MLB Players Power Rankings: Top 10 Hitters in Week-17

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 26: Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) hits a RBI single in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox on July 26, 2019 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 26: Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) hits a RBI single in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox on July 26, 2019 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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MLB Players Power Rankings: Paul Goldschmidt
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MLB Players Power Rankings (3): Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona D’backs

Week-17 Stats: 0.966 SLG | 0.533 wOBA | 237 wRC+ | 0.6 fWAR

Paul Goldschmidt has struggled in St. Louis this season. So much so that experts and analysts were starting to wonder of Arizona did the right thing by trading him away. They also wondered if the Cards did the right thing in extending him to a 5-year $130M deal.

In fact, prior to week-17 “Goldy” was just hitting .248 / .335 / .424. The surging Cardinals were looking to overtake their division with one hand tied on their backs.

However, luckily for the Cardinals, Goldschmidt has risen to the occasion and in week-17, he arrived. Last week, Goldy looked like his old self, slashing .345 / .387 / .966. Not only that, he hit 6 home runs, which is 25% of his total and 2nd most of any player on this list.

Due in part to Goldy’s tremendous production last week, the Cardinals are officially tied for first place with the Chicago Cubs and are looking to remain in playoff contention for the remainder of the season. If Goldy can continue to produce at the rate he did in week-17, look out because the Cardinals, who haven’t been to the postseason since 2015, might be back.