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Top 150 MLB Players - 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

MLB Network did a countdown of the top 100 players in baseball for the 2012 season; ESPN.com is counting down the top 500 players in baseball for the 2012 season.

I'll do 150.  I actually have another 50, but sorting them is really splitting hairs, so I won't. The MLB Network list is first. I'll offer some comparative thoughts. I'll edit in the ESPN list when it's done. My list is at the bottom.



MLB Network List:
100. Ichiro Suzuki (wouldn't make my top 200)

99. Carl Crawford (about where I have him)

98. Steven Strasburg (I have him much higher)

97. Starlin Castro (I have him higher)

96. Chase Utley (the injury makes him super hard to rate, I have him higher)

95. Michael Morse (I have him higher)

94. Michael Bourn (wouldn't make my top 200)

93. Craig Kimbrel (I have him lower in my 150)

92. Ryan Madson (injured now)

91. Shin-Soo Choo (I have him much higher)

90. Madison Bumgarner (about where I have him)

89. Adam Wainwright (I Have him higher)

88. Gio Gonzalez (would not make my top 200)

87. Kevin Youkilis (I have him higher)

86. Alex Rodriguez (I have him higher, and near Youkilis)

85. Howie Kendrick (about where I have him)

84. Dan Uggla (I have him higher)

83. Rickie Weeks (I have him much higher)

82. Carlos Beltran (I have him higher)

81. Ben Zobrist (I have him much, much higher)

80. Joe Mauer (I have him much, much higher)

79. Carlos Santana (I have him much, much higher)

78. Heath Bell (not in my top 150, but he'd be in my top 200)

77. John Axford (wouldn't make my top 200)

76. Brian Wilson (MLB Net went on a closer run here in the 70s; I'd have him at the very, very back end of the top 200, which is where I have a similar run of closers)

75. Jhonny Peralta (I have him much lower) 

74. Brett Lawrie (about where I have him)

73. Eric Hosmer (I have him much lower)

72. Yovani Gallardo (I have him lower)

71. Tim Hudson (in my top 200, but doesn't make my 150)

70. Adam Jones (about where I have him)

69. Alex Gordon (I have him higher)

68. Cole Hamels (about where I have him)

67. David Freese (I have him much lower)

66. Aramis Ramirez (I have him much lower)

65. Ricky Romero (would make my 200, but not my 150)

64. Zach Grienke (about where I have him)

63. David Price (about where I have him)

62. Jose Valverde (would be at the end of my 200, in that run of closers)

61. Jonathan Papelbon (I have him much lower)

60. Buster Posey (I have him higher)

59. Ryan Howard (also hard to rate because of the injury, but I have him much, much lower)

58. Shane Victorino (about where I have him)

57. Josh Beckett (I have him significantly lower)

56. Chris Carpenter (now out with the injury)

55. Mark Teixeira (I have him higher)

54. Carlos Gonzalez (I have him higher)

53. David Ortiz (I have him much lower)

52. Derek Jeter (The Late Derek Jeter would make my 200, but he's not in the 150)

51. Lance Berkman (about where I have him)

50. Jon Lester (I have him much lower)

49. Ian Kennedy (I have him much lower)

48. Miguel Montero (I have him much lower)

47. Brian McCann (I have him higher)

46. Matt Cain (about where I have him)

45. James Shields (I have him lower)

44. Pablo Sandoval (I have him higher)

43. Matt Holliday (He's in my top 20)

42. Andrew McCutcheon (I have him higher)

41. Giancarlo Stanton (He's in my top 20)

40. Brandon Phillips (I have him lower)

39. Alex Avila (I have him lower)

38. Yadier Molina (I have him lower)

37. Dan Haren (About where I have him)

36. Hunter Pence (I have him lower)

35. Nelson Cruz (About where I have him)

34. Mike Napoli (I have him lower)

33. Paul Konerko (I have him much lower)

32. Asdrubal Cabrera (I have him lower)

31. Ian Kinsler (In my top 20)

30. Josh Hamilton (About where I have him)

29. Michael Young (How is an old singles hitter without a glove one of the 30 best players in baseball?  In my 200, but not the 150)

