MLB Position-by-Position Player Power Rankings, Preseason Edition

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MLB Position-by-Position Player Power Rankings, Preseason Edition
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Last season, I wrote a handful of articles breaking down my position-by-position power rankings. With spring training games underway and the regular season fast approaching, now is as good a time as any to put together my preseason rankings for 2014.

What follows is a look at the 10 (or 15 in the case of outfielders) best players at each position based on how I expect them to perform in the year ahead.

I've taken into account their all-around offensive abilities, their defensive contributions and then what they have meant to the success of their respective teams.

To put it another way, think of it as though you were building a team to compete for just the 2014 season. This is the order in which I would select players at each position to build said team.

Also included in my statistics is each player's Baseball-Reference WAR or rWAR. While WAR is a useful stat in gauging a player's value, it's not the be-all, end-all stat that some view it to be. As such, don't expect this to simply be a list of the top 10 in WAR at each position.

Included on each slide is also "one to watch," a player who falls outside of the rankings now and has yet to truly break out but has a chance of finding his way onto the rankings before the season is over.

 

Note: There is no slide for DH, but it bears mentioning that David Ortiz is the best in baseball by a decent margin. Carlos Santana, Victor Martinez and Billy Butler are all solid options as well, but the field is thin enough that it didn't warrant its own slide.
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