Next is another player who was brought in on a one-year deal: David Peralta. A batting average of .283 on the season for a 35-year-old is pretty impressive. What makes it even more impressive is that, according to Baseball Savant, Peralta’s expected batting average is .305, which puts him in the top 3% of the league. This puts him above Mookie Betts, Will Smith, and J.D. Martinez.
Peralta is doing this by hitting the ball ... and crushing it, too. His hard hit percentage, which is a ball batted with an exit velocity of 95 MPH or higher, is 51.7%, putting him in the top 7% of MLB. He's doing all this while striking out at the lowest rate of his career (16.2%). After a slow start, Peralta has been a key member of this Dodgers team over the last few months.
On the pitching side of things, Evan Phillips had a strong case to be an All-Star, but former Dodger Craig Kimbrel got the nod (come on!). That means Phillips has a pretty obvious spot on this list. The Dodgers bullpen has seemed to calm down and experience a regulation of sorts, but one of the steadiest components all year has been Phillips. Although the right-hander hasn’t been as good as last season, his 2.55 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 12 saves are nothing to scoff at. Without Phillips, it’s scary to wonder how low this bullpen could have stooped.