BATTERS: Eye and OPS leaders, 2018 last 12 months

Let's wrap up our 12-month look back at the players who posted the best stats and skills during the previous month by moving on to hitters.

The following batters own the best Eye (BB/K) ratios from July 2017 through June 2018:

  • 0.75+ Eye (BB/K) Ratio, Last 12 Months*
    
    Name                League  Position     bb%  ct%  Eye
    ==================  ======  ===========  ===  ===  ====
    Votto, Joey             NL           1B  20%  83%  1.46
    Revere, Ben             AL           CF   8%  94%  1.33
    Granite, Zack           AL           CF  11%  90%  1.33
    Turner, Justin          NL           3B  12%  88%  1.16
    Santana, Carlos         NL           1B  16%  83%  1.15
    Panik, Joe              NL           2B   8%  92%  1.15
    Trout, Mike             AL           CF  20%  77%  1.09
    Ramirez, Jose           AL        3B/2B  11%  88%  1.05
    Simmons, Andrelton      AL           SS   8%  91%  0.98
    Mauer, Joe              AL        1B/DH  13%  85%  0.97
    Suzuki, Ichiro          AL           LF  10%  88%  0.94
    Betts, Mookie           AL           CF  12%  84%  0.90
    Sogard, Eric            NL        2B/SS  14%  82%  0.90
    Winker, Jesse           NL           RF  14%  81%  0.89
    Zobrist, Ben            NL        2B/LF  12%  85%  0.89
    Markakis, Nick          NL           RF  11%  87%  0.88
    Posey, Buster           NL         C/1B  11%  86%  0.87
    Rizzo, Anthony          NL           1B  12%  84%  0.86
    Aoki, Norichika         NL           LF  10%  87%  0.86
    Muncy, Max              NL  1B/3B/2B/LF  20%  70%  0.83
    Diaz, Yandy             AL           3B  14%  80%  0.83
    Jaso, John              NL        1B/LF  19%  71%  0.82
    Bregman, Alex           AL        3B/SS  11%  85%  0.81
    Rendon, Anthony         NL           3B  12%  83%  0.80
    Kemp, Tony              AL           LF   8%  89%  0.80
    Lucroy, Jonathan        AL            C  11%  85%  0.80
    Soto, Juan              NL           LF  15%  77%  0.79
    La Stella, Tommy        NL        3B/2B  11%  84%  0.75
    Ellsbury, Jacoby        AL           CF  12%  82%  0.75
    *min 100 PA

These bats have produced the best OPS over the last 12 months:

  • .900+ OPS, Last 12 Months*
    
    Name                League  Position     HR/F  ISO   OPS
    ==================  ======  ===========  ====  ====  =====
    Martinez, J.D.          AL           RF   35%  .359  1.058
    Trout, Mike             AL           CF   22%  .296  1.040
    Muncy, Max              NL  1B/3B/2B/LF   30%  .335  1.024
    Arenado, Nolan          NL           3B   23%  .293  1.005
    Ramirez, Jose           AL        3B/2B   18%  .303   .995
    Soto, Juan              NL           LF   26%  .262   .988
    Stanton, Giancarlo      AL        DH/LF   35%  .331   .979
    Judge, Aaron            AL        RF/DH   32%  .304   .961
    Votto, Joey             NL           1B   14%  .178   .949
    Cruz, Nelson            AL           DH   26%  .297   .949
    Altuve, Jose            AL           2B   11%  .170   .930
    Blackmon, Charlie       NL           CF   20%  .231   .927
    Freeman, Freddie        NL           1B   16%  .227   .922
    Bryant, Kris            NL        3B/RF   13%  .215   .922
    Hoskins, Rhys           NL        1B/LF   21%  .286   .921
    Lindor, Francisco       AL           SS   18%  .258   .916
    Suzuki, Kurt            NL            C   16%  .256   .915
    Aguilar, Jesus          NL           1B   25%  .284   .913
    Betts, Mookie           AL           CF   14%  .247   .912
    Rendon, Anthony         NL           3B   11%  .222   .908
    Donaldson, Josh         AL           3B   25%  .273   .907
    Ohtani, Shohei          AL           DH   27%  .246   .907
    Belt, Brandon           NL           1B   13%  .226   .906
    Goldschmidt, Paul       NL           1B   25%  .260   .904
    Rosario, Eddie          AL           LF   16%  .250   .904
    Bregman, Alex           AL        3B/SS   12%  .232   .903
    Harper, Bryce           NL           RF   25%  .272   .902
    *min 100 PA

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Alex Bregman (3B/SS, HOU) has been one of the most complete hitters in the game during the past 12 months. He has hit for a good average (.295 BA) and has shown impactful power (.232 ISO), production (.903 OPS), and plate discipline: 11% bb%, 85% ct%, 0.81 Eye. And his current 165 xPX suggests there's even more power coming. Don't be surprised to see him drafted as a top 10 bat in 2019 drafts.