28. Justin Upton (About where I have him)

27. Mariano Rivera (I have him much lower)

26. CC Sabathia (About where I have him)

25. Jose Reyes (About where I have him)

24. Hanley Ramirez (In my top 20)

23. Curtis Granderson (I have him lower)

22. Ryan Zimmerman (About where I have him)

21. Evan Longoria (In my top 10)

20. Felix Hernandez (I have him lower)

19. Tim Lincecum (I have him lower)

18. Cliff Lee (About where I have him)

17. Jacoby Ellsbury (About where I have him)

16. Adrian Beltre (I have him lower)

15. Joey Votto (In my top 10)

14. Adrian Gonzalez (In my top 10)

13. Jered Weaver (I have him lower)

12. Dustin Pedroia (I have him lower)

11. Albert Pujols (In my top 10)

10. Prince Fielder (About where I have him)

9. Ryan Braun (In my top 10)

8. Robinson Cano (About where I have him)

7. Roy Halladay (About where I have him)

6. Jose Bautista (About where I have him)

5. Clayton Kershaw (I have him lower)

4. Troy Tulowitzki (About where I have him)

3. Miguel Cabrera (Only guy in the entire 100 in exactly the same spot on my list and MLB Network's list)

2. Justin Verlander (I have him lower)

1. Matt Kemp (I have him lower)
ESPN List:
I'll offer some thoughts about 500-151, then edit in 150 on, as I ranked my top 150 below.

#500 - JD Martinez
-he'd be in my top 200

#468 - Josh Thole
-he'd be in my top 250.

#454 - Sean Rodriguez
-he'd be in my top 250

#451 - Addison Reed
-he'd be in my top 250

#436 - Pedro Alvarez
-he'd be in my top 250

#420 Jamey Carroll
-he'd be in my top 250

#418 Omar Infante
-he's in my top 150.

#413 Chris Heisey
-he'd be in my top 200

#352 Daniel Murphy
-he's in my top 150

#357 Andres Torres
-he's in my top 150

#358 Brendan Ryan
-he'd be in my top 200

#366 Jason Bartlett
-he'd be in my top 150

#374 Clint Barmes
-he'd be in my top 200

#324 Angel Pagan
-he's in my top 150

#326 Carlos Lee
-he's in my top 150

#252 Jason Kipnis
-in my top 200

#261 Jason Kubel
-in my top 200

#271 Chris Iannetta
-in my top 200

#273 Marco Scutaro
-in my top 200

#283 Kelly Johnson
-in my top 150

#291 Brandon Belt
-in my top 200

#292 Mark Reynolds
-in my top 150

#293 Jason Bay
-in my top 150

#203 Yunel Escobar
-in my top 50.  Yes, top 50.

