MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Entering 2017

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As I did entering 2016, entering 2015, and the year before, and the year before, all the way back to the 2012, I’ll be keeping a running list of the Top 100 Players Right Now as they are revealed on MLB Network, eventually compiling the entire list.

They will have revealed all 100 by the end of Friday, February 17th. I’ll update this same space as they reveal the remaining entries.

The criteria for the list remains the same:

  • Emphasized stats from the last three (3) seasons, weighting 2016
  • Projected 2017 performance
  • Defensive position
  • Accolades
  • Intangibles

Here now are the Top 100–1 Players as listed by MLB Network:

100. Yu Darvish — SP — Texas Rangers

99. Wilson Ramos — C — Tampa Bay Rays

98. Salvador Perez — C — Kansas City Royals

97. Yadier Molina — C — St. Louis Cardinals

96. Cole Hamels — SP — Texas Rangers

95. Rick Porcello — SP — Boston Red Sox

94. Anthony Rendon — 3B — Washington Nationals

93. Carlos Santana — 1B/DH — Cleveland Indians

92. Lorenzo Cain — CF — Kansas City Royals

91. Adrian Gonzalez — 1B — Los Angeles Dodgers

90. Yasmani Grandal — C — Los Angeles Dodgers

89. Trevor Story — SS — Colorado Rockies

88. Troy Tulowitzki — SS — Toronto Blue Jays

87. Addison Russell — SS — Chicago Cubs

86. Carlos Martinez — SP — St. Louis Cardinals

85. Wade Davis — CL — Chicago Cubs

84. Justin Upton — LF — Detroit Tigers

83. Chris Davis — 1B — Baltimore Orioles

82. Dellin Betances — RP — New York Yankees

81. Mark Melancon — CL — San Francisco Giants

80. Gary Sanchez — C — New York Yankees

79. Hanley Ramirez — 1B/DH — Boston Red Sox

78. Aaron Sanchez — SP — Toronto Blue Jays

77. Jose Quintana — SP — Chicago White Sox

76. Jason Kipnis — 2B — Cleveland Indians

75. Carlos Carrasco — SP — Cleveland Indians

74. Michael Brantley — LF — Cleveland Indians

73. Jackie Bradley, Jr. — CF — Boston Red Sox

72. Kyle Schwarber — LF/C — Chicago Cubs

71. Khris Davis — LF/DH — Oakland Athletics

70. Brandon Belt — 1B — San Francisco Giants

69. Ben Zobrist — 2B/LF/RF— Chicago Cubs

68. Masahiro Tanaka — SP — New York Yankees

67. Stephen Strasburg — SP — Washington Nationals

66. Jose Abreu — 1B — Chicago White Sox

65. Kenley Jansen — CL — Los Angeles Dodgers

64. Zack Greinke — SP — Arizona Diamondbacks

63. D.J. LeMahieu — 2B — Colorado Rockies

62. Dexter Fowler — CF — St. Louis Cardinals

61. Adam Eaton — CF — Washington Nationals

60. Carlos Gonzalez — RF — Colorado Rockies

59. Kyle Hendricks — SP — Chicago Cubs

58. Matt Carpenter — 1B — St. Louis Cardinals

57. Evan Longoria — 3B — Tampa Bay Rays

56. Justin Turner — 3B — Los Angeles Dodgers

55. Dustin Pedroia — 2B — Boston Red Sox

54. Andrew McCutchen — RF — Pittsburgh Pirates

53. Jonathan Lucroy — C — Texas Rangers

52. Aroldis Chapman — CL — New York Yankees

51. J.D. Martinez — RF — Detroit Tigers

50. David Price — SP — Boston Red Sox

49. Ian Kinsler — 2B — Detroit Tigers

48. Jacob deGrom — SP — New York Mets

47. Johnny Cueto — SP — San Francisco Giants

46. A.J. Pollock — CF — Arizona Diamondbacks

45. Trea Turner — SS — Washington Nationals

44. Xander Bogaerts — SS — Boston Red Sox

43. Justin Verlander — SP — Detroit Tigers

42. Brandon Crawford — SS — San Francisco Giants

41. George Springer — CF — Houston Astros

40. Christian Yelich — CF — Miami Marlins

39. Zach Britton — CL — Baltimore Orioles

38. Andrew Miller — RP — Cleveland Indians

37. Kyle Seager — 3B — Seattle Mariners

36. Charlie Blackmon — CF — Colorado Rockies

35. Brian Dozier — 2B — Minnesota Twins

34. Nelson Cruz — RF/DH — Seattle Mariners

33. Starling Marte — CF — Pittsburgh Pirates

32. RYAN BRAUN — LF — MILWAUKEE BREWERS

31. Daniel Murphy — 2B — Washington Nationals

30. Chris Sale — SP — Boston Red Sox

29. Jon Lester — SP — Chicago Cubs

28. Jake Arrieta — SP — Chicago Cubs

27. Adrian Beltre — 3B — Texas Rangers

26. Edwin Encarnacion — 1B — Cleveland Indians

25. Corey Kluber — SP — Cleveland Indians

24. Noah Syndergaard — SP — New York Mets

23. Madison Bumgarner — SP — San Francisco Giants

22. Giancarlo Stanton — RF — Miami Marlins

21. Yoenis Cespedes — LF — New York Mets

20. Carlos Correa — SS — Houston Astros

19. Francisco Lindor — SS — Cleveland Indians

18. Freddie Freeman — 1B — Atlanta Braves

17. Buster Posey — C — San Francisco Giants

16. Anthony Rizzo — 1B — Chicago Cubs

15. Robinson Cano — 2B — Seattle Mariners

14. Max Scherzer — SP — Washington Nationals

13. Paul Goldschmidt — 1B — Arizona Diamondbacks

12. Nolan Arenado — 3B — Colorado Rockies

11. Corey Seager — SS — Los Angeles Dodgers

10. Joey Votto — 1B — Cincinnati Reds

9. Bryce Harper — RF — Washington Nationals

8. Mookie Betts — RF — Boston Red Sox

7. Manny Machado — 3B — Baltimore Orioles

6. Miguel Cabrera — 1B — Detroit Tigers

5. José Altuve — 2B — Houston Astros

4. Kris Bryant — 3B — Chicago Cubs

3. Josh Donaldson — 3B — Toronto Blue Jays

2. Clayton Kershaw — SP — Los Angeles Dodgers

1. Mike Trout — CF — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Ryan Braun is likely the only Milwaukee Brewers player who will appear on this list.

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