Top 10 Right Now – Designated Hitters

Annually the most underrepresented group simply because only half the teams use a DH and from there only a handful have guys who would be considered a primary DH.  With that, we were still able to fill the 10-spot ranking.

A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the Top 10 players at each position, managers and executives, finishing up with the Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking of each of the position’s number one player.

Here’s a list of what’s to come and already been published:
Nov. 13 – Executives
Nov. 20 – Managers
Nov. 27 – Second Basemen
Dec. 4 – Relief Pitchers
Dec. 11 – Center Fielders
Dec. 18 – Shortstops
Dec. 25 – Designated Hitters
Jan. 1 – Left Fielders
Jan. 8 – First Basemen
Jan. 15 – Starting Pitchers
Jan. 22 – Catchers
Jan. 29 – Third Basemen
Feb. 5 – Right Fielders
Feb. 12 – Ultimate Top 10

Below are two lists, one (“Statistical”) shows players ranked per a combination of their 2017 stats and where they ranked in those stats per their respective position. Offensive, defensive, baserunning and all-inclusive stats are included in the calculations, with the exception of this position – designated hitter, as no defensive metrics are incorporated.  The second (“Adjusted”) list is based on stats but then given adjustments based on track record, injuries and projections and reflects our ranking of the players as they head into 2018.

The list in which the players appear depends mostly on where they played the most games (or innings) in 2017 but also where they project to play this coming year if substantially different than last (i.e. role player getting a more permanent position).

2017 Statistical Top 10
T-9. Kennys Vargas
T-9. Victor Martinez
T-9. Mark Trumbo
8. Matt Holliday
T-6. Robbie Grossman
T-6. Evan Gattis
5. Hanley Ramirez
4. Kendrys Morales
3. Ryon Healy
2. Edwin Encarnacion
1. Nelson Cruz

Adjusted Top 10
10. Matt Davidson
9. Robbie Grossman
8. Evan Gattis
7. Shohei Ohtani
6. Hanley Ramirez
5. Mark Trumbo
4. Kendrys Morales
3. Ryon Healy
2. Nelson Cruz
1. Edwin Encarnacion

In consideration (with their rank from last year’s list): Martinez (5), Holliday, Vargas, Brandon Moss

Notes: Simply just a hunch on Encarnacion having a better season than Cruz (how’s that for in-depth analysis?)… Healy might play more 1B than DH, but for now we’re qualifying him here… Red Sox don’t want Ramirez’s 2019 option to vest, so may try to limit his AB’s… with Ohtani in the mix, Pujols appears to be a first baseman again, so Ohtani makes the list as Angels’ DH… with a full season under his belt, Davidson can continue to improve… both Martinez and Holliday are still considered active, therefore, make the honorable mentions


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