, Who were the best MLB players in the month of August? Ben Verlander picks his all-league team.,

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By Ben VerlanderFOX Sports MLB Analyst

Alex Bregman has proven over the last few years the type of Major League Baseball player that he is: an MLB All-Star. This year, however, hadn’t quite been up to his standards.

In August, that all changed. Things have finally started to click for Bregman.

On the month, he led all third basemen in runs scored, OBP and walks. He was the only player in baseball to score more than 25 runs (27) and hit over .350 (.362). 

August may be the dog days of summer, but Bregman was the best of the best and leads the Team of the Month.  

Now let’s look at the other players who were the best of the best at their positions in August.

Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge & Alex Bregman lead off the Team of the Month

With the help of Alex Curry, Ben Verlander gives us the Team of the Month for August.

C: Sean Murphy, Oakland Athletics 

Sean Murphy was the only MLB catcher to have 30 or more hits and 10 or more extra-base hits in August. On the month, he hit .330 with five home runs and 17 RBI.

1B: Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals 

This isn’t the first appearance for Goldschmidt on my team of the month. He is having a career year and is well on his way to winning his first MVP award. He tallied nine home runs (tied for the most in baseball) and 27 RBI with a 1.115 OPS. 

2B: Jeff McNeil, New York Mets

Jeff McNeil hit .385 in August with 13 doubles and 11 RBI. He had 42 hits on the month and is one of only two NL players with 40 or more hits, alongside Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres. McNeil tied for the most hits in all of baseball. 

3B: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

SS: Francisco Lindor, New York Mets

Lindor was one of just two shortstops in the month of August to have 30 or more hits and was the only shortstop to couple that production with 10 or more walks. Lindor’s success this year is huge for the Mets and is a welcomed sight after his struggles last season, his first year in New York.

OF: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

Betts tore it up in August to the tune of a .330 average with nine home runs, 18 RBI and a 1.081 OPS. He was the only major-leaguer with 20 or more extra-base hits (21) and at least five stolen bases. He was also the only player to score 30 runs in the month.

OF: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Aaron Judge hit nine home runs in the month of August, which was nearly a third of the entire team’s total for the month (28). The Yankees may be struggling, but Judge is still on pace to break the all-time single-season Yankees record for home runs in a single season (61), set by Roger Maris. To go along with those nine home runs, Judge hit .289 with 22 RBI.

Related: Follow our Aaron Judge home run tracker as he aims to set a new Yankees record

OF: Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays

As we approach playoff time, Randy Arozarena heats up. In August, he hit .327 with six home runs, 23 RBI and an OPS just north of 1.000. He led all MLB outfielders in RBI and was 2nd in total bases (59). 

DH: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Shohei is on fire at the plate. He hit .317 in August with eight home runs, 20 RBI and an OPS of 1.040. He did all of this while pitching every fifth or sixth day. Ohtani allowed 25 hits and 10 XBH for all of August while also putting up 32 hits and 15 XBH for himself.

SP: Zac Gallen, Arizona Diamondbacks

Gallen’s ERA of 0.68 is the lowest among all pitchers in August with a minimum of 15 innings pitched. Gallen has been historically good and is currently in a stretch of 41.1 scoreless innings, which is the eighth-longest streak of all time — and he’s two outs away from holding the all-time Diamondbacks record.

CP: Edwin Diaz, New York Mets

Edwin Diaz has been fantastic all season long and continued that dominance in August. He’s the only closer to have more than five saves (6) in the month while surrendering one run or fewer. Pair his dominance on the mound with the best entrance song in all of baseball, and what you end up with is the most exciting closer in the game.

Ben Verlander is an MLB Analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the “Flippin’ Bats” podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before he joined his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round pick of the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years in the Tigers organization. Follow him on Twitter @BenVerlander.

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