Top MLB Players

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By: Peter S., 4R; Caleb M., &  Leo C. 4-Coor       

  1. LA Angels Left Fielder Mike Trout. Trout is probably our top MLB player of the 2016 baseball season. In 2016, Trout had a .315 batting average, 29 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and 100 RBI’s. Trout won MVP for the American League.
  1. Boston Red Sox Right Fielder Mookie Betts. Mookie is a 5-tool player (a player who has the 5 best skills – in Betts case it is speed, tracking down fly balls, a great arm, power hitter – home run hitter, and a contact hitter). His batting average was .318, had 31 home runs, 113 RBIs, 42 doubles, 26 stolen bases, and only 80 strikeouts in the 2016 season. Betts came second and tested Trout for the American League MVP.
  1. Washington Nationals Pitcher Max Scherzer. Max is an amazing pitcher. He had a storybook season. Scherzer only gave up 165 hits! Max had amazing stats for the 2016 season, the stats didn’t lie this year. Max’s ERA was only 2.96, only 56 walks, 31 homers, 284 strikeouts, and a record of 20-7. He beat Kyle Hendricks and John Lester for the NL Cy Young Award (best pitcher).
  1. Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant had an amazing 2016 season. First it was starting in the 2016 All-Star game, then it was clinching the division, then finishing the season with 103 wins, and lastly a world series ring. In 603 at-bats Kris hit 176 hits, 35 doubles, 102 RBI’s, 39 home runs, and finished the season with a batting average of .292. Kris Bryant had a title of 2016 National League MVP.
  1. Chicago Cubs left fielder and second baseman Ben Zobrist. Zobrist had storybook seasons in 2016 and 2015. Ben was on the Kansas City Royals and won the World Series. Ben had a huge part in the 2016 and 2015 World Series. In the 2016 postseason Zobrist had 64 at bats, 16 hits, 5 RBI, 5 doubles, 1 triple, and a .250 batting average. In the regular season he had 142 hits, 31 doubles, 76 RBI’s, and had a batting average of. 272.
  1. Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor is the the best offensive shortstop in the modern day. Lindor is small and he can steal bases. Lindor’s stats are incredible. Lindor went 604-182, 182 hits, 30 doubles, 15 home runs, 78 RBIs, 19 stolen bases, and a batting average of .301.
  1. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo is one of the most feared hitters. Imagine you are on the mound and Anthony Rizzo comes up to the plate. He crowds the plate. You pitch the ball and he crushes a homer, how do you feel? Rizzo’s stats are outstanding. Rizzo went 583-170, he has 170 hits, 43 doubles, 109 RBIs, 32 home runs, and a batting average of .292.
  1. Los Angeles Dodgers star left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw. He has been one of best pitchers in the MLB for around 9 years! He also was key for the Dodgers in beating the Nationals in the 2016 NLDS. He only gave up 97 hits, let by 8 home runs, 172 strikeouts, a record of 12-4, and had an ERA of 1.69.
  1. The Cleveland Indians star pitcher Corey Kluber! Kluber had 227 strikeouts, 8 home runs off of him, 11 walks, an ERA of 1.69, and gave up 97 hits! He was an outstanding starter for the Cleveland Indians especially the playoffs. He also helped the Indians win two of the World Series games and came close and lost by one run in Game 7. In the 2016 postseason Corey Kluber had 35 strikeouts, he let by 3 homers, he let 8 walks by, he had a ERA of 1.83.
  1. Daniel Murphy is the most clutch hitter you will ever come across. Murphy was almost the National League MVP. Murphy’s batting average is .347, he had 25 home runs, 104 RBIs, 57 strikeouts, 47 doubles, and went up to the plate 531 times. He is a great 3rd, 4th, or 5th slot hitter.
  1. Mark Melancon National-Giants closer. Melancon was constantly changing teams.  First he was on the Pittsburgh Pirates, then the Washington Nationals, now he’s on the San Francisco Giants. Mark only blew one save for the Nationals all season long. Melancon’s stats for the 2016 season were outstanding. In 2016 Mark’s stats were he only gave up 52 hits, 65 strikeouts as a pitcher, 12 walks as a pitcher, ERA of 1.64, 47 saves, and Mark Melancon only gave up 3 home runs.
  1. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. Seager had a breath-taking performance in the 2016 season. Seager will be the first rookie to the Rookie of the Year award and get within 5th of the MVP rankings. Seager’s batting at the end of the season was .308. Corey’s stats were incredible with 193 hits, 29 home runs, and 72 RBI’s.
  1. Washington Nationals young star center fielder and shortstop Trea Turner. Turner has been a big prospect for the Nationals. Trea was playing games as a shortstop until the Nats realized they didn’t have a good center fielder. Turner played for half of the season and got amazing stats. Trea had 105 hits, 14 doubles, 8 triples, 13 home runs, 40 RBI’s, 33 stolen bases, and a .342 batting average.
  1. Chicago Cubs Pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks was on a team the he wanted. He had an all-star defense behind him. Literally, the entire Cubs infield started the All-Star Game. Kyle has an unhittable changeup and sinker. Hendricks had great stats. Kyle let only 142 hits as a pitcher, as a pitcher Kyle gave up only 53 runs, Hendricks gave up 15 home runs, his record was 16-8, and his ERA was 1.13
  1. Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello. Porcello and the Red Sox nudged their way into the playoffs and lost (to the team that went on to be the AL champs) in the first round (the ALDS). Porcello won the Cy Young Award. Porcello’s record was 22-4, he gave up 193 hits, he only let by 23 home runs, 189 strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.15.
  1. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Altuve is a star with not an amazing team. Altuve‘s stats were amazing. Altuve  went 640 for 214, 42 doubles, 5 triples, 24 home runs, 96 RBIs, 60 walks, 30 stolen bases, he had a batting average of .338, and only 70 strikeouts.
