There are just two months until Major League Baseball’s postseason commences.
Now is a great time to evaluate how the best players in the game have performed through this point in the season. Have the stars been great for their franchises, or have they failed to live up to the hype in 2013? We’re about to take a look, as the top stars in baseball will be given a grade for how they have played.
B/R’s Zach Rymer compiled a list of the top 100 players in baseball entering this season, and we’re going to be using that as a starting point—although we’re only looking at the top 50. There aren’t players like Chris Davis because he wasn’t a top-50 player when the season began. Be sure to keep that in mind.
So, which players aced Professor Klein’s class through July 31 and which players failed? Here’s a look at how the top 50 players in the league have played entering August, with analysis and a grade for each of the stars.
All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted and are up to date through games on August 31, 2013. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts unless otherwise noted and all injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.