When looking at who the best players from any single season are, there is an unavoidable tendency to look also at what a certain player has done in the past. Even in an injury shortened season, a continued standard of excellence matters. Such is the case for New York Mets third baseman David Wright. Some could say that overall he is one of the best third baseman in Major League Baseball and I think he is. I don’t just think he was for the past several seasons but the 2013 season as well.
Having only played in 112 games for the Mets in 2013, it is obvious that his rank on any list goes downward. But Wright has proven himself to be one of the best in the game year in and year out and he did so again in 2013. During his shortened season he provided the offensively starved Mets with 18 home runs and 58 RBI with a .307 batting average. His OPS was the highest it has been since his 2008 season at .908.
Without a doubt the numbers are lower but projecting them out over a full season would look very close to what MVP favorite Andrew McCutchen has; around 25 homers and 85 RBI. Was he the best player in the major leagues this season? No, he wasn’t. Even having just played 112 games however, he was still the best player on his team. For our purposes he ranks at No.39 for the MLB top 50 players of 2013. Don’t be shocked when that rank is significantly higher after 2014.