The 25 Best Players In Baseball Right Now, Ranked
A new number one comes out of nowhere
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, Aug 23.
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. Adam Eaton - WAS, OF (was unranked last week)
Eaton has recently been red hot. Asked recently about his power surge, he said, “It’s hard to swing with one leg, I did that for two years and it wasn’t fun”. Whatever he’s doing, he’s got his health and it seems certain Nats fans want him to keep it up. They’re 8-2 in their last 10 and perfectly positioned to face off in the NL Wild Card Game.
02. Rafael Devers - BOS, 3B (#25)
Get used to seeing his name atop the leaderboard of practically every offensive category. Affectionately known as Raffy Big Scoops to some in Red Sox nation, Devers is a special hitter, and his accomplishments have some evoking names like Ted Williams.
03. Juan Soto - WAS, OF (unranked)
An on-base percentage monster, Soto has been on fire in August, including a stretch with four home runs in five games along with two steals. The 20-year old phenom is in an elite class, and the scary thing is that he’s only scratching the surface of his potential.
04. Nick Ahmed - SS, ARI (unranked)
Amed has been unconscious this month, with Tuesday's homer marking a new career high (17) for the shortstop. He’s slugging .818 with six homers, 15 RBI and seven runs scored over his last 13 games.
05. Aristides Aquino - CIN, OF (unchanged)
06. Kevin Pillar - SF, OF (unranked)
SIx homers and seventeen hits in the last 15 days has given some life to a Giants team inching closer to the .500 mark in manager Bruce Bochy’s last season.
07. Will Smith - LAD, C (unranked)
He has 6 homers in just 8 games played over the last two weeks! That’s good enough to lead the league in wRC+ over that span (251).
08. Kyle Seager - 3B, SEA (unranked)
Seager has turned back the clock over the past two weeks, blasting six home runs and driving in runs like it’s 2016.
09. Ryan Yarborough - TB, SP (unranked)
Last year’s most surprising 16-game winner is back at it over the last month. Yarbrough has ditched the opener and baffling hitters over his last three starts, including a near complete game shutout against the Mariners. Can he keep dominating without dominate stuff? We can’t wait to find out.
10. Jorge Soler - KCR, OF (#3)
11. Nicholas Castellanos - CHC, OF (#14)
12. Gio Urshela - NYY, 3B (#1)
13. Mike Clevinger - CLE, SP (unranked)
We wish Clev good health to see what he can do over a full season because he’s downright scary in small doses. His most recent accomplishment is shutting down an elite Yankees offense with 10 strikeouts over five shutout innings. Just flat out nasty stuff.
14. Michael Brantley - HOU, OF (unranked)
Dr. Smooth has started 15 of the past 17 games for Houston, slashing .469/.519/.796 with two homers in that stretch.
15. Bryce Harper - WAS, OF (unranked)
Come for the walk off grand slam. Stay for the Titanic music. After an up and down first few months in a Phillies uniform, Harper has come alive to the tune of eight home runs in the past 15 days, keeping the Phillies alive in a tight NL wildcard race.
16. Andrew Heaney - LAA, SP (unranked)
Similar to Clev, we hope to one day see what Heaney can do over a full season. His 20 strikeouts over the past 15 innings and pinpoint control indicate that good things are in his future.
17. Jack Flaherty - STL, SP (#2)
18. Sonny Gray - CIN, SP (unranked)
You know a pitcher is hot when they give up one run over six innings and you’re a bit disappointed. Sonny’s 23-inning scoreless streak may be over, but he’s rocking a casual 0.38 ERA for the month of August. Try to watch this and not be amazed.
19. Alex Bregman - HOU, 3B (was #4)
20. Clayton Kershaw - LAD, SP (unranked)
Kershaw has been back to his Cy Young winning form as of late. Even beyond the recent past, hes 6-0 in his last seven starts with 7 quality starts and a sub-1.0 WHIP. Impressive stuff from the ace.
21. Ronald Acuna - ATL, OF (#9)
22. Jose Quintana - CHC, SP (#8)
23. Charlie Morton - TBR, SP (unranked)
Pop quiz: Who’s the current A.L. ERA leader? You guessed it, Charlie Morton.
24. Bo Bichette - TOR, SS (#21)
With a swing as smooth as his flowing locks, Bo continues his hot debut run - including two homers off fellow-Top 25-er Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night.
25. Shohei Ohtani - LAA, DH (unranked)
Hitting .306 on the year, Othani is hitting .440 in his last 7 and is in search of the long ball. He’s been impressive, but hit just 2 HR in his last 30 games.
Mike Tauchman (#6), Josh Bell (#10), Madison Bumgarner (#), Yordan Alvarez (#12), Walker Buehler (#13), J.D. Davis (#15), Jose Altuve (#16), Ozzie Albies (#17), Jeff McNeil (#18), Mike Trout (#19), Nelson Cruz (#20), Luis Castillo (#22), Vlad Guerrero Jr. (#23)