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2017 MLB Preseason Position Rankings

Tomorrow is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. It’s one of the greatest times of the year to be a sports fan. The Final Four will be played in Phoenix this weekend, the NBA and NHL playoffs are right around the corner, the Masters are next week and the NFL Draft is just a few weeks away. Those are all iconic sporting events, but there is only one America’s pastime. The Chicago Cubs finally broke the longest “curse” in professional sports history in 2016.

So what is in store for 2017?

Baseball is back, so we decided to rank the best of the best entering the 2017 season. Three of my colleagues and I ranked our top MLB players by position. The point system goes as follows:

1st Place = 6 points

2nd Place = 5 points

3rd Place = 4 points

4th place = 3 points

5th Place = 2 points

Honorable Mention = 1 point

*  = Unanimous

Starting Pitchers are ranked from 10 to 1 beginning with 11 points for the top position and ending with 2 points for the 10th spot. The total from our four lists were added together to come up with our final preseason rankings.

Top 10 Starting Pitchers

Honorable Mention: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers (6 points)

Honorable Mention: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (8 points)

No. 10: David Price, Boston Red Sox (9 points)

No. 9: Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants (11 points)

No. 8: Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets (19 points)

No. 7: Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs (20 points)

T-No. 5: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (21 points)

T-No. 5: Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs (21 points)

No. 4: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants (29 points)

No. 3: Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox (34 points)

No. 2: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (35 points)

No. 1: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (44 points)*

 

Top 5 Catchers

Honorable Mention: Evan Gattis, Houston Astros (2 points)

Honorable Mention: Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays (4 points)

No. 5: Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers (7 points)

No. 4: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals (8 points)

No. 3: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (16 points)

No. 2: Jonathan Lucroy, Texas Rangers (20 points)

No. 1: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants (24 points)*

 

Top 5 First Basemen

Honorable Mention: Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles (3 points)

Honorable Mention: Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians (6 points)

No. 5: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves (8 points)

No. 4: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds (9 points)

No. 3: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks (14 points)

No. 2: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (20 points)

No. 1: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs (23 points)

 

Top 5 Second Basemen

Honorable Mention: Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs (4 points)

Honorable Mention: Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers (5 points)

No. 5: Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins (8 points)

No. 4: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox (10 points)

No. 3: Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals (12 points)

No. 2: Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners (20 points)

No. 1: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros (24 points)*

 

Top 5 Shortstops

Honorable Mentions: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox (5 points)

T-No. 5: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants (6 points)

T-No. 5: Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays (6 points)

No. 4: Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs (7 points)

No. 3: Carlos Correa, Houston Astros (13 points)

No. 2: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians (16 points)

No. 1: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (23 points)

 

Top 5 Third Basemen

Honorable Mention: Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners (3 points)

Honorable Mention: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers (4 points)

No. 5: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays (5 points)

No. 4: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (12 points)

No. 3: Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles (17 points)

No. 2: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs (20 points)

No. 1: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays (22 points)

 

Top 5 Right Fielders

Honorable Mention: Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates (4 points)

T-No. 5: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays (6 points)

T-No. 5: Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants (6 points)

No. 4: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies (7 points)

No. 3: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (16 points)

No. 2: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (19 points)

No. 1: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals (22 points)

 

Top 5 Left Fielders

Honorable Mention: Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics (4 points)

Honorable Mention: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals (5 points)

T-No. 4: Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs (7 points)

T-No. 4: Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers (7 points)

No. 3: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (16 points)

No. 2: Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates (17 points)

No. 1: Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets (23 points)

 

Top 5 Center Fielders

Honorable Mention: George Springer, Houston Astros (4 points)

T-No. 4: Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers (5 points)

T-No. 4: Adam Eaton, Washington Nationals (5 points)

T-No. 4: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates (5 points)

No. 3: Dexter Fowler, St. Louis Cardinals (9 points)

No. 2: Christian Yelich, Atlanta Braves (19 points)

No. 1: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (24 points)*

 

Top 5 Designated Hitters

Honorable Mention: Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2 points)

Honorable Mention: Kendrys Morales, Kansas City Royals (4 points)

No. 5: Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians (5 points)

No. 4: Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros (8 points)

No. 3: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers (9 points)

No. 2: Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles (15 points)

No. 1: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners (18 points)

 

Top 5 Closers/Relief Pitchers

Honorable Mention: Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians (1 point)

Honorable Mention: Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs (4 points)

No. 5: Craig Kimbrel, San Diego Padres (5 points)

No. 4: Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (10 points)

No. 3: Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees (11 points)

No. 2: Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles (12 points)

No. 1: Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians (18 points)

 

      

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