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