RankingsAugust 20, 2009


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Cafe Positional Rankings: Week 20

By R.J. White

With most trade deadlines now come and gone, these rankings will likely just serve as discussion fodder from here on out. Strike up a conversation about who you think is too high or too low in the discussion thread at the end of this article or in the Baseball Leftovers forum. Enjoy!

Note: Our rankings do not include any player that was on the DL or in the minors at the time the rankings were submitted.

Catchers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Joe Mauer1Last month: .440 BA, 23 Rs, 10 HRs, 28 RBIs, 2 SBs; #1 overall
2Victor Martinez3 
3Pablo Sandoval2 
4Brian McCann4 
5Jorge Posada5 
6Miguel Montero10 
7Ryan Doumit6 
8Mike Napoli9 
9Brandon Inge7.177 BA, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs post-All Star Break
10Geovany Soto8 
11Russell Martin11 
12Chris Iannetta13 
13A.J. Pierzynski15 
14Matt Wieters12 
15Bengie MolinaNR 
Also receiving votes: Kurt Suzuki, John Baker

First Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Albert Pujols1 
2Prince Fielder3Last week: .429 BA, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs
3Miguel Cabrera2 
4Mark Teixeira4 
5Mark Reynolds6 
6Justin Morneau5Struggling, and now has inner ear infection
7Ryan Howard7 
8Adrian Gonzalez10 
9Adam Dunn9 
10Kevin Youkilis8 
11Lance BerkmanNR 
12Kendry Morales12 
13Joey Votto11 
14Derrek Lee13 
15Carlos Pena14 
Also receiving votes: Paul Konerko

Second Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Chase Utley1 
2Ian KinslerNR6-of-13, three HRs and one SB in first four games back
3Aaron Hill2 
4Brian Roberts4 
5Robinson Cano5 
6Brandon Phillips3.211 BA, one HR in August
7Dustin Pedroia6 
8Ben Zobrist7 
9Chone Figgins8 
10Dan Uggla9 
11Alexei Ramirez10 
12Mark DeRosa11 
13Asdrubal Cabrera13 
14Jose Lopez12 
15Adam Kennedy15 
Also receiving votes: Chris Coghlan, Ian Stewart, Felipe Lopez

Third Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Alex Rodriguez1 
2Miguel Cabrera2 
3Mark Reynolds4 
4Evan Longoria3 
5Ryan Zimmerman6 
6Kevin Youkilis7 
7Pablo Sandoval8 
8Michael Young10 
9Aramis Ramirez9 
10Chipper Jones11 
11Chone Figgins12Last week: .458 BA, 7 Rs, 4 SBs
12Russell Branyan13 
13Gordon Beckham14 
14Casey Blake15.236 BA in August, power has disappeared
15Jorge CantuNR 
Also receiving votes: None

Shortstops

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Hanley Ramirez1 
2Jimmy Rollins2 
3Troy Tulowitzki4 
4Michael Young3 
5Derek Jeter5August: .377 BA, 4 HRs, .938 OPS
6Ben Zobrist6 
7Jason Bartlett9 
8Gordon Beckham8 
9Alexei Ramirez10 
10Miguel Tejada7Hitless for a week before Wednesday night
11Stephen Drew11 
12Marco Scutaro14 
13Jhonny Peralta12 
14Yunel Escobar13 
15Asdrubal CabreraNR 
Also receiving votes: Macier Izturis, Alcides Escobar, Orlando Cabrera, Felipe Lopez

