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MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now” Rankings Entering 2022

Let’s run it back again for 2022!

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
2021’s Top 10 Right Now
2020’s list
2019’s list
2018’s list
2017’s list
2016
2015
2014

I’ll update this post over the next two weeks as the different positional episodes air on MLB Network.

Monday, March 14: First Basemen
Tuesday, March 15: Second Basemen
Wednesday, March 16: Shortstops
Thursday, March 17: Third Basemen
Friday, March 18: Catchers
Monday, March 21: Starting Pitchers
Tuesday, March 22: Relief Pitchers
Wednesday, March 23: Right Fielders
Thursday, March 24: Left Fielders
Friday, March 25: Center Fielders

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

  1. Freddie Freeman - Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Matt Olson - Atlanta Braves
  4. Max Muncy - Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis Cardinals
  6. Pete Alonso - New York Mets
  7. Brandon Belt - San Francisco Giants
  8. José Abreu - Chicago White Sox
  9. Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
  10. Anthony Rizzo - New York Yankees

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, one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the First Basemen is Carlos Peña), and one from an industry voice (for the 1B is The Athletic’s Eno Sarris). 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.

Sarris: Guerrero Jr., Freeman, Olson, Alonso, Goldschmidt, Abreu, Muncy, Rhys Hoskins (PHI), Rizzo, Belt

Petriello: Guerrero Jr., Freeman, Olson, Goldschmidt, Muncy, Alonso, Abreu, Belt, Votto, Yuli Gurriel (HOU)

Langs: Guerrero Jr., Freeman, Olson, Muncy, Goldschmidt, Votto, Gurriel, Abreu, Alonso, Belt

Gennaro: Guerrero Jr., Freeman, Muncy, Olson, Goldschmidt, Belt, Alonso, Votto, Gurriel, Darin Ruf (SF)

Kenny: Guerrero Jr., Freeman, Olson, Muncy, Goldschmidt, Alonso, Abreu, Belt, Rizzo, Votto

Peña: Guerrero Jr., Freeman, Olson, Muncy, Goldschmidt, Alonso, Abreu, Belt, Votto, Gurriel

Social Media Fan Vote: Freeman, Guerrero Jr., Olson, Goldschmidt, Alonso, Abreu, Votto, Rizzo, Muncy, Gurriel

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

  1. Ketel Marte - Arizona Diamondbacks
  2. Marcus Semien - Texas Rangers
  3. Brandon Lowe - Tampa Bay Rays
  4. José Altuve - Houston Astros
  5. Jonathan India - Cincinnati Reds
  6. Jake Cronenworth - San Diego Padres
  7. Jorge Polanco - Minnesota Twins
  8. Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves
  9. Jeff McNeil - New York Mets
  10. Chris Taylor - Los Angeles Dodgers
  11. KOLTEN WONG - MILWAUKEE BREWERS (led the “just missed list”)

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, one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Second Basemen is Carlos Peña), and one from an industry voice (Bob Costas). 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.

Costas: Semien, Albies, Lowe, Altuve, Marte, India, Whit Merrifield (KC), Polanco, Taylor, Kiké Hernández (BOS)

Petriello: Semien, Altuve, Lowe, Albies, Marte, India, Polanco, Cronenworth, Taylor, WONG

Langs: Semien, Altuve, Taylor, Albies, Lowe, Marte, Hernández, India, Tommy Edman (STL), Cronenworth

Gennaro: Semien, Albies, Marte, Altuve, Lowe, India, Cronenworth, Hernández, Taylor, Polanco

Kenny: Semien, Lowe, Cronenworth, Altuve, Albies, Taylor, Marte, Polanco, McNeil, India

Peña: Semien, Lowe, Marte, Altuve, Albies, Polanco, Cronenworth, India, Taylor, Jean Segura (PHI)

Social Media Fan Vote: Albies, Semien, Altuve, Cronenworth, Lowe, India, Marte, Merrifield, Hernández, Gleyber Torres (NYY)

MLB Network’s “Top 10 Shortstops Right Now”

  1. Fernando Tatis, Jr. - San Diego Padres
  2. Trea Turner - Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Carlos Correa - Minnesota Twins
  4. Xander Bogaerts - Boston Red Sox
  5. Corey Seager - Texas Rangers
  6. Trevor Story - Boston Red Sox
  7. Bo Bichette - Toronto Blue Jays
  8. Tim Anderson - Chicago White Sox
  9. Francisco Lindor - New York Mets
  10. Wander Franco - Tampa Bay Rays

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, one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Shortstops is Tom Verducci), and one from an industry voice (Christopher Russo). 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.

