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Cafe Positional Rankings: Week 3

By AquaMan2342

As the end of April quickly approaches, ranking the players becomes just a bit easier as trends are starting to develop and hot starters are starting to show whether or not they are for real this season.

Note: Our rankings do not include any player that is currently on the DL (as of April 20) and are also geared towards the long term (example: Emilio Bonafacio is not a top five second baseman).

Aqua and R&C’s Rankings

Catchers

1. Brian McCann
2. Victor Martinez – Might be #1 in next ranking
3. Russell Martin
4. Geovany Soto – Great buy-low candidate right now
5. Chris Iannetta
6. Bengie Molina
7. Jorge Posada
8. Pablo Sandoval
9. Mike Napoli
10. Kelly Shoppach – Wedge says he’s swinging the bat well; hold and wait
11. Brandon Inge
12. John Baker
13. Yadier Molina
14. Ramon Hernandez
15. Dioner Navarro

First Basemen

1. Albert Pujols
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Ryan Howard
4. Mark Teixeira – New Yankee Stadium = 50 HR?
5. Lance Berkman
6. Prince Fielder – Needs to wake up!
7. Justin Morneau
8. Kevin Youkilis
9. Adrian Gonzalez
10. Joey Votto
11. Adam Dunn
12. Carlos Delgado
13. Garrett Atkins
14. Chris Davis
15. Paul Konerko – Those banking on a rebound season are looking pretty smart right now

Second Basemen

1. Ian Kinsler – Best player in baseball right now. Period.
2. Chase Utley
3. Brandon Phillips
4. Dustin Pedroia
5. Brian Roberts
6. Robinson Cano – Notorious slow starter has come out hot; could be in line for a monster season
7. Dan Uggla
8. Kelly Johnson – Glad I drafted him in my leagues
9. Alexei Ramirez
10. Rickie Weeks
11. Aaron Hill
12. Jose Lopez
13. Howie Kendrick
14. Emilio Bonifacio – Has slowed down, might be a good post-hype buy-low
15. Mike Aviles

Third Basemen

1. Miguel Cabrera
2. David Wright
3. Evan Longoria
4. Aramis Ramirez – Mr. Consistency!
5. Kevin Youkilis
6. Chipper Jones
7. Garrett Atkins
8. Chris Davis – Still waiting
9. Jorge Cantu
10. Chone Figgins
11. Aubrey Huff
12. Ryan Zimmerman
13. Adrian Beltre – He’s better than this. Make an offer for him.
14. Emilio Bonifacio
15. Mark Reynolds – Waiting for the swoon as K/BB ratio still not in line with his average

Shortstops

1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Jose Reyes
3. Jimmy Rollins – He’ll be fine
4. Michael Young
5. Troy Tulowitzki
6. Stephen Drew
7. Derek Jeter
8. Rafael Furcal
9. Alexei Ramirez – Struggled last April. I’m buying in right now.
10. Jhonny Peralta
11. J.J. Hardy
12. Miguel Tejada – Can he keep it up, unlike last year?
13. Mike Aviles
14. Orlando Cabrera
15. Yunel Escobar

Outfielders

1. Grady Sizemore
2. Ryan Braun – Starting to heat up.
3. Josh Hamilton – Waiting to heat up.
4. Carlos Beltran
5. Alfonso Soriano – Every few years Alfie breaks loose. Looks like this might be one of those years.
6. Carlos Quentin
7. Carlos Lee
8. Manny Ramirez
9. Matt Holliday – Meh. Want to stay patient but might have to wait until after the ASB a la Cabrera last year.
10. Nick Markakis
11. B.J. Upton – Will be higher as he continues to recover from injuries
12. Matt Kemp
13. Jason Bay
14. Carl Crawford
15. Alex Rios
16. Curtis Granderson – Better than he has shown so far. Another great buy-low.
17. Ichiro Suzuki
18. Ryan Ludwick
19. Corey Hart
20. Jacoby Ellsbury
21. Nate McLouth – How much longer will he have the naysayers? 13 RBI in 14 games.
22. Shane Victorino
23. Adam Dunn
24. Bobby Abreu – Lots of steals. No power.
25. Magglio Ordonez
26. Nelson Cruz
27. Hunter Pence
28. Jermaine Dye – Another consistent player that does it year in and year out. I love guys like Dye.
29. Jay Bruce
30. Torii Hunter
31. Andre Ethier – Looking mighty nice so far this season.
32. Vernon Wells
33. Johnny Damon
34. Chris B. Young
35. Raul Ibanez
36. Brad Hawpe
37. Jayson Werth
38. Justin Upton – Hasn’t done much yet. Be patient.
39. Adam Jones
40. Travis Snider

Starting Pitchers

1. Johan Santana
2. Tim Lincecum
3. C.C. Sabathia
4. Roy Halladay – K rate resembles last year. You gotta love it if you own him.
5. Jake Peavy
6. Dan Haren
7. Josh Beckett
8. Cole Hamels
9. Chad Billingsley
10. Roy Oswalt – Roy usually starts off a little sluggish. You knew this when you drafted him.
11. James Shields
12. Scott Kazmir
13. Felix Hernandez
14. Zack Greinke – Best pitcher in baseball to this point in the season. Gammons called him for CY this week on Mike and Mike.
15. Javier Vazquez
16. Yovani Gallardo
17. Jon Lester
18. A.J. Burnett
19. Ricky Nolasco
20. Francisco Liriano – Looked better last start but still continues to fall.
21. Matt Cain
22. John Danks – Legit ace that gets no love.
23. Erik Bedard
24. Cliff Lee
25. Rich Harden – Looks healthy so far. Cross your fingers.
26. Adam Wainwright
27. Josh Johnson
28. Joba Chamberlain
29. Edinson Volquez
30. Matt Garza
31. Justin Verlander – Frustrating player to own that can’t seem to put it together.
32. Kevin Slowey
33. Aaron Harang
34. Carlos Zambrano – He’s no Paul Maholm. Mr. Inconsistency.
35. Ryan Dempster
36. Clayton Kershaw
37. Derek Lowe
38. Ted Lilly
39. Chris Young – Looks great so far.
40. Brett Myers
41. Johnny Cueto
42. Max Scherzer
43. Gil Meche
44. Jered Weaver
45. Scott Baker
46. Kyle Lohse
47. Paul Maholm – Largely undrafted. Shouldn’t have been.
48. Kyle Davies
49. Andy Pettitte
50. Wandy Rodriguez

Relievers

1. Jonathan Papelbon – His grip on this spot is slipping.
2. Joe Nathan
3. Francisco Rodriguez
4. Mariano Rivera
5. Joakim Soria – Absolutely lights out again. Fell too far relative to other closers around him in drafts.
6. Brad Lidge
7. Jonathan Broxton
8. Brian Fuentes
9. Heath Bell
10. Jose Valverde
11. Kerry Wood
12. Matt Capps
13. B.J. Ryan
14. Francisco Cordero – Mr. Under-appreciated: lights out numbers for the better part of 8 seasons now.
15. Bobby Jenks
16. Brian Wilson
17. Mike Gonzalez
18. Brandon Morrow
19. Frank Francisco
20. Chad Qualls
21. Matt Lindstrom
23. Kevin Gregg
24. Fernando Rodney
24. Carlos Marmol
25. Joel Hanrahan
26. Manuel Corpas – LOL at anyone who drafted Huston Street.
27. Brad Ziegler
28. Troy Percival
29. George Sherrill
30. Carlos Villanueva – Bye Carlos. Hoffman returns next week and Villanueva will never see the light of these rankings ever again.

 
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