MLB Draft Position Rankings #15-#1

**Heads Up! Same Introduction as the #30-16 part of these rankings.**

With the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft now a week in the rear view mirror, I figured it would be a good time to look into something I’ve wondered about for a while: Do the top picks really end up being the top players? Well, I decided to run some numbers to see whether or not the answer to that question is yes, no or it’s hard to say.

My methodology wasn’t too complicated, since I was more interested in this more recent era of baseball and wanted a sample of about 15 players per draft pick so I compiled the stats of every player drafted 1 to 30 in the 1999-2013 drafts and grouped the players’ statistics & awards by draft position. The reason I didn’t bother with the 2014, 2015, 2016 drafts was that most of those players haven’t sniffed the MLB yet so their small to no samples of stats would probably just skew the numbers.

As for the rankings, I used a scoring system we’ll call a “Warwards” score which is a simple mix of WAR, awards and player status. WAR is just the players’ combined WARs and for awards I gave 1 point for each all-star selection, 2 points for each Gold Glove & Silver Slugger and 3 points for each MVP & Cy Young. As for player status I gave 2 points if the player has played at least 1 game in 2017, 1 point if the player has played in the MLB but not this season and 0.5 for any player currently on the top 100 prospect list. So with that being said up lets get right into it!

15th: Pick #9

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Warwards Score

96.6

Hitters 4
Pitchers 11
WAR 79.6
All Star Selections 3
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 1
Gold Gloves 0
Silver Sluggers 0
OPS .697
FIP 4.36

Speaking of pitchers with drastically different first and second half of their careers, the best player and owner of every award (3 all stars, 1 Cy Young) for the 9th pick Barry Zito is one of the best examples of that in MLB history.

In his first 7 seasons (all with the A’s), Zito earned 3 all-star selections and 1 Cy Young while pitching to a 3.55 ERA and reaching at least 213 innings 6 seasons in a row. However, after signing what was the largest pitcher contract in MLB history with the Giants at the time, things would fall apart and never recover for Zito as he would never reach the 200 inning mark again and post a 4.66 ERA during his time as a San Francisco Giant.

As for the hitters, while there are only 4 of them that have a combined WAR of just 1.4, there is still decent potential for a real impact in the upcoming seasons here with Pirates outfielder and 6th best prospect in baseball Austin Meadows and young Cubs slugging infielder Javy Baez.

14th: Pick #4

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Warwards Score

97.7

Hitters 5
Pitchers 10
WAR 74.7
All Star Selections 1
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 1
Silver Sluggers 2
OPS .806
FIP 4.33

Pick #4 is the 3rd pick in a row in these rankings with double digit pitchers. This crop of pitchers is mostly unmemorable, with the highest career WAR (15.9) belonging to perennial bottom rotation starter and current free agent Gavin Floyd with his 4.34 career FIP. It is worth noting that both young Orioles starters Dylan Bundy & Kevin Gausman are featured in this list giving it some potential for improvement. Bundy in particular seems to have put his injury issues behind him this season putting up a very good 3.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 13 starts so far.

As for the hitter side of things, its a one man show and that man is 1 time all-star, 2 time Silver Slugger and 1 time Gold Glove winner Ryan Zimmerman. His 36.2 career WAR represents 48% of the 4th pick’s total WAR and 94% of its hitter’s combined WAR.

On top of this, Zimmerman is off to a fantastic start to the 2017 season that would be a career best if he can keep it up. Zimmerman is putting up career highs in OPS (1.105), slugging (.697) and batting average (.365) while leading the NL in all of those categories in additions to home runs. It will be interesting to see if the Nationals first baseman can keep his production close to these MVP caliber numbers as the season progresses.

13th: Pick #13

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Warwards Score

100.5

Hitters 12
Pitchers 3
WAR 75.5
All Star Selections 6
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 0
Silver Sluggers 2
OPS .726
FIP 3.10

The 13th pick is the first pick who’s rankings match its pick number and one of just three total picks in all of the rankings. Despite having more hitters drafted here than any other draft position, the best 13th pick in recent history is without a doubt Boston Red Sox stating lefty Chris Sale. With the only other pitcher to see major league action being former Reds relief pitcher Bill Bray, Sale is obviously the sole reason pick #13 has the best combined FIP of the bunch.

