*When putting together the following rankings, I first went team by team and made a preliminary list of players to consider, including everyone who made the list last time around. I then whittled it down to 100 from there. The following guys made that preliminary list but did not crack the final 100.
Starting Pitchers (previous ranking in parenthesis)
Stephen Strasburg (26), Anibal Sanchez (37), Andrew Cashner (43), Mark Buehrle (54), Michael Wacha (57), Jesse Chavez (59), Phil Hughes (61), Jon Niese (72), Kyle Lohse (85), Alfredo Simon (93), Danny Duffy, Charlie Morton, Wily Peralta, Jose Quintana, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Tillman, Yordano Ventura, Jered Weaver, Zack Wheeler, Chris Young
*It's worth noting, I probably value relief pitchers lower than many others would. It's just hard for me to justify picking someone who will only play in less than 5 percent (assuming 70 IP) of his team's innings over a starting pitcher or position player who will make a significantly bigger impact. As such, a grand total of just 10 relievers made the cut for the top 100.
Sean Doolittle (45), Francisco Rodriguez (70), Joakim Soria (71), Rafael Soriano (73), Steve Cishek (77), Zach Britton (91), Jean Machi (94), Joaquin Benoit, Brad Boxberger, Jonathan Broxton, Tyler Clippard, Jeurys Familia, J.P. Howell, Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon, Andrew Miller, Darren O'Day, Glen Perkins, Neil Ramirez, David Robertson, Fernando Rodney, Trevor Rosenthal, Tony Watson
Evan Gattis (39), Yadier Molina (95), Buster Posey, Kurt Suzuki
Brandon Moss (31), Adam LaRoche (46), Lonnie Chisenhall (56), Justin Morneau (76), Nolan Arenado, Erick Aybar, Ian Desmond, Scooter Gennett, Conor Gillaspie, Brock Holt, Howie Kendrick, Manny Machado, Casey McGehee, Albert Pujols, Aramis Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins, Neil Walker, Ben Zobrist
Charlie Blackmon (44), Michael Morse (53), Angel Pagan (60), Alex Rios (74), Yoenis Cespedes (84), Ryan Braun, Marlon Byrd, Lorenzo Cain, Kole Calhoun, Jacoby Ellsbury, Billy Hamilton, Juan Lagares, Nick Markakis, Marcell Ozuna, Denard Span, George Springer, Jayson Werth, Christian Yelich
First Five Out
- Mark Buehrle
- Brock Holt
- Brandon Moss
- Wily Peralta
- Jose Quintana