Archive for Rankings

2017 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders: #21-40: Youngsters With Upside Fill The Rankings

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week we took a look at the first half of our Top 40 outfielder rankings (click here to view).  Let’s continue these rankings and see how the next 20 shake out:

21. Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
22. Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
23. Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
24. Matt Kemp – Atlanta Braves
25. Khris Davis – Oakland A’s
26. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
27. Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
28. Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
29. Adam Eaton – Washington Nationals
30. David Dahl – Colorado Rockies Read more

Top 5 Players Under 25: First Base Edition: Is Cody Bellinger The Future & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Who are the next wave of superstars in Major League Baseball? That’s what we are about to dive into, as we go position-by-position, looking for the best players who are 25-years old or younger (as of April 1, 2017). Obviously, things will be slightly skewed to those who have already reached the Majors and produced, but minor leaguers and their upside will not be ignored.

Next up is first base, where the majority of the established talent has already aged out of eligibility for this list.  It tends to be an “old man’s position”, to an extent, which is filled with established stars but little else…  Or is it?  There’s a wave of talent that has just recently emerged, or is on the precipice, and they shouldn’t be ignored.  Who should be garnering the attention?  Who are the next great first basemen?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Josh Bell – Pittsburgh Pirates
Age as of 04/01/17 – 24

The question facing Bell has always been whether or not he’d develop enough power to be a viable first base prospect.  While he may never be a consistent 30+ HR threat, he started to tap into his potential last season by hitting 17 HR (14 at Triple-A and 3 in the Majors).  Couple that with 31 doubles and 4 triples, the potential is there to hit 20-24 HR annually.  Read more

2017 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders: #1-20: Is Gregory Polanco A Top 15 Option & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Outfield is hardly a shallow position, especially with numerous young players either breaking out (Mookie Betts) or having the potential to emerge (Gregory Polanco).  Throw in some players who will likely play at other positions, yet have eligibility (like Kris Bryant, Trea Turner and Ian Desmond), and there is ample options to pick from.  Who are the best?  Let’s take a look:

1) Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2) Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
3) Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
4) Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
5) Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
6) Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
7) J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
8) Yoenis Cespedes – New York Mets
9) Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
10) George Springer – Houston Astros Read more

Top 5 Players Under 25: Catcher Edition: With Sanchez & Contreras The Future Is Now

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Who are the next wave of superstars in Major League Baseball? That’s what we are about to dive into, as we go position-by-position, looking for the best players who are 25-years old or younger (as of April 1, 2017). Obviously, things will be slightly skewed to those who have already reached the Majors and produced, but minor leaguers and their upside will not be ignored.

To kick things off, we will start with the talent behind the plate. The most grueling position in the game, it is often tough to find a player with tremendous offensive upside because teams will move them out from behind the plate in order to keep them healthy. Of course last season we saw two potentially elite catchers debut, but there are a few others coming quickly who could make an impact as soon as 2017.  What does the future of the position look like?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
Age on 04/01/17 – 24

Potential regression or not, no one is going to argue against Sanchez as the premier young catcher in the game (and many would place him among the elite young players, regardless of position).  That’s what happens when you burst onto the scene, hitting .299 with 20 HR over 229 PA. Read more

2017 Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops: Lindor/Story Both Among Top 5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There has certainly been a renaissance at shortstop, with a slew of high-end youngsters debuting in the past few years.  The top of the rankings are littered with young, high-end options, though there is a bit of a drop-off as you get near (and beyond) the Top 10 options.  Who are the players you want to target?  Who are the ones who are likely going to be overvalued?  Let’s tale a look:

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

2017 Rankings: Top 15 Third Baseman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a time where third base was viewed as one of the shallower positions in baseball, but over the past few years that has dramatically changed.  Now you can find several of the premier players at the hot corner, and the intriguing names go far beyond the Top 15.  It’s a position that you could potentially wait on, especially if you miss out on the elite, though that doesn’t mean you want to ignore the top tiers.  Who are the best of the best?  Who are intriguing names?  Let’s take a look:

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. Todd Frazier – Chicago White Sox
8. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners Read more