With 5 straight all-star appearances and a top 3 ranking in career WHIP (1.05), ERA (2.99), average against (.223), FIP (2.97) and K/9 (10.27) among all active starters, there is no denying that Sale is one of baseball’s best active pitchers and the best left-handed pitcher not in the American League (we’ll get to the best lefty in the world shortly). This season he is probably the leading candidate alongside Dallas Keuchel as he ranks top 5 on the junior circuit in ERA, innings pitch, average against, WHIP and leads the MLB in strikeouts.

As for the hitter crop at pick 13, despite there being a draft-high 12 of them, 2 time Silver Slugger and 1 time All-Star Aaron Hill and his 24.5 career WAR is the only noteworthy name. Playing in his 13th season, Hill is unfortunately now a shell of his former self, posting an extremely unremarkable .668 OPS since 2014.

12th: Pick #17

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Warwards Score

107.3

Hitters 10
Pitchers 5
WAR 85.3
All Star Selections 5
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 1
Silver Sluggers 0
OPS .766
FIP 3.72

The 17th pick is a two man show (you can probably guess who they are based on the picture right above this). Accounting for 74% of pick #17’s Warward score, 4-time all-star Cole Hamels (51.8 WAR) and 1-time all-star and Gold Glove winner AJ Pollock are the reason this pick is in the top 12 of these rankings, 5 spots higher than its actual position in the draft.

Unfortunately, both of these elite players have been hit with the injury bug this year, with Hamels going down with an oblique strain on May 3rd which is expected to keep him out for 8 weeks. Meanwhile, Pollock has been out since May 14th with a right groin strain but good news is he ran close to 100% on Saturday meaning he is coming closer to a return. Hopefully both of these guys get healthy as soon as possible because they are a joy to watch play the game of baseball.

11th: Pick #12

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Warwards Score

118.8

Hitters 8
Pitchers 7
WAR 89.8
All Star Selections 9
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 0
Silver Sluggers 2
OPS .740
FIP 4.33

You wouldn’t know it looking at his 5.08 ERA from 2015 to now (7.44 ERA this year in 9 starts), but long-time Angel & current Padre Jered Weaver is a 3 time all-star and leads the 12th pick in WAR with 34.7. In this crop of pitchers there’s also 2 mostly forgettable and players who managed to get 1 surprise all-star appearance each: former Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow (only played 4 seasons) & former mid-rotation starter Joe Saunders. Neither have played in the bigs since 2014.

As for the hitters, it’s pretty much a 2-man show with Mets outfielder Jay Bruce & Dodgers 2015 all-star catcher Yasmani Grandal accounting for 87.1% of pick #12’s batter’s Warwards score. Bruce has always had huge power, as his 3 all-star selections, 2 Silver Sluggers and .470 career slugging percentage would suggest. In his first full season with the Mets he’s off to a terrific start, ranking 5th in the NL with 16 homeruns and posting what would be a career high .856 OPS.

10th: Pick #3

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Warwards Score

128

Hitters 9
Pitchers 6
WAR 87
All Star Selections 7
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 7
Silver Sluggers 1
OPS .767
FIP 4.53

This is a very top heavy draft spot with Manny Machado, Evan Longoria & Eric Hosmer accounting for every award and 89% of the 3rd pick’s Warwards score. Before I get to these 3 star players I will say on the pitcher side of things 25 year old Rockies starter Jon Gray and his 9.5 K/9 in his 41 career starts has decent potential to make his own impact on these rankings in the upcoming seasons and Indians righty Trevor Bauer should at least have a long career as back of the rotation starter. Now lets get to the superstar corner infielders:

At just 24 soon to be 25 years old, Machado is the youngest and probably the best of the three, despite a rough start to 2017 posting a .217 batting average and .718 OPS. An all-star in 3 out of his 4 full seasons, 2 time Gold Glove winner and 1 time Platinum Glove winner, Machado is one of the most complete third basemen in the MLB providing both elite defense and plus offense. The past 2 seasons in particular Machado’s bat was on fire as he averaged 36 home runs, 72 extra base hits with a .869 OPS per season in 2015 & 2016. So despite his underwhelming start to this season I’m not ready to take Machado out of my top 5 third basemen in the bigs.

