I urge you to read the following for a better understanding of my thought process and why guys are ranked where they are on this list.
Imagine, if you will, that every player in baseball was thrown into a pool to be selected from—fantasy draft style. The goal of this draft would be to build a team for the remainder of the 2014 season, but no further.
What follows can be thought of as my big board for the top-100 players in this hypothetical draft.
Given the premise of only focusing on this season, certain questions have to be asked:
- How much weight do you put on 2014 performance versus a player's track record?
- How much stock do you put in a hot start from an unexpected player or a cold start from an established star?
- How much do injury concerns and early-season injuries hurt a player's stock, especially considering that this article is only focusing on this season's performance?
- Do you rank a stud rookie (e.g., Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu) over a struggling star who has established himself as one of the game's best in the past (e.g., David Price and Prince Fielder)?
What follows is my best attempt to answer those questions. For reference, I've included a look at where I had each player ranked in my preseason top 100 for reference, and I also included a look at all of the players who made my initial list before things were trimmed down to 100 on the next slide.
There is obviously a good amount of subjectivity that goes into a list like this, so I don't expect anyone to agree with me 100 percent. I ask only that you keep things civil in what promises to be a fun comments section.