MLB Player Ratings 2021

Our MLB Player Ratings are broken down into pitchers and hitters for you to see how we rate the best and worst players in baseball. You can view all players on a team on our MLB roster pages. Pitchers have their own unique formula created by important pitching metrics, which update throughout their starts. Hitters have a formula made up of hitting and fielding metrics to combine their worth in both offense and defense. MLB has an advantage for looking at stats and telling a player’s worth. MLB has larger sample sizes and a deep collection of basic and advanced stats. There is no human input or bias here, we take what is happening in historical and real time and turn their numbers into a rating. Check in one day, you might see Mookie Betts at a 92, and a few weeks later he might be at a 95. Once you’re done here, head over to the MLB starting lineups page for today’s lineups.

Our MLB Player Ratings are broken down into pitchers and hitters for you to see how we rate the best and worst players in baseball. You can view all players on a team on our MLB roster pages. Pitchers have their own unique formula created by important pitching metrics, which update throughout their starts. Hitters have a formula made up of hitting and fielding metrics to combine their worth in both offense and defense. MLB has an advantage for looking at stats and telling a player’s worth. MLB has larger sample sizes and a deep collection of basic and advanced stats. There is no human input or bias here, we take what is happening in historical and real time and turn their numbers into a rating. Check in one day, you might see Mookie Betts at a 92, and a few weeks later he might be at a 95. Once you’re done here, head over to the MLB starting lineups page for today’s lineups.

Name Rating Pos Jersey Team Lineup Team Roster
Ali Sanchez
98
C 41
Kevin Quackenbush
98
P 61
Taylor Motter
98
2B 30
Jakson Reetz
98
C 14
Josh Lowe
98
3B 53
Mario Feliciano
98
C 0
John Schreiber
98
P 46
Taylor Davis
98
C 2
Jake Reed
98
P 72
Ronald Bolanos
98
P 57
Gabe Speier
98
P 67
Jacob deGrom
98
SP 48
Brad Wieck
97
P 38
Mike Trout
97
CF 27
Chaz Roe
97
P 50
Artie Lewicki
97
P 54
Oliver Perez
97
P 39
David Phelps
97
P 35
Anthony Gose
97
P 26
Bryce Harper
97
RF 3
Kervin Castro
97
P 76
Clay Holmes
97
P 35
Corbin Burnes
97
SP 39
T.J. Friedl
97
RF 29
Luis Severino
97
P 40
Estevan Florial
96
CF 90
Tyler Beede
96
SP 38
Jimmy Nelson
96
P 40
Jose Iglesias
96
SS 12
Art Warren
96
P 77
Collin McHugh
96
P 31
Taylor Rogers
96
CL 55
Austin Warren
96
P 61
Jesse Chavez
96
P 60
Juan Soto
96
RF 22
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
96
DH 27
Deven Marrero
96
3B 9
Chris Owings
96
RF 12
Ryan Pressly
96
CL 55
Josh Hader
96
CL 71
Dietrich Enns
95
P 75
Ryan Tepera
95
P 51
Nick Ciuffo
95
C 72
Ronald Acuna
95
RF 13
Luis Garcia
95
P 66
Fernando Tatis Jr.
95
SS 23
Joely Rodriguez
95
P 30
James Paxton
94
SP 44
Tyler Thornburg
94
P 48
Rowan Wick
94
P 50
Ketel Marte
94
CF 4
Brandon Belt
94
1B 9
Liam Hendriks
94
CL 31
Yasmani Grandal
94
C 24
Luis Robert
94
CF 88
Aaron Loup
94
P 32
Rafael Montero
94
P 47
Daniel Hudson
94
P 18
Matt Strahm
94
P 55
Jesse Winker
94
RF 33
Shohei Ohtani
94
DH 17
Eddie Rosario
94
RF 8
Jose Siri
94
RF 26
Riley Adams
94
1B 25
Yefry Ramirez
93
P 67
Andy Burns
93
LF 29
Shaun Anderson
93
P 64
Bryan Mitchell
93
P 37
Ivan Castillo
93
SS 61
Blake Treinen
93
P 49
Joey Votto
93
1B 19
Nick Castellanos
93
RF 2
David Bednar
93
P 51
Zack Wheeler
93
SP 45
Casey Sadler
93
P 65
Carlos Rodon
93
SP 55
Edwin Diaz
93
CL 39
Trevor Williams
93
P 29
Byron Buxton
93
CF 25
Alex Cobb
93
SP 38
Trevor Rogers
93
SP 28
Jonathan Loaisiga
93
P 43
Giovanny Gallegos
93
CL 65
Scott Barlow
93
P 58
Javier Baez
93
SS 23
Lane Thomas
93
RF 28
John Hicks
92
C 6
Tyler Glasnow
92
SP 20
Peter Solomon
92
P 71
Max Muncy
92
1B 13
Jose Ramirez
92
3B 11
Ranger Suarez
92
SP 55
Logan Webb
92
SP 62
Buster Posey
92
C 28
Evan Longoria
92
3B 10
Brandon Crawford
92
SS 35
Garrett Crochet
92
P 45
Joey Krehbiel
92
P 87
Cedric Mullins
92
CF 31
Andrew Bellatti
92
P 59

