BATTERS: BPV leaders, August 2018

Let's continue our look back at the most skilled hitters of the prior month by looking at the top skilled bats in August.

75+ BPV, August 2018*

Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
White, Tyler            AL             1B   9%  80%  0.47  199   107  116  107  129
Zimmerman, Ryan         NL             1B  13%  80%  0.75  203   134  160   63  128
Acuna, Ronald           NL             CF   9%  78%  0.48  196   165  200  123  128
Turner, Justin          NL             3B  10%  85%  0.73  180   161  179   76  126
Betts, Mookie           AL             RF  15%  81%  1.00  158   133  157  124  122
Chapman, Matt           AL             3B   6%  73%  0.23  227   127  180   96  118
Yelich, Christian       NL             CF   8%  76%  0.37  198   159  167  121  118
Martinez, J.D.          AL          RF/DH  12%  77%  0.61  193   105  121   89  117
Rizzo, Anthony          NL             1B  12%  87%  1.15  140   125  128   96  117
Carpenter, Matt         NL       1B/3B/2B  16%  75%  0.77  194   137  205   93  116
Gallo, Joey             AL       LF/3B/1B  12%  64%  0.39  255   118  157  100  115
Reyes, Franmil          NL             RF  10%  74%  0.41  208   103  113   98  113
Peralta, David          NL             LF   8%  77%  0.36  197   180  175   95  113
Bregman, Alex           AL          3B/SS  14%  90%  1.60  106    94   72  116  108
Frazier, Adam           NL          LF/2B  10%  84%  0.75  151   147  131   91  108
Abreu, Jose             AL          1B/DH   8%  77%  0.38  197   161  139   72  106
Muncy, Max              NL       1B/3B/2B  11%  55%  0.27  297   109  183   75  104
Bogaerts, Xander        AL             SS  13%  85%  1.00  123   118  107  118  102
Nimmo, Brandon          NL             RF  10%  75%  0.44  188   124   89  106  102
Goldschmidt, Paul       NL             1B  13%  79%  0.71  172   147  141   67  102
Mullins, Cedric         AL             CF  10%  83%  0.64  142    74   79  117  100
Smith, Mallex           AL             CF  14%  86%  1.20  103    91   43  138   99
Ramirez, Jose           AL          3B/2B  16%  86%  1.38  111    89   69  104   98
Hernandez, Enrique      NL       CF/2B/SS  11%  85%  0.88  136   152  102   82   98
Austin, Tyler           AL          1B/DH   9%  67%  0.32  229   101  132   82   95
Gregorius, Didi         AL             SS   8%  88%  0.75  113   127  120  115   94
Ohtani, Shohei          AL             DH  11%  66%  0.38  221    79  128  100   93
Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Encarnacion, Edwin      AL             1B  12%  83%  0.80  147   132  120   58   92
McNeil, Jeff            NL             2B   5%  92%  0.63   74   132  146  166   89
Andujar, Miguel         AL          3B/DH   3%  83%  0.19  159    96   97   75   89
Cain, Lorenzo           NL             CF   8%  88%  0.77   83   132   85  175   88
Profar, Jurickson       AL       SS/3B/1B  11%  82%  0.69  124   126   76  124   88
Stanton, Giancarlo      AL          RF/DH  14%  66%  0.48  214   120  138   82   88
Baez, Javier            NL       2B/SS/3B   6%  74%  0.24  170    76   82  139   87
Gyorko, Jedd            NL          3B/2B  11%  86%  0.91  112   106  112  100   87
Quinn, Roman            NL             CF   3%  83%  0.20  120    70   63  168   86
Barnhart, Tucker        NL              C  14%  88%  1.30   98   121  106   93   86
Morales, Kendrys        AL             1B   9%  82%  0.56  146   128  173   70   85
Merrifield, Whit        NL          2B/CF   9%  88%  0.85   94   118  123  114   82
Zobrist, Ben            NL          2B/RF   7%  86%  0.58  112   123  119  103   81
Odor, Rougned           AL             2B  13%  76%  0.60  152   151  146   95   81
Span, Denard            AL          CF/DH   4%  88%  0.33  101   108   41  121   79
Lowrie, Jed             AL          2B/3B  12%  83%  0.82  120   135  122   84   79
Brantley, Michael       AL             LF  12%  92%  1.75   76   122   70   82   79
Maldonado, Martin       AL              C   4%  75%  0.15  172   118  150  102   77
Gonzalez, Marwin        AL    LF/SS/1B/2B   7%  72%  0.29  185   131  142   83   77
Davis, Khris            AL          LF/DH   9%  72%  0.38  182   103  149   78   77
Shaw, Travis            NL          3B/2B   7%  73%  0.29  184   113  171   69   77
Renfroe, Hunter         NL             RF   3%  77%  0.17  174   117  126   63   77
Kepler, Max             NL             RF  10%  79%  0.53  127   103  109  125   76
Wong, Kolten            NL             2B   9%  90%  1.00   85    69   35   96   76
O'Hearn, Ryan           AL             1B   9%  69%  0.33  193   122  168   88   76
Braun, Ryan             NL          LF/1B   6%  88%  0.56  109   140  125   73   76
*min 50 AB

Let's take a closer look at a bunch of noteworthy August skill performances.
 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Adalberto Mondesi (SS/2B, KC) has made some subtle improvements as the season has gone along. He has a solid .750 OPS since July 1 and an even better .793 OPS in August alone. He also paired an improving 76% ct% in August with an elite 156 Spd, a combination that helped him generate 10 SB that month. He could be a difference-maker down the stretch for teams in tight SB races.

