The 2017 card set is now up and available on the Store!

Here’s a brief look at some of the set highlights.

All teams shown next to player names are the team on which the player card appears.

Hitting

Most Deep Drive Readings

CLE Jose Ramirez             11
ARI J.D. Martinez            11

Not a surprise here with the offensive explosion in 2017. Last year saw 5 players with 9 or more DD readings. This year? Three times as many – 15 players.

Most Deep Drive Home Runs

OAK Matt Olson               88
TEX Mike Napoli              67
NYY Aaron Judge              63
TEX Joey Gallo               63
MIA Giancarlo Stanton        62

You read right – Olson had 24 home runs and just 2 doubles. If he gets in that Deep Drive section, it’s a goner. The league-leading homer guys are both here as well, with Stanton (59) and Judge (52).

Most On-Base Chances

CIN Joey Votto               29
LAA Mike Trout               27
CHC Kris Bryant              26

On-Base machines here, with Votto (.454 OBP) and Trout (.442) at least 20 points better than anyone else in 2017.

Most Strike Out Readings

MIL Keon Broxton             27
BAL Chris Davis              27

Broxton and Davis each struck out in more than one-third of all plate appearances. There are 5 more regular batters with 26 SO readings.

Top Base Stealers

WSN Trea Turner              6 B
CIN Billy Hamilton           5 B
BOS Rajai Davis              5 B
ATL Lane Adams               4 A
HOU Cameron Maybin           4 B

Hamilton falls from a 6A to a 5B, passed by Trea Turner (46 SB, 8 CS in just 98 games). League-leader Dee Gordon (60 SB) is a 4C.

Pitching

Fewest Deep Drive Readings – Starters

MIL Jimmy Nelson             2
TEX Andrew Cashner           2
DET Michael Fulmer           2
CHC Kyle Hendricks           2
SEA James Paxton             2
HOU Dallas Keuchel           2

There were 5 regular starters in 2016 who allowed 1 or fewer Deep Drives. Not so much in this homer-happy season, with just 6 starting pitchers carrying a low mark of 2.

Most Deep Drive Readings – Starters

MIN Bartolo Colon            10

Bartolo carries the sole 10 allowed with 6 other regular starting pitchers allowing 9 Deep Drive readings off of their cards.

Fewest Deep Drive Readings – Relievers

STL Trevor Rosenthal         rare 5
CLE Andrew Miller            rare 6

Down from 6 regular relievers carrying rare readings on their DD row in 2016.

Fewest On-Base Chances – Starters

CLE Corey Kluber             6
BOS Chris Sale               8
LAD Clayton Kershaw          8
WSN Max Scherzer             9

Kershaw and Scherzer return to this list from last year, with AL Cy Young hopeful Kluber leading the set with just 6 on-base chances allowed.

Fewest On-Base Chances – Relievers

BOS Craig Kimbrel *          4
LAA Blake Parker             5
NYY David Robertson *        5
NYY Adam Warren              5
NYY Chad Green               5

Kimbrel’s 0.681 WHIP refelected in a set-based 4 on-base chances allowed. Last year’s best, Kenley Jansen, allows just 6.

Most Strikeout Readings – Starters

BOS Chris Sale               25
WSN Max Scherzer             23
CLE Corey Kluber             23
ARI Robbie Ray               22

Sale led the league with 308 strikeouts and 12.9 SO/9. Scherzer and Ray are among the league’s best again.

Most Strikeout Readings – Relievers

BOS Craig Kimbrel *          39
MIL Corey Knebel *           31
LAD Kenley Jansen *          31
NYY Chad Green               30

Kimbrel was just one strikeout shy of fanning exactly half the batters he faced in 2017. Jansen repeats the 31 he had last season.

Best Hold Ratings – Starters

MIA Adam Conley              -10
LAA Parker Bridwell          -10
BOS Doug Fister              -9
STL Luke Weaver              -9

Forget checking the Mod Die for steal attempts when these guys are starting.

Worst Hold Ratings – Starters

CHW Mike Pelfrey             +3

To be fair, with a 5.93 ERA, there’s a good chance you’ll put the hold sign on base runners anyhow.

Fewest Fielding Checks – Relievers

BOS Craig Kimbrel *          1

When you strike out nearly half the batters you face, the defense doesn’t really get as involved.

Teams With No Rated Closers

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MIN                      
TEX

You’ll have to mix-and-match with these teams who dealt their regular closers before season’s end.

Fielding

Top Catcher Arms

STL Yadier Molina            -1
CLE Yan Gomes                -1
BOS Christian Vazquez        -1
BAL Welington Castillo       -1
COL Tony Wolters             -1
CLE Roberto Perez            -1
MIA A.J. Ellis               -1

Vazques and the Cleveland tandem of Gomes and Perez are -1 for a second straight season. Good to see Yadi back in the mix.

Worst Catcher Arms

MIA Tomas Telis              +3
TOR Miguel Montero           +2

Montero was one of two +1 last season and he’s back on the naughty list again in 2017. Telis allowed 4 SB in 18 innings.

Best Fielders

CIN Joey Votto               1B-5
CHC Anthony Rizzo            1B-5
NYY Brett Gardner            LF-5
TBR Corey Dickerson          LF-5
ARI David Peralta            RF-5

Rizzo and Gardner repeat as 5s. The set goes down from a dozen of these guys to just a quintet.

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