MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now” Rankings Entering 2021

The Brewer Nation
Jan 12 · 12 min read

Back again for 2021!

Every year I compile MLB Network’s “Top 100 Players Right Now” in one place (in this here blog) 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 lists as well.

PREVIOUS LISTS
2020’s Top 10 Right Now
2019’s list
2018’s list
2017’s list
2016
2015
2014

I’ll update this post over the weeks as the different positional episodes air on MLB Network in early 2021.

Monday, January 11: Relief Pitchers
Tuesday, January 12: Catchers
Wednesday, January 13: Center Fielders
Tuesday, January 19: Left Fielders
Wednesday, January 20: First Basemen
Wednesday, January 27: Third Basemen
Thursday, January 28: Starting Pitchers
Monday, February 1: Second Basemen
Tuesday, February 2: Shortstops
Wednesday, February 3: Right Fielders

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

  1. Drew Pomeranz - San Diego Padres
  2. DEVIN WILLIAMS - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  3. Nick Anderson - Tampa Bay Rays
  4. James Karinchak - Cleveland Indians
  5. Brad Hand - Washington Nationals
  6. Aroldis Chapman - New York Yankees
  7. Aaron Bummer - Chicago White Sox
  8. Tyler Duffey - Minnesota Twins
  9. JOSH HADER - MILWAUKEE BREWERS

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Relief Pitchers is Dan Plesac). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro, the former President of SABR.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into another 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: Hendriks, Anderson, WILLIAMS, HADER, Pomeranz, Chapman, Karinchak, Edwin Díaz (NYM), Raisel Iglesias (LAA), Hand

Langs: Hendriks, WILLIAMS, HADER, Anderson, Chapman, Zack Britton (NYY), Iglesias, Karinchak, Pomeranz, Seth Lugo (NYM)

Gennaro: HADER, Anderson, Ryan Pressly (HOU), Hendriks, Giovanny Gallegos (STL), Britton, WILLIAMS, Chapman, Amir Garrett (CIN), Kirby Yates (TOR)

Kenny: Hendriks, Hand, Yates, Anderson, HADER, WILLIAMS, Chapman, Pomeranz, Harris, Iglesias

Plesac: Hendriks, WILLIAMS, Anderson, Hand, Pomeranz, Britton, Chapman, HADER, Duffey, Bummer

Social Media Fan Vote: Hendriks, HADER, WILLIAMS, Trevor May (MIN), Chapman, Anderson, Díaz, Garrett, Alex Colomé (CHW), Jake Diekman (OAK)

MLB Network’s “Top 10 Catchers Right Now”

  1. Yasmani Grandal - Chicago White Sox
  2. Will Smith - Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
  4. Sean Murphy - Oakland Athletics
  5. Austin Nola - San Diego Padres
  6. Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
  7. Travis d’Arnaud - Atlanta Braves
  8. Mitch Garver - Minnesota Twins
  9. James McCann - New York Mets

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Catchers is probably Dave Valle). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into another 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, Smith, Murphy, Contreras, Nola, Perez, Christian Vázquez (BOS), McCann, d’Arnaud

Langs: Realmuto, Grandal, Perez, d’Arnaud, Smith, Contreras, McCann, Murphy, Roberto Pérez (CLE), Nola

Gennaro: Grandal, Realmuto, Garver, Smith, Pérez, Contreras, d’Arnaud, Vázquez, Jason Castro (HOU), McCann

Kenny: Realmuto, Smith, Contreras, Grandal, Perez, McCann, Garver, Yadier Molina (FA), Tucker Barnhart (CIN), Gary Sánchez (NYY)

Valle: Realmuto, Grandal, Contreras, Perez, Smith, Vázquez, McCann, Murphy, Nola, d’Arnaud

Social Media Fan Vote: Realmuto, Molina, Perez, Grandal, Contreras, Smith, McCann, Posey, d’Arnaud, Garver

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

  1. Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. George Springer - Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Alex Verdugo - Boston Red Sox
  4. Brandon Nimmo - New York Mets
  5. Kyle Lewis - Seattle Mariners
  6. Ramón Laureano - Oakland Athletics
  7. Trent Grisham - San Diego Padres
  8. Starling Marte - Miami Marlins
  9. Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Mark DeRosa). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into another 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, Grisham, Nimmo, Buxton, Luis Robert (CHW), Ian Happ (CHC), Lewis, Verdugo

Langs: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, Robert, Grisham, Buxton, Lewis, Marte, Laureano, Happ

Gennaro: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, Laureano, Aaron Hicks (NYY), Nimmo, Lewis, Happ, Verdugo, Grisham

Kenny: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, Nimmo, Laureano, Marte, Happ, Hicks, LORENZO CAIN (MIL), Verdugo

DeRosa: Trout, Bellinger, Springer, Lewis, Robert, Verdugo, Buxton, Happ, Laureano, Marte

