MLB Top 10s: A's rule AL West, but Altuve, Seager and others rate, too

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In the Eye On Baseball Top 10, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10 will always be informed by some angle or another, painfully contrived or otherwise.

And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who have been the best position players and pitchers in the AL West thus far in 2014?

As you're no doubt aware, we've been using this space to name the top performers in each of MLB's six divisions. Now we've made our way to those American League squads that hail from out West -- i.e., the Athletics, Angels, Mariners, Rangers and Astros.  

So as the question above implies, these are AL West hitters and hurlers who are producing the most value in 2014. We list them with no regard for their pre-2014 histories and no regard for whether these performances are sustainable. This is about performance in 2014 to date and nothing else. As for position players, defense and base-running are very much part of the calculus.

Omissions? It was tough to leave off names like Erick Aybar, Dexter Fowler, George Springer, Chris Young, Jarred Cosart, Albert Pujols and others. Not tough to leave off? Rob Wilfong. Bonus spoiler Alert: Get to ready to read lots of names currently on the A's roster.

So let us now recite baseball names for the dual purposes of SEO and making you angry. Feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.

Weapons-grade complaints and spleen-venting? By all means, reach out to the author at hotmail@hotmail.jpg.

Felix Hernandez is once again on a Cy Young path in Seattle while Robinson Cano keeps producing. (USATSI)
Felix Hernandez is once again on a Cy Young path in Seattle while Robinson Cano keeps producing. (USATSI)


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