Aaron Judge, New York Yankees - Aaron Judge launched homer number 52 on the year and is rounding out one of the most impressive seasons in baseball history. His batting average spiraled down in the second half finishing at .284 but slugged .627 and posted a 172 wRC+. The strikeouts are usually an issue for batters at 30% but I don't know that we've seen too many people do this much damage when making contact which makes him an excellent pick next year if he can hover around that 30% threshold.
Brian McCann, Houston Astros - Brian McCann's injuries this year likely have cost him a shot at his 10th straight season of 20+ homers unless he can go yard twice on Sunday. He's likely going to finish with 18 homers in under 100 games, making him virtually a lock for 20 had he played his normal 130ish games. The Astros did a solid job this year of working him in and out from behind the plate and he could be a nice value pick at catcher next season if you are in need of cheap power.
Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Ray - Brad Miller has had quite the fall off from his shocking 30 homer season last year as he hit his 9th homer of the season Saturday. Now he's only played in 110 games this year as opposed to 152 last year, but the games missed alone isn't going to fill that gap in the homers. His ISO has dropped over 100 points and his HR/FB% also was cut in half from last year despite having the exact same FB% as last year. I think we definitely learned this year that the 10-15 homer Brad Miller is the actually Brad Miller and the 30 homer Brad Miller is just a random outlier.
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays - Chris Archer finished his season with five shutout innings to pick up his 10th win of the season. He allowed just two hits and struck out six, finishing the year with his highest K/9 of his career. Archer also posted one of his lowest walk rate of his career, which is part of the reason his FIP sits almost a full run lower than his ERA ended up at. Archer is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, and with the team's GM saying the team isn't ruling out a full rebuild, we could see him possibly on the move which could greatly boost his value depending on where he ends up.
Lance McCullers, Houston Astros - Lance McCullers strange season finished up (not including playoffs) with his fourth loss of the year allowing five runs in 4.1 innings. McCullers started off the season as good as any pitcher in baseball before going down with an injury and that pretty much derailed his entire season. He still finished with solid metrics punching out 10 per nine while walking 3 per nine. His ERA finished up at 4.25 but his FIP was incredible at 3.09. Over the first half of the season he had an ERA and then after the injury he posted a 7.83 ERA in 23 innings in the second half. He's should be a very highly drafted pitcher next spring.
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