The Roto Grotto: 2013 Top 100

The season isn’t quite over, but most leagues are either well into their playoffs or past the point where roster decisions can make much of an impact on the race. Since many owners will not have much of a turnaround from season’s end until their keeper deadline, I thought it would be fun to look back on the overall top-100 players this season.

I based my overall calculations on Z-scores for each standard roto category. I used a qualifier of 300 plate appearances for hitters and 100 innings for pitchers, but all Z-scores are calculated on a per-game basis so there is no penalty for missing time short of the minimums. The minimums I chose do exclude all relief pitchers. All numbers are through the games from last Friday, Sept. 13.

Rk Name G AB HR SB RBI R AVG IP W K ERA WHIP zTotal
1 Miguel Cabrera 135 508 43 3 133 98 .348           9.44
2 Chris Davis 146 531 50 3 129 99 .296           7.41
3 Hanley Ramirez 79 284 18 10 53 57 .342           7.39
4 Mike Trout 143 542 23 32 86 102 .334           6.99
5 Carlos Gonzalez 109 391 26 21 70 72 .302           6.75
6 Paul Goldschmidt 144 540 31 14 109 92 .296           5.48
7 Jacoby Ellsbury 131 566 8 52 52 89 .299           5.39
8 Andrew McCutchen 143 537 19 27 79 90 .328           5.05
9 Max Scherzer 29             194.1 19 215 3.01 0.96 4.96
10 Adam Jones 147 601 31 13 102 96 .293           4.93
11 Jayson Werth 115 415 23 8 71 75 .323           4.87
12 Edwin Encarnacion 140 521 36 7 104 90 .274           4.82
13 Michael Cuddyer 121 454 20 10 80 72 .335           4.72
14 Yasiel Puig 89 338 16 11 37 59 .337           4.54
15 David Ortiz 125 471 27 4 91 74 .310           4.50
16 Yu Darvish 28             186.2 12 246 2.84 1.04 4.23
17 Alfonso Soriano 139 545 32 18 98 80 .253           4.21
18 Clayton Kershaw 31             223 14 214 1.94 0.93 4.20
19 Carlos Gomez 132 484 19 35 62 73 .283           3.99
20 Shane Victorino 113 446 14 20 57 79 .291           3.94
21 Jose Bautista 118 452 28 7 73 82 .259           3.85
22 David Wright 105 408 16 17 54 60 .309           3.83
23 Jason Kipnis 135 510 17 28 78 79 .282           3.78
24 Robinson Cano 147 554 27 7 102 79 .314           3.74
25 Matt Harvey 26             178.1 9 191 2.27 0.93 3.62
26 Francisco Liriano 23             142 16 144 2.92 1.23 3.60
27 Jose Fernandez 28             172.2 12 187 2.19 0.98 3.59
28 Anibal Sanchez 26             165.2 14 178 2.50 1.15 3.57
29 Alex Rios 139 548 16 36 70 74 .281           3.47
30 Chris Sale 27             195.2 11 207 2.90 1.04 3.43
31 Everth Cabrera 95 381 4 37 31 54 .283           3.36
32 Troy Tulowitzki 113 399 22 1 73 65 .313           3.34
33 Freddie Freeman 133 506 20 1 98 79 .310           3.24
34 Jose Reyes 79 323 10 14 34 49 .300           3.24
35 Adam Wainwright 31             221.2 16 201 2.96 1.07 3.22
36 Coco Crisp 118 464 19 19 57 82 .256           3.16
37 Cliff Lee 28             199.2 13 187 2.97 1.03 3.15
38 Adrian Beltre 144 567 28 1 86 81 .321           3.15
39 Hunter Pence 148 579 22 21 82 82 .290           3.10
40 Matt Holliday 130 480 19 6 82 90 .285           3.06
41 Nelson Cruz 108 409 27 5 76 49 .269           2.97
42 Jean Segura 140 567 12 42 46 72 .300           2.92
43 Starling Marte 123 483 11 36 33 79 .282           2.91
44 Zack Greinke 25             160.2 14 133 2.74 1.15 2.64
45 Domonic Brown 124 447 27 8 81 58 .273           2.63
46 Matt Moore 23             133 15 124 3.18 1.24 2.63
47 Madison Bumgarner 30             194.1 12 189 2.83 1.03 2.61
48 Felix Hernandez 29             194.1 12 200 3.01 1.13 2.60
49 Wilin Rosario 117 439 21 4 78 61 .289           2.54
50 Patrick Corbin 29             197 14 167 2.92 1.09 2.53
51 Carlos Beltran 132 505 23 2 76 75 .305           2.42
52 Matt Carpenter 142 565 10 3 70 114 .317           2.39
53 Jordan Zimmermann 29             190.1 17 143 3.36 1.12 2.27
54 Mark Trumbo 145 569 33 5 95 81 .244           2.22
55 Mike Minor 29             185.2 13 166 3.15 1.08 2.21
56 Wil Myers 72 271 11 5 44 36 .292           2.21
57 Shin-Soo Choo 142 529 20 17 48 97 .287           2.20
58 Josh Donaldson 144 531 22 4 87 79 .301           2.19
59 Justin Masterson 29             189.1 14 188 3.52 1.21 2.16
60 Ryan Zimmerman 133 511 24 6 73 77 .280           2.15
61 Allen Craig 134 508 13 2 97 71 .315           2.15
62 Bryce Harper 104 370 19 8 49 63 .273           2.14
63 Ian Desmond 144 549 20 19 74 74 .284           2.13
64 Hisashi Iwakuma 31             203.2 12 170 2.87 1.03 2.04
65 Jay Bruce 146 572 29 3 93 81 .264           2.01
66 Mat Latos 30             197.2 14 179 3.14 1.21 2.00
67 Joey Votto 148 536 22 6 66 92 .304           1.94
68 Shelby Miller 28             156.1 13 161 3.05 1.20 1.94
69 Torii Hunter 132 555 16 3 75 83 .297           1.88
70 Homer Bailey 29             191.1 10 190 3.39 1.10 1.86
71 Justin Upton 135 501 25 7 65 89 .257           1.83
72 Julio Teheran 27             168 12 154 3.05 1.20 1.81
73 Rajai Davis 99 299 5 41 22 45 .261           1.80
74 Stephen Strasburg 28             170 7 181 2.96 1.04 1.73
75 Eric Hosmer 145 563 16 11 75 79 .304           1.73
76 Chris Tillman 29             179.1 16 153 3.66 1.23 1.73
77 Prince Fielder 147 571 24 1 102 75 .278           1.71
78 Austin Jackson 115 487 11 7 43 95 .277           1.66
79 Jake Peavy 21             131.2 11 108 4.03 1.12 1.65
80 Elvis Andrus 139 554 2 39 58 79 .269           1.64
81 Alex Gordon 142 577 19 10 79 84 .270           1.64
82 Marlon Byrd 133 484 22 2 80 68 .289           1.61
83 Alex Cobb 19             120 8 108 3.08 1.22 1.57
84 Hyun-Jin Ryu 27             173 13 140 3.07 1.24 1.57
85 Ricky Nolasco 30             186.1 13 152 3.14 1.14 1.52
86 Ian Kinsler 119 475 11 13 62 72 .272           1.47
87 Matt Garza 21             137.2 9 125 3.79 1.18 1.47
88 Dexter Fowler 113 409 12 19 42 71 .262           1.46
89 Yoenis Cespedes 125 490 23 7 74 70 .243           1.46
90 Brandon Phillips 138 553 18 4 101 73 .262           1.43
91 C.J. Wilson 30             191 16 167 3.44 1.37 1.42
92 A.J. Griffin 30             189 14 158 3.81 1.14 1.42
93 David Price 23             159.1 8 131 3.45 1.08 1.41
94 Mike Napoli 130 469 21 1 87 74 .258           1.40
95 Dustin Pedroia 148 591 8 17 78 82 .298           1.36
96 Chris Archer 20             116 9 84 3.03 1.09 1.32
97 Giancarlo Stanton 100 367 22 1 52 56 .256           1.31
98 Evan Longoria 143 545 29 1 75 80 .266           1.30
99 Bartolo Colon 27             170.1 15 94 2.85 1.20 1.26
100 A.J. Burnett 27             169.1 8 183 3.45 1.24 1.18

