MLB Player Ratings 2020

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
Brandon Bailey
98
P 59
Spencer Adams
98
RP 94
Phillips Valdez
98
P 95
Bryan Hudson
98
P
David Holman
98
P 95
Akeem Bostick
98
P
Tyson Miller
98
P 72
D.J. Brown
98
P 67
C.J. Riefenhauser
98
SP 58
Wes Benjamin
98
RP 0
Trevor Kelley
98
RP
Austin Sodders
98
SP 45
Ben Holmes
98
RP 0
Kevin Lenik
98
P 60
Arturo Reyes
98
RP 89
Derek Rodriguez
98
SP 56
James Naile
98
P 94
Lucas Benenati
98
P 0
Harol Gonzalez
98
SP 45
Trey Ball
98
SP 57
Brady Lail
98
SP 89
Luke Eubank
98
P 53
Harold Arauz
98
P
Zac Lowther
98
RP 93
Blayne Weller
98
P
Lachlan Wells
98
P
Dedgar Jimenez
98
RP 81
Connor Seabold
98
P
Scott Moss
98
P 74
Dario Agrazal
98
SP
Jake Stinnett
98
P
Alexis Rivero
98
RP 88
Adrian De Horta
98
P
Jose Mujica
98
RP 44
Parker Curry
98
RP 69
Ryan Williams
98
SP 87
Matt Sauer
98
SP 60
Jesus Vargas
98
P
Michael Boyle
98
RP 0
Carter Hope
98
P
Ty Culbreth
98
P
Matt Walker
98
RP 97
Jordan Kipper
98
P
Norge Ruiz
98
RP 54
Keegan Thompson
98
SP 20
Darren McCaughan
98
P 92
Matt Gage
98
SP 53
Evan Mitchell
98
RP 0
Bailey Falter
98
P
Will Gaddis
98
SP 25
Tyler Eppler
98
RP 72
Wennington Romero
98
SP 14
Alfredo Gutierrez
98
RP 96
Cameron Bishop
98
P
Brad Kuntz
98
RP 91
Matt Tomshaw
98
P 97
Gabe Speier
98
P 67
Roniel Raudes
98
RP
Michael Brady
98
SP 64
Paul Voelker
98
RP 94
Sam Clay
98
P
Alex Wells
98
SP
Dusten Knight
98
RP 87
Bernardo Flores
98
P 70
Corey Taylor
98
RP 81
Deivi Garcia
98
RP 83
Diego Moreno
98
RP
Gage Hinsz
98
P
Ian Oxnevad
98
P
Brandon Leibrandt
98
SP 37
Randy LeBlanc
98
P
Rafael De Paula
98
SP 83
Zach Hedges
98
P 0
Alejandro Requena
98
P
Casey Meisner
98
SP 15
Adam Hofacket
98
RP 97
Nabil Crismatt
98
SP
Felipe Vázquez
98
RP
Blake Bivens
98
P
Griffin Jax
98
P
Kevin McCanna
98
P 30
Ljay Newsome
98
SP 68
Aaron Civale
98
RP 43
Trevor Clifton
98
SP 35
James Reeves
98
RP 87
Chase Johnson
98
RP 86
Ashton Goudeau
98
P 68
Teddy Stankiewicz
98
SP 51
Aaron Cox
98
RP 0
Christian Stolo
98
P 83
Tyler Davis
98
RP 79
Scott Weathersby
98
RP 0
Jace Vines
98
P
Abel De Los Santos
98
RP 68
Domingo Tapia
98
RP 86
Jordan Guerrero
98
SP 95
Bradley Markey
98
RP 96
Richelson Pena
98
RP 98

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 2020?

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 2020?

Mike Trout is the best hitter in 2020, 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 2020?

Gerrit Cole is coming off a 20-5 season with the Astros, and had a 2.50 ERA. Cole led all pitchers in WAR, and is the best pitcher in baseball. His dominance has been solidified, although Jacob deGrom is a close second.

Who Is The Best Closer In 2020?

Kirby Yates might not be the name you were expecting, but his dominance is ahead of other closers. He is an extremely reliable option for the San Diego Padres. His strikeout numbers rank top five, and he led the league in ERA.

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.