Social Media Fan Vote: Trout, Bellinger, Robert, Springer, Buxton, CAIN, Lewis, Grisham, Laureano, Hicks

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

  1. Michael Brantley - Houston Astros
  2. Mark Canha - Oakland Athletics
  3. Marcell Ozuna - FREE AGENT
  4. Jesse Winker - Cincinnati Reds
  5. Dominic Smith - New York Mets
  6. Eloy Jiménez - Chicago White Sox
  7. Alex Dickerson - San Francisco Giants
  8. Clint Frazier - New York Yankees
  9. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Left Fielders is Mark DeRosa). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into another 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, Ozuna, Jiménez, Brantley, Randy Arozarena (TB), Gurriel Jr., Winker, Frazier, Smith, Canha

Langs: YELICH, Ozuna, Jiménez, Brantley, Smith, Arozarena, Winker, Gurriel Jr., Frazier, Tommy Pham (SD)

Gennaro: YELICH, Brantley, Smith, Ozuna, Canha, Jiménez, Arozarena, Winker, Dickerson, Andrew Benintendi (KC)

Kenny: YELICH, Jiménez, Ozuna, Brantley, Winker, Bryan Reynolds (PIT), Arozarena, Gurriel Jr., Smith, Frazier

DeRosa: YELICH, Ozuna, Brantley, Jiménez, Arozarena, Gurriel Jr., Frazier, Pham, Canha, Smith

Social Media Fan Vote: YELICH, Ozuna, Arozarena, Jiménez, Brantley, Gurriel, Jr., Dickerson, Smith, A.J. Pollock (LAD), Benintendi

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

  1. Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Luke Voit - New York Yankees
  3. José Abreu - Chicago White Sox
  4. Max Muncy - Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
  6. Pete Alonso - New York Mets
  7. Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics
  8. Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
  9. Carlos Santana - Kansas City Royals

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 First Basemen is Sean Casey). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into another 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, Voit, Olson, Goldschmidt, Abreu, Rizzo, Alonso, Muncy, Brandon Belt (SF), Hoskins

Langs: Freeman, Abreu, Goldschmidt, Voit, Muncy, Rizzo, Olson, Alonso, Josh Bell (WAS), Belt

Gennaro: Freeman, Muncy, Alonso, Abreu, Olson, Voit, Belt, Bell, Rizzo, Trey Mancini (BAL)

Kenny: Freeman, Goldschmidt, Rizzo, Abreu, Olson, Alonso, Hoskins, Voit, Muncy, Belt

Casey: Freeman, Abreu, Voit, Olson, Rizzo, Alonso, Goldschmidt, Muncy, Hoskins, Mancini

Social Media Fan Vote: (Apparently this didn’t happen for First Basemen.)

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

  1. Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
  2. Nolan Arenado - St. Louis Cardinals
  3. José Ramírez - Cleveland Indians
  4. Manny Machado - San Diego Padres
  5. Justin Turner - FREE AGENT
  6. Matt Chapman - Oakland Athletics
  7. Josh Donaldson - Minnesota Twins
  8. Gio Urshela - New York Yankees
  9. Eugenio Suárez - Cincinnati Reds

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Third Basemen is Mike Lowell). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into another 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: Rendon, Ramírez, Bregman, Chapman, Machado, Arenado, Urshela, Turner, Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT), Rafael Devers (BOS)

Langs: Arenado, Ramírez, Rendon, Machado, Bregman, Chapman, Yoan Moncada (CHW), Hayes, Devers, Alec Bohm (PHI)

Gennaro: Rendon, Bregman, Arenado, Chapman, Ramírez, Donaldson, Turner, Suárez, Devers, Machado

Kenny: Bregman, Rendon, Ramírez, Chapman, Arenado, Machado, Donaldson, Turner, Kris Bryant (CHC), Suárez

Lowell: Rendon, Arenado, Ramírez, Chapman, Machado, Bregman, Turner, Donaldson, Suárez, Bohm

Social Media Fan Vote: Arenado, Machado, Chapman, Ramírez, Rendon, Bregman, Turner, Urshela, Moncada, Bryant

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

  1. Gerrit Cole - New York Yankees
  2. Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
  3. Trevor Bauer - FREE AGENT
  4. Shane Bieber - Cleveland Indians
  5. Hyun-Jin Ryu - Toronto Blue Jays
  6. Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Dinelson Lamet - San Diego Padres
  8. Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies
  9. Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Starting Pitchers is Ron Darling). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

They allowed fans to once again vote on social media and compiled their rankings into another 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: Bieber, deGrom, Cole, Yu Darvish (SD), Nola, Buehler, Bauer, Luis Castillo (CIN), Lucas Giolito (CHW), Kershaw

Langs: deGrom, Cole, Bieber, Bauer, Darvish, Scherzer, Buehler, Nola, Kershaw, Giolito

