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V-Ratings – The Best Players of 2021

Updated: Jan 2

by James Vlietstra

August 18, 2021


Background: I have sifted through the numbers to determine who the best offensive players have been in Major League history by using runs produced, total bases, walks, hit by pitches, net stolen bases, grounding into double plays, and sacrifices to determine the most productive players per at bat.

I call this new formula The V-Rating.

Way back in high school math class I learned about algebra. The numerator is divided by the denominator. The formula used for determining a player’s V-Rating includes runs produced plus total bases plus net stolen bases plus walks plus hit-by-pitch minus grounded-into-double plays divided by plate appearances minus sacrifices.


Here are this year’s top offensive performers, as determined by their V-Rating.

(Some players, like Everson Pereira of the Yankees, doesn’t have enough at bats to qualify at any particular league, even though he combines to be a 1.099 through three levels.)


Fernando Tatis Jr. 1.064

Shohei Ohtani .985

Ronald Acuna Jr. .975

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. .939

Mike Trout .938

Brandon Crawford .889

Joey Votto .888

Bryce Harper .883

Matt Olson .878

Max Muncy .874

Nick Castellanos .857

Jesse Winker .850

Marcus Semien. .828

Bryan Reynolds .828

Juan Soto .826

Cedric Mullins .798

Aaron Judge .792

Carlos Correa .780

AAA East

Chris Gittens 1.156

Alex Jackson 1.107

Travis Demeritte 1.016

Michael Hermosillo 1.000

William Contreras 1.000

Anthony Alford .960

Jesus Sanchez. .927

Hoy Park .918

Jose Miranda .898

AAA West

Rangel Ravelo 1.135

Jose Marmolejos 1.111

Taylor Motter 1.095

Jaylin Davis 1.073

Connor Joe. 1.028

Jarred Kelenic. 1.028

Cody Thomas 1.025

Andy Ibanez 1.017

Jason Martin. 1.000

Jacob Wilson. .991

Zach Reks. .988

AA Central

Vinnie Pasquantino. .970

MJ Melendez. .939

Jose Miranda. .898

Ryan Dorow. .867

AA Northeast

Gabriel Moreno 1.126

Matt Vierling .970

Vinny Capra. .961

AA South

Jonathan Aranda. .945

Jared Young. .896

Tyler Neslony. .853

A+ South

Garrett Mitchell 1.193

Spencer Torkelson. .956

Griffin Conine. .941

George Valera. .925

A+ East

Justin Foscue. 1.148

Joe Perez 1.092

Devlin Granberg. 1.081

Ruben Cardenas. 1.062

Anthony Volpe 1.041

Alex McKenna. 1.005

Hill Alexander 1.000

A+ West

Brett Auerbach 1.088

Austin Shelton .996

Julio Rodriguez .970

A- East

Jhonkensy Noel 1.125

Joe Gray 1.092

Luke Berryhill 1.041

A- Southeast

Anthony Volpe 1.133

Elijah Dunham 1.079

Jordan Walker 1.067

Eli Wilson .868

A- West

Jairo Pomares. 1.060

Diego Cartaya 1.051

Ismael Alcantara 1.039

Braxton Martinez .912


Juan Mora 1.438

Warming Bernabel. 1.346

Ezequiel Pagan 1.324

Elly DeLaCruz 1.255

Richard Paz 1.220

Fidel Castro 1.164

Yassel Puno 1.118

Edgar Quero 1.109

Michael Ramirez 1.087

Derwin Barreto 1.082

Jose Ramos 1.059

Joshua Rivera 1.024


Madison Santos 1.768

Anthony Garcia 1.324

Jose Rivas 1.302

Tanner Murray 1.282

Omar DeLosSantos 1.276

Patrick Merino 1.200

Cesar Berbesi 1.156

Craig Lewis 1.125

Jamari Baylor 1.103

Amell Brazoban 1.092

Nelson Gomez 1.059

Justin Guerrera 1.059

Eddinson Paulino 1.049

Mario Fernandez 1.049

Blaze Jordan 1.040

Coby Mayo 1.011


Adrian Pinto 1.310

George Feliz 1.127

Leosdany Molina 1.123

Gabriel Gonzalez 1.110

Carlos Jorge 1.085

Francisco Garcia 1.078

Miguel Bleis 1.077

Carlos Amaya 1.074

Estanlin Cassiani 1.067

Brenny Escanio 1.039

Felix Taveras 1.017

Gabriel Bersing .969

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