Stats To Determine A Hitter’s Value

Over the past decade, we have seen a big development in baseball stats. You have batted ball stats, and incredible real time stats that show how hard a ball was hit, launch angle, and other numerous feedback stats for what is happening in real time. Adapting to the new stats has not been easy for some, but if you are always willing to change with the times, you should be enjoying the new wave of baseball stats coming in.

Of course production is something we tend to always want to look at first. Who is driving in runs, who is stealing bases, and most importantly, who is getting on base. Stats have begun to bring in weights, such as wOBA. This stands for weighted on-base average. OBP is a great stat, but we always want to look and see how we can improve a stat. Every hit isn’t created equally. A double is worth more than a single, and so forth. Walks and hit by pitches play their part, but wOBA takes into effect each way of getting on base should be weighted differently. It is similar to on-base plus slugging, but wOBA is an improved way of weighting extra base hits. League average wOBA numbers will range from .320 to .330 most seasons.

The goal of an offense is to score runs, and some are better than others for being a part of producing them. Bill James reacted the runs created statistic, and then wRC+ became an improved version of that. wRC is without park and league adjustments, and wRC+ is with league and park adjustments. We want to credit a batter’s value for his production, and this is what this stat does. 100 is the average, and anything over is moving in the right direction, and vice versa.

ISO is a substitute for how we view slugging percentage. It is more about the raw power, and it weights each extra base hit differently. It is a great way to separate two players who are close in average. Say both are hitting .275, one could be a singles hitter, while the other could have more worth as a power bat. ISO will let you know the number of extra bases the player averages per at bat. Something around .140 or .150 is going to be the average.

The game has changed quite a bit. Strikeout rates are higher, as teams are more willing to sacrifice power for strikeouts. Now the hitters that can still hit for solid power without sacrificing the contact rates, that is where you see your true superstars. Guys that also get on base and walk a lot are all sitting at the top of the rankings because their ability to be patient is combined with their production and advanced offensive stat numbers. K% and BB% are two stats we like to look at. Seeing a player strikeout 25-30% is not ideal. Seeing a player walk at a double-digit rate is ideal.

WAR is a stats that looks to combine all the contributions to a team in one stat. It can’t solely be used on its own to talk about a player, but it is something to factor in. It can also be used for pitching, so do note that this is a stat to determine pitcher’s values as well. WAR can be used over the course of a season or over a career. Generally people will use it to compare a player’s worth over a period of time or career.

Stats To Determine A Pitcher’s Value

ERA and WHIP have been one of the more universal stats throughout MLB history. ERA is simply the average of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. WHIP is the amount of walks and hits allowed per inning. Much like the offensive stats, we want to look at how we can improve these stats. Some pitchers can go through some bad luck and good luck in their batted ball stats. FIP and xFIP measure what a player’s ERA should look like if they had league average results on the balls put in play.

