With his great offensive explosion in August, Venezuelan catcher Salvador Perez entered the conversation of the Most Valuable Player of the American League and rose like foam in the ranking of Latino hitters, who continue to dominate Dominican “Juniors” Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Fernando Tatis Jr, according to chapter 19 of “Al Rojas Vivo”, that by 16th. consecutive year publishes ESPN Digital weekly during the Major League Baseball regular season.
“Al Rojas Vivo”, which is published on Tuesday of each week, takes into account the statistics for the whole year up to the games on Monday. Players are not considered by their salary, level or fame, but by their performance throughout the current season.
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Pos .: 1B | Team: Toronto Blue Jays| Previous Ranking: 1
The Dominican hit two home runs on Monday to tie Salvador Pérez for second place, behind only Japan’s Shohei Ohtani, with whom both Latinos fight for the AL MVP. Guerrero leads MLB offensive players in WAR (5.6) and is hitting .313 with 38 homers, 21 doubles, 72 walks, 95 RBIs, 97 runs scored. The Blue Jays’ 1B is .407 / 1.006 in OBP and OPS.
Pos .: SS | Team: San Diego Padres| Previous Ranking: 2
The Dominican shortstop has led the race for the National League Most Valuable Player award for the past three months and enters September in that condition, although more harassed than ever. Despite missing more than 30 games due to shoulder discomfort, Tatis leads his league in home runs (36) and is second in stolen bases (24) and OPS (1,007) and third in runs (86). He is hitting .284 with 25 doubles and 81 RBIs.
Pos .: 3B | Team: Boston Red Sox | Previous Rank: 3
The Dominican improved in the last games of August to save the month and maintain a spectacular production, which will surely serve to be well valued in the Most Valuable Player vote. The third baseman is hitting .275 and is second in doubles (34) and RBIs (96), fourth in home runs (32), sixth in OPS (.901) and ninth in runs (82).
Pos .: C | Team: Kansas City Royals | Previous Rank: 15
The Venezuelan was the Player of the Week after hitting .357 with six homers and 14 RBIs. He has 12 home runs and 28 RBIs in August, and his 38 homers in the first five months already represent the AL record for a catcher. On the season, “Salvy” is hitting .277 with 19 doubles, 94 RBIs and 63 runs scored. Add that to the position he plays and his 41% of running backs put out in attempted steal and you have a genuine MVP candidate.
Pos .: LF | Team: Washington Nationals | Previous Rank: 4
The Dominican outfielder leads the majors in walk (104) and OBP percentage (.441) and his .953 OPS is the fourth highest in the National League. Because of the things he has done in his first four seasons, we sometimes forget that he is only 22 years old and that the best of his game is yet to come. Soto is hitting .298 with 22 homers, 16 doubles, 87 runs and 71 RBIs.
REST OF THE RANKING
6- Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (.263, 31 H4, 27 H2, 84 CE, 87 CA, .904 OPS)
7- Yordan alvarez, Houston Astros (.285, 28 H4, 25 H2, 89 CE, 77 CA, .889 OPS)
8- JD Martinez, Boston Red Sox (.285, 24 H4, 34 H2, 83 CE, 80 CA, .869 OPS)
9- Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox (.263, 27 H4, 24 H2, 101 CE, 71 CA, .840 OPS)
10- Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox (.297, 20 H4, 33 H2, 69 CE, 77 CA, .865 OPS)
eleven- Ozzie albies, Atlanta Braves (.260, 23 H4, 34 H2, 86 CE, 82 CA, 17 BR, .803 OPS)
12- Teoscar Hernandez , Toronto Blue Jays (.295, 22 H4, 23 H2, 86 CE, 63 CA, .838 OPS)
13- Manny machado, San Diego Padres (.275, 22 H4, 25 H2, 84 CE, 76 CA, .825 OPS)
14- Carlos Correa, Houston Astros (.275, 20 H4, 28 H2, 69 CE, 87 CA, .847 OPS)
fifteen- Yuli gurriel, Houston Astros (.313, 13 H4, 28 H2, 70 CE, 66 CA, .852 OPS)
Note: Statistics until Monday’s game