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Newest MLB Place-by-Place Energy Rankings, August Version

Joel ReuterAugust 4, 2023Latest MLB Position-by-Position Power Rankings, August Edition0 of 13Todd Kirkland/Getty ImagesWho are the best of the best across Major League Baseball during the 2023 season?That’s the question we set out to answer each month with our position-by-position player rankings, casting aside previous production and future expectations to focus solely on production during

Newest MLB Place-by-Place Energy Rankings, August Version

Joel ReuterAugust 4, 2023

Newest MLB Place-by-Place Energy Rankings, August Version

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    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 2: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels comes to bat during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on August 2, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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    Who’re one of the best of one of the best throughout Main League Baseball through the 2023 season?

    That is the query we got down to reply every month with our position-by-position participant rankings, casting apart earlier manufacturing and future expectations to focus solely on manufacturing through the present season of play.

    The latest model of our participant rankings was revealed on July 6, and with one other month of baseball accomplished, there may be loads of shuffling to be accomplished at every place.

    The 2023 season’s stretch run is right here now that the All-Star break and commerce deadline are within the rearview, and in a couple of weeks award races will begin to warmth up.

    Let the enjoyable start.

    Observe: Included in parenthesis after every participant’s identify is the place they ranked in final month’s model of this text, which will be discovered here.

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    Sean Murphy

    Sean MurphyWealthy von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs

    High 10 Catchers

    1. Sean Murphy, ATL (1)
    2. Jonah Heim, TEX (3)
    3. Will Smith, LAD (2)
    4. Adley Rutschman, BAL (4)
    5. William Contreras, MIL (8)
    6. Francisco Álvarez, NYM (9)
    7. Patrick Bailey, SF (6)
    8. Cal Raleigh, SEA (NR)
    9. Elias Díaz, COL (5)
    10. J.T. Realmuto, PHI (NR)


    • After hitting .346/.373/.539 with 14 extra-base hits and 19 RBI over his final 25 video games, William Contreras has moved into the highest tier of catchers. Outdoors of a resurgent Christian Yelich, he has been essentially the most constant hitter within the Milwaukee Brewers lineup.
    • Slugger Cal Raleigh strikes into the rankings this month after posting an .838 OPS with 5 doubles, 5 residence runs and 10 RBI in July. The 26-year-old is on monitor to turn into the primary Seattle Mariners catcher ever with a number of 25-homer seasons.
    • Whereas he slumped on the plate, Patrick Bailey leads all catchers with 15 DRS and he has caught 38 p.c of base stealers. The San Francisco Giants backstop has an opportunity to turn into simply the fourth rookie catcher to win a Gold Glove, becoming a member of Johnny Bench (1968), Carlton Fisk (1972) and Charles Johnson (1995).

First Basemen

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    Freddie Freeman

    Freddie FreemanRob Leiter/MLB Images through Getty Photographs

    High 10 First Basemen

    1. Freddie Freeman, LAD (1)
    2. Matt Olson, ATL (3)
    3. Yandy Díaz, TB (2)
    4. Nathaniel Lowe, TEX (9)
    5. Christian Walker, ARI (5)
    6. Paul Goldschmidt, STL (4)
    7. Pete Alonso, NYM (7)
    8. Josh Naylor, CLE (8)
    9. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR (6)
    10. Triston Casas, BOS (NR)


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    • The hole between Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman within the NL MVP race has narrowed in latest weeks. The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman is hitting .433/.519/.746 with 29 hits in 17 video games for the reason that All-Star break.
    • He does not have the identify recognition of among the different guys under him on this listing, however Nathaniel Lowe is quietly hitting .287/.383/.452 with 42 extra-base hits and a 130 OPS+ to associate with robust defensive work at first base.
    • Rookie Triston Casas hit .349/.442/.758 with seven residence runs in July, and he now has a 122 OPS+ with 16 doubles, 16 residence runs and 40 RBI in 95 video games. He has been form of misplaced within the shuffle of a deep rookie class, however he has appeared the a part of a future franchise cornerstone in Boston of late.

