Ranking the 15 Best All-Around Offensive Players in MLB This Season
As the 2012 season heads into the final stretch, it's hard not to recognize the individual contributions that many players have put out there this year in an effort to help their teams.
Being able to go deep at will is certainly an asset that teams love to have in their lineup, but getting on base at a good clip and contributing in other facets make up a great all-around player.
There are notable omissions from this list as Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp have both missed significant time due to injuries, but know that they'd definitely find their way towards the top of this list otherwise.
15. Edwin Encarnacion
Currently just one home run shy of 30 for the season, Edwin Encarnacion has surpassed all expectations of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.
He's batting 25 points higher than his career average this season and boasts an OPS just shy of 1.000.
With Jose Bautista seeing limited action recently, Encarnacion's impact has been seen even more in the lineup.
14. Josh Willingham
There isn't much that's gone right for the Minnesota Twins in 2012 as the team sits well outside of striking range in the AL Central despite boasting a lofty payroll.
Josh Willingham, however, has proven to be an invaluable asset for the team this season, as he's already reached his 2011 home run total of 29, and with 83 RBI so far in 2012 he'll most certainly post career-highs in all offensive categories.
13. Carlos Ruiz
There are plenty of reasons for the Philadelphia Phillies to be disappointed about the way the 2012 season has unfolded, but don't tell Carlos Ruiz that the season hasn't gone to plan.
In 95 games with Philadelphia this season, Ruiz is batting an astounding .335 (60 points better than his career average) and is seeing career-highs in nearly every other category as well.
12. Buster Posey
After missing nearly all of last season, it wouldn't be hard to wonder how quickly Buster Posey would return to form in 2012.
With 101 games under his belt this season, it's safe to say Posey hasn't missed a step.
He's batting .329 this season and has already matched his 2010 home run mark of 18, and with his on-base percentage up over .400, he's an invaluable part of the GIants' offense.
11. David Wright
After getting off to a blistering start this year and starting early rumors of a .400 season, David Wright cooled off considerably, though he's still working his way through another solid season.
Batting at a .327 clip right now, Wright is getting on base at a better average than any point in his career, and his slugging percentage is the highest it's been since 2007.
10. Melky Cabrera
Melky Cabrera is turning out to be one of the best acquisitions of the past offseason throughout the league, as he's revived his career to an extent that has seen him turn into one of the game's best offensive figures.
Currently leading the league in hits and runs, Cabrera is having a career year and promises to cash in this offseason when he hits free agency.
9. Matt Holliday
With Albert Pujols departing for the west coast this past offseason, the success of the St. Louis Cardinals' offense rested on the shoulders of Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran as the team looked to defend their World Series title.
Beltran has had himself a very solid season, and Holliday is no different, as he's batting .319 this season with more than 20 home runs and 75 RBI in 109 games.
8. Prince Fielder
It took nearly an entire offseason, but when the dust settled last winter, Prince Fielder embarked upon a new career in the same city that his dad called home as a member of the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers got off to a slow start as a team this season, but Fielder has been a force once again in the batter's box, with 19 home runs, 81 RBI, and an on-base percentage above the .400 mark.
7. Joey Votto
The Cincinnati Reds are in the thick of things in the NL Central this season, and as they look to make a return trip to the postseason and do big things, they'll need their top slugger to return to the lineup sooner rather than later.
In 86 games this season, Joey Votto hit 14 home runs and drove in 49 RBI, all while boasting a league-best on-base percentage of .469 and OPS of 1.069.
He's been on the shelf for nearly a month now and should hopefully be returning in the next week or two to impact the race down the stretch.
6. Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols garnered plenty of attention this spring as the season got underway, but it wasn't for the typical reasons, as his early struggles caught the attention of much of the baseball world.
As we probably all expected, Pujols found his stride, and he's now sitting with 24 home runs, 76 RBI and a .284 batting average, which by his standards may be low, but he still is clearly one of the most dangerous hitters in the game.
5. Ryan Braun
Coming into the 2012 season, reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun had immense pressure on his shoulders, as he not only needed to fill the void left by the departure of Prince Fielder, but also live up to billing coming off the P.E.D. allegations that plagued his offseason.
He's been every bit as good as would be expected this season, with 29 home runs to his name and a stat line that exceeds his illustrious career numbers in almost every category.
4. Robinson Cano
As one of the most consistently productive members of the New York Yankees in recent years, it's hard for anyone to be surprised that Robinson Cano finds himself on this list in 2012.
He's been a staple in the Yankees lineup as always, and as he maintains a batting average above his career numbers, he still stands a great chance of putting up the best statistical season he's ever had in numerous categories.
3. Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera has been one of the most dangerous hitters in the league throughout his career, and with the addition of Prince Fielder to the Detroit Tigers lineup, the newest version of baseball's bash brothers have really started to take shape.
It's been another routine season for Cabrera, who is on his way to another 30 home run, 100 RBI season in which he'll continue to bat well above the .300 mark and get on base at better than a .400 clip.
2. Andrew McCutchen
As a whole, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves as one of the best stories in baseball, and it's thanks in no small part to the efforts of center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
McCutchen is leading the league with a .369 batting average and a .621 slugging percentage, and as he's already matched his career-high of 23 home runs, he'll no doubt set the bar high as his career continues to vault upwards.
1. Mike Trout
It would be easy to think that the likes of Albert Pujols would garner the bulk of the attention in the Los Angeles Angels lineup this season, but it's been Mike Trout that has really turned heads as he continues to impress anyone who follows the game.
Despite just turning 21 a handful of days ago, Trout boasts a league leading .345 batting average, while also leading the league with 87 runs scored.
As if that's not enough, Trout is a solid defender in the field and is dangerous on the base paths with a league leading 36 stolen bases in 89 games with the Halos.