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

The Brewer Nation
Jan 11, 2020 · 12 min read

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.

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

  1. Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. George Springer - Houston Astros
  3. Ramón Laureano - Oakland Athletics
  4. Whit Merrifield - Kansas City Royals
  5. Starling Marte - Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. LORENZO CAIN - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  7. Aaron Hicks - New York Yankees
  8. Brandon Nimmo - New York Mets
  9. Brett Gardner - New York Yankees

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

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

  1. Michael Brantley - Houston Astros
  2. Bryan Reynolds - Pittsburgh Pirates
  3. Tommy Pham - San Diego Padres
  4. Mark Canha - Oakland Athletics
  5. Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay Rays
  6. Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
  8. David Peralta - Arizona Diamondbacks
  9. Giancarlo Stanton - 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 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

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

  1. CHRISTIAN YELICH - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  2. Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
  3. Ronald Acuña Jr. - Atlanta Braves
  4. J.D. Martinez - Boston Red Sox
  5. Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
  6. Jorge Soler - Kansas City Royals
  7. Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
  8. Michael Conforto - New York Mets
  9. Nicholas Castellanos - 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 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

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

  1. Max Muncy - Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Pete Alonso - New York Mets
  3. Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
  4. Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis Cardinals
  5. Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
  6. Luke Voit - New York Yankees
  7. Carlos Santana - Cleveland Indians
  8. Josh Bell - Pittsburgh Pirates
  9. Edwin Encarnación - 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 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

MLB Network’s “Top 10 Catchers Right Now”

  1. J.T. Realmuto - Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
  3. Mitch Garver — Minnesota Twins
  4. Gary Sánchez - New York Yankees
  5. Wilson Ramos - New York Mets
  6. Robinson Chirinos - Texas Rangers
  7. Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
  8. Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals
  9. OMAR NARVÁEZ - MILWAUKEE BREWERS

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

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

  1. D.J. LeMahieu - New York Yankees
  2. José Altuve - Houston Astros
  3. Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves
  4. Brandon Lowe - Tampa Bay Rays
  5. KESTON HIURA - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  6. Mike Moustakas - Cincinnati Reds
  7. Cavan Biggio - Toronto Blue Jays
  8. Kolten Wong - St. Louis Cardinals
  9. Luis Arraez - Minnesota Twins

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

MLB Network’s “Top 10 Shortstops Right Now”

  1. Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
  2. Javier Báez - Chicago Cubs
  3. Marcus Semien - Oakland Athletics
  4. Xander Bogaerts - Boston Red Sox
  5. Fernando Tatis, Jr. - San Diego Padres
  6. Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
  7. Jorge Polanco - Minnesota Twins
  8. Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
  9. Paul DeJong - 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 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

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

  1. Justin Verlander - Houston Astros
  2. Gerrit Cole - New York Yankees
  3. Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
  4. Hyun-Jin Ryu - Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Zach Greinke - Houston Astros
  6. Jack Flaherty - St. Louis Cardinals
  7. Patrick Corbin - Washington Nationals
  8. Mike Clevinger - Cleveland Indians
  9. Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers

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

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

  1. Aroldis Chapman - New York Yankees
  2. JOSH HADER - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  3. Liam Hendriks - Oakland Athletics
  4. Ryan Pressly - Houston Astros
  5. Brandon Workman - Boston Red Sox
  6. Seth Lugo - New York Mets
  7. Adam Ottavino - Colorado Rockies
  8. Taylor Rogers - Minnesota Twins
  9. Will Smith - 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 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

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

  1. Anthony Rendon - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  2. Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
  3. Matt Chapman - Oakland Athletics
  4. Jeff McNeil - New York Mets
  5. Josh Donaldson - Minnesota Twins
  6. Justin Turner - Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Eugenio Suárez - Cincinnati Reds
  8. José Ramírez - Cleveland Indians
  9. Manny Machado - 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 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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