MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now” Rankings Entering 2019

The Brewer Nation
Jan 13, 2019 · 12 min read
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Each year I compile MLB Network’s “Top 100 Players Right Now” which airs annually before the regular season begins.

Beginning in 2014, I decided to supplement those rankings by giving you a place to find all of the Top 10 Right Now positional rankings as well. I continued with the 2015 rankings, again for 2016, here in 2017, and most recently for 2018’s list.

I’ll add to this post as the different positional episodes air on MLB Network.

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now”

  1. Jose Altuve - Houston Astros

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Second Basemen is Harold Reynolds). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Altuve, Merrifield, Lowrie, Canó, Ozzie Albies (ATL), Gennett, LeMahieu, Zobrist, Torres, Taylor

Gennaro: Altuve, Gennett, Merrifield, Ketel Marte (SEA), Wendle, Torres, Cesar Hernández (PHI), Lowrie, LeMahieu, Canó

Lindbergh: Altuve, Albies, Canó, Taylor, Merrifield, Gennett, Lowrie, Zobrist, Marte, Torres

Kenny: Altuve, Merrifield, Gennett, Canó, Torres, Albies, Taylor, Zobrist, Lowrie, Brian Dozier (WAS)

Reynolds: Altuve, Canó, Albies, Merrifield, Jonathan Schoop (MIN), Torres, Lowrie, Gennett, Josh Harrison (FA), LeMahieu

Social Media Fan Vote: Altuve, Albies, Torres, Gennett, Canó, Wong, Merrifield, LeMahieu, Pedroia, Wendle

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now”

  1. José Ramírez - Cleveland Indians

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Third Basemen is Mike Lowell). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Bregman, Ramírez, Arenado, Chapman, Rendon, Bryant, Turner, Suárez, Carpenter, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (TOR) — (Petriello revealed on Twitter that he would have put Travis Shaw at #11 had the list gone that far.)

Gennaro: Bregman, Ramírez, Arenado, Turner, Rendon, Bryant, Guerrero, Jr., Carpenter, Chapman, Suárez

Lindbergh: Ramírez, Bregman, Rendon, Chapman, Bryant, Arenado, Carpenter, Turner, Suárez, Guerrero, Jr.

Kenny: Bregman, Arenado, Ramírez, Turner, Bryant, Carpenter, Chapman, Donaldson, Rendon, Suárez

Lowell: Ramírez, Arenado, Bregman, Bryant, Turner, Donaldson, Chapman, Carpenter, Suárez, Rendon

Social Media Fan Vote: Arenado, Bregman, Chapman, Ramírez, Bryant, Turner, Rendon, Miguel Andújar (NYY), Suárez, Carpenter

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now”

  1. Aaron Judge — New York Yankees

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Right Fielders is Cliff Floyd). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Betts, YELICH, Harper, Judge, Haniger, Nimmo, Piscotty, Puig, McCutchen, Eloy Jiménez (CHW)

Gennaro: Betts, YELICH, Judge, Harper, McCutchen, Haniger, Castellanos, Markakis, Puig, Nimmo

Lindbergh: Betts, Judge, YELICH, Harper, Haniger, Piscotty, Puig, Nimmo, Jiménez, McCutchen

Kenny: Betts, Judge, Harper, YELICH, Haniger, Jiménez, Nimmo, Polanco, McCutchen, Puig

Floyd: Betts, YELICH, Judge, Haniger, Harper, Piscotty, Castellanos, Markakis, McCutchen, Puig

Social Media Fan Vote: Betts, Judge, YELICH, Harper, Haniger, Nimmo, Puig, Castellanos, Markakis, Piscotty

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Catchers Right Now”

  1. Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Catchers is Joe Girardi). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Realmuto, GRANDAL, Posey, Molina, Ramos, Francisco Cervelli (PIT), Sánchez, Tyler Flowers (ATL), Contreras, Yan Gomes (WAS)

Gennaro: Realmuto, Contreras, Ramos, Posey, GRANDAL, Sánchez, Perez, Molina, Cervelli, Omar Narváez (CHW)

Lindbergh: Realmuto, GRANDAL, Sánchez, Posey, Flowers, Gomes, Ramos, Molina, Zunino, Jorge Alfaro (PHI)

Kenny: Realmuto, Posey, Contreras, GRANDAL, Perez, Molina, Ramos, Sánchez, Suzuki, Cervelli

Girardi: Realmuto, Sánchez Posey, GRANDAL, Molina, Contreras, Perez, Ramos, Cervelli, Gomes

Social Media Fan Vote: Molina, Realmuto, Posey, Perez, Sánchez, Contreras, Ramos, GRANDAL, Martin, Tucker Barnhart (CIN)

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now”

  1. J.D. Martinez - Boston Red Sox

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Left Fielders is Eric Byrnes). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Martinez, Soto, Acuña Jr., Stanton, Andrew Benintendi (BOS), Pham, Conforto, Upton, Michael Brantley (HOU), Ozuna

Gennaro: Martinez, Soto, Acuña Jr., Benintendi, Brantley, Pham, Davis, Stanton, Peralta, Conforto

Lindbergh: Martinez, Soto, Acuña Jr., Stanton, Benintendi, Ozuna, Conforto, Pham, Joc Pederson (LAD), Upton

Kenny: Martinez, Acuña Jr., Soto, Pham, Davis, Stanton, Upton, Benintendi, Peralta, Brantley

Byrnes: Stanton, Martinez, Upton, Acuña Jr., Soto, Benintendi, Pham, Conforto, Davis, Ozuna

Social Media Fan Vote: Acuña Jr., Martinez, Benintendi, Stanton, Soto, Davis, Conforto, Ozuna, RYAN BRAUN (MIL), Brantley

