Baseball is a beautiful thing. One game you could be on the top of the world, the next you could be beneath it. Some guys will be beneath the world for the entire season. Those guys won’t see time on this list. This list is reserved for the weekly ultra elite position by position. I don’t care if you are Scruby McScrub, if you have a week to remember you will make the most prestigious Shockwave Sports power rankings list there ever was. Let’s commence.
No hard feelings Jose Bautista. Look for him on the anti-power rankings list.
- Jason Vargas-KC-13.2 IP, 2 W, 10 H, 2 BB, 14 K, 0.66 ERA, 0.878 WHIP
- Yu Darvish-TEX-13 IP, 1 W, 9 H, 5 BB, 15 K, 0.69 ERA, 1.077 WHIP
- Max Scherzer-WAS-12,2 IP, 1 W, 8 H, 4 BB, 17 K, 2.13 ERA, 0.947 WHIP
- Mike Leake-STL-15 IP, 1 W, 10 H, 1 BB, 13 K, 0.60 ERA, 0.733 WHIP
- Amir Garrett-CIN-12.2 IP, 2 W, 7 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 1.42 ERA, 0.711 WHIP
I will be the first to admit that I wouldn’t have guessed that I would have Jason Vargas at the top of my first ever Power Rankings. I was hoping for someone flashy like a Clayton Kershaw or a Corey Kluber to be the first top dog rather than a guy with a career 4.14 ERA. But he nonetheless deserves the honor. Not only did he pitch deep into games, he struck guys out with regularity and kept runs from scoring. Next we have have a regular. Yu Darvish was able to shake off a so-so start and strike out ten batters in a win over the Angels. Max Scherzer did things that we are used to seeing so whatever; let’s move on to the more interesting characters: Mike Leake and Amir Garrett.
Leake was not good in his debut with the Cardinals last year but it looks like he is trying his hardest to make up for it. Perhaps this is the new and improved Leake but chances are that this is a mirage. All throughout his career he has had exceptional months in between not-so good months. Usually it’s May but I suppose not this year. The next interesting guy is Amir Garrett. He is a good looking rookie on a supposedly bad Reds team. He was also supposed to struggle this year but he has been great. The only reason he is not higher is that the other guys were simply better but if he puts up another performance like his last two I will be given no choice to move him up.
- Greg Holland-COL-3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
- Zach Britton-BAL-3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
- Tony Watson-PIT-4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
- Addison Reed-NYM-5 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 3 SV, 1.80 ERA, 0.600 WHIP
- Aroldis Chapman-NYY- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.375 WHIP
Baseball is a mental game but no player experiences more strain than a closer. People love them when they are shutting doors but when they leave them open, even just an inch, they want them run out of town. Teams seem to adopt the same mindset when it comes to their ninth inning guys. This happened to Greg Holland. He was once on of the best closers in the game, then he struggled for a short time, suffered a major injury then suddenly was out of a job. Now he has a new job and has been the best closer of the young season. No doubt in my mind that he deserves this top spot.
Zach Britton has yet to ruin his streak making an automatic entry into the top five. He will be on it until he falters and if you ask me, the chances of that happening are slim. Tony Watson, the replacement for elite closer Mark Melancon gets the honor over his former teammate who didn’t even make the list this week. Tough luck Giants. Addison Reed grabs the fourth place spot but he likely won’t have another opportunity this year as Jeurys Familia is set to come back from a suspension. It’s hard to imagine that he won’t get the job when he comes back to the team, leaving Reed wanting more. Aroldis Chapman makes the list because can you hit his fastball?
- Travis D’Arnaud-NYM-.350, 7 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI
- Salvador Perez-KC-.280, 7 H, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI
- Matt Wieters-WAS-.304, 7 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
- Welington Castillo-BAL-.368, 7 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI
- Robinson Chrinos-TEX-.571, 4 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Do you have fond memories of Travis D’Arnaud? Not likely. You are either a Blue Jays fan wondering what could have been or you are used to frequent disabled list trips and less than okay performance when healthy. This week has been a different story. He has been both healthy and mashing. Congratulations Mr. D’Arnaud you earned the top spot this week. Next up is Sal Perez who tied for the catcher lead in home runs this week with three, earned the second spot because the power was there but not much else. Welington Castillo did the exact opposite; great average but not much else so he gets fourth. Did I forget to talk about Matt Wieters? Nope he was just okay, but it was enough to get third. Fifth spot goes to the guy with the flashiest stats of the week. That doesn’t happen very often. Despite Chirinos’ .571 average, he gets the nod for the fifth spot due to the bulk of work he had this week. He was a top performer but only got two starts this week and that will limit him going forward.
Was that underwhelming? Don’t worry the first basemen were much better this week.
- Wil Myers-SD-.458, 11 H, 7 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Lucas Duda-MYM-.321, 9 H, 4 R, 4 HR, 4 RBI
- Freddie Freeman-ATL-.400, 8 H, 6 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
- Mitch Moreland-BOS-.440, 11 H, 5 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI
- Ryan Zimmerman-WAS-.360, 9 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI
It should be a rule that if you hit for the cycle you automatically get the top spot but I didn’t even need to use that rule because Myers would have deserved it even if he didn’t hit for the cycle. 11 hits including two home runs? Not bad. There are two guys on this list that have the same RBI count as their home runs. This speaks to the quality of the Mets’ and Braves’ offenses. With the week these guys had those numbers should be much higher. Not a fan of that. The last two guys, Moreland and Zimmerman, didn’t do anything truly groundbreaking but they put a bunch of balls in play and they found their way to the ground. We will see where they end up next week.
Congratulations to all the players who made it on to the list and stay tuned for the rest of the positional power rankings.