If a pitcher rolls a lot of ground balls and his some of them have eyes and get through. These might be outs on different days, and FIP and xFIP adjust for that. A pitcher can be unlucky in that regard. However they might get some great defense, or a few balls that might be home runs in warmer weather are not in that game, you can see how the luck is in their favor. Trying to strip the variance out of ERA is what these stats do. A pitcher with a lower ERA than his xFIP might suggest he has been a bit lucky. One with a higher ERA than xFIP might suggest he has been unlucky. If there is little difference between the two, everything has gone as expected.

Strikeouts are something we all like to look at. Pitchers who strikeout a ton of hitters tend to be on the better side when we rate and rank them. The traditional K/9 and BB/9 stats narrow down a pitcher’s strikeouts over nine innings pitched. But why do we use this? A pitcher rarely will throw nine innings. Instead using an overall percentage for the percentage of hitters they walk or strikeout is more telling. Clayton Kershaw striking out 28% of hitters faced is an easier way of understanding his dominance. A pitcher walking 12% of hitters faced is not something you want to see.

Production stats can be quite frustrating. Jacob deGrom has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, yet he ranks lower in the win columns than a lot of pitchers that are at a lesser skill level. For example in 2019, Rick Porcello had over a five ERA and won 14 games. deGrom had the second lowest ERA and won just 11 games. In 2018 he won just ten games, and had a 1.70 ERA. Wins are nowhere as reflecting of a player’s worth in comparison to some of these other stats. Strikeouts, walks, ERA, and xFIP production should be weighted more heavily when evaluating a player.

Best Players Of All Time

Discussing the best hitters and pitchers of all time is always going to be a hot debate. Barry Bonds is the home run king, and also had a .444 OBP. He was also a part of the steroid era which a lot of people differ on. When looking at WAR in addition to their production numbers, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Willie Mays all rank as the top three. If you are sorting by wOBA, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig rank as the top three. They also are the same front three when you sort by wRC+.

How about Mike Trout, is he already one of the best of all time? If he continues his career trajectory the way it is presented, then yes. He currently ranks 6th all-time in wRC+, and ranks inside the top 50 in WAR. You have to remember most of these names, their careers are already finished. We are currently watching one of the greatest players of all time in this day and age, and with baseball’s failure to market him better, many may not be aware of that.

Looking at defensive numbers, Ozzie Smith was one of the best defensive players. His ability to play shortstop was unlike any we have seen before. The range was by far the best in the league, and his signature backflip was just the icing on the cake for his athleticism. Catchers will generally find themselves up at the top of the defensive metrics. You need a strong arm at the position and have to be extremely reliable. Yadier Molina currently ranks second in the defensive department. Russell Martin and Brian McCann are a few other names that are in the mix as well. Cal Ripken was the Iron Man of Baltimore, and combined with his offensive numbers, Ripken was one of the best overall players.

Moving onto pitching, Roger Clemens is the all-time leader in WAR. He was also a 354 game winner, and had a career ERA of 3.12. Looking through pitching stats, era is a big part of it. Some of these guys pitched every other day, and really racked up their innings and numbers. Moving through the decades, we saw strikeouts go up and pitchers being to throw some ridiculous pitches and also at high velocities. Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan were two flame throwing arms who are 5th and 6th in career WAR. On the opposite side of that you had Greg Maddux, who was a filthy control pitcher, and he ranks ahead of them with the 4th best WAR. You may not find anyone better than prime Pedro Martinez. He had a career 2.93 ERA and over 3,100 strikeouts.

Relievers are never going to have as high of a WAR as other players and starting pitchers, but they certainly have plenty of worth. Mariano Rivera leads baseball in saves and in WAR. Rich Gossage and Rollie Fingers were both prime closers and you had Trevor Hoffman out there in San Diego with over 600 saves. If you are looking at more recent years, Aroldis Chapman is already 11th among relievers in career WAR. Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel are not too far behind either.

