At the All-Star break, I wrote an article breaking down my midseason position-by-position power rankings. With the calendar turning over to August and the trade deadline behind us, now seems like a good time to update those rankings.
Based solely on their performance so far this season, I've updated my rankings as to who I feel have been the 10 best players at each position. I've taken into account their all-around offensive production, to a lesser extent their defensive contributions, and then what they have meant to the success of their respective teams so far this season.
Also included in my statistics is each player's FanGraphs WAR. While WAR is a useful stat in gauging a player's value, it's not the be-all, end-all stat that some view it to be. As such, don't expect this to simply be a list of the top 10 in WAR at each position.
With that out of the way, let's take a position-by-position look at the midseason player power rankings around the MLB.
*Note: There is no slide for DH, but it bears mentioning that David Ortiz (.981 OPS, 21 HR, 71 RBI) is the best DH in baseball by a huge margin. It's a toss-up between Billy Butler (.773 OPS, 9 HR, 55 RBI) and the red-hot Victor Martinez (.721 OPS, 9 HR, 60 RBI) for second-best, but again, it's Ortiz by a long-shot for the top spot.