Second Basemen

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    Luis Arraez

    Luis ArraezMegan Briggs/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Second Basemen

    1. Luis Arraez, MIA (1)
    2. Ketel Marte, ARI (2)
    3. Marcus Semien, TEX (3)
    4. Ozzie Albies, ATL (4)
    5. Bryson Stott, PHI (7)
    6. Nico Hoerner, CHC (5)
    7. Gleyber Torres, NYY (8)
    8. Brandon Lowe, TB (NR)
    9. Thairo Estrada, SF (6)
    10. Edouard Julien, MIN (NR)


    • Whereas the hunt for a .400 batting common is slipping away, Luis Arraez nonetheless leads the majors in batting common (.378), on-base share (.425) and hits (152). His 4.4 WAR via 103 video games has already eclipsed his WAR whole from a yr in the past when he received the AL batting title.
    • Brandon Lowe has helped decide up among the slack whereas different hitters within the Tampa Bay Rays lineup have cooled off. The 29-year-old posted a .959 OPS with 5 doubles, 5 residence runs and 13 RBI in July, and he now has a 110 OPS+ with 14 residence runs and 43 RBI on the yr.
    • A breakout prospect within the Arizona Fall League final yr, Edouard Julien has accomplished a implausible job filling in for an injured Jorge Polanco in Minnesota. Since he was recalled from the minors on June 10, the rookie is hitting .318/.404/.548 with 16 extra-base hits in 146 plate appearances.

Third Basemen

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    José Ramírez

    José RamírezNuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Third Basemen

    1. José Ramírez, CLE (1)
    2. Matt Chapman, TOR (3)
    3. Isaac Paredes, TB (5)
    4. Jeimer Candelario, CHC (4)
    5. Austin Riley, ATL (8)
    6. Josh Jung, TEX (2)
    7. Manny Machado, SD (NR)
    8. Nolan Arenado, STL (7)
    9. Rafael Devers, BOS (6)
    10. Alex Bregman, HOU (NR)


    • Isaac Paredes is without doubt one of the most underrated gamers in baseball this season, and he has spent a lot of the yr overshadowed by his personal teammates. The 24-year-old is hitting .256/.363/.510 for a 142 OPS+ with 21 residence runs and 63 RBI, and he had a 1.015 OPS with eight residence runs in July.
    • Rookie Josh Jung has cooled off a bit after a red-hot first two months of his rookie season. The 25-year-old is hitting a middling .250/.304/.442 for the reason that starting of June, and Baltimore Orioles infielder Gunnar Henderson is steadily closing the hole within the AL Rookie of the Yr race.
    • After a disappointing first half, Manny Machado is lastly taking part in just like the perennial MVP candidate he has been over time. He hit .309/.411/.681 with 11 residence runs and 29 RBI in July, and he nonetheless has an opportunity to achieve 30 residence runs for the seventh time in his profession.


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    Wander Franco

    Wander FrancoJim McIsaac/Getty Photographs

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    High 10 Shortstops

    1. Wander Franco, TB (3)
    2. Corey Seager, TEX (1)
    3. Bo Bichette, TOR (2)
    4. Francisco Lindor, NYM (7)
    5. Dansby Swanson, CHC (4)
    6. Bobby Witt Jr., KC (NR)
    7. Matt McLain, CIN (8)
    8. J.P. Crawford, SEA (9)
    9. Geraldo Perdomo, ARI (5)
    10. Orlando Arcia, ATL (6)


    • Except for his robust offensive numbers—together with a 117 OPS+ with 42 extra-base hits and 29 steals—Wander Franco has supplied essentially the most defensive worth of any shortstop this season, in keeping with FanGraphs. It is easy to overlook that he is nonetheless solely 22 years outdated.
    • Bobby Witt Jr. has been one of many few shiny spots in a disappointing season for the Kansas Metropolis Royals. The 23-year-old has a 108 OPS+ with 19 doubles, seven triples, 18 residence runs, 62 RBI and 30 steals. With two extra residence runs, he’ll be a part of Carlos Beltrán and Bo Jackson as the one gamers in Royals historical past with a number of 20/20 seasons.
    • For all of the hype that five-tool phenom Elly De La Cruz has acquired since reaching the majors, Matt McLain has been the far superior performer. The 23-year-old is hitting .305/.374/.523 with 20 doubles, 11 residence runs, 39 RBI and 2.9 WAR in 68 video games since making his MLB debut on Could 15.

