It’s a new year in baseball and time to roll out a new Top 50 Countdown. This time around we had three other rankers beside myself, and opinions were across the board. We have some new faces, some old ones, and some guys that are really going to raise some eyebrows. Let the debates begin! [table]Rank|Last [...]
Top 50 Countdown Woo-Hoo! This was a tough list to assemble because of the wide variety of rankings on guys like Pujols, Fowler, Davis, Harvey, etc. I like the list in the end though, and I can't wait to see how much it changes next time.
Great list! Hard to argue with any of it. Kemp and Stanton ahead of Pujols is the only thing that stands out as potentially wrong to me. He's hurting but he's producing, and until he hits the DL should probably stay in the top 10.
Yea the Stanton DL hit kind of fell right as I was finalizing the list so I wasn't sure where to move him, and Pujols hit two bombs around the same time. In retrospect, Pujols should be up a couple of spots and Stanton down a few.
Fowler barely made the cut but none of the pitchers that he came in ahead of did enough to make the list. I would say that he needs to maintain a major level of play to hold off Moore/Scherzer or a resurgent Hamels/Cain.
I didn't have Fowler on my list but he was close to the cutoff (maybe a dozen spots out). There are tons of OFs right around that point. I can see the appeal of him, showing this much power and on a team that is scoring way more runs than many assumed they would. But as a skinny CF people assume he can steal more bases than he actually will, when it will probably be closer to the total of guys like Hosmer/Goldschmidt, who are considered clunky corner infielders.
The surprising one to me is Kemp at 15. I had him at 30, a spot which I still wouldn't be totally comfortable taking him, although the steals are a little encouraging even if he's flashing David Eckstein-esque power. I had him and Rizzo ranked pretty much the same and I feel strong about Rizzo turning around his batting average and becoming a legitimate top 15 player heading into 2014.
And yeah, Stanton's and Tulo's rankings would drop considering the injury, depending on the severity. Both happened after I submitted my list, and I assume the same is true for the others.
rjforlife wrote:Kemp ranked 9th, 10th, 13th and 30th. Based on his track record for top five material, I went ahead and kept him at 15. He could easily drop if he doesn't pick it up soon, and in a big way.
He's getting real close to being back. His timing has improved and he is looking much better in recent days. The first few weeks his front side was leaking and he was pulling everything. In the Mets series alone he took a ball out to RF and hit a double off of the bottom of the right-center field fence. It's not quite there yet, and he may not flash the power to be a top 10 player, but I like where he is ranked here.