MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now Entering 2018

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As I did last year, 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 16th. 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 2017
  • Projected 2018 performance
  • Defensive position
  • Accolades
  • Intangibles

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

100. Shohei Ohtani — SP/DH — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

99. Chad Green — RP — New York Yankees

98. Robbie Ray — SP — Arizona Diamondbacks

97. James Paxton — SP — Seattle Mariners

96. Marcus Stroman — SP — Toronto Blue Jays

95. Kyle Schwarber — LF — Chicago Cubs

94. Yasiel Puig — RF — Los Angeles Dodgers

93. Brett Gardner — LF — New York Yankees

92. Justin Smoak — 1B — Toronto Blue Jays

91. Jay Bruce — RF — New York Mets

90. Avisaíl García — RF — Chicago White Sox

89. Zack Cozart — 3B — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

88. Jean Segura — SS — Seattle Mariners

87. Kyle Seager — 3B — Seattle Mariners

86. Chris Taylor — 2B/OF — Los Angeles Dodgers

85. Elvis Andrus — SS — Texas Rangers

84. Wade Davis — CL — Colorado Rockies

83. COREY KNEBEL — CL — MILWAUKEE BREWERS

82. J.T. Realmuto — C — Miami Marlins

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

80. Adam Eaton — LF — Washington Nationals

79. Michael Conforto — CF — New York Mets

78. Andrew Benintendi — LF — Boston Red Sox

77. RYAN BRAUN — LF — MILWAUKEE BREWERS

76. Marwin Gonzalez — UTIL — Houston Astros

75. Ryan Zimmerman — 1B — Washington Nationals

74. Didi Gregorius — SS — New York Yankees

73. Carlos Martínez — SP — St. Louis Cardinals

72. Jake Arrieta — SP — FREE AGENT

71. Miguel Cabrera — 1B — Detroit Tigers

70. Josh Reddick — RF — Houston Astros

69. Khris Davis — LF/DH — Oakland Athletics

68. Byron Buxton — CF — Minnesota Twins

67. Yu Darvish — SP — Chicago Cubs

66. Kyle Hendricks — SP — Chicago Cubs

65. Aroldis Chapman — CL — New York Yankees

64. Dallas Keuchel — SP — Houston Astros

63. Andrew McCutchen — RF — San Francisco Giants

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

61. LORENZO CAIN — CF — MILWAUKEE BREWERS

60. Carlos Santana — 1B — Philadelphia Phillies

59. Tommy Pham — CF — St. Louis Cardinals

58. Willson Contreras — C — Chicago Cubs

57. Alex Bregman — 3B — Houston Astros

56. Andrelton Simmons — SS — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

55. Adrian Beltre — 3B — Texas Rangers

54. Eric Hosmer — 1B — FREE AGENT

53. Jonathan Schoop — 2B — Baltimore Orioles

52. Jacob deGrom — SP — New York Mets

51. Zack Greinke — SP — Arizona Diambondbacks

50. Carlos Carrasco — SP — Cleveland Indians

49. Noah Syndergaard — SP — New York Mets

48. Nelson Cruz — DH — Seattle Mariners

47. Trea Turner — SS — Washington Nationals

46. CHRISTIAN YELICH — OF — MILWAUKEE BREWERS

45. Yoenis Céspedes — LF — New York Mets

44. Craig Kimbrel — CL — Boston Red Sox

43. Luis Severino — SP — New York Yankees

42. Andrew Miller — RP — Cleveland Indians

41. Edwin Encarnacion — DH — Cleveland Indians

40. Madison Bumgarner — SP — San Francisco Giants

39. Kenley Jansen — CL — Los Angeles Dodgers

38. José Abreu — 1B — Chicago White Sox

37. Robinson Canó — 2B — Seattle Mariners

36. Brian Dozier — 2B — Minnesota Twins

35. Anthony Rendon — 3B — Washington Nationals

34. Daniel Murphy — 2B — Washington Nationals

33. Justin Upton — LF — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

32. Marcell Ozuna — LF — St. Louis Cardinals

31. Justin Turner — 3B — Los Angeles Dodgers

30. Cody Bellinger — 1B — Los Angeles Dodgers

29. Justin Verlander — SP — Houston Astros

28. Stephen Strasburg — SP — Washington Nationals

27. Buster Posey — C — San Francisco Giants

26. Gary Sánchez — C — New York Yankees

25. J.D. Martinez — RF — FREE AGENT

24. George Springer — CF — Houston Astros

23. Anthony Rizzo — 1B — Chicago Cubs

22. José Ramírez — 2B/3B — Cleveland Indians

21. Chris Sale — SP — Boston Red Sox

20. Manny Machado — SS — Baltimore Orioles

19. Mookie Betts — RF — Boston Red Sox

18. Corey Seager — SS — Los Angeles Dodgers

17. Francisco Lindor — SS — Cleveland Indians

16. Charlie Blackmon — CF — Colorado Rockies

15. Aaron Judge — RF — New York Yankees

14. Freddie Freeman — 1B — Atlanta Braves

13. Paul Goldschmidt — 1B — Arizona Diamondbacks

12. Corey Kluber — SP — Cleveland Indians

11. Max Scherzer — SP — Washington Nationals

10. Carlos Correa — SS — Houston Astros

9. Josh Donaldson — 3B — Toronto Blue Jays

8. Kris Bryant — 3B — Chicago Cubs

7. Nolan Arenado — 3B — Colorado Rockies

6. Clayton Kershaw — SP — Los Angeles Dodgers

5. Giancarlo Stanton — LF — New York Yankees

4. Joey Votto — 1B — Cincinnati Reds

3. Bryce Harper — RF — Washington Nationals

2. José Altuve — 2B — Houston Astros

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