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Welcome to the Sunday Funday Stat Leaderboard. If you were following my work ahead of my shift to NBC Sports then you may understand this as the Samulski Sunday Tribune. It’s a brand-new name, however if the exact same column with simply a couple of areas got rid of given that it’s now completely RELEASE.

If you’re brand-new to this column, the objective is to provide you with the leading entertainers in a couple of crucial statistics for today of action. I then attempt to provide some context to a few of the names on that list, so we can start to see simply how genuine this hot week of production was. This method we can together choose if these are gamers we must be bidding on, bidding BIG on, or perhaps attempting to trade away or trade for.

I likewise have an areas of minors leaders over the last 1 month, so we can see if there are any under-the-radar names that may be worth stowing away. So far this season, those leaderboards put us onto Matt McLain , Trey Cabbage , Tanner Bibee , Bryan Woo , Nolan Jones , Maikel Garcia , Dairon Blanco , and much more weeks (in some cases months) ahead of their call-up. That can be important insight in redraft leagues.

With that stated, let’s dive into the leaders from today. Happy Sunday!

Hitting Leaders (Week of August 21st)

Hard Hit Baseballs

  1. Bryce Harper , PHI – 14 hard-hit baseballs (82.4%)

  2. Alex Verdugo, BOS – 13 hard-hit baseballs (52.0%)

  3. Connor Joe, PIT – 11 hard-hit baseballs (68.8%)

  4. Alec Bohm , PHI- 11 hard-hit baseballs (64.7%)

  5. Michael Harris II, ATL – 11 hard-hit baseballs (64.7%)

  6. Teoscar Herndandez, SEA – 11 hard-hit baseballs (64.7%)

  7. Gunnar Henderson , BAL – 11 hard-hit baseballs (61.1%)

  8. Seven players with 10 hard-hit baseballs, consisting of Mitch Garver, Adolis Garcia , Shea Langeliers, Bryson Stott , and Bryan Reynolds .

Since the trade due date, Connor Joe has actually become the every day initially baseman for Pittsburgh and has actually frequently been striking 5th in their lineup. In the 2nd half of the season, that has actually resulted in a .295/.400/.500 triple slash with 3 crowning achievement, 16 runs scored, and 9 RBI in 29 video games. Over that exact same period, Joe sports a 12.3% walk rate and 17.9% strikeout rate, so he’s revealing a great feel for the strike zone and plus contact capability. We saw that in Colorado too, so this is not a fluke, however Joe is likewise now in an even worse striking environment and on a bad offense that will not permit him to drive in a lot of runs. That stated, if you’re searching for a batting typical increase down the stretch, he might be an appealing deep league alternative.

This week Alex Verdugo ended up being the only gamer in Boston Red Sox history to leadoff 3 straight video games with a crowning achievement. That’s a quite insane stat. While we can’t anticipate Verdugo to maintain that type of power, he is locked back into routine playing time with Jarren Duran on the IL, and Verdugo has actually been significant given that getting benched previously in the month. He’s not readily available in a lot of leagues, however it’s time to scoop him up if someone in your league got restless.

Home Runs

  1. Shea Langeliers , OAK 4 crowning achievement

  2. Marcell Ozuna , ATL – 4 crowning achievement

  3. Aaron Judge , NYY – 4 crowning achievement

  4. Adam Duvall , BOS – 4 crowning achievement

  5. 11 gamers with 3 crowning achievement, consisting of Mitch Garver, Alex Verdugo, Cal Raleigh , Andrew Benintendi, DJ LeMahieu, and Bryce Harper.

It was a respectable week for DJ LeMahieu , who struck .412 with 3 crowning achievement, 5 runs scored, and 3 RBI. But those 3 crowning achievement and 3 RBI inform you a lot about the state of the Yankees’ offense today. Still, the veteran is striking .333/.429/.517 in 17 video games in August with those 3 crowning achievement, 7 runs, and 5 RBI. He’s likewise striking .318/.425/.477 in 31 video games given that the All-Star break and is striking lead-off every day for the Yankees with Anthony Rizzo out. If you’re searching for batting average, LeMahieu is showing that he can still provide.

I’m uncertain what Mitch Garver requires to do to get more love. He’s rostered in simply 22% of Yahoo! leagues, however given that August 1st, he’s 2nd amongst all catchers in WAR and tops amongst all catchers in wRC+ and offending WAR. In August, he’s striking .320/.393/.653 with 7 crowning achievement, 11 runs scored, and 15 RBI in 21 video games. He’s beginning every day at either catcher or DH and requires to be rostered in one catcher leagues unless you have among the couple of real studs at the position.