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Centerfielders Right Now”

  1. Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Centerfielders is Eric Byrnes). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Trout, CAIN, Bellinger, Hicks, Springer, Bradley Jr., Marte, Blackmon, Pollock, Bader

Gennaro: Trout, Hicks, CAIN, Springer, Bellinger, Bradley Jr., Ian Happ (CHC), Blackmon, Pollock, Víctor Robles (WAS)

Lindbergh: Trout, CAIN, Bellinger, Springer, Marte, Hicks, Pollock, Bradley Jr., Kiermaier, Ender Inciarte (ATL)

Kenny: Trout, CAIN, Springer, Bellinger, Blackmon, Hicks, Marte, Pollock, Inciarte, Kiermaier

Byrnes: Trout, Hicks, CAIN, Bellinger, Springer, Blackmon, Bradley Jr., Pollock, Bader, Mallex Smith (SEA)

Social Media Fan Vote: Trout, Bradley Jr., Springer, CAIN, Blackmon, Bader, Hicks, Inciarte, Bellinger, Pollock

*Since the filming of the show, the Dodgers signed A.J. Pollock to play CF, meaning that Cody Bellinger will be playing most of his games elsewhere.

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 First Basemen Right Now”

  1. Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis Cardinals

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the First Basemen is Jim Thome). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Goldschmidt, Freeman, Rizzo, Votto, Olson, Hoskins, Muncy, AGUILAR, Miguel Cabrera (DET), Daniel Murphy (COL)

Gennaro: Freeman, Muncy, Goldschmidt, Votto, Rizzo, Hoskins, AGUILAR, Olson, Cabrera, Smoak

Lindbergh: Freeman, Goldschmidt, Votto, Rizzo, Olson, Hoskins, Muncy, Belt, AGUILAR, Abreu

Kenny: Goldschmidt, Freeman, Votto, Rizzo, AGUILAR, Hoskins, Olson, Muncy, Edwin Encarnacion (SEA), Abreu

Thome: Goldschmidt, Freeman, Rizzo, AGUILAR, Votto, Muncy, Abreu, Hoskins, Olson, Cabrera

Social Media Fan Vote: Freeman, Goldschmidt, Votto, Rizzo, Hoskins, Olson, Muncy, Eric Hosmer (SD), Cabrera, Abreu

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Staring Pitchers Right Now”

  1. Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Starting Pitchers is Ron Darling). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: deGrom, Scherzer, Sale, Verlander, Nola, Snell, Kluber, Cole, Trevor Bauer (CLE), Walker Buehler (LAD)

Gennaro: deGrom, Scherzer, Sale, Cole, Verlander, Carrasco, Patrick Corbin (WAS), Snell, Kluber, Noah Syndergaard (NYM)

Lindbergh: Sale, Scherzer, deGrom, Verlander, Kluber, Cole, Bauer, Carrasco, Nola, Severino

Kenny: Sale, deGrom, Verlander, Scherzer, Kluber, Snell, Bauer, Cole, Nola, Kershaw

Darling: Scherzer, Kluber, Sale, deGrom, Kershaw, Verlander, Carrasco, Nola, Severino, Snell

Social Media Fan Vote: deGrom, Scherzer, Sale, Snell, Verlander, Kershaw, Nola, Kluber, Bauer, Severino

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Relief Pitchers Right Now”

  1. Craig Kimbrel - Free Agent

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Relief Pitchers is Dan Plesac). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: HADER, Díaz, Treinen, Dellin Betances (NYY), Doolittle, Leclerc Chapman, Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen (LAD), Ryan Pressly (HOU)

Gennaro: Díaz, Treinen, HADER, Leclerc, Kirby Yates (SD), Pressly, Kimbrel, Jeurys Familia (NYM), Andrew Miller (STL), Chapman

Lindbergh: Díaz, HADER, Pressly, Chapman, Treinen, Vázquez, Betances, Jansen, Kimbrel, COREY KNEBEL (MIL)

Kenny: HADER, Treinen, Díaz, Iglesias, Jansen, Miller, JEFFRESS, Kimbrel, Brad Hand (CLE), David Robertson (PHI)

Plesac: Treinen, HADER, Kimbrel, Vázquez, Díaz, Doolittle, Chapman, Iglesias, Jansen, Betances

Social Media Fan Vote: HADER, Díaz, Treinen, Kimbrel, Chapman, Jordan Hicks (STL), Betances, Miller, Adam Ottavino (NYY), Jansen

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Shortstops Right Now”

  1. Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Each episode also provides six additional lists: One from Brian Kenny, and one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Shortstops is Harold Reynolds). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including President of SABR Vince Gennaro, Mike Petriello of MLB.com, and Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into a Top 10.

Here are all of the individual Top 10’s with the first mention of a player in italics and any Brewers players bolded.

Petriello: Lindor, Machado, Story, Simmons, Báez, Seager, Xander Bogaerts (BOS), Correa, Trea Turner (WAS), Segura

Gennaro: Lindor, Machado, Simmons, Bogaerts, Báez, Seager, Story, Turner, Correa, Gregorius

Lindbergh: Machado, Lindor, Correa, Seager, Simmons, Bogaerts, Báez, Story, Turner, Segura

Reynolds: Lindor, Machado, Correa, Báez, Bogaerts, Turner, Seager, Story, Segura, Simmons

Kenny: Lindor, Correa, Bogaerts, Story, Machado, Simmons, Báez, Seager, Turner, DeJong

Social Media Fan Vote: Lindor, Báez, Gregorius, Machado, Correa, Simmons, Story, Seager, Bogaerts, Brandon Crawford (SF)

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