Attention: This is not a list of the 50 best players of 2014, or everyone's grade would simply be an "A" and this entire exercise would be pointless. Instead, this is a list grading the performance of who I viewed as the MLB's top 50 players back in March, based on an article I wrote prior to the season starting.
With two months of baseball nearly in the books, we are already roughly one-third of the way through the 2014 MLB season.
With more and more advanced stats available these days, predicting player performance has become a science of sorts, but it is still far from a sure thing, as baseball has a funny way of being wildly unpredictable.
As with any season, there have been a number of out-of-nowhere surprises, as well as several disappointing starts from guys who were expected to be stars.
In the article that follows, the top 50 players in baseball entering the season have been graded on their performances so far.
Injuries are a part of the game, and unavoidable in many cases, but a player does not simply get a pass for being sidelined. If you simply don't show up for class, you fail. If you are not on the field for your team, you are not producing and helping it win games, simple as that.
The grading scale is as follows:
- A: Player has produced at an elite level once again.
- B: Player has produced at a star level and is in good position to be elite, or player is producing at an elite level but has missed some time.
- C: Player has produced below expectations and/or has missed some time.
- D: Player has produced well below expectations or has missed significant time.
- F: Player has produced well below expectations and has no chance of improving.
So with explanations out of the way, here are your two-month grades for the top 50 players in the game.