Gennaro: deGrom, Cole, Blake Snell (SD), Bieber, Giolito, Bauer, Darvish, Lance Lynn (CHW), Tyler Glasnow (TB), Castillo

Kenny: Cole, deGrom, Bieber, Scherzer, Ryu, Darvish, Bauer, Buehler, Kershaw, Max Fried (ATL)

Darling: deGrom, Cole, Bieber, Buehler, Darvish, Bauer, Jack Flaherty (STL), Giolito, Nola, Fried

Social Media Fan Vote: deGrom, Cole, Scherzer, Bauer, Bieber, Darvish, Buehler, Kershaw, Snell, Fried

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

  1. Jeff McNeil - New York Mets
  2. Ketel Marte - Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. Brandon Lowe - Tampa Bay Rays
  4. Cavan Biggio - Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Jake Cronenworth - San Diego Padres
  6. Donovan Solano - San Francisco Giants
  7. Chris Taylor - Los Angeles Dodgers
  8. José Altuve - Houston Astros
  9. Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Second Basemen is Harold Reynolds). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

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: LeMahieu, Lowe, McNeil, Altuve, Albies, Biggio, Marte, Luis Arraez (MIN), Tommy La Stella (SF), David Fletcher (LAA)

Langs: LeMahieu, Lowe, Cronenworth, McNeil, Kiké Hernández (BOS), Mike Moustakas (CIN), Altuve, Marte, Albies, Biggio

Gennaro: LeMahieu, Marte, Albies, Biggio, McNeil, Lowe, KOLTEN WONG (MIL), Taylor, Altuve, Arraez

Kenny: LeMahieu, McNeil, Altuve, Albies, Biggio, Lowe, Marte, Moustakas, Cronenworth, Arraez

Reynolds: LeMahieu, Altuve, Albies, Lowe, Marte, McNeil, Moustakas, Solano, Biggio, Cronenworth

Social Media Fan Vote: LeMahieu, Albies, Altuve, Fletcher, McNeil, WONG, Lowe, Cronenworth, Marte, Arraez

MLB Network’s “Top 10 Shortstops Right Now”

  1. Fernando Tatis, Jr.- San Diego Padres
  2. Xander Bogaerts - Boston Red Sox
  3. Francisco Lindor - New York Mets
  4. Trea Turner - Washington Nationals
  5. Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers
  6. Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
  7. Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
  8. Javier Báez - Chicago Cubs
  9. Tim Anderson - Chicago White Sox

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Shortstops is Harold Reynolds). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

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: Tatis Jr., Lindor, Seager, Story, Turner, Bogaerts, Anderson, Bichette, Báez, Correa

Langs: Tatis Jr., Story, Lindor, Turner, Seager, Correa, Bogaerts, Anderson, Bichette, Báez

Gennaro: Bogaerts, Lindor, Seager, Anderson, Tatis Jr., Story, Marcus Semien (TOR), Correa, Bichette, Turner

Kenny: Tatis Jr., Lindor, Seager, Turner, Bogaerts, Story, Gleyber Torres (NYY), Anderson, Correa, Bichette

Reynolds: Tatis Jr., Lindor, Story, Bogaerts, Turner, Correa, Seager, Anderson, Báez, Semien

Social Media Fan Vote: Tatis Jr., Lindor, Seager, Story, Turner, Báez, Anderson, Correa, Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson (ATL)

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

  1. Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
  2. Ronald Acuña, Jr. - Atlanta Braves
  3. Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
  4. Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
  5. Mike Yastrzemski - San Francisco Giants
  6. Michael Conforto - New York Mets
  7. Joey Gallo - Texas Rangers
  8. Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies
  9. Jorge Soler - Kansas City Royals

The rankings above are from MLB Network’s “Shredder” which takes into account a multitude of statistical factors (focused on a three-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 Right Fielders is Cliff Floyd). They also reveal the Top 10 lists of what they call the “Sabermetric Super Panel, ” including Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs of MLB.com, and Vince Gennaro.

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, Betts, Acuña Jr., Judge, Harper, Conforto, Yastrzemski, Teoscar Hernández (TOR), Austin Meadows (TB), Gallo

Langs: Soto, Betts, Acuña Jr., Judge, Harper, Conforto, Hernández, Gallo, Yastrzemski, Meadows

Gennaro: Soto, Betts, Acuña Jr., Judge, Harper, Conforto, Hernández, Gallo, Yastrzemski, Nicholas Castellanos (CIN)

Kenny: Betts, Soto, Acuña Jr., Harper, Judge, Conforto, Yastrzemski, Meadows, Gallo, Whit Merrifield (KC)

Floyd: Betts, Soto, Acuña Jr., Harper, Conforto, Judge, Myers, Hernández, Merrifield, Kyle Tucker (HOU)

Social Media Fan Vote: Betts, Soto, Acuña Jr., Judge, Conforto, Harper, Blackmon, Castellanos, Myers, Merrifield

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