When preparing for your draft, you should have a comprehensive list of the top players in baseball. Ranking them according to importance and need is essential in having a successful draft. As I looked at some of the various strategies to drafting in part 9 of this series, knowing a player’s age, stats and injury statis is important in not wasting a draft pick. I guess I should include a disclaimer that the list that appears below is by no means the list that you should follow, but at least this is a starting point in which you can make educated picks when you make your draft. Any player with a + sign next to him means he is injured or was injured last year.
Miguel Cabrera (1B) is the top player in baseball followed by Albert Pujols (1B), Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Jose Bautista (OF), Matt Kemp (OF), Justin Verlander (SP), Ryan Braun (OF), Carlos Gonzalez (OF), Joey Votto (1B) and Prince Fielder (1B) round out the top 10.
Players 11-20 look like this. Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Jacoby Ellsbury (OF), Justin Upton (OF), Evan Longoria (3B), Robinson Cano (2B), Roy Halladay (SP), Hanley Ramirez+ (SS), Clayton Kershaw (SP), Tim Lincecum (SP) and Dustin Pedroia (2B).
Players 21-30: Cliff Lee (SP), Adrian Beltre (3B), Mark Texiera (1B), Jose Reyes+ (SS), Ian Kinsler+ (2B), Ryan Zimmerman (3B), Zack Grienke (SP), CC Sabathia (SP), Starlin Castro (SS), and Felix Hernandez (SP).
Players 31-40: Andrew McCutcheon (OF), Matt Holliday (OF), Curtis Granderson (OF), Josh Hamilton (OF), Jon Lester (SP), David Wright+ (3B), Cole Hamels (SP), Buster Posey (C), Jered Weaver (SP) and Mike Stanton (OF).
Players 41-50: Carlos Santana+ (C), Brett Lowrie (3B), Jay Bruce (OF), Dan Haren (SP) Paul Konerko (1B), Desmond Jennings (OF), Nelson Cruz+ (OF), Alex Rodriguez (3B), Pablo Sandoval+ (3B) and David Price (SP).
Players 51-60: Brandon Phillips (2B), Yovani Gallardo (SP), Mike Napoli (C), Elvis Andrus (SS), Matt Cain (SP), Hunter Pence (OF), CJ Wilson (SP), Carl Crawford+ (OF), Dan Uggla (2B) and Rickie Weeks (2B).
Players 61-70: Stephen Strasburg+ (SP), Eric Hosmer (1B), Craig Kimbrel (RP), Kevin Youkilis (3B), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Mariano Rivera (RP), Brian McCann (C), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Alex Gordon (OF) and Shin-Soo Choo+ (OF).
Players 71-80: Michael Young (UT), Ichiro Suzuki (OF), Chase Utley+ (2B), John Axford (RP), Jonathan Papelbon (RP), Michael Morse (1B), Asdrubal Cabrera (SS), Shane Victorino (OF), Dan Hudson (SP) and Adam Jones (OF).
Players 81-90: Corey Hart (OF), Madison Bumgarner (SP), Josh Johnson+ (SP), Billy Butler (1B), Adam Lind (1B), Tommy Hanson (SP), BJ Upton (OF), James Shields (SP), Joe Mauer+(C) and Freddie Freeman (1B).
Players 91-100: Howie Kendrick (2B), Ian Kennedy (SP), Drew Stubbs (OF), Justin Morneau+ (1B), Ryan Howard+ (1B-out until May or June), Michael Bourn (OF), David Freese (3B), Jason Heyward (OF), Jhonny Peralta (SS) and Derek Jeter (SS).
This concludes the ten part series on Baseball 2012. I can’t believe that we are just a couple of weeks away from the start of baseball. It just seemed like yesterday that the St. Louis Cardinals were celebrating their championship. Detroit will defeat the Philadelphia in the World Series and fantasy baseball begins next Wednesday with Seattle playing Oakland in Japan. Regardless of the team you cheer or the fantasy team you draft, enjoy this season and the best of luck to you all.