MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now Entering 2021

The Brewer Nation
Feb 10 · 5 min read

As I have done each of the last nine years, 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.

I’ll update this same space as they reveal the remaining entries.

The criteria for the list has changed slightly this season:

  • Emphasized stats from the last three (3) seasons (up from two)
  • Projected 2021 performance
  • Defensive position
  • Accolades
  • Postseason performance
  • Intangibles

PREVIOUS YEARS
Top 100 Players Right Now Entering the 2020 Season

Top 100 Players Right Now Entering 2019
Top 100 Players Entering 2018
Top 100 Entering 2017
Top 100 Entering 2016
Top 100 Entering 2015
Top 100 Entering 2014
Top 100 Entering 2013
Top 100 Entering 2012

As a quick aside, the folks on MLB Network discussed six players as those who “just missed" inclusion in the Top 100 Players Right Now. Among the six were both CORBIN BURNES and BRANDON WOODRUFF of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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

100. Randy Arozarena - LF - Tampa Bay Rays

99. Trey Mancini - 1B/OF - Baltimore Orioles

98. J.D. Martinez - DH - Boston Red Sox

97. Giancarlo Stanton - DH - New York Yankees

96. Tyler Glasnow - SP - Tampa Bay Rays

95. JOSH HADER - CL - MILWAUKEE BREWERS

94. Luis Robert - CF - Chicago White Sox

93. Kyle Lewis - CF - Seattle Mariners

92. Austin Meadows - RF/DH - Tampa Bay Rays

91. Byron Buxton - CF - Minnesota Twins

90. Yoan Moncada - 3B - Chicago White Sox

89. Brandon Nimmo - CF - New York Mets

88. Alex Verdugo - CF - Boston Red Sox

87. Joey Gallo - RF - Texas Rangers

86. Sonny Gray - SP - Cincinnati Reds

85. Luis Castillo - SP - Cincinnati Reds

84. Kyle Hendricks - SP - Chicago Cubs

83. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. - LF - Toronto Blue Jays

82. Salvador Perez - C - Kansas City Royals

81. Willson Contreras - C - Chicago Cubs

80. Blake Snell - SP - San Diego Padres

79. Kenta Maeda - SP - Minnesota Twins

78. Gio Urshela - 3B - New York Yankees

77. Whit Merrifield - RF - Kansas City Royals

76. Charlie Blackmon - RF - Colorado Rockies

75. Lance Lynn - SP - Chicago White Sox

74. Dinelson Lamet - SP - San Diego Padres

73. Marcus Semien - 2B - Toronto Blue Jays

72. Ozzie Albies - 2B - Atlanta Braves

71. Cavan Biggio - 3B - Toronto Blue Jays

70. Max Fried - SP - Atlanta Braves

69. Lucas Giolito - SP - Chicago White Sox

68. Jack Flaherty - SP - St. Louis Cardinals

67. Dominic Smith - 1B/LF - New York Mets

66. Pete Alonso - 1B - New York Mets

65. Rafael Devers - 3B - Boston Red Sox

64. Gleyber Torres - SS - New York Yankees

63. Eugenio Suárez- 3B- Cincinnati Reds

62. Kris Bryant - 3B - Chicago Cubs

61. Javier Báez - SS - Chicago Cubs

60. Stephen Strasburg - SP - Washington Nationals

59. DEVIN WILLIAMS - RP - MILWAUKEE BREWERS

58. Liam Hendriks - CL - Chicago White Sox

57. Bo Bichette - SS - Toronto Blue Jays

56. Carlos Correa - SS - Houston Astros

55. José Altuve - 2B - Houston Astros

54. Eloy Jiménez - LF - Chicago White Sox

53. Brandon Lowe - 2B - Tampa Bay Rays

52. Aaron Nola - SP - Philadelphia Phillies

51. Mike Yastrzemski - RF - San Francisco Giants

50. Will Smith - C - Los Angeles Dodgers

49. Yasmani Grandal - C - Chicago White Sox

48. Ketel Marte - 2B - Arizona Diamondbacks

47. Josh Donaldson - 3B - Minnesota Twins

46. Justin Turner - 3B - Los Angeles Dodgers

45. Max Muncy - 1B - Los Angeles Dodgers

44. Matt Olson - 1B - Oakland Athletics

43. Anthony Rizzo - 1B - Chicago Cubs

42. Nelson Cruz - DH - Minnesota Twins

41. Luke Voit - 1B - New York Yankees

40. Walker Buehler - SP - Los Angeles Dodgers

39. Hyun-Jin Ryu - SP - Toronto Blue Jays

38. Clayton Kershaw - SP - Los Angeles Dodgers

37. Marcell Ozuna - LF - Atlanta Braves

36. Michael Brantley - LF - Houston Astros

35. Jeff McNeil - 2B - New York Mets

34. Michael Conforto - RF - New York Mets

33. J.T. Realmuto - C - Philadelphia Phillies

32. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B - St. Louis Cardinals

31. José Abreu - 1B - Chicago White Sox

30. Yu Darvish - SP - San Diego Padres

29. Trevor Bauer - SP - Los Angeles Dodgers

28. Max Scherzer - SP - Washington Nationals

27. Tim Anderson- SS- Chicago White Sox

26. Trea Turner - SS - Washington Nationals

25. Xander Bogaerts - SS - Boston Red Sox

24. Corey Seager - SS - Los Angeles Dodgers

23. Matt Chapman - 3B - Oakland Athletics

22. Bryce Harper - RF - Philadelphia Phillies

21. Aaron Judge - RF - New York Yankees

20. George Springer - CF - Toronto Blue Jays

19. José Ramírez - 3B - Cleveland Indians

18. Manny Machado - 3B - San Diego Padres

17. Alex Bregman - 3B - Houston Astros

16. Trevor Story - SS - Colorado Rockies

15. Francisco Lindor - SS - New York Mets

14. D.J. LeMahieu - 2B - New York Yankees

13. Nolan Arenado - 3B - St. Louis Cardinals

12. Shane Bieber - SP - Cleveland Indians

11. Gerrit Cole - SP - New York Yankees

10. Cody Bellinger - CF - Los Angeles Dodgers

9. CHRISTIAN YELICH - LF - MILWAUKEE BREWERS

8. Anthony Rendon - 3B - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

7. Ronald Acuña, Jr. - CF - Atlanta Braves

6. Fernando Tatis, Jr. - SS - San Diego Padres

5. Juan Soto - LF - Washington Nationals

4. Freddie Freeman - 1B - Atlanta Braves

3. Jacob deGrom - SP - New York Mets

2. Mookie Betts - RF - Los Angeles Dodgers

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

The Milwaukee Brewers end up with three (3) players on this Top 100 Players Right Now ranking: Christian Yelich, Devin Williams, Josh Hader

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