The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have the most players—six each—among the top 100 in Box-Toppers’ 2019 player rankings at the All-Star break.
Top 100 players of 2019Here are Box-Toppers Top 100 players of 2019 at the All-Star break, ranked by Box-Toppers points (BTP).
|1||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||14.8|
|2||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||tb al||14.8|
|3||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||14.7|
|4||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||14.4|
|5||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||13.2|
|6||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||13.1|
|7||Bieber, Shane 4005||pi sp||cle al||12.1|
|8||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||11.7|
|9||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||dc nl||11.4|
|10||Giolito, Lucas 3900||pi sp||chi al||10.7|
|11||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||10.4|
|12||Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840||pi sp||cin nl||10.4|
|13||Paddack, Chris 4093||pi sp||sd nl||10.4|
|14||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||10.0|
|15||Bell, Josh E. 3682||1b||pit nl||9.7|
|16||Odorizzi, Jake 3291||pi sp||min al||9.4|
|17||Bellinger, Cody 3781||rf||lad nl||9.2|
|18||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||9.0|
|19||Minor, Mike 2894||pi sp||tex al||9.0|
|20||Hendricks, Kyle 3386||pi sp||chi nl||8.7|
|21||Lucchesi, Joey 3936||pi sp||sd nl||8.4|
|22||Montas, Frankie 3803||pi sp||oak al||8.4|
|23||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||8.0|
|24||Ozuna, Marcell 3190||lf||stl nl||8.0|
|25||Eflin, Zach 3679||pi sp||phi nl||7.7|
|26||Woodruff, Brandon 3868||pi sp||mil nl||7.7|
|27||Buehler, Walker 3943||pi sp||lad nl||7.0|
|28||Gardner, Brett 2486||cf||nyy al||7.0|
|29||Peacock, Brad 2968||pi sp||hou al||7.0|
|30||Lynn, Lance 2992||pi sp||tex al||7.0|
|31||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||6.7|
|32||Marquez, German 3788||pi sp||col nl||6.7|
|33||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||chi nl||6.7|
|34||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi nl||6.7|
|35||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||6.7|
|36||Glasnow, Tyler 3948||pi sp mr||tb al||6.7|
|37||Lopez, Reynaldo 3712||pi sp||chi al||6.7|
|38||Semien, Marcus 3302||ss||oak al||6.7|
|39||Yelich, Christian 3334||rf||mil nl||6.5|
|40||Jimenez, Eloy 4107||lf||chi al||6.5|
|41||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||nyy al||6.4|
|42||Soroka, Mike 3956||pi sp||atl nl||6.4|
|43||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||6.0|
|44||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||nyy al||6.0|
|45||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||6.0|
|46||Wheeler, Zack 3204||pi sp||nym nl||6.0|
|47||Gibson, Kyle 3312||pi sp||min al||6.0|
|48||Hand, Brad 2907||pi cp||cle al||6.0|
|49||Gallo, Joey 3485||lf cf||tex al||6.0|
|50||Weaver, Luke 3719||pi sp||ari nl||6.0|
|51||Marte, Ketel 3630||2b cf||ari nl||6.0|
|52||Dahl, David 3714||rf cf lf||col nl||6.0|
|53||Devers, Rafael 4038||3b||bos al||6.0|
|54||Lopez, Pablo 4028||pi sp||fla nl||6.0|
|55||Jackson, Luke 4139||pi cp||atl nl||6.0|
|56||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||5.7|
|57||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||5.7|
|58||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||5.7|
|59||Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||5.7|
|60||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||5.7|
|61||Miley, Wade 3006||pi sp||hou al||5.7|
|62||Kepler, Max 3664||cf rf||min al||5.7|
|63||Thornton, Trent 4120||pi sp||tor al||5.7|
|64||Ohtani, Shohei 3933||dh||ana al||5.5|
|65||Bregman, Alex 3721||3b||hou al||5.5|
|66||Abreu, Jose 3308||1b||chi al||5.5|
|67||Albies, Ozzie 3953||2b||atl nl||5.5|
|68||Riley, Austin 4144||lf||atl nl||5.5|
|69||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||5.0|
|70||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||5.0|
|71||Gray, Jon 3634||pi sp||col nl||5.0|
|72||Porcello, Rick 2573||pi sp||bos al||5.0|
|73||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||5.0|
|74||Maeda, Kenta 3609||pi sp mr||lad nl||5.0|
|75||Fiers, Mike 3029||pi sp||oak al||5.0|
|76||Treinen, Blake 3495||pi cp||oak al||5.0|
|77||Boyd, Matthew 3550||pi sp||det al||5.0|
|78||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||cin nl||5.0|
|79||Peralta, Freddy 3965||pi sp mr||mil nl||5.0|
|80||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||5.0|
|81||German, Domingo 3957||pi sp||nyy al||5.0|
|82||Garver, Mitch 3950||ca||min al||5.0|
|83||Lauer, Eric 4017||pi sp||sd nl||5.0|
|84||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||5.0|
|85||Moran, Colin 3931||3b||pit nl||5.0|
|86||Elias, Roenis 3309||pi cp||sea al||5.0|
|87||Cashner, Andrew 2807||pi sp||bal al||5.0|
|88||Chirinos, Yonny 4039||pi sp||tb al||5.0|