With that being said the other 2 American League infielders are terrific players in their own right. Longoria is a 3 time all-star, 2 time Gold Glover and 1 time Silver Slugger 31 year old with a career .830 OPS and 250 career home runs as of June 15th. Meanwhile, Hosmer is a 3 time Gold Glove first baseman and the reigning all-star game MVP.

9th: Pick #6

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Warwards Score

133.8

Hitters 6
Pitchers 9
WAR 102.8
All Star Selections 5
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 1
Gold Gloves 3
Silver Sluggers 2
OPS .774
FIP 3.80

With a 56.9 career WAR (55.4% of pick #6’s total WAR), 3 all-star appearances, 3 Gold Gloves, 1 Cy Young and even 1 Silver Slugger, Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke clearly headlines the 6th pick’s player pool. After struggling in his first year in Arizona last season to the tune of a 4.37 ERA, his highest since his sophomore season in 2005, Greinke is back to being an ace this season posting a 3.00 ERA with terrific ratios of 10.4 K/9 and 5.48 K/BB.

However, Greinke is the only impact player of this crop of players. The 6th pick also features arguably the best reliever of the last 2-3 seasons in Andrew Miller, who sports an absurd 14.1 K/9 and 5.3 K/BB ratio since becoming a full time relief pitcher in 2012. In addition, Miller has made the top 10 AL Cy Young voting in each of the last 2 seasons as a damn reliever!

On the hitter side of things it’s pretty much a one man show and that man is Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon. Rendon is having a career year so far in 2017, posting career highs in OPS (.888), slugging (.505), OBP (.381) and with already 11 home runs in 61 games he should very likely surpass his career high of 21 from his 2014 season where he won a Silver Slugger and finished 5th place in AL MVP voting.

8th: Pick #15

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Warwards Score

148.9

Hitters 8
Pitchers 7
WAR 111.9
All Star Selections 10
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 0
Silver Sluggers 4
OPS .773
FIP 4.25

The 8th pick is very much top heavy, with a pair of Dodgers players in injured starter/former 3-time all-star Scott Kazmir (22.8 WAR) and 6-time all-star/4-time Silver Slugger Chase Utley (65.1 WAR).

Now 38 years old, Utley is a shell of his former self but in his time with the Philadelphia Phillies he was in the conversation for best 2nd baseman in baseball during about the 2005-2010 seasons. In that stretch Utley’s .911 OPS was the highest among every 2nd baseman with at least 500 games played in the majors by a wide margin with 2nd place being Jeff Kent at .847.

As for Kazmir if you’re a big baseball fan you’ve definitely hear his story before. He went from all-star ace on the lowly Tampa Bay Devil Rays, to falling apart from 2009-2011 all the way to the point that he played for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Independent Atlantic lead to coming back to the MLB in 2013 and earning his 3rd all-star nod in 2014. Unfortunately he has yet to pitch in 2017 due to a hip injury and is currently on the 60 day DL.

7th: Pick #10

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Warwards Score

149.6

Hitters 8
Pitchers 7
WAR 106.6
All Star Selections 13
MVPs 0
Cy Youngs 2
Gold Gloves 0
Silver Sluggers 2
OPS .699
FIP 3.42

Pick #10 comes in at 7th in these rankings thanks to a trio of 4 time all star starting pitchers with Madison BumgarnerTim Lincecum and Ben Sheets. Bumgarner, a 3 time World Series champ, 2 time Silver Slugger and both NLCS & WS MVP, is the only active pitcher of the 3 but has unfortunately been sidelined since April 19th due to a dirt biking accident.

Meanwhile, Mad-Bum’s former teammate Tim Lincecum is the owner of the 2 Cy Youngs you see on the above board and he had one of the most dominant 4 season runs in MLB history from 2008-2011. In that span here are the things he led the NL in at least once: complete games, shutouts, strikeouts (3 straight years), ERA+, FIP (twice), lowest homeruns per 9 and K/9 (three times). That’s just ridiculous. It really is a shame things fell apart for him in 2012 as he was the very definition of electric.

