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Top 10 MLB Hitters: Volume 5, 8/24 – 8/30

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Which MLB Hitters in the fourth full week of baseball? Using our system, here’s who we think are the Top 10 hitters in MLB.

We’ve officially hit the halfway point of the season. The postseason picture is coming into focus and the best players are separating themselves from the rest of the league. So, today, we gather here to identify who those players are, at least the offensive ones.

Now, after revealing the Top 10 MLB Hitters in the fourth volume of our ranking, we’re ready to deliver volume 4 for the dates August 24- August 30. As stated previously, we utilized a 10-point rubric using five essential advanced stats that can be found on FanGraphs: OPS, wRAA, wOBA, wRC+, and WPA.

Utilizing a 10-point system across these stats and using only qualified players, we collected data for 172 players. Then, to determine the ranking, we calculated the range for each data point.

  • OPS: 1.647 – 0.153 = 1.494
  • wRAA: 6.8 – -5.6 = 12.4
  • wOBA: 0.634 – 0.068 = 0.057
  • wRC+: 309 – -73 = 382
  • WPA: 1.38 – -0.94 = 2.32

After calculating the range for each data set, we determined the value for each point across all five stats with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the greatest. Here’s a visual representation of our calculations:

MLB Hitters Power Ranking Rubric, Vol. 5

PointsOPSwRAAwOBAwRC+WPA
10.153 - 0.301-5.60 - -4.370.068 - 0.124-73 - -36-0.94 - -0.72
20.302 - 0.451-4.36 - -3.130.125 - 0.180-35 - 2-0.71 - -0.49
30.452- 0.600-3.12 - -1.890.181 - 0.2373 - 41-0.48 - -0.25
40.601 - 0.750-1.88 - -0.650.238 - 0.29342 - 79-0.24 - -0.02
50.751 - 0.899-0.64 - 0.590.294 - 0.35080 - 117-0.01 - 0.21
60.900 - 1.0480.60 - 1.830.351 - 0.407118 - 1550.22 - 0.44
71.049 - 1.1981.84 - 3.070.408 - 0.463156 - 1930.45 - 0.67
81.199 - 1.3473.08 - 4.310.646 - 0.520194 - 2320.68 - 0.91
91.348 - 1.4974.32 - 5.550.521 - 0.576233 - 2700.92 - 1.14
101.498 - 1.6475.56 - 6.800.577 - 0.634271 - 3091.15 - 1.38

So, who were the Top 10 Hitters according to our 10-point system?

Based on this rubric, the following players were the Top 10 MLB Hitters in the third edition of the power ranking. Be sure to keep them in your fantasy lineups or, if you see any on waivers, quickly scoop them up before they go cold.

Name Team Rk OPS Rk wRAA Rk wOBA Rk wRC+ Rk WPA Pts
Brandon Belt Giants 9 1.425 9 5.3 9 0.572 10 272 9 1.12 46
Manny Machado Padres 10 1.519 10 6.8 10 0.617 10 301 6 0.40 46
Jason Heyward Cubs 10 1.647 10 6.4 10 0.634 10 309 6 0.33 46
Trea Turner Nationals 9 1.351 10 5.9 9 0.568 9 263 6 0.27 43
Miguel Cabrera Tigers 8 1.242 9 4.4 9 0.530 9 242 7 0.48 42
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Rays 9 1.396 8 3.8 9 0.548 9 259 6 0.24 41
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 9 1.358 9 4.5 9 0.541 9 247 5 0.06 41
Randal Grichuk Blue Jays 7 1.157 8 3.4 7 0.458 8 194 10 1.38 40
Nolan Arenado Rockies 8 1.259 9 4.4 9 0.522 8 219 6 0.37 40
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 8 1.326 8 4.1 9 0.549 9 252 6 0.36 40

Having grown up in Washington Heights, a small Dominican neighborhood just one mile away from Yankee Stadium, Manny is a life-long Yankees fan. He began pursuing his passion for writing about baseball in March 2018 when he co-founded a small baseball media company called Welcome to THE SHOW. Manny is also a contributor at Call to the Pen. Follow Manny on twitter @MannyGo3.

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