Top 10 Right Now – Designated Hitters

As this list was being composed, the White Sox made things interesting by adding Yonder Alonso to the mix.  Already having a first baseman in Jose Abreu and because the first baseman list was already released (with Abreu appearing on it), let’s go with Alonso as the Sox’s primary DH.  With or without Alonso, the DH list this year is much stronger than last.

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. 12 – Executives
Nov. 19 – Managers
Nov. 26 – Catchers
Dec. 3 – Left Fielders
Dec. 10 – First Basemen
Dec. 17 – Starting Pitchers
Dec. 24 – Designated Hitters
Dec. 31 – Third Basemen
Jan. 7 – Right Fielders
Jan. 14 – Relief Pitchers
Jan. 21 – Second Basemen
Jan. 28 – Center Fielders
Feb. 4 – Shortstops
Feb. 11 – Ultimate Top 10

Below are two lists, one (“Statistical”) shows players ranked per a combination of their 2018 stats and where they ranked in those stats per their respective position. Offensive, defensive, base running and all-inclusive stats are included in the calculations.  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 2019.

The list in which the players appear depends mostly on where they played the most games (or innings) in 2018 but also where they project to play this coming year if substantially different than last (i.e. role player getting a more permanent position).

2018 Statistical Top 10
10. Kendrys Morales, Toronto Blue Jays
9. CJ Cron, Minnesota Twins
8. Edwin Encarnacion, Seattle Mariners
7. Ji-man Choi, Tampa Bay Rays
6. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
5. Nelson Cruz, Free Agent
4. Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics
3. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
2. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
1. JD Martinez, Boston Red Sox

Adjusted Top 10
10. Kendrys Morales, Toronto Blue Jays
9. Yonder Alonso, Chicago White Sox
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
7. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
6. Edwin Encarnacion, Seattle Mariners
5. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
4. Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics
3. Nelson Cruz, Free Agent
2. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
1. JD Martinez, Boston Red Sox

In consideration (with their rank from last year’s list): Mark Trumbo (5), Evan Gattis (8), Ji-man Choi, Jorge Soler

Notes: Literally no doubts about JD in the one spot; it’s not even a conversation… Stanton had a nice year; should do even better with a year in the Bronx and as mostly DH under his belt… spots three through seven could all be fairly interchangeable this season… a pitcher is the fifth-best designated hitter… Indians show Santana as their primary DH w/ Jake Bauers at first so he makes the list… can Ji-man keep it up for a full season?… it appears CJ Cron and Daniel Palka will now be playing in the field more than getting DH at-bats so they come out of consideration for the adjusted list.

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