There are no major surprises in the top10, unless Hanley Ramirez had somehow made it under your radar in his half-season of work. I think he should be the No. 1 shortstop next year over Tulowitzki. Jayson Werth is the first shocker at No. 11, but his .323 batting average is propped up by a .365 BABIP that is 33 points higher than his career level. Still, even with a 10-steal pace, Werth should go into 2014 as top 20 outfielder.

Outfield has a handful of other surprises in the top 25, including Alfonso Soriano and Shane Victorino. Soriano’s .253-32-18 is not that unusual for him, but his RBI and run totals will be difficult for him to repeat unless the Yankees spend some money this offseason. Victorino has played hurt all season, so it’s pretty amazing the power has been there for him.

Jason Kipnis narrowly edges Robinson Cano for the most production at second base, but since his lone advantage is in steals, Cano should be ranked higher next season. Rookie Jose Fernandez comes as the No. 6 pitcher, and with Harvey down and Liriano with a history of up-and-down performance, he deserves top five consideration next season.

Injuries have played a role, but for everyone ready to throw Jose Reyes back to the top of the shortstop list, consider that Everth Cabrera was slightly more productive and likely won’t require a top 50 draft pick. As disappointing as Bryce Harper was to those who thought he’d compete for an MVP this season, he was still a top 65 player. He should go in the top 10 next season. Finally, Eric Hosmer quietly worked his way into the top 75 and deserves consideration for top five at first base next season.

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