Next on the list is JD Martinez who comes in at number thirty-one on this year’s list, a drop of fourteen spots from last year when he ranked seventeenth.
It’s actually surprising that JD only ranked seventeenth in 2019 given the monster offensive numbers he put up in 2018; it most likely has to do with the fact that he’s predominantly a DH. There was a slight dip in his numbers between the two seasons to factor in as well.
2018: .330 BA, 43 HR, 130 RBI, 111 R, .402 OBP, 1.031 OPS (150 games)
2019: .304 BA, 36 HR, 105 RBI, 98 R, .383 OBP, .939 OPS (146 games)
Still, even though his 2018 season was phenomenal and there was a slight dip in his production in 2019, any other player in the league would be more than happy to put up the numbers that JD did in 2019.
The Red Sox should expect more of the same from Martinez in 2020. Because he’s still one of the premier slugger in the league, his ranking at thirty-one seems a bit low but is one I can live with.