There's no denying that Jacoby Ellsbury is an MVP candidate. But baseball statistician Bill James' newest statistical category shows that the Red Sox center fielder might be the front-runner.

The new stat, called "total runs," takes into account a number of factors that relate to a player's performance on offense, defense and on the basepaths. When you take it all into account, Ellsbury is tops in Major League Baseball this season.

NESN's Peter Gammons is particularly impressed by Ellsbury's defensive prowess, which is reflected in James' statistic. In fact, Ellsbury is way ahead of Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, who is also considered to be an MVP candidate.

To hear more about the new statistic and how Ellsbury compares to the rest of the league when it comes to it, check out the video above from Red Sox Gameday Live Presented by UNO.