Archive for Rankings

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top 10 Catchers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that catchers tend to be power first options, so a catcher who has the potential to hit for a strong average has value because it’s harder to find.  How about a catcher with the ability to steal a few bases?  Those are nearly impossible, but even rarer is a catcher with the potential to hit for average and power while also chipping in speed.  Keep that in mind as you look at these rankings (keep in mind these will also be expanded as we grow closer to draft day as well):

1. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
2. Jonathan Lucroy – Texas Rangers
3. Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
4. J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins
5. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
6. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
7. Evan Gattis – Houston Astros
8. Brian McCann – Houston Astros
9. Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
10. Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers Read more

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top 10 Shortstops

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Remember the days that shortstop was seen as a defense first position?  Those days are certainly behind us, as the position seems to get deeper and deeper with each passing year.  Last season we saw not only a few rookies burst onto the scene, but a few others take significant steps forward in their progression.  Who do we want to target heading into 2017?  Let’s take a look at our extremely early Top 10 (keep in mind these will also be expanded as we grow closer to draft day as well):

1. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
2. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
3. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
4. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
5. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
6. Jonathan Villar – Milwaukee Brewers
7. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers Read more

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top 10 Third Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Remember when third base was among the weaker positions?  It seems unfathomable now, as it is littered with not only some of the elite in the game but various solid options (and others who could emerge to be even more than that).  Things have gotten so deep that there are definitely notable names you won’t find among our initial Top 10.  Who made the cut?  Let’s take a look (keep in mind these will also be expanded as we grow closer to draft day as well):

1. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
2. Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
3. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
4. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
5. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
6. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
7. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners Read more

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top 10 Second Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously there are a lot of things that are going to change between today and when we complete our fantasy drafts, whether it’s free agent signings, trades or just a reevaluation of a player and his potential upside.  That said it’s never too early to start preparing for the coming year, is it?  Keep in mind that these rankings are going to be changed (something we can say without a shadow of a doubt), but let’s take a first glimpse at our extremely early 2017 second base rankings (keep in mind these will also be expanded as we grow closer to draft day as well):

1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
3. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
4. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals
7. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins Read more

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top 10 First Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously there are a lot of things that are going to change between today and when we complete our fantasy drafts, whether it’s free agent signings, trades or just a reevaluation of a player and his potential upside.  That said it’s never too early to start preparing for the coming year, is it?  Keep in mind that these rankings are going to be changed (something we can say without a shadow of a doubt), but let’s take a first glimpse at our extremely early 2017 first base rankings (keep in mind these will also be expanded as we grow closer to draft day as well):

1. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
3. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
4. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
5. Edwin Encarnacion – Free Agent
6. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
7. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles Read more

2016 MLB Closer Rankings (04/06/16): Osuna On The Rise, Concerns For Doolittle & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are only a few days into the season, but we’ve already seen blown saves and turnover among a few closer spots.  While we don’t want to push the panic button prematurely, there obviously are some situations that necessitate a shakeup in our rankings.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (the number in parenthesis is the pitcher’s previous ranking):

1. Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
2. Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox (2)
3. Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles (3)
4. Jeurys Familia – New York Mets (4)
5. Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals (5)
6. Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates (6)
7. Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals (7)
8. Andrew Miller – New York Yankees (NR)
9. Roberto Osuna – Toronto Blue Jays (14) (see note)
10. Hector Rondon – Chicago Cubs (10) Read more