MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now” Rankings Entering 2020

The Brewer Nation
Jan 11 · 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, at this link for 2018’s list, and you can find 2019’s list right here.

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

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Center Fielders 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 (focused on a two-year sample; utilizes WAR, wRC+, Statcast metrics) 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 Center Fielders is Eric Byrnes). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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, Bellinger, Springer, Marte, Merrifield, Byron Buxton (MIN), Laureano, CAIN, Victor Robles (WAS), Nimmo

Langs: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, CAIN, Merrifield, Marte, Buxton, Robles, Laureano, Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS)

Lindbergh: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, Laureano, CAIN, Buxton, Marte, Merrifield, Luis Robert (CHW), Robles

Kenny: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, CAIN, Laureano, Marte, Buxton, Nimmo, Merrifield, Hicks

Byrnes: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, Marte, Laureano, Robles, Danny Santana (TEX), Gardner, CAIN, Merrifield

Social Media Fan Vote: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, Harrison Bader (STL), Bradley Jr., CAIN, Kiermaier, Merrifield, Laureano, Hicks

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

  1. Juan Soto - 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 Left Fielders is Eric Byrnes). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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: Soto, Brantley, Meadows, Jiménez, Pham, Reynolds, Ozuna, Canha, Schwarber, Stanton

Langs: Soto, Pham, Brantley, Stanton, Pederson, Schwarber, Ozuna, Jiménez, Meadows, Reynolds

Lindbergh: Soto, Brantley, Stanton, Pham, Meadows, Pederson, Ozuna, Jiménez, Canha, Schwarber

Kenny: Soto, Brantley, Pham, Meadows, Reynolds, Stanton, McCutchen, Pederson, Jiménez, Schwarber

Byrnes: Soto, Brantley, Pederson, Pham, Canha, Reynolds, Meadows, Ozuna, Schwarber, Stanton

Social Media Fan Vote: Soto, Stanton, Brantley, Benintendi, Meadows, Rosario, Jiménez, Pham, Reynolds, McCutchen

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

  1. Mookie Betts - 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 Right Fielders is Cliff Floyd). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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: YELICH, Betts, Acuña Jr., Judge, Harper, Gallo, Martinez, Conforto, Max Kepler (MIN), Soler

Langs: YELICH, Betts, Acuña Jr., Judge, Gallo, Harper, Soler, Martinez, Kepler, Conforto

Lindbergh: Betts, YELICH, Judge, Acuña Jr., Harper, Kepler, Conforto, Martinez, Gallo, Soler

Kenny: YELICH, Betts, Judge, Acuña Jr., Harper, Martinez, Gallo, Conforto, Charlie Blackmon (COL), Soler

Floyd: YELICH, Betts, Acuña Jr., Judge, Martinez, Harper, Soler, Castellanos, Kepler, Conforto

Social Media Fan Vote: YELICH, Betts, Judge, Acuña Jr., Harper, Gallo, Kepler, Blackmon, Martinez, Conforto

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

  1. Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves

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 Carlos Peña). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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: Freeman, Olson, Rizzo, Alonso, Muncy, Santana, Goldschmidt, Bell, Christian Walker (ARI), Voit

Langs: Freeman, Alonso, Muncy, Rizzo, Santana, Olson, Goldschmidt, Bell, José Abreu, Yuli Gurriel (HOU)

Lindbergh: Freeman, Rizzo, Muncy, Alonso, Olson, Goldschmidt, Bell, Santana, Rhys Hoskins (PHI), Joey Votto (CIN)

Kenny: Freeman, Rizzo, Olson, Goldschmidt, Alonso, Bell, Votto, Muncy, Hoskins, Santana

Peña: Freeman, Alonso, Rizzo, Olson, Muncy, Goldschmidt, Santana, Bell, Encarnación, Abreu

Social Media Fan Vote: Freeman, Goldschmidt, Alonso, Rizzo, Olson, Abreu, Votto, Gurriel, Muncy, Santana

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Catchers Right Now”

  1. Yasmani Grandal - Chicago White 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 Catchers is probably Dave Valle). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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: Grandal, Realmuto, Sánchez, Garver, Contreras, Roberto Pérez (CLE), Christian Vázquez (BOS), Will Smith (LAD), Tom Murphy (SEA), Carson Kelly (ARI)

Langs: Realmuto, Grandal, Pérez, Sánchez, Vázquez, Contreras, Garver, James McCann (CHW), Smith, Buster Posey (SF)

Lindbergh: Grandal, Realmuto, Sánchez, Garver, Vázquez, Smith, Contreras, Pérez, Kelly, Murphy

Kenny: Realmuto, Grandal, Contreras, Sánchez, Garver, Molina, Narváez, Ramos, Smith, Pérez

Valle: Realmuto, Grandal, Contreras, Sánchez, Garver, Pérez, Ramos, Posey, Molina, Vázquez

Social Media Fan Vote: Realmuto, Molina, Sánchez, Grandal, Contreras, Garver, Salvador Perez (KC), Vázquez, Posey, Pérez

