The 25 Best Players In Baseball Right Now, Ranked
Fast-rising relievers crowd this week's list
Gerrit Cole / Tim Warner/Getty Images
Welcome to ONE37pm’s weekly MLB player rankings. These are the top 25 best performing players in MLB as of this minute. It’s not the best players in the league, or who we think has the best end of season numbers (sorry, Mike Trout).. it’s who is en fuego right now. This ranking takes into account everything from Aug. 8 until today.
This list is curated by members of our team: Drew Balis, Chris Choyce, Bobby Glennon, Carter Snyder and Dave Zhang. We'll be updating this list every week, so keep it bookmarked and definitely let us know what you think of the rankings on our Twitter @137pm.
01. Gerrit Cole - HOU, SP (was #1 last week)
And the first player to go back-to-back at the top is Gerritt Cole (a one-hit, 15 K performance will do that for you). Cole, if you’re reading, we’ll take a cut of your massive payday after granting this esteemed honor!
02. Austin Meadows (#25)
And our hottest hitter right now is Austin Meadows for the resurgent Rays. He’s smacked six home runs, six doubles, and is in double digits for runs and RBIs over the last two weeks.
03. Ketel Marte - ARI, SS (#21)
04. Mookie Betts - BOS, OF (unranked)
Betts has knocked five homers in just the last week! It’s the most out of anyone and the kind of performance that will move you up our rankings quickly.
05. Jack Flaherty - STL, SP (#8)
06. George Springer - HOU, OF (unranked)
Springer’s had the best year of his career (so far!), though we feel like its gone a bit unnoticed. Even with missing a few days recently to a possible concussion, he’s been elite over the past few weeks (with a season long 158 wRC+ and 6.0 WAR to his name). He’ll never be that 20/20 or 30/30 guy some people dreamed about, but if he stays hot he could easily hit 40 HRs by the end of the season while batting over .300. That's elite.
07. James Paxton - NYY, SP (#9)
08. Shane Bieber - CLE, SP (unranked)
Twenty-six strikeouts in his last 20 innings and a winner of two straight starts. Just look at this curveball. Bieber Fever could reach new heights if the Indians find their way into October.
09. Mike Clevinger - CLE, SP (#6)
10. Anthony Rendon - WAS, 3B (#3)
11. Stephen Strasburg - WAS, SP (#13)
Strasburg held an impressive Twins offense, that ranks third in MLB in runs, in check limiting them to two runs over six innings. If he finishes strong down the stretch, he has a chance at his first 20-win season.
12. Justin Verlander - HOU, SP (#2)
13. Josh Donaldson - ATL, 3B (unranked)
How is a dude hitting .265 on this list? Because of an otherworldly 32% walk rate giving him a .500 OBP for the period. If you reach base every other plate appearance, you’re locked in.
14. Will Myers - SDP, OF (unranked)
Yes - Myers has had a disappointing season. Yes, he did go 0-4 with 3 Ks Thursday night. But he also owns a 171 wRC+ over the last two weeks. When those grounders are finding their way through the infield, he can be very productive.
15. Carlos Martinez - CLE, RP (unranked)
We’d be remiss if we didn’t give closers a little love, and Car Mart has more than earned it. Nine straight scoreless appearances including 14 strikeouts. He’s on fire for the NL Central leading Cardinals.
16. Eugenio Suarez - CIN, 3B (#11)
17. Starlin Castro - MIA, 3B (unranked)
Call off the search dogs, we found a Marlin. Castro has been swinging a hot stick the past two weeks, hitting .346 with six home runs for Miami.
18. Kevin Newman - PIT, 2B (#17)
You know you're hot when you have a higher wRC+ than Mookie Betts and his 7 homers in the same timeframe (and - we repeat - 5 homers in the last week). Newman has really taken a leap forward this year with his overall game.
19. Marcus Semien - OAK, SS
Semien might be having the best season in baseball that not enough people are talking about. He has an elite 1.203 OPS in September and is on fire for the red hot Athletics.
20. Francisco Lindor - CLE, SS (unranked)
Lindor’s hit a big power surge recently, cranking 7 HRs over the past 2 weeks and the counting stats to go with it. He’s even chipped in a few steals. With JRam most likely done for the season, can Lindor shoulder the whole team and get CLE into the playoffs?
21. Jacob deGrom - NYM, SP (#20)
22. Kirby Yates - SDP, RP (unranked)
Let’s give it up for the best closer in baseball this season. In the past two week—only 4.2 IP but still—he’s got a 21 K/9 and 11 to 1 K/BB. Just dominant.
23. J.T. Realmuto - PHI, C (unranked)
J.T. definitely has a claim to the throne of best catcher in baseball, and the last two weeks show why. He’s played his usual stellar defense while hitting five bombs and sporting a .333 (and even chipping in a lone stolen base).
24. Mitch Garver - MIN, C (unranked
A catcher!! But yes: catchers are people too. He’s on his second or third hot streak of the year, hitting six HRs over the past three weeks, putting him at the 30 HR mark for the first time in his career. His 321 plate appearance are lacking, but he’s been making the most of this time as he trails only Gary Sanchez for the catcher HR lead. His season long 159 wRC+ also leads all catchers, his 3.6 WAR ranks third amongst catchers, and his 350 wRC+ over the last 3 weeks is straight sizzzzzzzling.
25. Austin Meadows - TB, OF (unranked)
With four saves and a win in his last six appearances for the pack-it-in Diamondbacks, Bradley closes out a big week for relievers in our rankings!
Alex Bregman (#2), Michael Brantley (#3), Adam Eaton (#4), Andrew Heaney (#5), Ryan Yarborough (#9), Walker Buehler (#10), Lucas Giolito (#13), Jake Cave (#14), Jonathan Villar (#17), Eduardo Rodriguez (#18), Yordan Alvarez (#20), Gleyber Torres (#21), Kyle Seager (#23), Marcus Semien (#24), Carlos Santana (#25)