Russo: Tatis Jr., Bichette, Franco, Bogaerts, Seager, Correa, Anderson, Turner, Brandon Crawford (SF), Lindor

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

Langs: Tatis Jr., Turner, Correa, Seager, Bogaerts, Anderson, Bichette, Lindor, Franco, B. Crawford

Gennaro: Tatis Jr., Turner, Correa, Franco, Bogaerts, Seager, B. Crawford, Bichette, Anderson, Lindor

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

Verducci: Tatis Jr., Turner, Correa Seager, Franco, B. Crawford, Anderson, Bogaerts, Bichette, Story

Social Media Fan Vote: Tatis Jr., Bichette, Correa, Turner, Bogaerts, B. Crawford, Anderson, Franco, Lindor, Seager

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

  1. José Ramírez - Cleveland Guardians
  2. Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
  3. Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
  4. Justin Turner - Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. Josh Donaldson - New York Yankees
  6. Anthony Rendon - Los Angeles Angeles
  7. Manny Machado - San Diego Padres
  8. Nolan Arenado - St. Louis Cardinals
  9. Yoán Moncada - Chicago White Sox
  10. Kris Bryant - Colorado Rockies

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, one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Third Basemen is Bill Ripken), and one from an industry voice (Yahoo! Sports’ Hannah Keyser). 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.

Keyser: Ramírez, Devers, Matt Chapman (TOR), Bregman, Machado, Arenado, Austin Riley (ATL), Moncada, Bryant, Rendon

Petriello: Ramírez, Devers, Machado, Arenado, Riley, Bregman, Moncada, Turner, Chapman, Rendon

Langs: Ramírez, Arenado, Devers, Machado, Riley, Bregman, Bryant, Chapman, Eduardo Escobar (NYM), Moncada

Gennaro: Ramírez, Bregman, Devers, Machado, Arenado, Riley, Turner, Chapman, Moncada, Bryant

Kenny: Ramírez, Riley, Machado, Arenado, Devers, Bregman, Chapman, Donaldson, Rendon, Turner

Ripken: Devers, Ramírez, Machado, Arenado, Riley, Turner, Bregman, Donaldson, Rendon, Moncada

Social Media Fan Vote: Arenado, Ramírez, Riley, Devers, Machado, Bregman, Chapman, Bryant, Moncada, Rendon

MLB Network’s “Top 10 Catchers Right Now”

  1. J.T. Realmuto - Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Yasmani Grandal - Chicago White Sox
  3. Will Smith - Los Angeles Dodgers
  4. Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
  5. Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
  6. Mitch Garver - Texas Rangers
  7. Sean Murphy - Oakland Athletics
  8. Jacob Stallings - Miami Marlins
  9. Mike Zunino - Tampa Bay Rays
  10. Carson Kelly - Arizona Diamondbacks

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, one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Catchers is Dan O’Dowd), and one from an industry voice (Alex Fast of PitcherList for the catchers). 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.

Fast: Smith, Realmuto, Grandal, Contreras, Zunino, Perez, OMAR NARVÁEZ (MIL), Garver, Murphy, Adley Rutschman (BAL)

Petriello: Smith, Realmuto, Grandal, Murphy, Perez, Contreras, Zunino, Tyler Stephenson (CIN), Garver, Max Stassi (LAA)

Langs: Grandal, Realmuto, Smith, Murphy, Perez, Zunino, Contreras, Stallings, NARVÁEZ, Rutschman

Gennaro: Smith, Grandal, Realmuto, Perez, Garver, Zunino, Murphy, Rutschman, Stallings, Contreras

Kenny: Smith, Grandal, Perez, Realmuto, Contreras, Zunino, Garver, NARVÁEZ, Murphy, Yadier Molina (STL)

