By Matt Hellmich
Power rankings are up again, and this week we’re highlighting each club’s best player with three weeks left to go. The D-Backs made the most notable jump on the list. Being a team that sold at the deadline, they are currently playing with no pressure and could end up stealing a wildcard spot from the Cubs if they keep winning.
15. Miami Marlins
MVP: Brian Anderson’s season ended about 2 weeks ago when he fractured a finger in his left hand, but the 26-year-old was quietly having a solid year in Miami. He led the team in WAR, 2B, HR, BB, SLG, and OPS. Marlins fans should be happy with this guy as a core piece of the rebuild.
14. Colorado Rockies
MVP: Nolan Arenado has put together another great season. Here’s his slash line – .309/.575/.944… woah. He is one of the best players in baseball and it’s a shame his Rockies are at the bottom of the NL.
13. Pittsburg Pirates
MVP: Josh Bell is a rising star in baseball. The achor of Pittsburg’s lineup currently has 36 HR, 114 RBI, and an OPS of .943. This has been his breakout season and I think he has the talent to keep it up every year.
12. San Diego Padres
MVP: Fernando Tatis Jr. has the talent to reach Mike Trout level good. In just over 300 at bats this season he has hit .317/.590/.969 and stolen 16 bases. Tatis is a nightmare for other teams and I still cringe that he was traded from the White Sox to the Padres for James Shields.
11. San Francisco Giants
MVP: Madison Bumgarner should have been traded at the deadline. The Giants felt compelled to keep the band together for one last tour and it failed miserably. It’ll be interesting to see where the future hall of famer ends up next season.
10. Cincinnati Reds
MVP: Sonny Gray is making himself a prime candidate for comeback player of the year. So far in 2019, he’s gone 10-6 with an ERA of 2.75 and the Reds have him signed until 2024. It’s good to see his career heading in the right direction after having 2 tough years with the Yankees.
9. New York Mets
MVP: Pete Alonso is having a rookie season that Mets fans will remember. I was tempted to choose deGrom as MVP, but Polar Bear Pete has been sensational. He’s mashed 45 HR, 107 RBI, and has an OPS of .956. Plus, he was fun to watch in the derby… Mets have a keeper here.
8. Milwaukee Brewers
MVP: Christian Yelich is a freak of nature. A guy his size shouldn’t be hitting giant homers almost every night. He’s missed time with injuries this year but still has managed to crush 44 HR with an OPS of 1.1. He’d be the MVP of the NL if he had stayed healthy all year.
7. Philadelphia Phillies
MVP: J.T. Realmuto was an A+ acquisition for Philadelphia. Thus far, he’s posted career numbers in 2B, HR, and RBI. He’s the best catcher in baseball and will be for years to come.
6. Arizona Diamondbacks
MVP: Ketel Marte has been tearing it up in his breakout season. He leads the NL in hits with 178 and is sporting a batting average of .330. He’s top ten in basically every hitting category and has been a blast to watch all season. I can’t wait to keep watching this guy throughout his career.
5. Chicago Cubs
MVP: Javier Baez is the most exciting player in all of baseball. Unfortunately, he recently suffered a hairline fracture in his left thumb and is expected to miss an extended length of time. Really bad news for Cub fans like myself. Looks like the injury will give us a chance to look at Nico Hoerner.
4. St. Louis Cardinals
MVP: Jack Flaherty is 23 years old. So far in 2019 he’s led the team in innings pitched while going 10-7 with an ERA of 2.99. This kid is an absolute ace for St. Louis and has been consistent all year. His ceiling is ridiculously high.
3. Washington Nationals
MVP: Anthony Rendon is going to get paid this offseason. The Nationals slugger is batting .337 with 32 HR and 114 RBI. He is a professional hitter who can instantly make any team’s lineup better.
2. Atlanta Braves
MVP: Freddie Freeman is the veteran leader of the Braves who is also leading the team in BA (.299), HR (38), RBI (115), and OPS (.961). He is so consistent, and I love the Braves heading into the playoffs.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
MVP: Cody Bellinger is the best player on the Dodgers and he’s also the best player in the NL. I’ll be shocked if someone else takes home the MVP trophy. This year he’s batting .306 with 44 HR, 105 RBI, 11 SB, and an OPS of 1.05. His WAR for the season is slightly higher than Mike Trout’s. Incredible year for Bellinger. Let’s see if he can carry LA in October.