MLB Player Ratings Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Lineups Player Ratings?

Our unique player ratings are created by a formula based on numerous stats to create individual a player specific rating. Pitchers have a formula based on their own pitching numbers, while position players have both fielding and hitting factored into their own rating.

Who Is The Best MLB Player Right Now?

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball currently. He has over a 1.000 OPS in his career, and is also a three-time All-Star. One of the only personal awards he doesn’t have is a Gold Glove, but he is also one of the top defenders.

Who Is The Best MLB Player Of All Time?

If you are looking at WAR, Babe Ruth goes down as the best baseball player of all time, as he pitched and also was one of the best offensive players in the game. However, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays are both in consideration as well.

Who Is The Best Hitter Of All Time?

The best pure hitter of all time is Ted Williams, who had six total batting titles. He also hit over .400, and had a career .344 lifetime average. Williams was shorted a couple years of his career fighting in World War II.

Who Is The Best Pitcher Of All Time?

Going way back to the early 1900’s, Christy Mathewson earned 373 wins and had a career ERA of 2.13 over 4,500 plus innings. If you want to move around different eras, Roger Clemens, Walter Johnson, and Randy Johnson are all in the mix.

Who Is The Most Famous Baseball Player Today?

The most famous baseball player may not be the best one, but Bryce Harper is one of the top players in the game and certainly has been the most marketable. Harper’s popularity is at an all-time high right now.

Who Is The Highest Paid Baseball Player In 2021?

Mike Trout is currently the highest paid player, earning $37.6 million dollars per season. He is currently playing with the Los Angeles Angels, and is signed through 2030 averaging 35.4 million per season in that span. Gerrit Cole is the highest paid pitcher at $36 million per season.

Who Is The Best Hitter In 2021?

Mike Trout is the best hitter in 2021, and has been the best player in baseball for some time now. He has had over a .400 OBP and will be patient, earning walks in addition to racking up plenty of hits.

Who Is The Best Pitcher In 2021?

Jacob deGrom is 1A while Gerrit Cole is 1B at this point. Both are neck-in-neck as the top arms in baseball. The two arms both have elite control, limit home runs, and produce a ton of strikeouts.

Who Is The Best Closer In 2021?

Josh Hader remains one of the most dominant arms in baseball, although there are some names starting to climb up to this spot. Hader has a wipeout slider and huge fastball that makes it tough on opposing hitters.

Who Is The Highest Paid Baseball Player Of All Time?

Alex Rodriguez is still the highest paid baseball player of all time, with over $450 million in salary earnings. This is separate from his endorsements. This will change as Mike Trout is projected to make more than Rodriguez through his given contract.

Which MLB Player Has Longest Career?

Nolan Ryan and Cap Anson are tied for the longest seasons in an MLB career at 27. Ryan pitched for four franchises total, while Anson played way back in the late 1800s. Rickey Henderson and Tommy John are a few other names.

Which MLB Player Has Most World Series Rings?

Yogi Berra has ten total World Series rings, and played in 14 total World Series. He was a big part of those dominant Yankees teams, playing from 1946 through 1963. He played his entire 19 year career with the Yankees, and finished his last four seasons as a champion.

Who Is The Tallest MLB Player?

Currently the tallest player in the Major Leagues is Tyler Glasnow, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. He is 6’8. Aaron Judge is second. Overall in Major League history, John Rauch goes down as the tallest in history at 6’11.

Who Is The Shortest MLB Player?

Jose Altuve is the shortest player currently in the Major Leagues. He stands at 5’6. Tony Kemp is another one who is close, standing in at 5’7. The shortest person to ever appear in a game is Eddie Gaedel at 3’7.

Who Is The Best Defensive Player In 2020?

Matt Chapman has been one of the top defensive players in the game over the last few seasons. He plays third base for the Oakland Athletics, and has won a gold glove in 2018 and 2019. His advanced fielding metrics are off the charts.