BATTERS: BPV leaders, June 2018

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

75+ BPV, June 2018*

Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Pederson, Joc           NL             CF  10%  84%  0.70  268   189  290   79  197
Muncy, Max              NL          1B/3B  25%  70%  1.08  244   130  204   76  149
Goldschmidt, Paul       NL             1B  14%  77%  0.72  222   173  189  105  146
Bregman, Alex           AL          3B/SS  10%  86%  0.81  186   158  238  102  145
Cruz, Nelson            AL             DH  12%  81%  0.74  209   157  170   88  143
Marte, Ketel            NL          2B/SS   7%  87%  0.58  157   147  146  151  135
Hoskins, Rhys           NL          LF/1B  12%  78%  0.63  211   107  159   81  132
Rosario, Eddie          AL             LF  10%  85%  0.75  159   131  158  126  128
Aguilar, Jesus          NL             1B   8%  72%  0.30  252   139  230   62  127
Arenado, Nolan          NL             3B   9%  82%  0.58  174   142  146   76  111
Escobar, Eduardo        AL       3B/DH/SS   7%  75%  0.31  213   122  161   79  110
Grichuk, Randal         AL             LF   6%  80%  0.31  181   128  141   96  108
Ramirez, Jose           AL          3B/2B  18%  80%  1.11  136   146  184  126  105
Peralta, David          NL             RF   8%  79%  0.41  178   154  150   94  105
Soto, Juan              NL             LF  17%  77%  0.90  161    94  112  101  103
Bellinger, Cody         NL          1B/LF  15%  64%  0.50  226   112  187  103  100
Turner, Justin          NL             3B  13%  91%  1.71   96   118  141   89   95
Carpenter, Matt         NL       1B/3B/2B  13%  74%  0.57  182   149  196   88   95
Margot, Manuel          NL             CF  12%  86%  1.00  109   148  138  120   94
Profar, Jurickson       AL    LF/SS/3B/2B   8%  88%  0.82  114   151  117  105   94
Lindor, Francisco       AL             SS   9%  81%  0.55  155   132  125   86   93
Bauers, Jake            AL             1B  19%  74%  0.89  152   139  119  118   92
Kinsler, Ian            AL             2B   6%  90%  0.58  122   114   93   75   92
Adrianza, Ehire         AL             SS   7%  77%  0.33  158    91  122  132   91
Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Martinez, Jose          NL          1B/LF  10%  83%  0.67  141   169  171   76   90
Altuve, Jose            AL             2B  16%  87%  1.46   91   129  126  117   90
Martinez, J.D.          AL          RF/DH  12%  77%  0.61  157   126  145   98   90
Andujar, Miguel         AL             3B   4%  85%  0.29  151   113  117   64   89
Hernandez, Enrique      NL       CF/SS/2B  11%  83%  0.71  132    99  105   93   88
Gurriel, Yulieski       AL             1B   4%  94%  0.67   86   130  103  106   86
Rendon, Anthony         NL             3B   7%  79%  0.38  163   122  122   77   86
Bogaerts, Xander        AL             SS   9%  85%  0.69  122   126  122   93   86
Encarnacion, Edwin      AL             1B  11%  82%  0.69  145   157  177   54   84
Votto, Joey             NL             1B  23%  80%  1.50  110   152  144   88   83
Bautista, Jose          NL          RF/3B  23%  65%  0.90  190   138  166   67   81
Crawford, Brandon       NL             SS  10%  82%  0.69  131   108   68   78   81
Choo, Shin-Soo          AL          RF/DH  17%  73%  0.74  163   138  187   77   81
Polanco, Gregory        NL             RF  14%  73%  0.61  161   121  107   95   79
Puig, Yasiel            NL             RF   9%  82%  0.56  132   112   99   84   79
Santana, Carlos         AL             1B  23%  83%  1.80   92   117  138   83   79
Peraza, Jose            NL          SS/2B   8%  92%  1.00   69   135  102  131   79
Ozuna, Marcell          NL             LF   7%  83%  0.47  120   157  150  113   78
Molina, Yadier          NL              C   7%  84%  0.50  130   139  134   70   77
Hanson, Alen            NL          2B/RF   3%  75%  0.13  161    90   79  135   76
Panik, Jose             NL             2B  12%  93%  2.00   56    97   56  108   76
Piscotty, Stephen       AL             RF  10%  80%  0.61  132   133   84   89   76
Trout, Mike             AL             CF  19%  73%  0.88  135   120  115  121   75
*min 50 AB

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Jake Bauers (1B, TAM) had a very impressive first full month in the majors. He posted a .904 OPS in 72 AB in June, and that production was backed by a combination of strong pitch recognition and solid power skills: 19% bb%, 74% ct%, 0.89 Eye, 152 PX, 92 BPV. Those looking to maximize their value from him should note that he has been elite against LH arms (1.131 OPS vL in 24 AB).