Left Fielders

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    Juan Soto

    Juan SotoDenis Poroy/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Left Fielders

    1. Juan Soto, SD (2)
    2. Corbin Carroll, ARI (1)
    3. Christian Yelich, MIL (5)
    4. Randy Arozarena, TB (3)
    5. Masataka Yoshida, BOS (6)
    6. Ian Happ, CHC (10)
    7. Jarred Kelenic, SEA (8)
    8. Austin Hays, BAL (4)
    9. Tommy Pham, ARI (NR)
    10. Steven Kwan, CLE (NR)


    • Thanks partially to an MLB-leading 98 walks and a .424 on-base share, Juan Soto is tied with Freddie Freeman for the NL lead with a 166 OPS+. He additionally has 25 doubles, 23 residence runs and 70 RBI in a 4.4-WAR season.
    • Christian Yelich leads the Milwaukee Brewers in OPS+ (131), hits (115), doubles (26), RBI (60), steals (22), whole bases (191) and WAR (2.8). The 31-year-old seems to be like a legit candidate to complete within the prime 10 in NL MVP voting throughout a resurgent season.
    • Initially signed to be the New York Mets fourth outfielder, Tommy Pham performed his approach into a bigger function by hitting .349/.387/.640 with seven doubles, six residence runs and 18 RBI in July. He moved to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a commerce deadline deal.

Heart Fielders

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    Luis Robert Jr.

    Luis Robert Jr.Michael Reaves/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Heart Fielders

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    1. Luis Robert Jr., CWS (1)
    2. Cody Bellinger, CHC (NR)
    3. Mike Trout, LAA (2)
    4. Julio Rodríguez, SEA (8)
    5. Chas McCormick, HOU (NR)
    6. Brandon Nimmo, NYM (3)
    7. Jarren Duran, BOS (10)
    8. Jack Suwinski, PIT (6)
    9. Brandon Marsh, PHI (9)
    10. Lars Nootbaar, STL (NR)


    • Accidents restricted Luis Robert Jr. to 166 video games the final two seasons, however he has lastly managed to remain wholesome and he’s placing collectively an MVP-caliber season in consequence. The 26-year-old has a 134 OPS+ with 29 doubles, 29 residence runs, 60 RBI and 4.4 WAR in 106 video games.
    • After a red-hot begin to the yr adopted by disappointing manufacturing in Could and June, Cody Bellinger hit .400/.432/.690 with eight residence runs and 24 RBI in July. The 2019 NL MVP has a 140 OPS+ with 16 doubles, 16 residence runs, 50 RBI and three.1 WAR in 77 video games, and he has set himself up for an enormous payday through the offseason.
    • Since lacking three weeks in late June, Lars Nootbaar is hitting .295/.380/.512 with seven doubles, seven residence runs, 15 RBI and 28 runs scored in 36 video games since returning to motion. 

Proper Fielders

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    Ronald Acuña Jr.

    Ronald Acuña Jr.Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs

    High 10 Proper Fielders

    1. Ronald Acuña Jr., ATL (1)
    2. Kyle Tucker, HOU (8)
    3. Adolis García, TEX (4)
    4. Fernando Tatis Jr., SD (3)
    5. Lane Thomas, WAS (7)
    6. Alex Verdugo, BOS (9)
    7. Anthony Santander, BAL (NR)
    8. Jake Fraley, CIN (NR)
    9. Nick Castellanos, PHI (6)
    10. Aaron Choose, NYY (5)


