Box-Toppers’ All-Stars: A look at B-T point leaders by position in each league

Here are Box-Toppers points leaders by position and by league for the current season (2019) and for this season and last season (2018-19) as of June 13. 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.  

2019 leaders 2018-19 leaders
AL players Team BTP Pos AL players Team BTP
Abreu, Jose 3308 chi al 4.0 1B Abreu, Jose 3308 chi al 9.0
Beckham, Tim 3452 sea al 3.5 2B Odor, Rougned 3336 tex al 7.5
Anderson, Tim 3659 chi al 3.5 SS Lindor, Francisco 3586 cle al 10.6
Bregman, Alex 3721 hou al 4.5 3B Bregman, Alex 3721 hou al 10.7
Garver, Mitch 3950 min al 3.5 CA Garver, Mitch 3950 min al 11.0
Gallo, Joey 3485 tex al 6.0 OF Martinez, J.D. 2922 bos al 16.0
Kepler, Max 3664 min al 5.7 OF Betts, Mookie 3404 bos al 12.9
Smith, Dwight Jr. 4112 bal al 4.7 OF Gallo, Joey 3485 tex al 11.0
Ohtani, Shohei 3933 ana al 5.5 DH Ohtani, Shohei 3933 ana al 13.5
Verlander, Justin 2112 hou al 13.8 SP Verlander, Justin 2112 hou al 37.9
Morton, Charlie 2503 tb al 11.8 SP Snell, Blake 3688 tb al 35.2
Giolito, Lucas 3900 chi al 9.7 SP Cole, Gerrit 3232 hou al 27.4
Cole, Gerrit 3232 hou al 9.4 SP Morton, Charlie 2503 tb al 26.6
Hand, Brad 2907 cle al 6.0
CP Treinen, Blake 3495 oak al 15.0
NL players Team BTP Pos NL players Team BTP
Bell, Josh E. 3682 pit nl 7.7 1B Rizzo, Anthony 3063 chi nl 12.0
Marte, Ketel 3630 ari nl 5.0 2B Baez, Javier 3395 chi nl 11.5
Arcia, Orlando 3717 mil nl 4.7 SS Story, Trevor 3607  col nl 10.0
Arenado, Nolan 3306 col nl 5.0 3B Suarez, Eugenio 3355 cin nl 10.5
Realmuto, J.T. 3491 phi nl 2.5 CA Realmuto, J.T. 3491 phi nl 8.0
Bellinger, Cody 3781 lad nl 9.2 OF Yelich, Christian 3334 mil nl 17.0
Ozuna, Marcell 3190 stl nl 7.0 OF Peralta, David 3370 ari nl 11.5
Yelich, Christian 3334 mil nl 5.5 OF Acuna, Ronald Jr. 3947 atl nl 10.9
Greinke, Zack 1871 ari nl 10.2 SP Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 29.8
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 lad nl 9.7 SP Nola, Aaron 3569 phi nl 24.1
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 chi nl 8.7 SP Greinke, Zack 1871 ari nl 23.2
Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 cin nl 8.4 SP Corbin, Patrick 3027 dc nl 21.7
Hader, Josh 3881 mil nl 11.0 CP Hader, Josh 3881 mil nl 22.7
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With the first round of All-Star voting ending next week, here is a look at who is leading in 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 2019 season through the games of June 13.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8
2 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 11.8
3 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 11.0
4 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 10.2
5 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.7
6 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 9.7
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.4
8 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 9.4
9 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 9.2
10 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 8.7
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Actually, because the 2019 season so far is a relatively small sample size—barely 40 percent complete—we’ll also look at top players since the start of the 2018 season.

The first round of fan All-Star voting ends June 21. Top three vote-getters at each infield position and top nine vote-getters in the outfield will be voted on by fans in the second phase of the election to be held June 26 and 27.

