Archive for Rankings

2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen: Is Yoan Moncada A Top 10 Option & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Remember the days when second base was viewed more as a “weaker” position, as there were few productive options available.  That’s hardly the case now, with impressive potential up and down the rankings (including someone like Jason Kipnis, who was a Top 10 option as recently as last year but fell short of the rankings).  Who are the players to target?  Who are the ones with the highest upside?  Let’s take a look:

1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
2. Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians
3. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
4. Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals
5. Dee Gordon – Seattle Mariners
6. Jonathan Schoop – Baltimore Orioles
7. Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals Read more

2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 First Basemen: Where Do Hoskins/Bellinger Fall & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that first base is among the deepest positions in baseball, but that doesn’t mean you can simply close your eyes and assume your selection will deliver.  Even towards the top of the rankings there is some obvious risk, so making assumptions or not spending the requisite time researching the position could ultimately prove costly.  With that in mind here are how our rankings look as of today:

1) Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2) Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
3) Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
4) Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
5) Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
6) Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
7) Edwin Encarnacion – Cleveland Indians
8) Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers Read more

2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Catchers: A New #1 Emerges (And How Far Does The Old #1 Fall)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The days of Buster Posey being the elite catcher have clearly come and gone.  He was once viewed as being significantly ahead of the field, and while he’s still among the better options he’s been passed by (you could argue that he belong at #2).  Who has taken the top spot?  What other surprises are there?  Let’s start to get a feel for the landscape and try to determine who the bargains are and who to avoid:

1) Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
2) J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins
3) Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
4) Evan Gattis – Houston Astros
5) Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
6) Brian McCann – Houston Astros
7) Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs Read more

Updated Rankings (June 19): Top 15 Shortstops: Major Shakeup At The Top & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are over a month into the season so there have obviously been changes to our preseason rankings.  Who has shown signs of improving?  Who has struggled and thus has a cloudier outlook?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (Note: The number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in our latest updated ranking):

1. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros (4)
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals (2)
3. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers (5)
4. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians (3)
5. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles (1)
6. Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds (14)
7. Jonathan Villar – Milwaukee Brewers (9) Read more

Updated Rankings (June 12): Top 30 Closers: Osuna Rising To Elite, Ramos’ Ranking Plummets & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are over two months into the season so there have obviously been changes to our rankings (and no position has proven more volatile than closers in ’17).  Who has shown signs of improving?  Who has struggled and thus has a cloudier outlook?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (the number in parenthesis is their ranking and previous tier):

 

Tier 1 – The Elite
1. Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (1 – 1)
2. Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox (2 – 1)

  • When Aroldis Chapman returns he will rejoin this tier, but until then it remains a two-man battle for the best closer in baseball. Amazingly you can argue Kimbrel for the top spot (55 K vs. 5 BB), so consider this more of a 1 and 1a ranking.

 

Tier 2 – The Nearly Elite
3. Roberto Osuna – Toronto Blue Jays (6 -3)
4. Greg Holland – Colorado Rockies (3 – 2)
5. Wade Davis – Chicago Cubs (4 – 2) Read more

Updated Rankings (June 8): Top 15 Third Basemen: Jake Lamb On The Rise, Shaw Joins Mix & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are just over two months into the season so there have obviously been changes to our rankings (which, we should all remember, are extremely subjective).  Who has shown signs of improving?  Who has struggled and thus has a cloudier outlook?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (Note: The number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in our previous rankings update):

 

1. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs (1)
2. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies (2)
3. Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
4. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles (3)
5. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (7)
6. Jake Lamb – Arizona Diamondbacks (13)
7. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners (5)
8. Miguel Sano – Minnesota Twins (NR) Read more