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MLB Player Rankings

Posted on: May 24, 2009 10:07 pm

May 24, 2009

Here are my thoughts on the top players at each MLB position. This is not only for this season, but overall.


1. Joe Mauer, MIN
2. Victor Martinez, CLE
3. Russell Martin, LA

First Basemen

1. Albert Pujols, STL
2. Ryan Howard, PHI
3. Mark Teixeira, NYY
4. Justin Morneau, MIN
5. Miguel Cabrera, DET

Second Basemen

1. Chase Utley, PHI
2. Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3. Ian Kinsler, TEX
4. Brian Roberts, BAL

Third Basemen

1. David Wright, NYM
2. Evan Longoria, TB
3. Alex Rodriguez, NYY
4. Ryan Zimmerman, WAS


1. Hanley Ramirez, FLA
2. Jose B. Reyes, NYM
3. Jimmy Rollins, PHI

Left Fielders

1. Jason Bay, BOS
2. Ryan J. Braun, MIL
3. Matt Holliday, OAK
4. Manny Ramirez, LA
5. Alfonso Soriano, CHC

Center Fielders

1. Carlos Beltran, NYM
2. Josh Hamilton, TEX
3. Grady Sizemore, CLE
4. Curtis Granderson, DET
5. Nate McLouth, PIT

Right Fielders

1. Nick Markakis, BAL

... Yea, right field is thin.

Starting Pitchers

1. Roy Halladay, TOR
2. CC Sabathia, NYY
3. Johan Santana, NYM
4. Tim Lincecum, SF
5. Dan Haren, ARI
6. Zack Greinke, KC
7. Jake Peavy, SD
8. Justin Verlander, DET
9. Cole Hamels, PHI
10. Chad Billingsley, LA


1. Jonathan Broxton, LA
2. Jonathan Papelbon, BOS
3. Francisco J. Rodriguez, NYM
4. Joakim Soria, KC
5. Joe Nathan, MIN

Category: MLB

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 2:37 pm

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Ichiro and Vlad I believe are still more solid and consistent than Markakis?

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2009 5:12 pm

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Justin Upton should be mentioned as one of the other right fielders.  Hitting around .340 with 9 HR's and almost 30 RBI's on an absolutely terrible offensive team.  Oh and he is only 21.  I guess that is all us Diamondbacks fans have too look forward to right now.

Great job Harst.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 12:06 pm

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I like your catchers but im going to have to say Morneau is ahead of Teixeira, as good on d better on offense, i would also say that Howard should be moved down and Cabrera should move up too 2 or 3. You're dilusional.

Tex is a better offensive player than Mornea.

Offensively, Tex has a career OPS+ that is 9% higher than that of Morneau. Teixeira's is 135, Morneau's is 126.
Defensively, they're about the same. Morneau's UZR/150 is slightly higher than that of Tex. Tex has a 2.4 at 1B, Morneau's is 2.6. Not a huge difference.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 3:49 pm

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  • If I put more catchers, McCann would've prob been fourth.

  • AG is a good 1B, but not better than the five I put up, IMO.

  • Overall, Bartlett isn't top 5, although he's having a good season, other than the DL.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 1:49 am
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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2009 9:14 pm

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RF- Brad Hawpe's hitting .336 this year with 6hrs. Not great but it's pretty solid.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2009 12:45 pm

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Left Field - Raul Ibanez

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 12:13 pm

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Bartlett I meant to the above posting.

For catcher, maybe throw McCann up on 4?

As far as 1B, I agree with the gentleman above. Where is Adrien Gonzalez? Petco's not exactly a launching pad.

RF - Ichiro? Vlad, Mags, Rios, Abreu, Dye? You said not just this year, right?

As far as pitcher, same as gentleman above, Lincecum has PROMISE, but is he the fourth best? His first few starts were a little green.

As far as Greinke, I read an article about him in SI and he apparently can do ANYTHING he wants with the ball - As in, to the catcher, here comes a 50 mile an hour breaking ball. Seconds later on the gun - 50 MPH on the nose. So we could be witnessing something here as long as his meds keep working.

Lastly, SP, Santana's actually averaged better stats than Doc Halladay over the past three seasons.  

RP's? Saito was nailing down saves while Broxton set him up. Broxton may be THIS year's best, but not all-around active player best. 

That honor goes to Frankie. He's been gunning them down since '02.

And Paps got started in the '04 miracle.

And don't forget Putz, and Rivera.

And no RP list is complete with the 'changeup' that you know is coming and you STILL can't hit it - even this season - Trevor.  

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 11:50 am

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Oops, spoke too soon - 15 day DL.

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2009 6:58 pm

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I'd put Kinsler above Pedroia and where is Michael Young for thirdbasemen, jeez, looks like the east coast bias stikes again!!

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