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 NL 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'll conclude this mini-series by dropping in on the Dodgers, Giants, Padres, Rockies and Diamondbacks.
So as the question above implies, these are NL 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 or not 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 Buster Posey, Michael Morse, Charlie Blackmon, Brad Ziegler and Tommy Kahnle, among others. It was demonstrably less tough to leave off Kirk Gibson. That's the case for a number of reasons, one of which is the fact that he's currently a manager.
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.
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