Zack Granite (CF, MIN) started the season on the disabled list in the minors due to a shoulder problem. He hasn't been able to produce anything since coming off it (.526 OPS in 212 AB at Triple-A). That said, Granite displayed some superb plate skills with MIN late in 2017 (11% bb%, 90% ct%, 1.33 Eye) and he stole 50+ bases during his last full season in the minors. He might need an offseason to strengthen his shoulder, but those in deep leagues playing towards 2019 should consider Granite a worthy stash given his SB upside.

Tony Kemp (LF, HOU) likely will be squeezed out of playing time due to the recent promotion of top prospect Kyle Tucker (LF, HOU). However, Kemp's IF/OF versatility and solid .790+ OPS against both lefties and righties give hope that he can produce when given the chance, especially given his history of good wheels and the elite plate skills he has shown so far in 2018 (12% bb%, 89% ct%, 1.25 Eye).

Jose Ramirez (3B/2B, CLE) arguably has been the game's best hitter over the last 12 months. Check out his stat line from July 2017 to June 2018: .305 BA, 41 HR, 102 RBI, 22 SB. His plate discipline has been superb too: 11% bb%, 88% ct%, 1.05 Eye. He has been especially deadly against righties so far in 2018 (1.049 OPS, 169 PX vR in 234 AB).

Eddie Rosario (LF, MIN) has been one of the game's most productive hitters over the past 12 months. In fact, his .904 OPS over that period puts him in the top 10 among all outfielders in the majors. Rosario showed flashes of being an elite producer in May (1.004 OPS) and June (1.084 OPS) too, and he even paired that elite production with some solid plate growth in June (10% bb%, 85% ct%, 0.73 Eye).
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIL) is on his way to delivering on the 30-HR upside we saw from him prior to 2018. He posted a .900+ OPS during each of the first three months of 2018. In fact, his .918 OPS over the last 12 months puts him among the top 20 OPS leaders in the game. Just keep in mind that his shaky plate skills (68% ct%, 0.32 Eye) likely will keep him prone to ups-and-downs.

Jose Martinez (1B/LF, STL) is another unheralded bat, and he's one with a more well-rounded approach than you might realize. He has an .898 OPS and .202 ISO over the past 12 months, and he hasn't reached those levels by hacking his way there (11% bb%, 82% ct%, 0.69 Eye). Combined with his IF/OF eligibility in most leagues, Martinez remains a good play heading into the second half.

Max Muncy (1B/3B/2B/LF, LA) has emerged as an impact bat in 2018, and he has done so without abandoning his pitch recognition. He has a 20% bb% over the past 12 months, a walk rate that has been topped only by Votto and Trout during that period. Muncy also owns an elite 1.024 OPS since the second half of 2017.

Anthony Rendon (3B, WAS) also is one of the more complete bats in the game. Only seven bats in the majors can claim a .900+ OPS and 0.80+ Eye during the past 12 months. Rendon is one of them (.908 OPS, 0.80 Eye). His production would be even better if not for a low 11% HR/F. And there's hope that mark can increase, as he ranks in the top 20 in flyball distance, has a high launch angle, and consistently hits the ball hard.

Juan Soto (LF, WAS) finds himself among the game's best power/patience combos during his rookie season. He owns a 15% bb% and 0.79 Eye so far in 2018. He has hit the ball with authority too (.262 ISO, .988 OPS). Just note that he's not a great bet to sustain his power into the second half, as his monthly groundball rate continues to head north: 43%, 47%, 62% GB%.

Kurt Suzuki (C, ATL) owns the highest OPS of any catcher-eligible bat in the majors during the past 12 months. His .915 OPS hasn't been the result of an inflated HR rate either (16% HR/F). That said, most of his power the last two seasons have come against lefties (197 PX vL in '17, 135 PX vL in '18), so if you have the flexibility, use him against them to maximize his value to your offense.

Jesse Winker (RF, CIN) hasn't produced at the levels many were hoping for in 2018 (6 HR, 36 RBI in 242 AB). Nonetheless, Winker continues to show some of the best plate skills in the game. His 0.89 Eye during the last 12 months ranks in the top 15 among all bats. And all is not lost regarding his power. He has converted many of his groundballs in 2017 (53/16/31 G/L/F) to line-drives this season (42/24/34 G/L/F), and both his exit velocity and launch angle are above MLB averages so far in 2018.


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