#204 Cameron Maybin
-in my top 100

#209 Danny Espinosa
-in my top 150

#210 Torii Hunter
-in my top 150

#216 Denard Span
-in my top 150

#218 Brandon Beachy
-in my top 150

#219 Gaby Sanchez
-in my top 150

#220 Johan Santana
-in my top 150

#224 Matt Joyce
-in my top 100

#229 Josh Willingham
-in my top 150

#235 Rafael Furcal
-in my top 150

#239 Drew Stubbs
-in my top 150

#242 Dexter Fowler
-in my top 150

#244 Chris Sale
-in my top 150

#247 Rafael Betancourt
-in my top 150

#152 BJ Upton
-in my top 100

#153 Alexei Ramirez
-in my top 100

#154 Jesus Montero
-in my top 150

#158 Desmond Jennings
-in my top 100

#164 Colby Lewis
-in my top 150

#169 JJ Hardy
-in my top 150

#170 Carlos Ruiz
-in my top 150

#176 Billy Butler
-in my top 100

#182 Martin Prado
-in my top 150

#186 Jhonny Peralta
-in my top 150

#187 Erick Aybar
-in my top 150

#188 Jayson Werth
-in my top 100

#191 Logan Morrison
-in my top 150

#193 Russell Martin
-in my top 150

#197 Ike Davis
-in my top 150

#200 Geovany Soto
-in my top 150

150. Michael Cuddyer
149. Nick Markakis
148. Justin Masterson
147. Carlos Marmol
146. Brandon McCarthy
145. Dustin Ackley
144. Corey Hart
143. Peter Bourjos
142. Michael Bourn
141. Brett Gardner
140. Max Scherzer
139. Jaime Garcia
138. Nick Swisher
137. Freddie Freeman
136. Hiroki Kuroda
135. John Danks
134. Mark Buehrle
133. Aramis Ramirez
132. Tommy Hanson
131. Adam Jones
130. Shaun Marcum
129. Derek Holland
128. Jordan Zimmerman
127. Jeremy Hellickson
126. Michael Morse
125. Howard Kendrick
124. Alexi Ogando
123. David Freese
122. Chris Young
121. Jair Jurrjens
120. Shin-Soo Choo
119. Joel Hanrahan
118. Doug Fister
117. Trevor Cahill
116. Mike Adams
115. Derek Jeter
114. Joakim Soria
113. Andrew Bailey
112. Carl Crawford
111. Tim Hudson
110. Dan Uggla
109. Clay Buchholz
108. Daniel Hudson
107. Ervin Santana
106. Jason Heyward
105. Andre Ethier
104. Miguel Montero
103. Ubaldo Jimenez
102. Jose Valverde
101. Johnny Cueto
100. Heath Bell
99. Ryan Madson
98. Matt Garza
97. Ben Zobrist
96. Alex Gordon
95. Carlos Beltran
94. Jimmy Rollins
93. Jonny Venters
92. Gio Gonzalez
91. Shane Victorino
90. Rickie Weeks
89. Eric Hosmer
88. Starlin Castro
87. Hunter Pence
86. Madison Bumgarner
85. Lance Berkman
84. John Axford
83. Brett Lawrie
82. David Robertson
81. Michael Young
80. Carlos Santana
79. Brandon Phillips
78. Asdrubal Cabrera
77. Ricky Romero
76. Mat Latos
75. Paul Konerko
74. Michael Pineda
73. Alex Avila
72. David Ortiz
71. Josh Beckett
70. Neftali Feliz
69. Matt Wieters
68. Jay Bruce
67. Chase Utley
66. Ryan Howard
65. Pablo Sandoval
64. Brian Wilson
63. Elvis Andrus
62. Yu Darvish
61. Ian Kennedy
60. David Wright
59. Nelson Cruz
58. CJ Wilson
57. Kevin Youkilis
56. Mike Napoli
55. Matt Moore
54. James Shields
53. Yovani Gallardo
52. Jonathan Papelbon
51. Stephen Strasburg
50. Craig Kimbrel
49. Yadier Molina
48. Buster Posey
47. Adam Wainwright
46. Carlos Gonzalez
45. Ryan Zimmerman
44. Ian Kinsler
43. Alex Rodriguez
42. Zack Greinke
41. Andrew McCutcheon
40. Giancarlo Stanton
39. Joe Mauer
38. Matt Cain
37. Matt Holliday
36. Adrian Beltre
35. Dan Haren
34. Brian McCann
33. Hanley Ramirez
32. Mark Teixeira
31. Jon Lester
30. Josh Johnson
29. Chris Carpenter
28. Curtis Granderson
27. David Price
26. Jose Reyes
25. Josh Hamilton
24. Jered Weaver
23. Jacoby Ellsbury
22. Dustin Pedroia
21. Justin Upton
20. Cole Hamels
19. Joey Votto
18. Cliff Lee
17. Prince Fielder
16. Evan Longoria
15. Adrian Gonzalez
14. Jose Bautista
13. Matt Kemp
12. Mariano Rivera
11. CC Sabathia
10. Robinson Cano
9. Tim Lincecum
8. Troy Tulowitzki
7. Clayton Kershaw
6. Ryan Braun
5. Felix Hernandez
4. Justin Verlander
3. Miguel Cabrera
2. Roy Halladay
1. Albert Pujols

