The 20 Most Valuable Hitters of 2013: 20 through 11

== Counting Down the Very Best ==

Here they come.  Our ranking of the top 20 most valuable hitters of 2013, as ranked by our composite score:  plate skills (avoidance of non-random outs) + production (producing non-random offense).

For all the background, the general philosophy is explained here, and the details here (with Venn Diagram pie!).

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20. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 23 MIA NL 116 504 425 62 106 26 0 24 62 1 0 74 140 .249 .365 .480 .845 131
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 130

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 119

Composite: 149

Crosscheck (PVI+): 141

Thumbnail Commentary: Wasn’t it a down year for Stanton?  Yes, but in the post-steroid era, 24 HR and 74 walks holds up pretty darn well.

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19. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 34 WSN NL 129 532 462 84 147 24 0 25 82 10 1 60 101 .318 .398 .532 .931 154
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Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 130

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 120

Composite: 150

Crosscheck (PVI+): 162

Thumbnail Commentary: Sneer at Werth’s huge contract if you like, but he delivered the goods in 2013.

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18. Josh Donaldson, Oakland A’s

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 27 OAK AL 158 668 579 89 174 37 3 24 93 5 2 76 110 .301 .384 .499 .883 148
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2014.

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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 134

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 121

Composite: 155

Crosscheck (PVI+): 172

Thumbnail Commentary: Do the A’s just pull unheralded MVP candidates out of their back pocket every year?  Guess so.

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17. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 20 WSN NL 118 497 424 71 116 24 3 20 58 11 4 61 94 .274 .368 .486 .854 133
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 135

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 121

Composite: 156

Crosscheck (PVI+): 171

Thumbnail Commentary: One place in D.C. with no gridlock: where the ball meets Harper’s bat.

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16. David Wright, New York Mets

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 30 NYM NL 112 492 430 63 132 23 6 18 58 17 3 55 79 .307 .390 .514 .904 156
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Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 134

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 123

Composite: 157

Crosscheck (PVI+): 179

Thumbnail Commentary: Wright missed several weeks, but still met the minimum of 400 plate appearances for inclusion.  He’s put up 10 years of sustained excellence so far, and if he keeps this going, he’s going to get Cooperstown consideration.

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15. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 26 PIT NL 157 674 583 97 185 38 5 21 84 27 10 78 101 .317 .404 .508 .911 158
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2014.

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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 137

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 121

Composite: 158

Crosscheck (PVI+): 181

Thumbnail Commentary: Our rankings only take hitting into consideration.  No defense.  No baserunning.  So we’re not saying McCutchen didn’t deserve his MVP.  But we don’t have him as the most valuable hitter in the NL.

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14. Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 33 OAK AL 131 584 513 93 134 22 3 22 66 21 5 61 65 .261 .335 .444 .779 119
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 141

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 119

Composite: 160

Crosscheck (PVI+): 175

Thumbnail Commentary: He’s always been hard to strike out, but 22 HR put him on the MVP ballot.  That being said, his HR-per-fly-ball rate was much higher than his career average, so the power surge could fizzle going forward.  Why do the journeymen having career years always have them with Oakland?

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13. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 33 STL NL 141 602 520 103 156 31 1 22 94 6 1 69 86 .300 .389 .490 .879 144
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 140

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 120

Composite: 160

Crosscheck (PVI+): 181

Thumbnail Commentary: Like Wright, Holliday keeps on keepin’ on, and is going to get into Cooperstown conversations as well.

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12. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees (then); Seattle Mariners (now)

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 30 NYY AL 160 681 605 81 190 41 0 27 107 7 1 65 85 .314 .383 .516 .899 145
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Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 136

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 125

Composite: 161

Crosscheck (PVI+): 191

Thumbnail Commentary: So whaddaya think, Seattle fans?  It’s been awhile since someone in teal has been right up with the very best in the game at the plate.  Did you know that Cano and Prince Fielder were both rookies in 2005?  Guess which one has more career extra-base hits.  In fact, Cano is the leader among all active players with less than 10 years of experience.

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11. Shin-soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds (then); Texas Rangers (now)

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 30 CIN NL 154 712 569 107 162 34 2 21 54 20 11 112 133 .285 .423 .462 .885 143
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2014.
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Avoidance of non-random outs (PSA+): 151

Production of non-random offense (Conv+): 113

Composite: 164

Crosscheck (PVI+): 181

Thumbnail Commentary: I won’t mention Ben Broussard.  Oh wait, I just did.  Anyway … move on.  Choo’s walk rate is so high (15.7%; only teammate Joey Votto had a higher rate among players with 400 PAs), that he doesn’t need to have a ton of power, but he had a nice dose anyway (.178 ISO).

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Coming next, the most valuable hitters, Nos. 10 through 1.

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