Position-by-position MLB power rankings will once again be a staple this year, and as we head for the All-Star break, it's time for another update.
What follows is a look at the best players at each position based on their performance this season. Past reputation and future projections mean nothing here; it's all about what these guys have done in 2014.
I have taken into account players' all-around offensive abilities, their defensive contributions and what they have meant to the success of their respective teams.
Included in my statistics is each player's Baseball-Reference Wins Above Replacement or WAR. While WAR is a useful stat in gauging a player's value, it is not the be-all, end-all stat that some view it as. As such, do not expect this to simply be a list of the top 10 in WAR at each position.
With that said, here is a look at the best players each position has to offer heading into the All-Star break. With so much change from the first rankings to midseason, it will be interesting to see how different these are by season's end.
*Unless otherwise noted, all stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference and cover games through Thursday, July 10.