BATTERS: BPV leaders, July 2018

Let's continue our look back at the most skilled hitters of the prior month by looking at the top skilled bats in July.

75+ BPV, July 2018*

Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Ramirez, Jose           AL          3B/2B  17%  91%  2.38  190   170  183  117  188
Dickerson, Corey        NL          LF/DH   4%  90%  0.43  201   151  143  133  171
Carpenter, Matt         NL       1B/3B/2B  17%  80%  1.00  239   165  219   84  170
Lindor, Francisco       AL             SS  11%  92%  1.63  157   152  158   86  144
Calhoun, Kole           AL             RF   9%  71%  0.36  267   122  195   62  137
Grandal, Yasmani        NL              C  20%  76%  1.00  201   126  142   88  131
Bregman, Alex           AL          3B/SS  13%  86%  1.08  148   112  101  103  120
Hicks, Aaron            AL             CF  22%  73%  1.05  185   120  160  107  117
Cron, C.J.              AL          1B/DH   7%  80%  0.40  204   151  118   60  117
Arenado, Nolan          NL             3B  12%  83%  0.80  160   150  157   91  113
Polanco, Gregory        NL             RF   8%  77%  0.38  180   118  187  139  113
Gonzalez, Carlos        NL             RF   6%  81%  0.31  186   117  134   82  110
Garcia, Avisail         AL             RF   4%  76%  0.19  203   139  139  100  109
Machado, Manny          NL          3B/SS  16%  82%  1.06  140   115  105  119  109
Garver, Mitch           AL              C  15%  81%  0.91  145   136  200  127  108
Munoz, Yairo            NL          SS/3B  12%  81%  0.73  152   128  103  105  104
Diaz, Aledmys           AL             SS   3%  90%  0.33  132   111   95   93  102
Gyorko, Jedd            NL          3B/2B  18%  88%  1.75  105   116  100  100  102
Marte, Ketel            NL          2B/SS  17%  83%  1.23  116   119  105  138  102
Davis, Khristopher      AL          LF/DH   7%  68%  0.25  230   132  204   98  101
Palka, Daniel           AL          RF/DH   4%  58%  0.11  283    90  177   97   99
Piscotty, Stephen       AL             RF   6%  80%  0.30  181   130  131   72   99
Trout, Mike             AL             CF  23%  70%  1.00  183   132  182   87   98
Freese, David           NL          3B/1B  10%  84%  0.67  131   131  124  120   97
Chapman, Matt           AL             3B  10%  78%  0.55  151   116   96  139   97
Franco, Maikel          NL             3B   7%  88%  0.64  124   104  110   97   96
Betts, Mookie           AL             RF  10%  83%  0.61  128   151  172  141   96
Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Winker, Jesse           NL             RF  13%  88%  1.33  109   175  130   83   95
Pujols, Albert          AL             1B   4%  88%  0.33  142   152  171   67   94
Blackmon, Charlie       NL             CF   6%  78%  0.29  180   119  154   84   94
Murphy, Daniel          NL          2B/1B  11%  90%  1.29  110    66   77   67   93
Bogaerts, Xander        AL             SS  10%  77%  0.50  167   108  107  102   93
Schoop, Jonathan        NL             2B   0%  81%  0.00  182    97  106   71   93
Wendle, Joey            AL          2B/LF   8%  88%  0.78  111   131  105  109   92
Smith, Mallex           AL             CF   7%  82%  0.45  127   128  129  148   90
Flores, Wilmer          NL          3B/1B   6%  93%  1.00   90   119  120  101   89
Martinez, J.D.          AL          RF/DH  10%  67%  0.36  212   111  161   95   88
Morales, Kendrys        AL             1B  18%  81%  1.15  130   120  151   73   87
Smoak, Justin           AL             1B  10%  75%  0.45  179   106  162   67   87
Wong, Kolten            NL             2B   5%  91%  0.60  101    97   49  101   86
Ahmed, Nick             NL             SS   6%  76%  0.29  170   132  125  109   86
Soto, Juan              NL             LF  14%  81%  0.89  121    98  101  111   86
Yelich, Christian       NL             CF   4%  76%  0.20  162   133   77  137   86
Marte, Starling         NL             LF   2%  84%  0.14  149   140  161   84   85
Hoskins, Rhys           NL          LF/1B  12%  74%  0.56  169   107  121   79   83
Odor, Rougned           AL             2B   7%  74%  0.30  175   127  121  102   82
Story, Trevor           NL             SS   7%  75%  0.30  160   121  128  119   80
Kepler, Max             AL             RF  11%  80%  0.61  126   134  132  123   80
Gardner, Brett          AL             LF  13%  87%  1.17   88    68   40  112   80
Gregorius, Didi         AL             SS   7%  88%  0.58  102    99   51  107   79
Myers, Wil              NL          1B/LF   8%  64%  0.23  223   140  214   94   79
Baez, Javier            NL       2B/SS/3B   2%  77%  0.09  167   124  101  107   79
Iglesias, Jose          AL             SS   4%  92%  0.50   91    96   45   91   77
Span, Denard            AL          CF/DH   8%  90%  0.86   84    82   45  110   76
*min 50 AB

Let's take a closer look at a bunch of noteworthy July skill performances.
 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Kole Calhoun (RF, LAA) owns a rough overall .208 BA and .654 OPS after 307 AB, marks that have left him unowned in many leagues. That said, those in deep leagues could do worse than speculate here. Calhoun had by far his best month of the season in July (.322 BA, 1.136 OPS in 87 AB). He made a lot of hard contact (122 HctX) and put up an upper-tier 195 xPX. In addition, he was one of just two bats in MLB who posted 10+ HR in July.