Stolen Bases

  1. Noelvi Marte , CIN – 3 SBs

  2. Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL – 3 SBs

  3. Elly De La Cruz , CIN – 3 SBs

  4. Matt McLain , CIN – 3 SBs

  5. Geraldo Perdomo , ARI – 3 SBs

There are 3 Reds in the leading 5 here, which is wild, particularly when you think about that their challengers – the Diamondbacks and Angels – are leading 4 in taken bases enabled per video game this season. This Cincinnati group is going to get on base and go. That consists of Marte, who has 4 takes in 7 video games currently regardless of having simply 18 in the minors this season. However, he’s likewise striking .227 with a 32% strikeout rate, so it is very important to keep expectations in check. It appears like Marte will run, however his typical will not be high, and he’s striking at the bottom of the order, so he has simply 2 runs scored and one RBI in 7 video games. There is skill here, however he may just regularly assist you in one classification to close the season.

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Pitching Leaders (Week of August 21st)

SwStr% (Starting Pitchers)

  1. Zack Wheeler , PHI – 26.3% SwStr%

  2. Spencer Strider , ATL- 25.5% SwStr%

  3. Blake Snell , SD – 22.7% SwStr%

  4. Lucas Giolito , LAA – 22.0 SwStr%

  5. Chris Sale , BOS – 21.3% SwStr%

  6. Aaron Civale, TB – 20.0% SwStr%

  7. Kyle Harrison, SF – 20.0% SwStr%

  8. Merrill Kelly , ARI – 19.8% SwStr%

  9. Eury Perez , MIA – 18.4% SwStr%

  10. Cole Ragans , KC – 18.2% SwStr%

Many individuals anticipated Aaron Civale to go to Tampa Bay and end up being a various kind of pitcher. The reality is, that hasn’t actually held true. His pitch mix is basically the exact same, with a small reduction in cutters. He has a touch more vertical motion on his curve and a bit more trip on his fastball, however absolutely nothing that shouts “This is what Tampa wanted to fix.” In truth, Civale had a much better July in Cleveland than he’s had up until now in August with Tampa. The one noticeable distinction is that his strikeout rate in the very first half the season was 20.7% with a 9.9% swinging strike rate, while, in August, he’s had a 22.7% strikeout rate and a 10.6% swinging strike rate. So it looks like we must see Civale as essentially the exact same pitcher he’s constantly been with simply a touch more strikeout benefit.

Kyle Harrison made his MLB launching today, enabling 2 work on 5 hits in 3.1 innings. However, he likewise set out 5 to simply one walk and published a 42% whiff rate and 37% CSW versus a great Phillies group. He was essentially a 2 pitch pitcher on Tuesday with a four-seam fastball and a slurve accounting for 95% of his pitch mix. While both missed out on bats, Harrison relied a lot on the four-seamer however it had a 115 Stuff+, which supports his rely on it.

The possible concern moving forward is that the slurve had simply a 82 Stuff+ and no other pitch graded out well aside from a change-up he tossed two times. Now, it’s an incredibly little sample size, and we understand Harrison has actually produced whiffs in the minors, however this is likewise a Giants group that is filled with piggyback beginners and does not actually let their pitchers (aside from Logan Webb ) go deep into video games. I’m thinking about Harrison long-lasting, however I would not go bananas with quotes in redraft leagues.

I discussed Cole Ragans after his very first start in Kansas City and went over the modifications he was making that appeared to open some benefit. Then he right away got benched in Triple-A, and I presumed I read excessive into one start. Well, in his 6 starts with the Royals, he has a 2.08 age and 47 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. I was just able to include him in one league by the time he had actually shown himself. The spirits of the story is simply that you can do all the analysis you desire, however if you do not act upon what you’re seeing or do not think enough in your own eyes then someone is bound to beat you to the punch. It’s constantly much better to bank on “your guys” and lose than to linger to be 100% sure and have someone else gain the benefits.


  1. Kyle Finnegan , WAS – 3 conserves

  2. Adbert Alzolay , CHC – 3 conserves

  3. Paul Sewald , ARI – 2 conserves

  4. Trevor May , OAK – 2 conserves

  5. David Bednar , PIT – 2 conserves

  6. Andres Munoz , SEA – 2 conserves

  7. Carlos Estevez , LAA – 2 conserves

  8. Pete Fairbanks , TB – 2 conserves

This individual isn’t on the rundown above, however Yennier Cano requires to be included all leagues. The Orioles established male is presently 62% rostered in Yahoo! leagues, so he’s not readily available in numerous leagues, however with Felix Bautista on the IL with a UCL injury, it appears like Cano will work as the Orioles’ better for the remainder of the year. If Bautista needs to go through Tommy John surgical treatment, then Cano might be Baltimore’s better for all of 2024, which would make him incredibly important in keepers leagues too. Just ensure to inspect your league.