    • Houston Astros star Kyle Tucker is hitting .332/.409/.583 with 17 doubles, 11 residence runs, 41 RBI, 39 runs scored and 13 steals in 53 video games for the reason that starting of June, and he’s having pretty much as good an all-around season as any American League participant not named Shohei Ohtani.
    • Adolis García has a 129 OPS+ with 22 doubles, 26 residence runs and an AL-leading 86 RBI in 105 video games. Except for his spectacular counting numbers, he has additionally made enhancements to his strikeout fee (27.9 to 24.9 percent) and stroll fee (6.1 to 9.5 p.c).
    • Misplaced within the shuffle of all of the Cincinnati Reds thrilling younger rookies, Jake Fraley has a 116 OPS+ with 14 doubles, 15 residence runs, 63 RBI and 19 steals. The 28-year-old is controllable via the 2026 season and is usually a long-term piece of the puzzle as nicely.

Designated Hitters

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    Shohei Ohtani

    Shohei OhtaniMatthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Designated Hitters

    1. Shohei Ohtani, LAA (1)
    2. Yordan Alvarez, HOU (2)
    3. J.D. Martinez, LAD (4)
    4. Brent Rooker, OAK (5)
    5. Jorge Soler, MIA (3)
    6. Justin Turner, BOS (10)
    7. Andrew McCutchen, PIT (6)
    8. Bryce Harper, PHI (9)
    9. Harold Ramirez, TB (7)
    10. Eloy Jiménez, CWS (NR)

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    • Even with out his contributions on the mound, Shohei Ohtani can be the clear front-runner for AL MVP honors. The 2-way star is hitting .308/.408/.676 with 63 extra-base hits, 39 residence runs, 81 RBI, 82 runs scored and 5.2 WAR in 107 video games.
    • Veteran Justin Turner has steadily improved each month this season, peaking in July when he hit .337/.390/.596 with 5 residence runs and 28 RBI in 100 plate appearances. The 38-year-old signed a one-year, $8.3 million take care of the Boston Purple Sox through the offseason, and it features a $13.4 million participant choice for subsequent yr with a $6.7 million buyout.
    • With three extra residence runs, Andrew McCutchen will turn into the 19th player in MLB historical past with 2,000 hits, 300 residence runs, 1,000 RBI and 200 steals.

Utility Gamers

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    Mookie Betts

    Mookie BettsG Fiume/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Utility Gamers

    1. Mookie Betts (2-RF)
    2. Ha-Seong Kim, SD (1)
    3. Gunnar Henderson, BAL (7)
    4. Luke Raley, TB (3)
    5. Nolan Gorman, STL (9)
    6. Whit Merrifield, TOR (NR)
    7. LaMonte Wade Jr., SF (4)
    8. Spencer Steer, CIN (2)
    9. Wilmer Flores, SF (NR)
    10. Christopher Morel, CHC (NR)


    • Except for his traditional work in proper discipline, Mookie Betts has additionally performed 33 video games at second base and 16 video games at shortstop this yr. He made extra begins at second base (13) than he did in proper discipline (6) in July, and he has really graded out as a well-above-average defender on the keystone (239 INN, 4 DRS, 19.2 UZR/150) in his first prolonged motion there within the massive leagues.
    • After a disappointing 2022 season and a gradual begin to the yr, Whit Merrifield hit .356/.375/.622 with seven residence runs and 20 RBI in 96 plate appearances in July. The 34-year-old is offering his traditional versatility, splitting his time evenly between second base and left discipline.
    • Jon Berti, Elly De La Cruz, Brendan Donovan, Brandon Drury, Ezequiel Duran, Zach McKinstry, Christoper Morel, Donovan Solano and Taylor Partitions had been additionally thought-about for a spot on the utility participant listing.

