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MLB Position-by-Position Player Rankings, Mid-April Edition
Associated Press
Chase Utley

Last season, I wrote a handful of articles breaking down my position-by-position rankings, and I will do that on a regular basis once again this year.

My preseason rankings were put out March 7, and with nearly three weeks of the 2014 season in the books, it's time for an updated look at where everyone stands.

So what follows is a look at the 10 (or 15 in the case of outfielders) best players at each position based on the numbers they have put up to this point. While my preseason rankings were based on production last season and projections for the year ahead, now that the regular season has begun, these rankings will be based entirely on 2014 performance.

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

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 as. As such, don't expect this to simply be a list of the top 10 in WAR at each position.

So with that, here is an early season look at the top players at each position. Expect these rankings to be drastically different from my preseason picks, and there's a good chance they'll again look drastically different the next time I put this together. Gotta love early season baseball.

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