|89||Fried, Max 4011||pi sp||atl nl||5.0|
|90||Fowler, Dexter 2698||cf rf||stl nl||5.0|
|91||Urias, Julio 3652||pi sp mr||lad nl||5.0|
|92||Kelly, Merrill 4143||pi sp||ari nl||5.0|
|93||Means, John 4115||pi cp||bal al||5.0|
|94||Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480||pi sp||bos al||4.7|
|95||Gonzales, Marco 3408||pi sp||sea al||4.7|
|96||Skaggs, Tyler 3183||pi sp||died*||4.7|
|97||Yarbrough, Ryan 3962||pi sp mr cp||tb al||4.7|
|98||Vazquez, Felipe 3579||pi cp||pit nl||4.7|
|99||Roark, Tanner 3261||pi sp||cin nl||4.7|
|100||Lyles, Jordan 3100||pi sp||pit nl||4.7|
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The Dodgers also are Box-Toppers’ top-ranked team going into the All-Star break, with its players accumulating 72.6 Box-Toppers points this season. The defending World Series champion Red Sox, while they have as many representatives among the top 100 players, rank lower—in 13th place overall, with 55.9 Box-Toppers points.
Six teams are tied for the next-most players among the top 100 with five each–the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.
The list is led by Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, 14.8 Box-Toppers points, ahead of Rays pitcher Charlie Morton (14.8) on a tiebreaker—while both have the same 2019 Box-Toppers point total, Verlander ranks ahead because he has more 2018 Box-Toppers points—24.1 vs. 14.8. (More on players leading in Box-Toppers points at the All-Star break: Astros’ Verlander leads player rankings for 8th week, but challengers are closing in.)
Here are the six Dodgers players in the All-Star break top 100, with their overall rank shown, their position and their season Box-Toppers point total:
8. Hyun-Jin Ryu, starting pitcher–11.7
17. Cody Bellinger, right fielder—9.2
27. Walker Buehler, starting pitcher—7.0
60. Clayton Kershaw, starting pitcher—5.7
74. Kenta Maeda, starting pitcher—5.0
91. Julio Urias, starting and middle relief pitcher—5.0
Here are the six Red Sox players in the All-Star break top 100, with their overall rank shown, their position and their season Box-Toppers point total:
43. Chris Sale, starting pitcher—6.0
53. Rafael Devers, third baseman—6.0
58. David Price, starting pitcher—5.7
72. Rick Porcello, starting pitcher—5.0
73. Mookie Betts, right fielder—5.0
94. Eduardo Rodriguez, starting pitcher—4.7
Two teams have no representatives among the top 100 players at the All-Star break—the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. The Royals’ highest-ranked player is starting pitcher Homer Bailey, who has 4.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 103rd. The Giants’ highest-ranked player is starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who has 4.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 118th.
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):
Daniel Hudson of the Blue Jays is the highest-ranking player who primarily serves as a middle reliever. He has 4.0 Box-Toppers points at the All-Star break, 140th among all players. There are five players with more 2019 Box-Toppers points who are listed as middle relievers (all of whom are on the top 100), though their primary position is as starting pitcher.
There are 77 total pitchers among the top 100 players (70 starters and seven closers) which is the most at the All-Star break since we started keeping track of such things back in 2015.
In 2015, there were 74 pitchers among the top 100 players at the All-Star break (67 starters and seven closers).
In 2016, there were 65 pitchers (64 starters and one closer).
In 2017, there were 60 pitchers (55 starters, four closers and one middle reliever).
In 2018, there were 72 pitchers (64 starters, six closers and two middle relievers).
At the All-Star break, 1,344 games have been completed (55.3 percent of all 2,430 scheduled), with 1,604.4 total Box-Toppers points awarded to 567 different players, who have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 246 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 95 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors.
There are seven players on the top 100 list who have made their Box-Toppers debut in 2019:
13. Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack–10.4 Box-Toppers points.
40. White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez—6.5 points.
55. Braves closing pitcher Luke Jackson—6.0 points.
63. Blue Jays starting pitcher Trent Thornton—5.7 points.
68. Braves left fielder Austin Riley —5.5 points
92. Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly—5.0 points.
93. Orioles closing pitcher John Means—5.0 points.
Pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died July 1, is the 96th-ranked player on the top 100 with 4.7 Box-Toppers points in 2019. Skaggs was with the Los Angeles Angels.
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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