|39||Trivino, Lou 3939||pi mr cp||oak al||7.0|
|40||Bundy, Dylan 3655||pi sp||bal al||6.7|
|41||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||phi nl||6.7|
|42||Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||6.7|
|43||Skaggs, Tyler 3183||pi sp||ana al||6.7|
|44||Peralta, Freddy 3965||pi sp||mil nl||6.7|
|45||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||cle al||6.5|
|46||Rosario, Eddie 3542||lf||min al||6.5|
|47||Haniger, Mitch 3772||rf||sea al||6.5|
|48||Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||6.5|
|49||Anderson, Brian W. 3954||rf||fla nl||6.5|
|50||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||6.4|
|51||Taillon, Jameson 3658||pi sp||pit nl||6.4|
|52||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||6.4|
|53||Newcomb, Sean 3831||pi sp||atl nl||6.4|
|54||Sanchez, Anibal 2187||pi sp||atl nl||6.4|
|55||Smith, Caleb 3952||pi sp||fla nl||6.4|
|56||Buehler, Walker 3943||pi sp||lad nl||6.1|
|57||Chacin, Jhoulys 2711||pi sp||mil nl||6.0|
|58||Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||6.0|
|59||Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||bos al||6.0|
|60||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||nyy al||6.0|
|61||Baez, Javier 3395||2b ss 3b||chi nl||6.0|
|62||Reynolds, Mark 2297||1b 3b||dc nl||6.0|
|63||Hand, Brad 2907||pi cp||cle al||6.0|
|64||Ross, Tyson 2840||pi sp||sd nl||6.0|
|65||Mahle, Tyler 3929||pi sp||cin nl||6.0|
|66||Godley, Zack 3538||pi sp||ari nl||5.7|
|67||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||5.7|
|68||Gonzalez, Gio 2626||pi sp||dc nl||5.7|
|69||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||5.7|
|70||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||phi nl||5.7|
|71||Eflin, Zach 3679||pi sp||phi nl||5.7|
|72||Richards, Garrett 3042||pi sp||ana al||5.7|
|73||Flaherty, Jack 3971||pi sp||stl nl||5.7|
|74||Healy, Ryon 3685||1b||sea al||5.5|
|75||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||5.5|
|76||Peralta, David 3370||lf||ari nl||5.5|
|77||Gardner, Brett 2486||cf lf||nyy al||5.5|
|78||Winker, Jesse 3988||rf lf ph||cin nl||5.5|
|79||Darvish, Yu 3003||pi sp||chi nl||5.4|
|80||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||5.4|
|81||Hellickson, Jeremy 2778||pi sp||dc nl||5.4|
|82||Stratton, Chris 3883||pi sp||sf nl||5.4|
|83||Solarte, Yangervis 3304||3b||tor al||5.2|
|84||Davidson, Matt 3292||dh 1b 3b||chi al||5.2|
|85||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||5.0|
|86||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||5.0|
|87||Shaw, Travis 3544||3b||mil nl||5.0|
|88||Choo, Shin-Soo 2267||dh||tex al||5.0|
|89||Doolittle, Sean 3052||pi cp||dc nl||5.0|
|90||Yelich, Christian 3334||rf lf cf||mil nl||5.0|
|91||LeBlanc, Wade 2669||pi sp||sea al||5.0|
|92||Mengden, Daniel 3741||pi sp||oak al||5.0|
|93||Vazquez, Felipe 3579||pi cp||pit nl||5.0|
|94||Martinez, Jose 3830||1b||stl nl||5.0|
|95||Franco, Maikel 3510||3b||phi nl||5.0|
|96||Segura, Jean 3173||ss||sea al||5.0|
|97||Pederson, Joc 3621||lf cf||lad nl||5.0|
|98||Treinen, Blake 3495||pi cp||oak al||5.0|
|99||Guerra, Junior 3633||pi sp||mil nl||5.0|
|100||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||4.7|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
The Cleveland Indians had the most players—seven–among the top 100 in Box-Toppers’ 2018 player rankings at the All-Star break.
Five teams were tied for the second-most players with six players each among the top 100—the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners.
The Houston Astros, the top-ranked team in Box-Toppers rankings, had four players among the top 100.
Yes, we are posting this in the week after the All-Star break and several players have risen and fallen in the top 100 since then, but this snapshot of how things stood during the break can be used to compare the top 100 players lists at the All-Star break for the previous three seasons.