Khris Davis (LF/DH, OAK) appears primed for a strong finish. He had a .323 BA and 1.051 OPS in July. While there continues to be a lot of swing-and-miss to his approach (68% ct%, 0.25 Eye in July), Davis showed tons of power in July (230 PX, 204 xPX), helping him deliver his first triple-digit BPV month of the season (101 BPV).

Mitch Garver (C, MIN) quietly posted some excellent production and skills in July. He had a .316 BA and .997 OPS that month. His 145 PX was backed by an even stronger 200 xPX. His plate discipline also was excellent: 15% bb%, 81% ct%, 0.91 Eye. Garver flashed some of these skills in the minors in 2017, so we can't dismiss his emergence in the second half. He's a good stretch-run speculation and has some sneaky value in keeper leagues.

Aaron Hicks (CF, NYY) seemingly has been around forever, but at age 28, he's still in the prime of his career. Hicks made a huge impact in July for those who rostered him (6 HR, 2 SB, 1.014 OPS in 70 AB). His pop came with the support of a 160 xPX. He also drew tons of walks (22% bb%, 1.05 Eye). He's still a must-start against lefties (.979 OPS, 197 PX vL) but can have value against righties too (.800 OPS vR).

Max Kepler (RF, MIN) has shown repeated flashes of his upside at times in 2018. He has put up an .800+ OPS in two separate months, production that was hidden due to his poor .463 OPS in June. Digging deeper, Kepler has displayed a 130+ xPX in three different months, has shown above-average wheels, and has improved his plate skills significantly from 2017 (8% bb%, 78% ct%, 0.41 Eye) to 2018 (12% bb%, 82% ct%, 0.73 Eye). Kepler also has solved some of his big struggles against lefties (.813 OPS, 139 PX vL). He'll enter 2019 with some legitimate breakout potential and is a bat worth using down the stretch.

Francisco Lindor (SS, CLE) looked like an elite bat again in July. He delivered a .300 BA and 1.003 OPS, marks that had the backing of a 158 xPX. And he didn't reach those power levels by opening up his swing. Take a look at his elite plate discipline skills: 11% bb%, 92% ct%, 1.63 Eye. He's in store for a big finish.

Jose Ramirez (3B/2B, CLE) posted some unbelievable stats and skills in July. Check out his MLB rank in July in each of these categories: 1.164 OPS (4th), 17% bb% (12th), 91% ct% (8th), 2.38 Eye (1st), 190 PX (13th), 170 HctX (2nd), 183 xPX (13th), 188 BPV (1st). His multi-category production and elite batting and plate skills are driving many of his owners towards fantasy titles.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Corey Dickerson (LF, PIT) was one of the most productive and skilled bats in the game in July. Behind his .400 BA and 1.253 OPS were hard contact and power skills that provided full support to that output: 201 PX, 151 HctX, 143 xPX. He also delivered a few SB and had a very good 133 Spd that month. While he didn't draw many walks (4% bb%), he made plenty of contact (90% ct%). Even though he entered the season overvalued, you might be able to buy low on him given that his production waned from April through June before blossoming in July.

Wilmer Flores (1B/3B, NYM) had a so-so .276 BA and .764 OPS in July. That said, his underlying metrics continue to provide him more upside potential. He had a 119 HctX and 120 xPX. And he made contact at an elite rate (93% ct%, 1.00 Eye). Combined with his gains vs. RHers, Flores will enter 2019 as one of the better breakout targets in the game.

Yasmani Grandal (C, LA) struggled in the first half of 2018 (.230 BA, .745 OPS, 28 BPV in 226 AB). He appears to be headed to a big finish though. Not only did he produce at an elite level in July (.364 BA, 1.215 OPS in 66 AB), he was also the most skilled catcher in the game (131 BPV). He had upper-tier power skills (201 PX, 142 xPX) and his customary discerning batting eye (20% bb%, 1.00 Eye).

Ketel Marte (2B/SS, ARI) was one of the most productive and skilled middle-infielders in the game during the month of July. He had an .885 OPS that month, and his underlying skills were even better. He showed elite plate discipline (17% bb%, 83% ct%, 1.23 Eye), above-average pop (116 PX, 119 HctX, 105 xPX) and good speed (138 Spd).

Yairo Munoz (SS/3B, STL) is another pre-peak middle-infielder worthy of investment. He hit the ball with authority in July (.322 BA, .988 OPS), marks that came with full support of his primary skills: 152 PX, 128 xPX, 103 xPX, 105 Spd). His plate skills were good too: 12% bb%, 81% ct%, 0.73 Eye. As a groundball hitter (54/22//24 G/L/F), his power is a work-in-progress. Still, he has enough multi-category potential to consider him a good stash in keeper leagues moving into 2019.

Gregory Polanco (RF, PIT) is on his way to his best season yet. His power skills have never been better (159 PX, 134 xPX). And few outfielders were better in July than Polanco was. He had a .301 BA and .998 OPS, along with firmly elite power (180 PX, 187 xPX). His multi-category potential was evident too (139 Spd). In spite of his inconsistency, Polanco will enter 2019 with 30-HR, 20-SB upside if he can improve his consistency.

Eugenio Suarez (3B, CIN) remains headed towards a breakout season. His elite 239 xPX in July was the best in the game. And his growth in 2018 hasn't been the result of opening up his swing, as his contact rate actually has improved (72% ct% in '17, 75% ct% in '18). Suarez makes for a good stretch-run hold.


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