RankingsApril 9, 2009

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Cafe Positional Rankings: Week 1

By AquaMan2342

Welcome to the first edition of the Cafe Positional Rankings, where we rank the top players at each position every week. Our rankings assume 5×5 format and are based on Yahoo position eligibility rules, which require that a player make five starts or 10 total appearances at a position. You’ll notice that the rankings are not incredibly deep. This is by design as we want players to move on and off the board (based on performance) to keep readers interested throughout the season.

To keep things different from other sites, only players on active major league rosters will be included in our rankings. This means minor league players like Matt Wieters and David Price will be excluded until they are called up. Players on the DL will also be excluded. Once activated, we will slot these players in where we think they belong. Again, this is to keep things interesting and generate player movement.

With each edition, we will highlight two players at each position, one on the way up and another on the way down.

If you are unhappy with our rankings or think we excluded someone you think should be ranked, please let us know in the linked thread in the Article Discussions forum. We will try and respond to each comment and may even be swayed if you can convince us.

Aqua & RC’s Preseason Rankings

 CatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstop
1Brian McCannAlbert PujolsChase UtleyDavid WrightHanley Ramirez
2Russell MartinMiguel CabreraIan KinslerMiguel CabreraJose Reyes
3Geovany SotoRyan HowardBrandon PhillipsEvan LongoriaJimmy Rollins
4Victor MartinezMark TeixeiraDustin PedroiaAramis RamirezAlexei Ramirez
5Ryan DoumitLance BerkmanBrian RobertsKevin YoukilisStephen Drew
6Chris IannettaPrince FielderAlexei RamirezChipper JonesTroy Tulowitzki
7Bengie MolinaJustin MorneauDan UgglaChris DavisMichael Young
8Pablo SandovalAdrian GonzalezRobinson CanoGarrett AtkinsRafael Furcal
9Mike NapoliKevin YoukilisJose LopezRyan ZimmermanDerek Jeter
10Jorge PosadaAdam DunnKelly JohnsonChone FigginsJ.J. Hardy
11Ramon HernandezJoey VottoHowie KendrickAubrey HuffJhonny Peralta
12Kelly ShoppachChris DavisRickie WeeksJorge CantuMiguel Tejada
13Dioner NavarroGarrett AtkinsMike AvilesAdrian BeltreMike Aviles
14Ivan RodriguezDerrek LeeMark DeRosaMark ReynoldsKhalil Greene
15A.J. PierzynskiCarlos PenaPlacido PolancoEdwin EncarnacionOrlando Cabrera


1Grady Sizemore11Matt Kemp21Bobby Abreu31Johnny Damon
2Ryan Braun12Jason Bay22Adam Dunn32Nelson Cruz
3Josh Hamilton13Carl Crawford23Magglio Ordonez33Chris B. Young
4Carlos Beltran14Alexis Rios24Ryan Ludwick34Brad Hawpe
5Matt Holliday15Curtis Granderson25Hunter Pence35Raul Ibanez
6Alfonso Soriano16Vladimir Guerrero26Jay Bruce36Jayson Werth
7Carlos Lee17Jacoby Ellsbury27Jermaine Dye37Lastings Milledge
8Manny Ramirez18Corey Hart28Vernon Wells38Justin Upton
9Carlos Quentin19Nate McLouth29Torii Hunter39Adam Jones
10Nick Markakis20Shane Victorino30Andre Ethier40Elijah Dukes


1Johan Santana11Roy Oswalt21Rich Harden31John Danks41Ted Lilly
2Tim Lincecum12Chad Billingsley22A.J. Burnett32Matt Garza42Chris Carpenter
3C.C. Sabathia13James Shields23Edinson Volquez33Kevin Slowey43Max Scherzer
4Cole Hamels14Scott Kazmir24Ricky Nolasco34Erik Bedard44Johnny Cueto
5Jake Peavy15Felix Hernandez25Joba Chamberlain35Ryan Dempster45Clayton Kershaw
6Brandon Webb16Jon Lester26Matt Cain36Josh Johnson46Chris Young
7Roy Halladay17Zack Greinke27Adam Wainwright37Brett Myers47Jered Weaver
8Dan Haren18Cliff Lee28Javier Vazquez38Derek Lowe48Randy Johnson
9Josh Beckett19Daisuke Matsuzaka29Justin Verlander39Aaron Harang49Gil Meche
10Francisco Liriano20Yovani Gallardo30Carlos Zambrano40Chien-Ming Wang50Wandy Rodriguez


1Jonathan Papelbon11Bobby Jenks21Matt Lindstrom
2Joe Nathan12B.J. Ryan22Joel Hanrahan
3Francisco Rodriguez13Matt Capps23Chad Qualls
4Joakim Soria14Francisco Cordero24Jason Motte
5Mariano Rivera15Heath Bell25Kevin Gregg
6Brad Lidge16Mike Gonzalez26Carlos Marmol
7Jonathan Broxton17Brandon Morrow27Brad Ziegler
8Brian Fuentes18Brian Wilson28Troy Percival
9Jose Valverde19Frank Francisco29Chris Ray
10Kerry Wood20Huston Street30J.J. Putz

The season is young, so there will be no movers and shakers this week, although players like Emilio Bonafacio and Brandon Inge have come out of the gates swinging, and we intend to keep our eyes on them. We hope you are looking forward to reading and contributing to these rankings!

Steven Lorenz is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Steven in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of AquaMan2342.
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