  1. Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Nolan had an amazing season. He went 618 for 182, 35 doubles, 6 triples, 41 homers, 133 RBI’s, 68 walks, he touched home plate 116 times to make a run, 103 strikeouts, 2 stolen bases, 3 caught attempts to swipe a base, a .293 average, and an OBP of .362.
  1. Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. Sale could be called the best AL pitcher in modern day. He had 233 strikeouts, gave up 190 hits, gave up 27 home runs, walked 45 batters, had record of 17-10, and had an ERA of 3.34. 
  1. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. Lester has a World Series ring. This was one of those years. Lester had great stats. Lester gave 152 hits, gave up 21 home runs, got 197 strikeouts, got an ERA of 2.44, and had a record of 19-5.
  1. Baltimore Orioles left-handed pitcher Zach Britton. Britton is called the best closer in modern day. Britton is a closer and pitches one inning a game. Zach gave up 38 hits, 1 homer, 74 strikeouts, and an ERA 0.54. Zach Britton is an incredible closer.
  1. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is an outstanding player. Donaldson and the Blue Jays had a playoff run, but unfortunately, that run was cut short by the Indians in the NLCS. Josh Donaldson had an outstanding season. For Donaldson, it’s not  just batting it is also his defense. Donaldson went 164-577, he got 164 hits, 37 home runs, 99 RBI, 33 doubles, and a batting average of .284
  1. Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz in his final season did unbelievably well. David Ortiz was 40 years old in his last season and yet his stats were still amazing. Ortiz went 537-169, 169 hits, 38 home runs, 127 RBI’s, and a batting average of .315. Red Sox fans call him Big Papi; in fact I didn’t know that his name wasn’t actually Big Papi until I was 7 years old.
  1. Toronto Blue Jays amazing designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. He ushered the Blue Jays to victory in the wild card game. Encarnacion is a dazzling player. Edwin went 601-158, 158 hits, 42 home runs, 127 RBIs, and an average of .263.
  1. Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy is always getting ranked second after Buster Posey but I think differently. Lucroy is an amazing catcher. Lucroy went 490-143, 143 hits, 24 home runs, 81 RBIs, and an average of .292.
  1. San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence. Pence has a crazy batting stance and a crazy throwing motion. Hunter’s a great person too. He is a very nice. Pence went 395-114, 23 doubles, 57 RBI’s, 13 home runs, 1 stolen bases, and a .289 batting average.
  1. Arizona Diamondbacks amazing first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Paul Goldschmidt had a great season. Goldschmidt went 579-172, 172 hits, 33 doubles, 24 home runs, 95 RBIs, 32 stolen bases, and a batting average of .297. Goldschmidt is an outstanding first baseman.
  1. Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Xander Bogaerts started the all-star game, playing shortstop. Bogarts to me is the best defensive shortstop. Xander went 652-192, 192 hits, 34 doubles, 21 home runs, 89 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, and a batting average of .292.
  1. New York Yankees speed throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has the record of the fastest ball thrown, the record is 107 MPH (Miles Per Hour). Chapman closes games so when he is needed, pitching one inning. Chapman’s stats are amazing. Chapman gave up 32 hits, he gave up 2 home runs, 90 strikeouts, 36 saves, 3 blown saves, and an ERA of 1.55.
  1. Chicago Cubs starting center fielder Dexter Fowler. Dexter Fowler had all he ever wished for, a game 7 lead-off home run. Fowler is very fast. Dexter went 456-126, 126 hits, 25 doubles, 7 triples, 13 home runs, 48 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, and a batting average of .276.
  1. Los Angeles Dodgers closing pitcher Kenley Jansen. Jansen is an amazing pitcher. He can go long-term pitching but he can pitch one inning too. Jansen is outstanding because he can hit too. How often do you see a switch hitting pitcher? Kenley gave up 11 walks, he gave up 35 hits, gave up 4 home runs, 47 saves, 104 strikeouts, 6 blown saves, and an ERA of 1.83
  1. Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu. DJ LeMahieu had the highest batting average in the MLB.  LeMahieu went 552-192, 192 hits, 11 stolen bases, 32 doubles, 8 triples, 11 home runs, 66 RBIs,  and DJ LeMahieu batting average .348.

32.Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. Russell had a big grand slam in game 6 of the World Series. Russell went 525-125, 125 hits, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 21 home runs, 95 RBI’s, 5 stolen bases, and a batting average of .238. Russell got a World Series ring.

  1. The Cleveland Indians amazing contact hitter and second baseman Jason Kipnis. Kipnis came so close to winning the World Series. Kipnis had an amazing baserunning moment. In that moment Kipnis was on second base, the pitch was a wild pitch, Kipnis rounded third base, he came home and scored a run that counted in game 7 of the World Series. Kipnis went 610-168, with 168 hits, 41 doubles, 4 triples, 23 home runs, 82 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and a .275 batting average.
  1. Cleveland Indians 8th inning pitcher Andrew Miller. Miller was a Boston Red Sox, the a Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and the Baltimore Orioles. Miller is an incredible pitcher. Miller only gave up 42 hits, 8 home runs, 123 strikeouts, 12 saves, 26 holds, and a ERA of 1.45.
  1. Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez. In the wakes of David Ortiz’s farewell, Ramirez is set to lead the team. Ramirez used to be a Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramirez 549-157, 157 hits, 28 doubles, 30 home runs, 111 RBIs, and a .286 batting average.