Randal Grichuk (LF, TOR) showed some subtle signs in June that suggested he's a post-hype target worth speculating on. He had a .974 OPS in 81 AB that month, showing his customary upper-tier power (181 PX, 141 xPX) while closing down some of the holes in his swing (80% ct%). For the season, he's someone worth starting against RHers (.845 OPS, 180 PX vR) but doesn't belong in your lineup against lefties (.517 OPS, 78 PX vL).

Stephen Piscotty (RF, OAK) did not add any value during the first two months of the season but turned things completely around in June. He had an .897 OPS in 91 AB that month, fueled by good plate skills (10% bb%, 80% ct%, 0.61 Eye) and a lot of hard contact (133 HctX). He's another inconsistent bat who can provide good value in doses (.804 OPS, 111 PX vR).

Jurickson Profar (LF/SS/3B/2B, TEX) remains on track for a mini-breakout, and he seems to be getting better as the season goes along. He posted an .827 OPS in 94 AB in June that was paired with excellent plate discipline (8% bb%, 88% ct%, 0.82 Eye), solid power (114 PX, 117 xPX), and decent wheels (105 Spd). Those who speculated on his former top prospect upside have been rewarded with a player on pace for a double-digit return.

Eddie Rosario (LF, MIN) quietly was one of the AL's most skilled bats during the month of June. He had an elite 128 BPV that month and looked like a complete hitter, controlling home plate very well (10% bb%, 85% ct%, 0.75 Eye), showing good power (159 PX, 158 xPX), strong speed (126 Spd), and delivering impactful production (1.039 OPS in 109 AB). Keep riding him.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Jose Bautista (RF/3B, NYM) remains unowned in many leagues given his lack of impact in recent years. That said, there are signs that he can help you if you play in a deep league. He quietly put up an .886 OPS in 60 AB during June, showing excellent plate patience (23% bb%) and good power skills (190 PX, 166 xPX). He also has managed an .800+ OPS against both lefties and righties. He has some short-term appeal in deep leagues.

Enrique Hernandez (CF/SS/2B, LA) went on a power surge in June. He had an .893 OPS in 80 AB that month, and that power came with a solid trifecta of plate skills: 11% bb%, 83% ct%, 0.71 Eye. Hernandez also is hitting righties with some authority for the first time in his career (.753 OPS, 128 PX vR), which suggests he's no longer a bat you need to sit against same-sided pitchers.

Rhys Hoskins (LF/1B, PHI) looked like an elite bat again in June. He had a 1.123 OPS in 74 AB that month. He also posted some very solid plate discipline skills (12% bb%, 78% ct%, 0.63 Eye), and his production was backed by a strong 211 PX and 159 xPX. Hoskins has a great shot to have a big second half.

Manuel Margot (CF, SD) is another high-upside bat who has turned his season around after a slow start. Margot's upside was on full display in June when he posted an .876 OPS in 86 AB. His skills were some of the most well-rounded in the game and included excellent control of home plate (12% bb%, 86% ct%, 1.00 Eye), strong underlying power (138 xPX), and very good speed (120 Spd) that was muted only by a lack of green light. The window to buy low on Margot is closing quickly.

Ketel Marte (2B/SS, ARI) entered the season as a premium speculative target but did not produce anything of value during the first two months of the season (.619 OPS in April, .576 OPS in May). He turned things around completely in June though (.929 OPS in 93 AB). Marte showed good plate skills (7% bb%, 87% ct%, 0.58 Eye), a lot of thump (157 PX, 147 HctX, 146 xPX), and great wheels (151 Spd), all of which gave him skills that put him in the top 10 among June bats (135 BPV).

Max Muncy (1B/3B, LA) shows no signs of slowing down. He looked like a middle-of-the-order thumper in June (1.165 OPS in 80 AB). He also drew tons of walks (25% bb%). And his elite production was backed by very good power skills (244 PX, 204 xPX). Muncy also is looking like an impact bat against both lefties (1.078 OPS vL) and righties (1.001 OPS vR).

Joc Pederson (CF, LA) was the game's most skilled bat in June, and it wasn't even close. Pederson featured the best power skills of anyone that month (268 PX, 290 xPX), and he didn't reach those levels by opening up his swing (10% bb%, 84% ct%, 0.70 Eye). For the season, he's absolutely mashing RHers (1.003 OPS, 172 PX in 158 AB) but rarely plays against lefties and hasn't done anything against them in his limited opportunities (.276 OPS, 28 PX vL in 28 AB).

Jose Peraza (SS/2B, CIN) paired elite contact (8% bb%, 92% ct%, 1.00 Eye) with his elite speed in June (131 Spd), a combination of tools that helped him produce 6 SB that month. He also managed a .320 BA and .841 OPS in June. Peraza remains very inconsistent, but those looking for steals in the second half should consider Peraza an intriguing target again.


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