O’Dowd: Smith, Realmuto, Perez, Grandal, Contreras, Stephenson, Zunino, Garver, Murphy, Stallings

Social Media Fan Vote: Perez, Realmuto, Smith, Grandal, Molina, Contreras, Maldonado, Stallings, McCann, Garver

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

  1. Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
  2. Gerrit Cole - New York Yankees
  3. Max Scherzer - New York Mets
  4. Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. BRANDON WOODRUFF - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  6. Zack Wheeler - Philadelphia Phillies
  7. Lance Lynn - Chicago White Sox
  8. Shane Bieber - Cleveland Guardians
  9. CORBIN BURNES - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  10. Lucas Giolito - 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 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.

James: Scherzer, BURNES, Max Fried (ATL), Buehler, deGrom, Robbie Ray (SEA), Cole, Julio Urías (LAD), Wheeler, Ranger Suárez (PHI)

Petriello: deGrom, BURNES, Cole, Wheeler, Buehler, WOODRUFF, Ray, Logan Webb (SF), Bieber, Scherzer

Langs: deGrom, BURNES, Scherzer, Wheeler, Buehler, Bieber, Cole, WOODRUFF, Fried, Ray

Gennaro: deGrom, BURNES, Wheeler, Cole, Scherzer, Rodón, Bieber, Ray, Webb, Lynn

Kenny: deGrom, BURNES, Scherzer, WOODRUFF, Buehler, Bieber, Cole, Wheeler, Ray, Fried

Darling: deGrom, Buehler, BURNES, Cole, Scherzer, Wheeler, Bieber, Urías, Fried, Sandy Alcantara (MIA)

Social Media Fan Vote: deGrom, BURNES, Buehler, Cole, Wheeler, Scherzer, Fried, Ohtani, Wainwright, Ray

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

  1. JOSH HADER - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  2. Liam Hendriks - Chicago White Sox
  3. DEVIN WILLIAMS - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  4. Emmanuel Clase - Cleveland Guardians
  5. Ryan Pressly - Houston Astros
  6. Collin McHugh - Tampa Bay Rays
  7. Raisel Iglesias - Los Angeles Angels
  8. Craig Kimbrel - Chicago White Sox
  9. Jordan Romano - Toronto Blue Jays
  10. Jonathan Loáisiga - New York Yankees

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 Tom Verducci). 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.

Friedman: HADER, Hendriks, Clase, Iglesias, Pressley, Díaz, Blake Treinen (LAD), WILLIAMS, Loáisiga, Romano

Petriello: HADER, Hendriks, Clase, Pressley, Treinen, WILLIAMS, Aroldis Chapman (NYY), Iglesias, Edwin Díaz (NYM), Chad Green (NYY)

Langs: Hendriks, HADER, Treinen, Iglesias, Loáisiga, Clase, WILLIAMS, Luke Jackson (ATL), Aaron Loup (LAA), Pressly

Gennaro: HADER, Hendriks, Pressly, Clase, Kimbrel, Díaz, WILLIAMS, Iglesias, Loáisiga, Matt Barnes (BOS)

Kenny: HADER, Hendriks, WILLIAMS, Iglesias, Kenley Jansen (ATL), Romano, Mark Melancon (ARI), Pressley, Tyler Matzek (ATL), Treinen

Verducci: Hendriks, HADER, WILLIAMS, Iglesias, Jansen, Treinen, Matzek, Clase, Pressly, Romano

Social Media Fan Vote: HADER, Hendriks, Matzek, Loup, Treinen, Díaz, Iglesias, Chapman, Whitlock, Loáisiga

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

  1. Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
  2. Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
  3. Ronald Acuña, Jr. - Atlanta Braves
  4. Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
  5. Mookie Betts - Los Angeles Dodgers
  6. Kyle Tucker - Houston Astros
  7. Nick Castellanos - Philadelphia Phillies
  8. Teoscar Hernández - Toronto Blue Jays
  9. Mark Canha - New York Mets
  10. Randy Arozarena - Tampa Bay Rays

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, one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Right Fielders is Cliff Floyd), and one from an industry voice (Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated). 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.