The hitter crop doesn’t have nearly that kind of star power, with Twins catcher Jason Castro having the only all-star appearance of the bunch and Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin being the only other hitter with double digit career WAR at 13.3. I will say 23 year old Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl showed some promise hitting .315 with a .859 in a small 63 game sample last season. Unfortunately for Dahl he’s yet he’s been sidelined with rib and back injuries since February.

6th: Pick #25

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Warwards Score

152.1

Hitters 7
Pitchers 8
WAR 111.1
All Star Selections 9
MVPs 2
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 0
Silver Sluggers 5
OPS .809
FIP 3.97

As you can probably guess, there’s is one big reason that pick #25 ranks all the way in the top 6 of these rankings and that reason is future hall of fame centerfielder Mike Trout, who accounts for 49.2% of the 25th pick’s Warward score despite being just 25 years old.

Trout has been named an all-star and Silver Slugger in each of his 5 full seasons and has finished in the TOP 2 (!!!!) in AL MVP voting each of those season while winning the award twice. That last part about the MVPs is absolutely ridiculous. Trout genuinely has the possibility to become one of the 5 greatest players in MLB history if not the best (clean, sorry Barry) player to ever grace the diamond.

However, Trout isn’t the only multiple time all-star picked 25th as this player pool also features San Fransisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain. Much like his former teammate Tim Lincecum that I mentioned just 1 pick ago in these rankings, Cain was one of the majors’ best pitchers for a 4 year stretch.

From 2009-2012, Cain posted a 2.93 ERA (4th best in that time) and 882 innings (8th, 220.5 average IP per year) while earning an all-star nod in 3 out of these 4 seasons. Unfortunately things fell apart for the Giants righty in 2013 and he hasn’t been able to recover since, averaging a putrid 4.88 ERA from the 2013 season to today.

5th: Pick #11

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Warwards Score

174.4

Hitters 10
Pitchers 5
WAR 125.9
All Star Selections 12
MVPs 1
Cy Youngs 2
Gold Gloves 1
Silver Sluggers 5
OPS .784
FIP 3.37

The 11th pick features plenty of diversity, with 2 superstars (Max Scherzer & Andrew McCutchen), a top 100 prospect (Dominic Smith, 54th), 2 young budding stars (George Springer & Addison Russell), a former silver slugger above average second baseman (Neil Walker) and a 30 year old 8 year vet having a breakout season (Justin Smoak). But since I’ve already taken up way too much of your time, I’ll just talk about the 2 superstars starting with Scherzer:

There’s no denying Max Scherzer is one of baseball’s premiere pitchers and arguably the best right hander right now. He is one of 6 pitchers in MLB history to win the Cy Young in both the AL and NL. Since entering the league in 2008, Scherzer’s 2015 strikeouts rank only behind Clayton Kershaw, who he coincidentally recently passed as 3rd fastest pitcher to 2000 strikeouts. The Nationals righty is off to another terrific start this season, ranking tops in the NL in innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA+, FIP, WHIP & K/9. Don’t be surprised if Scherzer takes home his 3 Cy Young this year.

Moving on, Pirates centerfielder/rightfielder Andrew McCutchen, a former MVP, Gold Glover and 4-time Silver Slugger, is a terrific player in his own right. From 2011 to 2015, McCutchen made 5 straight all-star games while averaging a .905 OPS which ranked 4th among all outfielders with at least 500 games played in that time behind Mike Trout, Jose Bautista and Giancarlo Stanton.

However, he seems to have lost a step at the plate in 2016 and this season, averaging a much lower .778 OPS in the last 2 seasons which ranks only 52nd among outfielders with 150 games played. It will be interesting to see if McCutchen can return to his MVP caliber play at some point this season. He’s been on the right track recently, averaging a terrific .396 batting average and 1.176 OPS in the month of June (as of June 19th).

4th: Pick #5

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Warwards Score

223.7

Hitters 8
Pitchers 7
WAR 165.2
All Star Selections 12
MVPs 2
Cy Youngs 0
Gold Gloves 8
Silver Sluggers 6
OPS .855
FIP 4.02

With the highest OPS and most Gold Gloves of any draft position in these rankings, the 5th pick is evidently heavy with hitter talent. The pitchers on the other hand are pretty forgettable, with Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz and his 4.19 ERA in 2017 is the only one with an all-star selection of the crop of 5th overall pitchers.