Cedric Mullins (CF, BAL) looked like an impact bat during his first month in the majors: .317 BA, .941 OPS in 63 AB. Those results came with very good support from his underlying skills too: 10% bb%, 83% ct%, 0.64 Eye, 142 PX, 117 Spd, 100 BPV. Just keep in mind that his 55/13/32 G/L/F doesn't support much power production, so he's more likely to be a BA/SB source for now.

Rougned Odor (2B, TEX) had a horrible first half (.223 BA, 3 HR, 18 RBI, .630 OPS in 179 AB). He has turned those results completely around since July 1 though: .307 BA, 15 HR, 43 RBI, .980 OPS in 205 AB. His plate skills have improved (10% bb%, 75% ct%, 0.44 Eye), his underlying power (135 xPX) gives pretty good backing to his power resurgence, and he has posted an 80+ BPV in both July and August. Odor is a good bet to finish strong.

Jurickson Profar (SS/3B/2B/1B, TEX) is another TEX infielder who is improving as the season goes along. After a mini-breakout in the first half (.754 OPS in 266 AB), Profar has gotten even better since July 1 (.844 OPS in 167 AB). In addition, the 89 BPV he posted in August marked the third separate month he has delivered an 80+ BPV. There's a lot to like here.

Mallex Smith (CF, TAM) received consistent playing time in August and produced some big results. He had a .389 BA, 1.046 OPS, and 9 SB in 10 attempts that month. Sure, a 44% h% helped drive some of those stats, a mark that is unlikely to continue. But Smith did show near-elite plate discipline (14% bb%, 86% ct%, 1.20 Eye), which cements himself as one of the elite speed targets in the game.

Tyler White (1B, HOU) quietly was the most skilled bat in the game during the month of August. Behind his .325 BA and 1.095 OPS in 83 AB was a top-tier 129 BPV, a reflection of his elite 199 PX. For the season, White has delivered a near-1.000 OPS against both LH and RH arms, as well as a 170+ PX against each of those groups. In addition, White's plate skills have improved significantly from 2017 (6% bb%, 74% ct%, 0.25 Eye) to 2018 (12% bb%, 78% ct%, 0.59 Eye). However, his subpar rate of hard contact (97 HctX) and neutral GB/FB tilt (42/18/41 G/L/F) have generated his mediocre 86 xPX, so how much of his power outburst he can sustain remains in question.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Tucker Barnhart (C, CIN) had his best month of the season in August (.803 OPS in 80 AB). Nearly all of his skills have been surging during the past couple of months too, including his batting eye (0.50, 0.77, 1.30 Eye), underlying power (79, 90, 110 xPX), and overall skills (14, 30, 87 BPV). There's a good chance that Barnhart hasn't peaked yet.

Adam Frazier (LF/2B, PIT) struggled to make an impact in the majors early in the season but is finishing the season with a flourish. Those who owned him in August were rewarded with a .338 BA and 1.006 OPS, stats that sat on top of a very strong foundation of skills: 10% bb%, 84% ct%, 0.75 Eye, 151 PX, 147 HctX, 131 xPX, 108 BPV. Frazier will carry some intriguing breakout appeal heading into 2019.

Enrique Hernandez (2B/LF/SS, LA) also delivered big results in August. He had a .352 BA and .987 OPS that month. His underlying skills supported that production too: 11% bb%, 85% ct%, 0.88 Eye, 136 PX, 152 HctX, 98 BPV. And after years of doing most of his damage against lefties, Hernandez has been much better against righties in 2018 (.830 OPS, 149 PX vR). He's another middle-infielder with further room for growth heading into 2019.

Jeff McNeil (2B, NYM) has carried over his breakout Triple-A campaign into the majors. He received everyday playing time in August and made the most of it (.330 BA, .848 OPS in 103 AB). He showed a very strong combination of underlying power (146 xPX) and speed (166 Spd), and his plate skills featured tons of contact (92% ct%).

Roman Quinn (CF, PHI) is another bat with sneaky SB potential down the stretch. Quinn had an elite 168 Spd in August and put it to good use, collecting 6 SB in six attempts. He'll need to draw more walks (3% bb%) to remain an asset but does own a history of doing so in the minors. If he can finally stay healthy, Quinn's speed potential makes him an attractive stretch-run play.

Franmil Reyes (RF, SD) flashed his upside again during the month of August. He had 7 HR and an elite 1.052 OPS in 65 AB that month. While we can't expect him to continue to ride a 44% HR/F to top levels of power, his overall 113 BPV in August suggests that we can't dismiss his upside, especially at age 22.

Kolten Wong (2B, STL) put together a very big August. He had a .362 BA and .915 OPS in 58 AB, showed excellent plate discipline (9% bb%, 90% ct%, 1.00 Eye), and even produced a few stolen bases. He's out indefinitely due to a hamstring strain, but his recent surge is another reminder to keep him on your early 2019 end-game radar.


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