BATTERS: BPV leaders, September 2017

Let's complete our look back at the most skilled players of September 2017 by moving on to hitters.

Here were the most skilled bats in September/October:

75+ BPV, September/October 2017*

Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Ramirez, Jose           AL       3B/2B/LF  11%  94%  2.20  242   150  131  114  228
Judge, Aaron            AL          RF/DH  23%  64%  0.88  377   133  231   63  227
Martinez, J.D.          NL             RF   6%  70%  0.23  334   170  265   96  192
Gonzalez, Carlos        NL             RF  16%  69%  0.63  279   131  190   96  162
Olson, Matt             AL          1B/RF  11%  73%  0.48  269   113  192   89  159
Lindor, Francisco       AL             SS  12%  90%  1.45  165   125  143  100  149
D'Arnaud, Travis        NL              C   6%  89%  0.57  179    87  112   76  136
Trout, Mike             AL             CF  18%  85%  1.50  146   116  117   78  118
Betts, Mookie           AL             RF  11%  84%  0.80  158   148  159  100  118
Donaldson, Josh         AL             3B  12%  76%  0.59  202   130  185   77  116
Arenado, Nolan          NL             3B  17%  84%  1.27  135   132  167  120  115
Reddick, Josh           AL             RF  12%  86%  1.00  129   159  170  114  107
Rendon, Anthony         NL             3B  13%  91%  1.71  112   113   88   77  105
Santana, Domingo        NL             RF  11%  61%  0.31  258   122  199   89  102
Segura, Jean            NL          2B/SS   5%  91%  0.63  108   113   90  125  102
Abreu, Jose             AL          1B/DH   4%  82%  0.21  166   146  148  114  102
Dozier, Brian           AL             2B  12%  79%  0.68  161   112  174  106  102
Carpenter, Matt         NL       1B/3B/2B  24%  64%  0.91  198   110  172  120  101
Gonzalez, Marwin        AL    1B/LF/SS/2B  12%  83%  0.79  145   111  103   97  101
Pollock, A.J.           NL             CF  12%  84%  0.80  143   119  105   89  101
Escobar, Alcides        AL             SS   2%  86%  0.14  140   112  146  128  100
Bird, Greg              AL             1B   9%  77%  0.44  180   102  133   83   96
Molina, Yadier          NL              C   9%  90%  1.00  112   135  143   87   96
Castellanos, Nick       AL          3B/RF   3%  86%  0.25  151   127  145   70   96
Iannetta, Chris         NL              C  14%  83%  1.00  139   128  156   72   94
Frazier, Todd           AL          3B/DH  16%  76%  0.88  165   129  187   76   94
Span, Denard            NL             CF  12%  88%  1.11  105   109   85  109   93
McCann, Brian           AL           C/DH  11%  76%  0.54  168    79   96   97   92
Davis, Khris            AL          LF/DH  11%  77%  0.55  167   113  133   82   91
Lowrie, Jed             AL          2B/DH  16%  85%  1.29  114   100  125   88   91
Myers, Wil              NL             1B  11%  68%  0.40  187   124  158  144   91
Seager, Kyle            AL             3B  13%  80%  0.74  152   111  141   68   91
Fowler, Dexter          NL             CF  10%  73%  0.41  161   128  158  156   89
Panik, Joe              NL             2B   8%  95%  1.60   74    92   41  114   89
Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Puig, Yasiel            NL             RF   8%  83%  0.50  141   105   93   83   88
Cabrera, Asdrubal       NL       SS/3B/2B  10%  83%  0.67  142   122  151   68   88
Encarnacion, Edwin      AL             1B  13%  82%  0.83  140   116  130   70   88
Dietrich, Derek         NL       3B/2B/1B   9%  74%  0.40  184   104  102   78   86
Zunino, Mike            AL              C  11%  62%  0.33  232   114  161   95   86
Rojas, Miguel           NL    SS/2B/1B/3B   9%  88%  0.80  107    79   31   99   86
Freeman, Freddie        NL          1B/3B  12%  78%  0.63  143   142  166  112   86
Perez, Salvador         AL              C   4%  87%  0.30  131   119  135   75   85
Turner, Justin          AL             3B   9%  84%  0.69  135   148  173   67   85
Zimmerman, Ryan         NL             3B   4%  69%  0.15  211   117  140   98   84
Cozart, Zack            NL             SS   9%  82%  0.56  139    86  107   82   84
Hernandez, Teoscar      AL             LF   6%  59%  0.17  253    68  139  102   84
Votto, Joey             NL             1B  18%  86%  1.62   92   122  106   92   84
Springer, George        AL             RF  13%  88%  1.25   95   112   72   96   84
Ramos, Wilson           AL              C   3%  88%  0.29  133   137  133   50   83
Suzuki, Kurt            NL              C   3%  90%  0.29  115   110  109   80   83
Escobar, Eduardo        AL       3B/SS/DH   5%  73%  0.19  180   103  172  118   83
Gurriel, Yulieski       AL          1B/3B   7%  85%  0.55  126   122  101   72   81
Ellsbury, Jacoby        AL             CF  14%  84%  1.00   91   104   64  145   81
Santana, Carlos         NL          1B/DH  12%  90%  1.50   80    88   57   97   81
Frazier, Adam           NL          LF/2B   6%  85%  0.44  112    75   74  121   80
Hoskins, Rhys           NL          LF/1B  21%  65%  0.78  192   125  158   79   80
Franco, Maikel          NL             3B   3%  85%  0.23  133   124   95   84   79
Joyce, Matt             AL             RF   8%  75%  0.37  167    72   88   84   78
Rosario, Eddie          AL             LF   6%  83%  0.39  130   122  154   94   78
Story, Trevor           NL             SS   4%  69%  0.15  200   129  240  111   78
Pham, Tommy             NL             LF  17%  74%  0.85  136   107  120  115   77
Reyes, Jose             NL       SS/3B/2B  11%  81%  0.63  118    91  109  118   77
Gregorius, Didi         AL             SS   5%  87%  0.46  107    73   58   98   77
Barnhart, Tucker        NL              C   9%  85%  0.70  108   125   94   93   76
Barnes, Austin          NL           C/2B  16%  78%  0.91  127    89   89   91   75
Heyward, Jason          NL             RF  13%  86%  1.09   94    83   39   98   75
Upton, Justin           AL             LF  15%  66%  0.52  195    70  124   74   75
Andrus, Elvis           AL             SS   6%  90%  0.64   91   110   93   93   75
*min 50 AB

