2011 MLB Player Rankings: Top 50 Position Players

Steve ChottCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2011

2011 MLB Player Rankings: Top 50 Position Players

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    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 07: San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Rangers in the first meeting between the two teams since the World Series during the spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 7, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Dj
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    We're one week away from the start of the baseball season, and I'm starting to feel it. Spring Training is in full swing and the boys of summer are getting ready for the real deal.

    With all of this approaching, here's a list of the top 50 position players in baseball. This list was made by looking at the recent past and how they will perform in the future.

50: Alex Rios, Outfielder, Chicago White Sox

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 01: Alex Rios #51 of the Chicago White Sox hits the ball against the Oakland Athletics at U.S. Cellular Field on August 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Athletics 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Coming in at No. 50 on the list, Alex Rios is a two-time All Star and batted .284 with 21 home runs and 88 RBI in 2010.

49: Jay Bruce, Outfielder, Cincinnati Reds

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    With 25 HR's and 75 RBI, not only was Jay Bruce a good guy to have in the Reds lineup his 4.3 WAR rating was among the best in the league and the main reason he made the list at number 49.

48: Shane Victorino, Outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies runs to first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    At number 48, The "Flyin Hawaiian" Shane Victorino has had good success ever since he replaced Bobby Abreu in 2006.

    A Gold Glove Winner and an All Star, Victorino becomes the best outfielder on a very good Phillies team now that Jayson Werth took big money to go to the Nationals.

47: Andrew McCutchen, Outfielder, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    ATLANTA - MAY 28:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 28, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The only bright spot on the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates is Andrew McCutchen, who batted .286 with 16 home runs and 56 RBI.

    McCutchen, who won the 2009 Rookie of the Year award, was also fifth in the National League last season with 33 stolen bases.

46: Hunter Pence, Outfielder, Houston Astros

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    HOUSTON - AUGUST 30:  Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros drives the ball up the middle against the St. Louis Cardinlas at Minute Maid Park on August 30, 2010 in Houston, Texas. The Astros beat the Cardinals 3-0.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    In his first four seasons, Hunter Pence has flown under the radar of most baseball fans, most likely because he plays for the Astros who have been irrelevant in his time there.

    In 2010, Pence hit .282 with 25 home runs, 91 RBI and an OBP of .325.

45: Chipper Jones, Third Baseman, Atlanta Braves

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 01:  Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves looks on during a Spring Training game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    A former MVP and six-time All-Star, Chipper Jones has had a very good career. With that being said, I don't expect anything special from Chipper this year.

    He's been on the decline since 2008 and with the ACL injury he suffered last year, his days are numbered. He is still No. 45 on the list, though.

44: Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 03:  Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets bats against the St. Louis Cardinals stealing second base at Digital Domain Park on March 3, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    With a good combination of hitting and speed, Jose Reyes is a big threat when he is healthy.

    On the abysmal Mets, Reyes has missed games in the past two years with injury but was still good enough to make a trip to his third All-Star Game last year.

43: Dan Uggla, Second Baseman, Atlanta Braves

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 29:  Dan Uggla #6 of the Florida Marlins bats against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on July 29, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    When the Braves acquired Dan Uggla in the offseason, they got themselves a very strong power hitter.

    A two-time All Star and Silver Slugger, Uggla is a good addition for the Braves and could help get them back into the postseason.

42: Jose Bautista, Outfielder, Toronto Blue Jays

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    TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 23:   Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners on September 23, 2010 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays defeated the Mariners 1-0. (Photo by Brad White/Getty
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    Even though he may be too one dimensional for my liking, Jose Bautista's pure power hitting puts him at number 43.

    Bautista led the league with 54 home runs, but batted .260. Bautista is all power and while he may have alot of it, it's not enough to have him higher than 43.

41: Torii Hunter, Outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem

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    ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim plays against the Cleveland Indians in the game at Angel Stadium on September 7, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Even though he is on the decline, Torii Hunter is still a very good player. A four time All Star and nine time gold glover, Hunter still batted .281 and knocked in 90 runs.

40: Carlos Quentin, Outfielder, Chicago White Sox

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Carlos Quentin #20 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 22, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    The second White Sox outfielder on the list, Quentin was a first-half MVP candidate before he suffered an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year.

    Expect for Quentin to come back healthy and have another great year.

39: Corey Hart, Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28:  Corey Hart #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers breaks his bat while batting against the New York Mets on September 28, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty
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    A two time all Star, Corey Hart really came on last year hitting 31 home runs and 102 RBI. Hart will be a very valuable part of the Brewers this season.

38: Delmon Young, Outfielder, Minnesota Twins

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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04:  Delmon Young #21 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the Oakland Athletics during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 4, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Last year the Twins made Delmon Young their starting left fielder and it sure payed off for them. Young hit .298 with 21 HR's and 112 RBI.