My List:

150. Chris Sale
149. Carlos Lee
148. Michael Pineida
147. Neil Walker
146. Brandon McCarthy
145. Gaby Sanchez
144. Ryan Howard
143. Eric Hosmer
142. Dexter Fowler
141. Denard Span
140. Mark Reynolds
139. Andres Torres
138. Drew Stubbs
137. Erick Aybar
136. Johan Santana
135. Angel Pagan
134. Chris Young
133. Rafael Betancourt
132. Jason Bartlett
131. Omar Infante
130. Josh Willingham
129. Jimmy Rollins
128. Jason Bay
127. Matt Garza
126. Neftali Feliz
125. Russell Martin
124. Shaun Marcum
123. Craig Kimbrel
122. Carlos Marmol
121. Rafael Furcal
120. Torii Hunter
119. Josh Beckett
118. David Freese
117. Carlos Ruiz
116. Jhonny Peralta
115. Brandon Beachy
114. Jesus Montero
113. Kelly Johnson
112. Geovany Soto
111. Danny Murphy
110. Danny Espinosa
109. Jonathan Papelbon
108. Colby Lewis
107. Logan Morrison
106. Ubaldo Jimenez
105. Matt Wieters
104. Elvis Andrus
103. JJ Hardy
102. Ike Davis
101. Aramis Ramirez
100. David Ortiz
99. Tommy Hanson
98. Ian Kennedy
97. Madison Bumgarner
96. Brett Gardner
95. Carl Crawford
94. Jon Lester
93. Mariano Rivera
92. CJ Wilson
91. Yovani Gallardo
90. Miguel Montero
89. Yadier Molina
88. Martin Prado
87. Alexei Ramirez
86. Desmond Jennings
85. Cameron Maybin
84. Alex Avila
83. Nick Swisher
82. Daniel Hudson
81. Adam Jones
80. Billy Butler
79. Howard Kendrick
78. Matt Joyce
77. Michael Morse
76. Andre Ethier
75. Yu Darvish
74. BJ Upton
73. Mat Latos
72. Chase Utley
71. Starlin Castro
70. Brett Lawrie
69. Asdrubal Cabrera
68. Shane Victorino
67. Paul Konerko
66. Carlos Beltran
65. Dan Uggla
64. Brandon Phillips
63. James Shields
62. Adam Wainwright
61. David Price
60. Cole Hamels
59. Zach Greinke
58. Lance Berkman
57. Mike Napoli
56. Jayson Werth
55. Hunter Pence
54. Jay Bruce
53. Kevin Youkilis
52. Alex Rodriguez
51. Josh Johnson
50. Matt Cain
49. Yunel Escobar
48. Shin-Soo Choo
47. Rickie Weeks
46. Alex Gordon
45. Adrian Beltre
44. Stephen Strasburg
43. Dan Haren
42. Nelson Cruz
41. Felix Hernandez
40. Curtis Granderson
39. Jason Heyward
38. Josh Hamilton
37. Jared Weaver
36. Tim Lincecum
35. Carlos Gonzalez
34. Mark Teixeira
33. Buster Posey
32. Brian McCann
31. Carlos Santana
30. Ben Zobrist
29. Jose Reyes
28. Jacoby Ellsbury
27. Dustin Pedroia
26. Andrew McCutcheon
25. Pablo Sandoval
24. David Wright
23. CC Sabathia
22. Justin Upton
21. Clayton Kershaw
20. Cliff Lee
19. Matt Holiday
18. Giancarlo Stanton
17. Ryan Zimmerman
16. Joe Mauer
15. Ian Kinsler
14. Robinson Cano
13. Hanley Ramirez
12. Jose Bautista
11. Justin Verlander
10. Roy Halladay
9. Prince Fielder
8. Adrian Gonzalez
7. Matt Kemp
6. Evan Longoria
5. Troy Tulowitzki
4. Joey Votto
3. Miguel Cabrera
2. Ryan Braun
1. Albert Pujols

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