The Top 5’s will cover an awesome 14-game slate tonight with plenty of solid offensive games to pull from. Let’s get to it! Rankings are based on value projection. Top 5 dollar for dollar plays at each position. Any questions, hit me up on Twitter @JasonWalker_72.

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Dioner NavarroCWSLAA$3,000
2Yan GomesCLEMIN$2,400
3Evan GattisHOUSEA$2,900
4Jonathan LucroyMILCIN$4,400
5Welington CastilloARILAD$3,700

  • Navarro has splits of .356 wOBA, .303 ISO against LHP this season. LAA SP Santiago gives up 1.7 HR/9 IP and 37% hard contact with 51% fly ball rate against RH bats.
  • Lucroy was 5th best power catcher in the first half of the season (140 expected power) and goes into the Great American Ballpark with a .376 wOBA against RHP.
  • Gattis has too much power potential (.250 ISO vs. LHP) to sit here, even in Seattle.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Miguel CabreraDETKCR$4,100
2Chris DavisBALTB$3,700
3Ryan HowardPHLNYM$3,000
4David OrtizBOSNYY$5,300
5Joey VottoCINMIL$4,600

  • Cabrera has a .392 wOBA against RHP and KC SP Kennedy has given up 1.6 HR/9 IP this season.
  • Can’t pass on a power threat like Davis for 3.7K against a RHP, where he has a .429/.358 wOBA/ISO split advantage, even in Tampa.
  • Howard was the #3 power bat among first basemen before the break (188 expected power) and was unlucky with results, with a .160 BABIP even though he’s had 44% hard contact this season.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Neil WalkerNYMPHL$3700
2Robinson CanoSEAHOU$4400
3Ian KinslerDETKCR$4600
4Howie KendrickLADARI$3400
5Jason KipnisCLEMIN$4600

  • Walker is the third best power hitting 2nd baseman to date (148 expected power) and the Mets have an implied 4.8 run total against PHL tonight.
  • Cano has a .427 wOBA against RHP and a .270 ISO as well. HOU SP Fister gives up 40% hard contact to LH bats this season.
  • ARI SP Corbin gives up a 45% hard contact rate at home and a .343 wOBA to RH bats as well, putting Kendrick in a good spot here for LAD.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Nolan ArenadoCOLATL$4,100
2Nick CastellanosDETKCR$4,500
3Justin TurnerLADARI$4,200
4Todd FrazierCWSLAA$4,400
5Anthony RendonWASPIT$3,900

  • Arenado’s a crusher anywhere, against anybody, including a 37% hard contact rate away from home and against RHP. The Rockies have an implied 4.5 run total as well.
  • As stated already, Corbin is a good target for opposing hitters, especially RHB like Turner, who has a 40% hard contact rate on the road against RHP.
  • Frazier has a .342 ISO against LHP and is facing the aforementioned LAA SP Santiago, who gives up 1.7 HR/9 IP and 37% hard contact with 51% fly ball rate against RH bats.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Asdrubal CabreraNYMPHL$4,000
2Jose ReyesNYMPHL$3,500
3Francisco LindorCLEMIN$4,100
4Brad MillerTBBAL$3,800
5Corey SeagerLADARI$4,800

  • Cabrera was one of the most surprising hitters of the pre-AS break, landing fourth among shortstops in expected power (133) and a strong 84% contact rate. He has a favorable matchup with PHI SP Hellickson, who has a .353 wOBA split against LH bats.
  • Reyes has come back and landed in the top spot of the Mets lineup, and the Mets are expected to score 4.8 runs tonight.
  • Miller has cooled from his hot start, but has a solid .201 ISO against RHP and is facing BAL SP Gallardo, who is giving up 37% hard contact to LH bats.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Charlie BlackmonCOLATL$3,900
2Carlos GonzalezCOLATL$3,500
3Steven MoyaDETKCR$3,000
4Matt HollidaySTLMIA$3,300
5Kole CalhounLAACWS$3,500
6Curtis GrandersonNYMPHL$4,600
7Mike TroutLAACWS$5,000
8Jackie BradleyBOSNYY$4,300

  • Blackmon has a 37% hard contact rate against RHP away from Coors, and the Rockies have that 4.5 implied run total against ATL tonight.
  • Justin Upton is out tonight, so Moya and his 45% hard contact rate at home vs. RHP should be in the lineup tonight.
  • The Grandy Man should be batting second in this 4.8 implied run total game against PHI. Granderson has continued to make hard contact, evidenced by a 37% hard contact rate on the season.
  • Trout has a 52% hard contact rate over his last 12 games and has the strong matchup against CWS SP Gonzalez, who has a .340 wOBA against RH bats.
  • Bradley, Jr has a .403 wOBA and .301 ISO against RHP and NYY SP Pineda gives up 1.6 HR/9 IP this season.


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