37: Adam Dunn, First Baseman/DH, Chicago White Sox

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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 07:  Adam Dunn #32 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the spring training game at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on March 7, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Even though Dunn is a below average fielder, his pure power hitting puts him on this list. Dunn hit 38 HR's last year to go along with .536 SLG percentage.

36: Nelson Cruz, Outfielder, Texas Rangers

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 02:  Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    A key part in getting Texas to the World Series, Nelson Cruz hit .318 with 22 HRs and 78 RBI in just 108 games.

35: Shin-Soo Choo, Outfielder, Cleveland Indians

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    ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Cleveland Indian bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 8, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.   The Angels won 4-3 in 16 innings.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Shin-Soo Who? Last season Shin-Soo Choo had a league leading 7.3 WAR rating and also hit 20 HR's with 20 stolen bases, making him a member of the 20-20 club and a deserving member to this list.

34: Vernon Wells, Outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 15:  Vernon Wells #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats against the San Diego Padres during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 15, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    After being traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Vernon Wells will look for a fresh start for a contender.

    Wells is still a very good player, and while he's not as good as his contract would have you think, he will be a very good piece for the Angels this season.

33: Kendrys Morales, First Baseman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 29:  Kendry Morales #8 of the Los Angeles Angels watches his grand slam homerun to win the game 5-1 in front of Rob Johnson #32 of the Seattle Mariners during the bottom of the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2010 in Anaheim, Ca
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    Last season, Kendrys Morales got off to a good start before going down with one of the strangest injuries in recent history.

    If he's healthy though, I expect Morales to be back on track this year and to have another good season.

32: Prince Fielder, First Baseman, Milwaukee Brewers

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 10:  Prince Fielder#28 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a base hit against the Colorado Rockies in the third inning of the spring training baseball game at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Dj
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    We've seen in the past couple of years what Prince Fielder can do when healthy and motivated so it will be interesting to see what he can do this year with the Brewers or another team, as his name has been floated around in trade rumors since last season.

    Fielder would be a great addition to any team's lineup.

31: Paul Konerko, First Baseman, Chicago White Sox

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    GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 02:  Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox stands in the batters box against the Cincinnati Reds during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 2, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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    Last year, Paul Konerko had one of the best seasons of his career hitting .312 with 39 HR's and 111 RBI.

    Even though Konerko is starting to get older, I think he still has a 25 HR, 90 RBI season left for this year.

30: Michael Young, Infielder, Texas Rangers

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 02:  Infielder Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers during the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    The biggest name going around in spring training is Michael Young, who has asked to be traded.

    Young is a very good batter and fielder and shouldn't have a problem finding a home when the Rangers are willing to trade him.

29: Ian Kinsler, Second Baseman, Texas Rangers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers bats against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Im
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    Teammate of No. 30 on this list, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler started last season on the disabled list.

    When he's healthy, though, Kinsler is a very dangerous weapon and has been a member of the 20-20 and 30-30 clubs in the past three years.

28: Jason Heyward, Outfielder, Atlanta Braves

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves jogs across the mound during a spring training workout at Champion Stadium on February 21, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Second in the Rookie of the Year voting last season, there is no doubt that Jason Heyward is on his way to a bright career.

    In his second year, expect Heyward to impress even more than he did last year and make the All-Star Game.

27: Victor Martinez, Catcher/First Baseman, Detroit Tigers

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Boston Red Sox throws the ball away for an error on Brett Gardner (not shown) of the New York Yankees bunt attempt in the 10th inning on September 26, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New
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    Even though he took the money and left Boston, he got big money for a reason. An all star last year and a former Silver Slugger, Martinez hit 20 HR's and batted .302.

26: Buster Posey, Catcher, San Francisco Giants

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08:  Buster Posey #28 catcher of the San Francisco Giants against the Seattle Mariners during the spring training baseball game against at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    The 2010 Rookie of the Year, Buster Posey's combination of hitting and catching was essential to the Giants' World Series run.

    Just like Jason Heyward, Posey has a bright MLB future.

25: Jayson Werth, Outfielder, Washington Nationals

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15:  Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo (L) introduces Jayson Werth #28  to the media on December 15, 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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    Okay, so he took the money and ran to Washington. Still though, Werth is a great player.

    Not nearly enough to carry the Nats, but Werth could definitely make this team interesting along with Stephen Strasburg.

24: Adrian Beltre, Third Baseman, Texas Rangers

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Is there a trend here? Another free agent this offseason, Beltre left the Red Sox to become a member of the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers.

    With 102 RBI, Beltre put together one of his best seasons last year with the Red Sox.

23: Ryan Braun, Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 10:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers swings the bat against the Colorado Rockies during the spring training baseball game at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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    An All-Star and Silver Slugger last season, Ryan Braun has come on in the past two seasons and is starting to prove himself as an elite player.