Proper-Handed Beginning Pitchers

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    Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit ColeAl Bello/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Proper-Handed Beginning Pitchers

    1. Gerrit Cole, NYY (4)
    2. Nathan Eovaldi, TEX (1)
    3. Luis Castillo, SEA (9)
    4. Kevin Gausman, TOR (3)
    5. Spencer Strider, ATL (5)
    6. Zac Gallen, ARI (7)
    7. Shohei Ohtani, LAA (10)
    8. Justin Verlander, HOU (NR)
    9. Bryce Elder, ATL (8)
    10. Logan Webb, SF (NR)


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    • With six straight high quality begins, Gerrit Cole has emerged because the AL Cy Younger front-runner with two months to go. He has a 2.27 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and a 44-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 39.2 innings throughout that stretch, and he now leads the AL in ERA (2.64) and innings pitched (143.1).
    • Spencer Strider set an MLB record in his most up-to-date begin when he grew to become the quickest participant ever to achieve 200 strikeouts in a season, needing simply 123.1 innings to achieve that milestone. 
    • The Houston Astros obtained a pitcher on prime of his recreation after they acquired Justin Verlander on the commerce deadline. The longer term Corridor of Famer has a 1.49 ERA in 42.1 innings over his final seven begins, and he’s rounding into type simply in time for one more playoff push.

Left-Handed Beginning Pitchers

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    Blake Snell

    Blake SnellDenis Poroy/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Left-Handed Beginning Pitchers

    1. Blake Snell, SD (5)
    2. Framber Valdez, HOU (1)
    3. Shane McClanahan, TB (2)
    4. Justin Steele, CHC (4)
    5. Jesús Luzardo, MIA (6)
    6. Eduardo Rodríguez, DET (9)
    7. Clayton Kershaw, LAD (3)
    8. Jordan Montgomery, TEX (7)
    9. Andrew Abbott, CIN (NR)
    10. James Paxton, BOS (10)


    • Blake Snell has allowed two or fewer earned runs in every of his final 13 begins, posting a 0.73 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 108 strikeouts in 74 innings as arguably one of the best participant on the planet for greater than two months. Free company is coming at an ideal time this offseason.
    • As soon as certainly one of baseball’s prime pitching prospects throughout his time within the Oakland Athletics group, Jesús Luzardo is lastly beginning to ship on his huge potential. The 25-year-old has a 3.38 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 147 strikeouts in 125 innings, and he may obtain some down-ballot NL Cy Younger help if he finishes robust.
    • With simply 11 begins beneath his belt it is robust to rank Andrew Abbott any increased, however he has been lights out since becoming a member of a protracted listing of Cincinnati Reds gamers to make their MLB debut in 2023. The 24-year-old has a 2.35 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 65 innings.

Reduction Pitchers

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    Félix Bautista

    Félix BautistaJulio Aguilar/Getty Photographs

    High 10 Reduction Pitchers

    1. Félix Bautista, BAL (7)
    2. Josh Hader, SD (2)
    3. Alexis Díaz, CIN (1)
    4. David Bednar, PIT (5)
    5. Devin Williams, MIL (6)
    6. Carlos Estévez, LAA (3)
    7. Yennier Cano, BAL (4)
    8. Camilo Doval, SF (9)
    9. Evan Phillips, LAD (8)
    10. Bryan Abreu, HOU (NR)

    • How dominant has Félix Bautista been in the back of the Baltimore Orioles bullpen this season? Utilizing a fastball that averages 99.4 mph and a splitter that has induced an absurd 59.3 p.c whiff fee, he has struck out 101 of the 199 batters he has confronted whereas posting a 0.87 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 17.6 Ok/9 with 29 saves in 47 video games.
    • After a bump within the highway final summer season, Josh Hader has returned to elite type this season, changing 26 of 30 save possibilities with a 0.89 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 13.7 Ok/9 in 43 appearances. The free-agent-to-be may surpass the record-setting five-year, $102 million deal that Edwin Díaz signed final offseason.
    • Bryan Abreu tossed 11.1 scoreless innings throughout 10 appearances final postseason, and he has continued to be a lights out late-inning arm in Houston. The 26-year-old has a 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 13.5 Ok/9 with three saves and 19 holds in 52 appearances, and he has restricted opposing hitters to a .198 common.

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