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Xander Bogaerts (SS, BOS) made some subtle gains in his plate discipline late in 2017. Both his walk and contact rates increased in August and September, and his overall pitch recognition in September/October was excellent: 13% bb%, 83% ct%, 0.94 Eye. With a 130+ Spd in three separate months, it's growth that could help him become more of a SB asset in 2018.

Francisco Lindor (SS, CLE) was one of the game's impact bats in the last month of 2017 (.998 OPS in 115 AB). And the power (8 HR) he showed was no fluke. It was backed by a 143 xPX. And few bats showed better control of home plate than Lindor did: 12% bb%, 90% ct%, 1.45 Eye. He's on the verge of becoming a $30 player.

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) is entering the post-hype phase of his development, which means he should come at an affordable price in 2018 drafts. He was better during the final month of 2017 than you might realize too. Beneath his so-so .768 OPS was this strong collection of plate skills: 10% bb%, 85% ct%, 0.75 Eye. And he paired those skills with a 123 xPX. There's some breakout appeal here.

Jose Ramirez (3B/2B/LF, CLE) was the game's most skilled bat in September/October 2017. He showed power (9 HR), production (1.361 OPS), and firmly elite plate discipline: 11% bb%, 94% ct%, 2.20 Eye. There's no reason to expect regression from him in 2018.

Eddie Rosario (LF, MIN) is another young bat worthy of an investment. He flashed his 30-HR upside during the last month of 2017 (7 HR in 105 AB), output that came with the backing of a 154 xPX and a solid overall 78 BPV. With a tweak against lefties (.682 OPS vL, .906 OPS vR), Rosario could take another step forward in 2018.

George Springer (RF, HOU) did not post big numbers over the final month of 2017 (.250 BA, 5 HR, 0 SB in 100 AB). That said, Springer showed significant growth in cutting down his strikeouts. His approach at the plate was excellent that month: 13% bb%, 88% ct%, 1.25 Eye. In fact, his plate skills during the entire second half reflected significant growth: 11% bb%, 86% ct%, 0.91 Eye. There's .300 BA, 40 HR upside here.

Mike Zunino (C, SEA) has been an intriguing speculative play for a while but hasn't stuck at the MLB level for an entire season. That could change in 2018. Zunino started to put it all together in September/October, showing elite production (1.082 OPS) and a serviceable approach at home plate: 11% bb%, 62% ct%, 0.33 Eye. In addition, his 161 xPX was tops among AL catchers and was a top-30 mark in all of MLB.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Austin Barnes (C/2B, LA) might not get a lot of attention as a possible upper-tier contributor. For one, he managed a mediocre .260 BA and 2 HR during the final month of 2017. However, his pitch recognition was very good (16% bb%, 78% ct%, 0.91 Eye). If he can pair that level of plate discipline with the 138 PX/118 xPX he flashed in the 1H of 2017, Barnes could double his value in 2018.

Ender Inciarte (CF, ATL) made some nice gains late in 2017, especially during the season's final month. His plate discipline reached near-elite levels: 10% bb%, 89% ct%, 1.00 Eye. He also flashed a 150+ Spd in two separate months, which puts 30 SB within range.

Ketel Marte (SS, ARI) is another young bat whose combination of plate and speed skills gives him some intriguing SB upside heading into 2018. Marte's plate discipline was excellent during the final month of 2017: 12% bb%, 88% ct%, 1.20 Eye. So were his speed skills (151 Spd). He's one of the better unheralded breakout targets in the game.

Rio Ruiz (3B, ATL) is a young hitter who did not seem to show much appeal in September/October 2017 (2 HR, .633 OPS in 70 AB). Nonetheless, Ruiz possessed some encouraging underlying signs. His pitch recognition was solid (12% bb%, 77% ct%, 0.63 Eye) and his underlying power was excellent (161 xPX). He's worthy of speculation in deep leagues.

Domingo Santana (RF, MIL) exploded with a huge September/October in 2017 (8 HR, 1.046 OPS in 83 AB). That power was supported by a 258 PX and 199 xPX. In fact, his xPX was one of the top 10 highest in MLB that month. He also drew walks at a solid clip (11% bb%). If he can cut down on his strikeouts by increasing his contact rate for a third straight season, Santana would be able to stave off regression in 2018.

Kolten Wong (2B, STL) seemingly is a breakout target every year around this time. Before you write him off, note the top-tier plate skills he showed during the last month of 2017 (13% bb%, 89% ct%, 1.33 Eye). Given his consistently above-average speed skills, there's still 20+ SB here if he can get 400 AB.


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