On the other hand, the 5th overall hitters feature alot of star power, starting with a pair of catchers in Matt Wieters & Buster Posey. A 4-time all-star and 2-tim Gold Glove winner, Wieters has been one of the best catchers in the American League since entering the majors in 2009. Wieters ranks 8th in WAR and 5th in dWAR among all catchers with at least 500 games played since 2009.

Meanwhile, the other catcher here Buster Posey is a future first ballot hall of famer. Posey is a former rookie of the year, MVP, Gold Glover (in an era Yadier Molina exists), 3 time Silver Slugger and 3 time World Series winner with a batting title to boot. Since entering the majors in 2009 (coincidentally the same year as Wieters), Buster ranks tops among all catchers in WAR (by 7.2), oWAR (by 11.4), OPS (his .856 the only one above .780), slugging %, OBP, batting averaging and runs. Is there really any debate that he’s the best offensive catcher of this generation?

These 2 catchers are most certainly not the only 2 noteworthy names, as Ryan BraunMark Teixeira and mlb.com’s 18th best prospect Clint Frazier. A former MVP, rookie of the year, 6 time all-star and 5 time Silver Slugger, Ryan Braun has been one of the best outfielders in the MLB since entering the majors in 2007. His .910 OPS and .303 batting average rank behind only Mike Trout among all outfielders with at least 500 games played since 2007 while his 292 home runs rank only behind Jose Bautista and 1624 hits are 2nd to Ichiro Suzuki.

Moving on, recently retired 3 time all-star and Silver Slugger plus 5 time Gold Glove winning first baseman Mark Teixeira is also a terrific player and while he may not quite be a future hall of famer, his 409 career home runs and .869 career OPS are still very impressive.

3rd: Pick #7

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Warwards Score

234.8

Hitters 5
Pitchers 10
WAR 184.3
All Star Selections 18
MVPs 1
Cy Youngs 3
Gold Gloves 5
Silver Sluggers 5
OPS .822
FIP 3.35

When 1 player accounts for for one third of a top 3 draft pick’s Warwards score, you know that player is special. Well, as you could probably guess by the picture, I’m not exaggerating when I say that player is special as it is Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw. Playing in his 10th season at just 29 years old, Kershaw has already earned an MVP, pitcher triple crown, 4 straight ERA titles from 2011-2014, 6 all-star selections, a Gold Glove and 3 Cy Young awards which are more than any draft position COMBINED.

From Kershaw’s rookie season in 2008 to today, the southpaw ranks tops in strikeouts, shutouts, win percentage, ERA, FIP, ERA+, batting average against, opponent OPS, opponent slugging % and almost every other advanced pitching stat there is. Not only is Kershaw already a first-ballot hall of famer and hands-down best pitcher of his generation, if he keeps this production up for good chunk more seasons he might very well be in the conversation for best pitcher of all-time.

Meanwhile, the only other former all-star pitcher of the pick #7 crop has not faired nearly as well as Kershaw as of late. After bursting onto the scene late season in 2012 and playing like one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2013 by leading the majors in FIP and HR/9, Mets righthander Matt Harvey has been horrendous in 2016 & 2017. Since the beginning of 2016 Harvey has a 5.02 ERA and his 6.18 FIP this season suggest even further regression rather than improvement in the near future.

The hitter side of things features 2 former all-stars in Prince Fielder & Troy Tulowitzki. While he unfortunately had to retire after last season due to injuries, Fielder had a terrific career amassing an all-star game MVP, 6 all-star appearances and 3 silvers sluggers with a terrific .887 OPS.

Switching over to Tulowitzki, while doesn’t seem to be quite the same  dominant shortstop he was with the Rockies since arriving in Toronto, he has still had a terrific career thus far with 5 all-star selections plus a pair of Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers. Unfortunately for Tulo his problem has been health throughout his career, as he hasn’t eclipsed the 150 game mark since 2009 and has already missed 34 games this season due to injury.