Outfielders

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Ryan Braun1 
2Carl Crawford2 
3Matt Kemp3 
4Matt Holliday5 
5Ichiro Suzuki4 
6Manny Ramirez6 
7Grady Sizemore7 
8Carlos Lee10 
9Adam Dunn9 
10Curtis Granderson8 
11Jason Bay11 
12Jacoby Ellsbury13 
13Nick Markakis14.375 BA with three HRs in August
14Bobby Abreu16 
15Jayson Werth15 
16B.J. Upton12Yesterday’s HR was just his second since June
17Josh Hamilton27.397 BA in August, but where’s the power?
18Raul Ibanez17 
19Shin-Soo Choo20 
20Shane Victorino18 
21Torii HunterNR 
22Johnny Damon23 
23Adam Jones22 
24Kendry Morales31 
25Brad Hawpe24 
26Vladimir Guerrero30 
27Adam Lind25 
28Alfonso Soriano19August: .167 BA, no HRs, no SBs, .407 OPS?!?
29Andre Ethier28 
30Josh Willingham32 
31Hunter Pence34 
32Andrew McCutchen35 
33Jermaine Dye33 
34Nyjer Morgan38 
35Carlos Quentin29 
36Ryan Ludwick37 
37Juan Rivera39 
38Michael Bourn40 
39Alex Rios36 
40Carlos GonzalezNR 
Also receiving votes: Rajai Davis, Jason Kubel, Travis Snider, Denard Span

Starting Pitchers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Tim Lincecum1 
2Roy Halladay2 
3Zack Greinke3 
4Dan Haren6 
5Johan Santana4 
6Justin Verlander7 
7Josh Beckett5 
8Felix Hernandez8 
9Chris Carpenter9 
10Josh Johnson10 
11Javier Vazquez11 
12Cliff Lee14Last seven starts all wins and QSes, and four were CGs
13Matt Cain12 
14Adam Wainwright13 
15CC Sabathia176-1, 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 45 Ks in seven post-ASB starts
16Jon Lester15 
17Chad Billingsley16 
18Ricky Nolasco18 
19John Lackey19 
20Edwin Jackson23 
21Yovani Gallardo21 
22Wandy Rodriguez22 
23Clayton Kershaw24 
24Ubaldo Jimenez27Four straight wins, eight straight quality starts
25Jered Weaver25 
26Roy Oswalt26Injured, then ineffective: 11 ERs in last two starts
27Cole Hamels20 
28A.J. Burnett30 
29Matt Garza29 
30Rich Harden31 
31Gavin Floyd32 
32James Shields28 
33Scott Baker33 
34Tommy Hanson34 
35Jair Jurrjens37 
36Ted LillyNR 
37Brett Anderson36Last start: 5 IP, 9 Hs, 7 ERs, 3 BBs; shine wearing off
38J.A. Happ40 
39Randy Wells38 
40Jarrod Washburn39 
41Joba Chamberlain35 
42Joe Blanton41 
43Joel Pineiro42 
44Max Scherzer43 
45John Danks44 
46Randy Wolf48 
47Ervin SantanaNR 
48Ricky Romero46Given up three runs or more in eight of last nine games
49Scott Kazmir45 
50Andy PettitteNR 
Also receiving votes: Mark Buehrle, Jorge de la Rosa, Mat Latos, Derek Holland, Rick Porcello, Zach Duke, Derek Lowe, Aaron Harang

Relievers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Mariano Rivera1 
2Joe Nathan2 
3Joakim Soria4 
4Jonathan Papelbon3 
5Heath Bell6 
6Jonathan Broxton5 
7Huston Street7 
8David Aardsma8 
9Brian Fuentes9Seven saves despite ugly 8.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP last month
10Ryan Franklin13 
11Brian Wilson12 
12Francisco Cordero10 
13Francisco Rodriguez11 
14Andrew Bailey16 
15Trevor Hoffman14 
16Jose Valverde15 
17Chad Qualls18 
18Bobby Jenks20 
19J.P. Howell17 
20Fernando Rodney22 
21Rafael Soriano190-3, 6.97 ERA post-All Star Break
22Frank Francisco23 
23Jason Frasor24 
24Brad Lidge21 
25Jim Johnson26 
26Carlos MarmolNR 
27Kerry Wood27 
28Mike MacDougal29Last month: 8 SVs, 2.13 ERA, 0.87 WHIP; a real closer??
29Matt Capps28 
30Leo Nunez30Nine saves ties Rivera for best in past month
Also receiving votes: None

 
R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
 
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