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger leads all batters in 2019 Box-Toppers points with 9.2, making him one of the three National League Box-Toppers All-Star outfielders for the 2019 season. However, because Bellinger earned no points in 2018 (despite playing in all 162 games) he is not one of the top three NL outfielders in points over 2018-19 (he ranks eighth among NL outfielders over that span with 9.2 points).

Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo leads American League batters in 2019 Box-Toppers points with 6.0, making him one of the three Box-Toppers All-Star American League outfielders for the 2019 season. He’s also among Box-Toppers’ AL outfield All-Stars for 2018-19, ranking third in points over that span with 11.0.

Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich leads all batters in Box-Toppers points over 2018-19 with 17.0 and so is one of Box-Toppers’ three NL All-Star outfielders for 2018-19. Yelich is also on Box-Toppers’ 2018 NL All-Star team as third-ranked outfielder with 5.5 points.

J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox leads AL batters over 2018-19 with 16.0 Box-Toppers points, making Box-Toppers’ AL All-Star team as top-ranked outfielder. With 3.5 Box-Toppers points so far in 2019, he ranks seventh among AL outfielders and does not make the 2019 AL All-Star team.

There are five AL batters who make both Box-Toppers’ 2019 and 2018-19 teams:

  • Jose Abreu of the White Sox leads AL first basemen in points in 2019 (4.0) and over 2018-19 (9.0).

  • Alex Bregman of the Astros leads AL third basemen in 2019 (4.5) and over 2018-19 (10.7).

  • Mitch Garver of the Twins leads AL catchers in 2019 (3.5) and over 2018-19 (11.0).

  • Joey Gallo of the Rangers leads AL outfielders in 2019 (6.0) and ranks third among AL outfielders over 2018-19 (11.0).

  • Shohei Ohtani of the Angels leads AL designated hitters in 2019 (5.5) and over 2018-19 (13.5). (It should be noted that Ohtani earned 4.0 of his 8.0 points in 2018 as a pitcher.)

There are two NL batters who make both Box-Toppers’ 2019 and 2018-19 teams:

  • J.T. Realmuto of the Phillies leads NL catchers in 2019 (2.5) and over 2018-19 (8.0).

  • Christian Yelich of the Brewers ranks third among NL outfielders in 2019 (5.5) and first among NL outfielders over 2018-19 (17.0).

All other batters in Box-Toppers’ 2019 and 2018-19 All-Star teams are listed in the chart at the top of this page. 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.

Fans don’t get to pick pitchers for the All-Star Game (which doesn’t make sense), but Box-Toppers lists the top pitchers by league in Box-Toppers points for both 2019 and 2018-19.

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander leads all pitchers (and all players) in both 2019 (13.8 Box-Toppers points) and over 2018-19 (37.9), thus making both AL All-Star teams as starting pitcher.

Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke leads all NL starting pitchers in 2019 (10.2 Box-Toppers points) and also ranks third among NL pitchers over 2018-19 with 23.2 points, thus making both NL All-Star teams as a starting pitcher.

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer leads all NL pitchers over 2018-19 with 29.8 Box-Toppers points. However, he does not make Box-Toppers 2019 All-Star team—he ranks 23rd among NL pitchers in 2019 with 4.7 points.

In addition to Verlander making both the 2019 and 2018-19 AL All-Star teams as a pitcher, these two also rank among the top pitchers in each time span:

  • Rays pitcher Charlie Morton ranks second among AL pitchers in 2019 (11.8) and fourth among AL pitchers over 2018-19 (26.6).

  • Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole ranks fourth among AL pitchers in 2019 (9.4) and third among AL pitchers over 2018-19 (27.4).

In addition to Greinke, one other pitcher makes both the 2019 and 2018-19 NL All-Star teams:

  • Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader leads NL closers in 2019 (11.0) and over 2018-19 (22.7). Hader, in fact, leads all NL pitchers in 2019, ranking third among all players.

The Houston Astros have three players among the 2019 AL All-Stars and also have three players among the 2018-19 AL All-Stars. The Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers each have three players among the 2019 All-Stars.

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