2nd: Pick #2

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Warwards Score

264.8

Hitters 8
Pitchers 7
WAR 206.8
All Star Selections 18
MVPs 2
Cy Youngs 1
Gold Gloves 4
Silver Sluggers 1
OPS .747
FIP 3.66

Considering the 2nd overall pick finished 2nd in these rankings and the 1st overall pick finished 1st I guess we can conclude that the top prospect do have a higher chance of MLB success after all. Go figure. With that being said lets get into pick #2:

The pitchers feature 3 all-stars, 2 of which (Mark Prior & Josh Beckett) are now retired. The third and only active all-star 2nd overall pitcher is Detroit Tigers righty Justin Verlander. When all is said and done Verlander will likely be in the hall of fame, having amassed a rookie of the year, 6 all-star selections and a pitching triple crown while being one of just 10 pitchers to win both the Cy Young and MVP in the same season. After arguably being robbed of the Cy Young in 2016, Verlander is off to a rocky start this season with an underwhelming 4.50 ERA and career high 4.6 BB/9.

With all 7 hitters seeing at least some major league action and amassing positive WAR, 2nd overall picked hitters seem to have a pretty decent success rate. The list of former all-stars picked 2nd overall consists of Rickie WeeksPedro Alvarez, phenom Kris Bryant and a pair of Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon & Mike Moustakas. Earning all-star nods in his first 2 seasons plus a rookie of the year and then an MVP plus a World Series ring (for the Cubs of all teams) in his sophomore season, third baseman Kris Bryant is clearly the star of this crop of hitters and should add considerably both to his trophy case and his 15.6 WAR as his career progresses.

1st: Pick #1

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Warwards Score

369.1

Hitters 7
Pitchers 8
WAR 260.1
All Star Selections 31
MVPs 3
Cy Youngs 1
Gold Gloves 7
Silver Sluggers 14
OPS .829
FIP 3.39

With only one player (Mark Appel) that has yet to play in the MLB,  a Warwards score over 100 points higher than the next closest pick as well as the most all-star selections, MVPs, Silver Sluggers and highest WAR of any pick in these rankings, it is clear that the top pick in the first round of the draft is also by far the most successful pick in the draft. The 31 all-star selections are just crazy when you consider that’s its an average of 2.1 per player and no other team even had 20 of them. On top of that Astros 22 year old phenom shortstop Carlos Correa isn’t even one of those players (yet). With that being said lets take a look at who else makes up this group of former top picks:

The pick #1 pitchers feature 3 former all-stars in Stephen StrasburgDavid Price & Gerrit Cole. Despite struggling with some injuries throughout much of his first 7 seasons, Strasburg still has a Silver Slugger and 2 all-star appearances terrific career numbers of 10.5 K/9, 3.18 ERA, 4.6 K/BB ratio and 2.86 FIP. He’s been healthy and as effective as ever (10.3 K/9 & 3.28 ERA).

Meanwhile, Price may have the most accomplished career of any of these top picks to date amassing 5 all-star selections, 2 AL ERA titles & a Cy young, but he’s struggled with injuries and production in 2017 playing only 4 games so far and posting an awful 5.09 ERA. We’ll see as the season progresses if he’s just shaking the rust off or if this drop in production is something more.

The hitter portion of this group features 5 players with at least 3 all-star selections: Justin UptonBryce HarperAdrian GonzalezJoe Mauer & Josh Hamilton. In addition, 3 of these guys have MVPs (Harper, Hamilton & Mauer), with phenom Bryce Harper being the youngest unanimous MVP in MLB history. Speaking of Harper, he’s off to a torrid start to the 2017 season reminiscent of his 2015 MVP season, averaging a 1.030 OPS with a .317 batting average and is leading the league in intentional walks for the second season in a row. Watch out for him as he has the potential to be one of the faces of the current and future era of baseball.

While he now plays full-time at first base, there was a time when Joe Mauer was the best catcher in baseball earning 6 all-star selections, 3 Gold Gloves, 5 Silver Sluggers, 3 batting titles and an MVP between 2006-2013. In that time span among catchers with 500 games played, Mauer was tops in OPS, runs (by 104), hits (by 131), doubles, walks and OBP. In addition, his .327 batting average in that span was 2nd among any player with at least 2000 plate appearances just a hair behind Miguel Cabrera‘s .328, with next closest catcher being Yadier Molina at .288.

 

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