A look at 2017's most complete players – MLB.com

I compiled a list of the players who did the best job at the plate and in the field in 2017, with a minimum of 300 plate appearances and 300 defensive innings. It’s National League-centric and loaded with players who are with their original organization, even though the average age is almost 28.

The message there? If you produce runs at the plate and save runs in the field, you’re a player teams will build around, not shop around.

Six of these 10 players were on teams that played in the postseason — and not surprisingly, there are Astros and Dodgers in the bunch.

Catcher: Willson Contreras, Cubs
Manager Joe Maddon played Contreras in left field 24 times as a rookie to get him into the lineup more often. Maddon stopped doing that last season, and Contreras emerged as one of the game’s top catchers. The strong-armed, quick-to-throw Contreras ranked fifth among catchers with +7 Defensive Runs Saved while finishing sixth with an .855 OPS. Honorable mention to the Brewers’ Manny Pina, who ranked behind only Tucker Barnhart in DRS and was 16th among 33 with a .751 OPS.

Contreras’ all-around game

[email protected]: Contreras hits two homers, picks off Fowler

Willson Contreras hammers two solo home runs and uncorks a laser to pick off Dexter Fowler, leading the Cubs to a 3-2 win

First base: Joey Votto, Reds
Votto had a great season, with it taking all 59 home runs for Giancarlo Stanton to edge him in NL MVP Award voting. Votto led Major League first basemen with a 1.032 OPS and was second with +11 DRS. Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo each turned in a strong two-way season, but only Brandon Belt stopped Votto from leading both categories.

Second base: Jose Altuve, Astros
Altuve, the American League MVP Award winner,

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