Apstein: Soto, Harper, Betts, Acuña Jr., Judge, Tucker, Hernández, Castellanos, Arozarena, Avisaíl García (MIA)

Petriello: Soto, Harper, Betts, Judge, Acuña Jr., Tucker, Castellanos, Hernández, Arozarena, Mitch Haniger (SEA)

Langs: Soto, Acuña Jr., Harper, Betts, Tucker, Judge, Arozarena, Castellanos, Hernández, García

Gennaro: Soto, Acuña Jr., Judge, Tucker, Harper, Betts, Castellanos, Hernández, Michael Conforto (Free Agent), Arozarena

Kenny: Soto, Betts, Harper, Judge, Acuña Jr., Tucker, Arozarena, Hern, Castellanos, Mike Yastrzemski (SF)

Floyd: Soto, Judge, Harper, Acuña Jr., Betts, Tucker, Castellanos, Hernández, Haniger, Arozarena

Social Media Fan Vote: Soto, Betts, Harper, Acuña Jr., Judge, Tucker, Hernández, Castellanos, Arozarena, Conforto

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

  1. Jesse Winker - Seattle Mariners
  2. Joey Gallo - New York Yankees
  3. CHRISTIAN YELICH - MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  4. Michael Brantley - Houston Astros
  5. Kyle Schwarber - Philadelphia Phillies
  6. Brandon Nimmo - New York Mets
  7. Tyler O’Neill - St. Louis Cardinals
  8. A.J. Pollock - Los Angeles Dodgers
  9. Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay Rays
  10. Marcell Ozuna - 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 Left 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 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.

Posnanski: O’Neill, Winker, Brantley, Gallo, YELICH, Schwarber, Eloy Jiménez (CHW), Nimmo, Pollock, Andrew Benintendi (KC)

Petriello: O’Neill, Winker, Nimmo, Schwarber, Jiménez, Brantley, Pollock, Gallo, Meadows, YELICH

Langs: O’Neill, Brantley, Winker, Gallo, Jiménez, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR), Pollock, Nimmo, YELICH, Meadows

Gennaro: O’Neill, Jiménez, Winker, Nimmo, Brantley, Pollock, Schwarber, YELICH, Robbie Grossman (DET), Lamont Wade Jr. (SF)

Kenny: Winker, O’Neill, Brantley, Schwarber, YELICH, Pollock, Ozuna, Nimmo, Jiménez, Meadows

Floyd: O’Neill, Winker, Brantley, YELICH, Schwarber, Jiménez, Meadows, Pollock, Wade Jr., Gurriel Jr.

Social Media Fan Vote: O’Neill, Winker, Brantley, YELICH, Gallo, Jiménez, Ian Happ (CHC), Gurriel Jr., Nimmo, Pollock

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

  1. Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
  2. George Springer - Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins
  4. Bryan Reynolds - Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Luis Robert - Chicago White Sox
  6. Starling Marte - New York Mets
  7. Cedric Mullins - Baltimore Orioles
  8. Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
  9. Ramón Laureano - Oakland Athletics
  10. Adam Duvall - 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, one from an MLB Network analyst (who for the Center Fielders is Chris Young), and one from an industry voice (The Athletic’s Keith Law). 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.

Law: Trout, Buxton, Reynolds, Mullins, Robert, Springer, Marte, Harrison Bader (STL), Kevin Kiermaier (TB), Trent Grisham (SD)

Petriello: Trout, Robert, Springer, Reynolds, Mullins, Marte, Buxton, Bader, Grisham, Bellinger

Langs: Trout, Buxton, Robert, Marte, Reynolds, Springer, Mullins, Bellinger, Bader, Grisham

Gennaro: Trout, Marte, Mullins, Robert, Buxton, Springer, Reynolds, Bellinger, Bader, Laureano

Kenny: Trout, Springer, Reynolds, Robert, Buxton, Bellinger, Marte, Grisham, Mullins, Bader

Young: Trout, Springer, Robert, Reynolds, Mullins, Buxton, Marte, Bader, Grisham, Bellinger

Social Media Fan Vote: Trout, Buxton, Robert, Mullins, Bader, Springer, Marte, Reynolds, Akil Baddoo (DET), Kyle Lewis (SEA)

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