MLB Barometer: One-Year Risers: Hitters
MLB Barometer: One-Year Risers: Hitters

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

For the next two weeks, I'm focusing on changes over a greater period of time.

This week, it's all about hitters on the rise. Next week, I will focus on pitchers.

Most specifically, I'm using the FanGraphs Past Calendar Year Leaderboards to uncover some of the biggest risers in value since the middle of last season (last July 1).

Each player's overall NFBC average draft position, and positional ADP rank are included beneath the position headings.

Plenty of other players have increased significantly in value since this time last year, and since draft day, including several that were not in the big leagues until 2018 (i.e. Juan Soto and Max Muncy).

The goal is to develop a better understanding of what has caused these shifts in value and how sustainable the increased production might be going forward.

Catchers

- J.T. Realmuto (ADP: 108.74, 5th)
- Kurt Suzuki (ADP: 386.56, 29th)
- Max Stassi (ADP: 485.34, 89th)

Unless your league uses OBP in place of batting average, J.T. Realmuto is no worse than the third-best catcher in the pool over the past calendar year. Thanks to an increase in HR/FB (from 11.6% to 16.1% in 2018), Realmuto is currently on pace for his first 20-homer season, with slightly better run production than his output with a much better supporting cast in Miami last season. He may end up in a better lineup and a more hitter-friendly environment at some point during the next month, as the Marlins continue re-shaping their

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Derek VanRiper
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