MLB Players Power Rankings: Top 10 Hitters in Week-16

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 19: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubshits a grand slam home run in the 3rd inning against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field on July 19, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 19: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubshits a grand slam home run in the 3rd inning against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field on July 19, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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MLB Players Power Rankings: Ramon Laureano
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MLB Players Power Rankings (2): Ramon Laureano, Oakland Athletics

Week-16 Stats: 1.042 SLG | 0.651 wOBA | 325 wRC+ | 0.9 fWAR

The Oakland Athletics have surged of late. After spending the vast majority of the season (78 out of 101 games) in third place or worse, the A’s have taken hold of second place in the NL West over the past several weeks.

While they’re 6.5 games behind the division leader Houston Astros, their run differential is just 10 runs apart. One of the reasons the A’s have managed to compete at this level is Ramon Laureano.

Known mostly for his defensive prowess and incredible outfield arm, Laureano’s hitting has been somewhat overlooked this season. In fact, in 2019, Laureano is hitting.284 with a .334 OBP and .518 SLG. His 20 home runs are tied for second-most on a team that ranks seventh in MLB in home runs.

Last week, Laureano really made his presence known at the plate dropping just about 3/4ths of batted balls in play for hits. His 10 runs scored was the most of any player on this list and resulted in him having the best fWAR of any player in MLB during week-16 of the MLB season.