Though the Indians had the most players among the top 100, they ranked fifth in Box-Toppers team rankings, with players collectively accumulating 67.9 Box-Toppers points this season. That also ranked fifth among American League teams.
Were it not for an All-Star break trade, the Indians would be in a six-way tie for first place with six players among the top 100. But during the break, the Indians acquired the season’s 63rd-ranked player, closing pitcher Brad Hand from the Padres. Hand has 6.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018.
Here are the seven Indians players in the All-Star break top 100, with their overall rank shown, their position and their season Box-Toppers point total:
11. Corey Kluber, starting pitcher—10.7.
14. Trevor Bauer, starting pitcher—10.4.
15. Carlos Carrasco, starting pitcher—9.7.
29. Francisco Lindor, shortstop—7.9.
45. Edwin Encarnacion, designated hitter—6.5.
58. Mike Clevinger, starting pitcher—6.0.
63. Brad Hand, closing pitcher—6.0.
The Astros, which led all teams in Box-Toppers season team rankings, had four players among the top 100 at the All-Star break, all of whom had more than 10.0 Box-Toppers points and ranked among the top 13 overall players:
7. Gerrit Cole, starting pitcher—13.0.
9. Justin Verlander, starting pitcher—12.4.
10. Charlie Morton, starting pitcher—11.8.
13. Lance McCullers Jr., starting pitcher—10.7.
Only one team did not have at least one representative among the top 100 players at the All-Star break—the Detroit Tigers. Their highest-ranked player is starting pitcher Mike Fiers , who had 4.0 Box-Toppers points, 126th among all players.
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):
Willson Contreras of the Cubs was the highest-ranked catcher at the All-Star break with 4.0 Box-Toppers points. The 100th-ranked player, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, had 4.7 points. Since the All-Star break, Contreras has risen into the top 100, adding to his Box-Toppers point total and as of July 24, has 5.0 points, 92nd among all players.
Compared to last year at the All-Star break, there are more pitchers in the top 100 and fewer batters. In 2018, there were 72 pitchers (64 starters, six closers and two middle relievers) and 28 batters. In 2017, there were 60 pitchers (55 starters, four closers and one middle reliever) and 40 batters.
There were more pitchers among the top 100 players at the All-Star break in 2015, when there were 74 pitchers (67 starters and seven closers).
At the All-Star break in 2016, there were 65 pitchers (64 starters and one closer).
As of the All-Star break, there were 579 different players who had earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There were 270 players who had more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There were 99 players who had made their Box-Toppers debut in 2018, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors.
There are 11 players on the top 100 list who made their debut in 2018, including Yankees pitcher Domingo German, Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas, Athletics pitcher Lou Trivino , Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta, Brian Anderson of the Marlins, Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith, Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler, Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle, Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, Jesse Winker of the Reds and Junior Guerra of the Brewers.
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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NOTE ABOUT JACOB DEGROM: After this post was published, Box-Toppers discovered an error: Jacob deGrom was credited with 1.0 more Box-Toppers point than he actually earned in 2018. This post has been changed to include deGrom’s actual Box-Toppers point total and player ranking position at the time of this post. Subtracting a point from deGrom’s season total meant he had 16.8 Box-Toppers points, rather than 17.8. Despite the change, he still finished third among National League pitchers. However, the change moves him from ninth place to 12th place in overall season player rankings, moving him out of the top 10 and keeping Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (17.7 points) in the top 10 for the season, in 10th place.
This is made all the more odd and awkward because the error was discovered while compiling the post about deGrom winning the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, Nov. 14. deGrom was the near-unanimous choice for the award, but even with his higher, incorrect Box-Toppers point total (17.8), Box-Toppers had him ranked third among NL pitchers, needing nearly 50 percent more points to catch the NL pitching leader, Max Scherzer of the Nationals (25.1).
My post was about how Scherzer was more deserving of the award than the widely acclaimed deGrom because Scherzer actually helped his team win more games. Despite deGrom’s great performances, the Mets lost most of the games he pitched. Since winning is the name of the game and since Box-Toppers points are only awarded in wins, deGrom’s point total was far lower—but it was still remarkable, given all the losses, that he reached as high as third place among NL pitchers. While writing about how deGrom wasn’t as deserving of the award, I found the error (the extra point), and correcting the record (subtracting the point), I found he was even more undeserving.