This is the second half of the first installment of MLB Positional Power Rankings. In this article we will break down the second base, shortstop, third base and outfield positions. This week was the week of the bad teams. 15 of the 20 players on this list are on teams that have outside chances of making the playoffs. If a bad team has good players does that still mean they are a bad team?
- Starlin Castro-NYY-.375, 9 H, 4 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Danny Espinosa-LAA-.261, 6 H, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI
- Scooter Gennett-CIN-.357, 5 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- Jonathan Villar-MIL-.200, 5 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB
- Jonathan Schoop-BAL-.300, 6 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Seems like that this week there was a correlation between being named Jonathan and being good at baseball, and I’m not just saying that because I share the name. Or maybe I am, I suppose you’ll never know. Come to think of it I think that the Jonathans deserve the top two spots. In reality they deserve spots but there was three players who had better weeks. The top dog is Starlin Castro who couldn’t do anything wrong this week; he hit dingers and everything seemed to fall for a hit. You may notice that it looks like Gennett had a better week than Espinosa, and you may also notice that Villar made the list with a .200 average. I will explain, do not fret. The reason why I slotted Espinosa above Gennett is that although a .357 average is a lot better than a .261 average, Espinosa actually had more hits on the week. It was a bulk of work decision and Espinosa did a little more with what he got. Villar’s .200 average is not what you would like to see but it’s the stolen bases that caught my eye. He stole 4 bases on the week and was also able to drive two balls over the wall. A very productive week. Schoop also had an exceptional week, enough to round out the top five.
- Aledmys Diaz-STL-.348, 8 H, 5 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI
- Elvis Andrus-TEX-.375, 9 H, 6 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Jose Peraza-CIN-.321, 9 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4 SB
- Chris Owings-ARI-.360, 9 HR, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB
- Jose Isglesias-DET-.400, 8 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI
This list is missing the guys that are the face of the position, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t premier performances this week. Diaz flashed his power, Andrus came up clutch and brought out his home run swing, Peraza created havoc on the base paths, and Owings and Isglesias dropped in hit after hit. For three of these guys you can chalk up their weeks to hot starts but two, Diaz and Peraza are potentially coming into their own as star shortstops. Diaz hit .300 last year while also hitting 17 home runs. All he needs is one more year of this kind of play to cement himself among the top players. Peraza is finally getting a shot to stick around at this level and he isn’t blowing it. The book on him is that he makes hard contact and has the speed to beat out a lot of plays. The kid is fun to watch.
- Eugenio Suarez-CIN-.423, 11 H, 6 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB
- Maikel Franco-PHI-.273, 6 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI
- Matt Davidson-CHW-.316, 6 H, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Joey Gallo-TEX-.263, 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB
- Kris Bryant-CHC-.348, 8 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB
I wonder when the last time someone ranked Kris Bryant fifth among third basemen. Likely hasn’t been for a while but here we are. The most impressive player this week was Suarez. He not only drove in runs and stole a base, he smacked the competition with 11 hits. 11 hits over a seven day span is hard to do and it earned him the top spot. Franco impressed me as well as he flashed his power and RBI ability but he was also able to keep his average at a decent level. Davidson was great, being one of the driving forces on a bad team. How nice is it to see Joey Gallo with a .263 average? It’s not the best but it’s a lot better than .198. He has been given a shot because of the Beltre injury and he has run with it. He is forcing the Rangers to get him in the lineup when Beltre returns. Bryant also had a great week but no bombs?
- Marcel Ozuna-MIA-.348, 8 H, 5 R, 4 HR, 12 RBI
- Yoenis Cespedes-NYM-.308, 8 H, 6 R, 5 HR, 9 RBI
- Avisail Garcia-CHW-.478, 11 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI
- Jay Bruce-NYM-.321, 9 H, 3 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI
- Aaron Judge-.333, 6 H, 5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI
I was tempted to name Cespedes the best outfielder of the week because of his world-stopping three home run game but I couldn’t in good conscious. It’s weekly power rankings not daily and Marcel Ozuna had a better week. It wasn’t by much but it is hard to argue with four home runs and 12 RBI. I’m sure Cespedes will be fine but we’ll send him a gift basket just to be sure. Avisail Garcia looked like a new player with his 11 hits, will it continue? Jay Bruce, who I love to hate also had a good week as he fed of Cespedes’ momentum and was able to hit three dingers for himself. I remember when the Yankees were deciding between Judge and Hicks for the right field spot. I am thankful for Joe Girardi.
That wraps up the week and what a week it was.