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

  1. Ketel Marte - Arizona Diamondbacks

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 Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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, LeMahieu, Marte, Albies, HIURA, Wong, Biggio, Lowe, Moustakas, Gavin Lux (LAD)

Langs: Altuve, LeMahieu, Marte, Albies, Wong, David Fletcher (LAA), HIURA, Lowe, Jean Segura (PHI), Lux

Lindbergh: Altuve, Albies, Marte, Wong, LeMahieu, Lowe, HIURA, Biggio, Lux, Moustakas

Kenny: Altuve, Marte, LeMahieu, Albies, HIURA, Arraez, Segura, Biggio, Wong, Moustakas

Reynolds: Altuve, LeMahieu, Albies, Marte, Segura, Moustakas, Ryan McMahon (COL), Wong, Arraez, HIURA

Social Media Fan Vote: Altuve, LeMahieu, Albies, Wong, Marte, Moustakas, Arraez, Fletcher, Tommy La Stella (LAA), Lux

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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Shortstops Right Now”

  1. Travis Story - Colorado Rockies

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 Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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, Bogaerts, Story, Báez, Correa, Semien, Tatis Jr., Torres, DeJong, Trea Turner (WAS)

Langs: Lindor, Story, Báez, Semien, Bogaerts, Correa, Corey Seager (LAD), Turner, Tatis Jr., Torres

Lindbergh: Lindor, Bogaerts, Story, Correa, Báez, Tatis Jr., Semien, Torres, Seager, Andrelton Simmons (LAA)

Reynolds: Lindor, Bogaerts, Story, Báez, Semien, Turner, Torres, Tatis Jr., Simmons, Tim Anderson (CHW)

Kenny: Lindor, Bogaerts, Story, Correa, Báez, Tatis Jr, Bo Bichette (TOR), Semien, Torres, Turner

Social Media Fan Vote: Báez, Lindor, Tatis Jr., Torres, Story, Bogaerts, Nick Ahmed (ARI), Semien, Anderson, Correa

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

  1. Jacob deGrom - New York Mets

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 was Ron Darling last year). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including g Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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: Cole, deGrom, Scherzer, Verlander, Strasburg, Clevinger, Buehler, Flaherty, Charlie Morton (TB), Chris Sale (BOS)

Langs: Cole, deGrom, Scherzer, Verlander, Strasburg, Buehler, Morton, Flaherty, Mike Soroka (ATL), Clevinger

Lindbergh: Cole, deGrom, Verlander, Scherzer, Strasburg, Buehler, Sale, Morton, Flaherty, Clevinger

Kenny: Cole, deGrom, Verlander, Scherzer, Strasburg, Buehler, Flaherty, Morton, Clevinger, Sale

Darling: deGrom, Cole, Scherzer, Verlander, Strasburg, Greinke, Kershaw, Sale, Buehler, Flaherty

Social Media Fan Vote: deGrom, Cole, Scherzer, Verlander, Flaherty, Strasburg, Buehler, Luis Castillo (CIN), Sale, Kershaw

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

  1. Kirby Yates - San Diego Padres

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 Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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, Yates, Nick Anderson (TB), Chapman, Drew Pomeranz (SD), Pressly, Hendriks, Rogers, Ken Giles (TOR), Lugo

Langs: HADER, Yates, Chapman, Hendriks, Anderson, Giles, Smith, Lugo, Zack Britton (NYY), Pressly

Lindbergh: HADER, Chapman, Anderson, Yates, Giles, Pressly, Smith, Rogers, Brad Hand (CLE), Hendriks

Kenny: Yates, Chapman, HADER, Hendriks, Anderson, Smith, Pressly, Ottavino, Lugo, Rogers

Plesac: Yates, Chapman, HADER, Hendriks, Lugo, Workman, Smith, Roberto Osuna (HOU), Ottavino, Will Harris (WAS)

Social Media Fan Vote: Hader, Yates, Chapman, Lugo, Anderson, Ottavino, Giles, Hendriks, Smith, Hand

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

  1. Alex Bregman - 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 Third Basemen is Mike Lowell). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetrics Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs 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, Rendon, Arenado, Chapman, Rafael Devers (BOS), Yoan Moncada (CHW), Donaldson, Kris Bryant (CHC), Ramírez, McNeil

Langs: Bregman, Arenado, Rendon, Bryant, Chapman, Devers, McNeil, Moncada, Donaldson, Suárez

Lindbergh: Bregman, Rendon, Chapman, Arenado, Devers, Donaldson, Machado, Ramírez, Bryant, Suárez

Kenny: Bregman, Rendon, Chapman, Arenado, Donaldson, Bryant, Turner, Devers, McNeil, Suárez

Lowell: Bregman, Rendon, Arenado, McNeil, Suárez, Donaldson, Devers, Bryant, Turner, Machado

Social Media Fan Vote: Arenado, Rendon, Bregman, Chapman, Machado, Devers, Suárez, Gio Urshela (NYY), Bryant, Ramírez

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