With the minors season ending and potential customers who are phoned now still maintaining novice eligibility for next season, we might continue to see a couple of more intriguing gamers get promos. I’ll simply provide my ideas on these people here and likewise provide a hat pointer to a few of the primary possibility authors I follow who assist supply this information. Guys like James Anderson, Eric Cross, and Chris Clegg. I extremely advise you browse them out on Twitter.

Everson Pereira – OF, NYY: The Yankees’ outfielder is simply 2-for-18 in 5 video games with 2 RBI and a 36.8% strikeout rate. However, he struck .312/.386/.551 in 35 video games at Triple-A this year with 8 crowning achievement and 4 takes, so there is some worth here. He has appear his bat and must play frequently in New York. However, he likewise had a 28% strikeout rate in Triple-A, so do not anticipate a high batting average to end this season.

Drew Rom – SP, STL: The left-hander had a rough MLB launching on Monday, quiting 8 runs (6 made) on 8 hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. However, he’ll get another opportunity on Sunday, staying in Matthew Liberatore’s area in the rotation. Rom had 2 significant starts in Triple-A for the Cardinals however had a 5.34 AGE, 1.70 WHIP, and a 100/46 K/BB ratio throughout 86 inning at Triple-A Norfolk prior to being traded, so it’s uncertain what his real MLB level will be.

Jordan Wicks – SP, CHC: Jordan Wicks was excellent in his launching on Saturday, enabling one run in 5 innings while quiting 2 hits and setting out 9. On the day, he had a 36.3% CSW and 16.3% SwStr%, however I’ll let Rick, who runs a possibility database called PARSlist discuss his tweet listed below. He’s a great follow, so ensure you take a look at his work if you have not yet.

Parker Meadows – OF, DET: Austin Meadows ‘ sibling is the very first Tigers gamer with 2 additional base hits and 4 strolls in their very first 4 video games. Through 5 video games, he’s now striking .353/.476/.706 with a crowning achievement, 4 RBI, and a take. He had 19 crowning achievement and 19 takes in 113 Triple-A video games this year however was likewise striking simply .256, so it’s uncertain if the batting average can stay high, however there is some power/speed in the bat. Just do not anticipate a lots of power because ballpark.

Michael Busch – 2B, LAD: Busch has actually begun in 3 of the 4 video games given that being phoned, so it appears that playing time will correspond as long as J.D. Martinez stays on the IL with a stretched groin. While Busch has actually shown all he can in the minors, he’s likewise 1-for-11 in those 3 starts, so he’s a great pointer that we require to work out perseverance with novice players. Given the discovering curve and the most likely return of Martinez in a couple of weeks, I believe Busch has a brief runway of good however not fantastic production turning up.

Wilyer Abreu – OF, BOS: With Jarren Duran having actually been put on the IL with a sprained toe, Abreu must get semi-regular starts in the outfield in the short-term; nevertheless, he will stay part of a rotation with Adam Duvall, Alex Verdugo, and Masataka Yoshida , so he likely will not see every day at-bats. The 24-year-old is 6-for-13 (.429) in his very first 4 video games for Boston with a crowning achievement and 5 RBI and had actually been on a hot streak in Triple-A prior to being phoned, striking .424/.528/.949 in August with 9 HR, 4 2B, and 25 RBI. There’s some capacity in his bat, however I simply do not believe there suffices playing time here beyond deep leagues.

Ryan Pepiot – SP, LAD: Pepiot pitched well on Thursday, setting out 6 in 4 innings versus Cleveland. However, he was likewise thr 3rd pitcher utilized in the video game and will apparently be utilized as bulk reducer moving forward. He must deserve utilizing in much deeper combined leagues for as long as the Dodgers treat him as a bulk person, however the most likely cap on his innings makes him hard to rely on shallow leagues.

Korey Lee – C, CHW: The 25-year-old catcher was gotten from Houston at the trade due date for Kendall Graveman . Lee was striking .255/.309/.275 in 14 video games in Charlotte with 4 RBI and one take. He will likely work as Yasmani Grandal’s back-up and will get a possibility to begin versus left-handed pitchers early on, which type of limitations his dream worth.
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