    Since winning the Rookie of the Year in 2007, he has been to the All-Star Game every year since.

22: Adrian Gonzalez, First Baseman, Boston Red Sox

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    FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 14:  Infielder Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the New York Yankees during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at City of Palms Park on March 14, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Ima
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    Adrian Gonzalez will not only bring power to the new Red Sox lineup in 2011, but he also brings along his two Gold Gloves at first base.

21: Jimmy Rollins, Shortstop, Philadelphia Phillies

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three run double to left field in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 1
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    A former MVP and Gold Glover, Rollins will have to get healthy to be able to have the effect I believe he will.

    If Rollins is healthy, though, he will be another dangerous part of this Phillies team in the field and at bat.

20: Derek Jeter, Shortstop, New York Yankees

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees fields a ground ball during the first full team workout of Spring Training on February 20, 2011 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    Number 20? But this is Derek Jeter! Mr. November! Captain Clutch!

    Yes, Jeter has put together a Hall of Fame-worthy career, but coming off his worst season, it's clear his batting and fielding skills are diminishing, which is what keeps him this low.

    Don't be surprised if Jeter bounces back this season, though, and proves all of his critics wrong.

19: Ichiro Suzuki, Outfielder, Seattle Mariners

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 04:  Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Cincinnati Reds during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 4, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    No matter how old he gets, it seems Ichiro's skills haven't gotten worse at all.

    He's never finished with a batting average below .300, never had fewer than 200 hits, always won a Gold Glove and rarely gets hurt.

    Ichiro has unbelievable endurance and can get base hits like no other.

18: Dustin Pedroia, Second Baseman, Boston Red Sox

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    BOSTON - APRIL 17:  Dustin Pedroia #15of the Boston Red Sox maes an assist against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on April 17, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    After missing 87 games last season with a foot injury, the former MVP Red Sox second baseman should be back and ready to help this new-look Sox team to achieve their high expectations with his good fielding and better batting.

17: Kevin Youkilis, First Baseman/Third Baseman, Boston Red Sox

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    SEATTLE - JULY 23: Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox singles in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 23, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Another injured Red Sox player, Youkilis will hope to bounce back with an injury-free season.

    Youkilis should have his power and get many walks as usual.

    It will be interesting to see how Youkilis will play third base full-time, which is most likely to happen with the Red Sox getting Adrian Gonzalez.

16: Matt Holliday, Outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    A Silver Slugger and an All Star, Matt Holliday is one of the best hitting duos with Albert Pujols.

    In the year and a half with the Cardinals, Holliday has hit over 40 home runs and 150 RBI.

15: Mark Teixeira, First Baseman, New York Yankees

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees fields ground balls during the first full team workout of Spring Training on February 20, 2011 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    Even though he struggles at times at the plate, Mark Teixeira makes it so high on this list because of his outstanding fielding.

    Tex's glove saves the behinds of his Yankees teammates.

14: Miguel Cabrera, First Baseman, Detroit Tigers

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    LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 01:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers bats during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 6-2.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Image
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    Even though he's had a rough offseason, I don't see why he won't be fine for the start of the season.

    He's reported and looked fine so far, and I fully expect Cabrera to be in the All-Star Game.

13: Justin Morneau, First Baseman, Minnesota Twins

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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 06:  Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the Oakland Athletics during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 6, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Even though it's taken him awhile to rehab from his concussion, Morneau is finally back and playing for the Twins. I think Morneau could be a sleeper for AL MVP this season.

12: Chase Utley, Second Baseman, Philadelphia Phillies

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Doug
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    Even though Chase Utley has been placed on the DL, when Utley returns, he will be an important part of this Phillies lineup, especially without Jayson Werth.

11: Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop, Florida Marlins

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    JUPITER, FL - MARCH 06:  Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins plays the field against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on March 6, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Last season Hanley Ramirez had a decline from his stellar 2009, which may have had something to do with a quarrel with manager Fredi Gonzalez.

    Gonzalez is out, though, and I expect Hanley to be an All-Star and in the thick on the MVP race.

10: Troy Tulowitzki, Shortstop, Colorado Rockies

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 02:  Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies at bat against the San Diego Padres during spring training at Peoria Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Last season, Troy Tulowitzki was an All-Star, Gold Glove winner and won the Silver Slugger award for his position.

    Not only his bat, but Tulo's glove will start to separate him as one of the best shortstops in the next couple of years.

9: Alex Rodriguez, Third Baseman, New York Yankees

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a ground rule double in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bro
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    In the past two years, A-Rod has started to get held back by injury and aging. Then again, in his prime A-Rod was unbelievable.

    A-Rod is most definitely still a top hitter in the league and still has a good glove.

8: Evan Longoria, Third Baseman, Tampa Bay Rays

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two run homerun against the Texas Rangers in the 5th inning during game 4 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Ma
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    In his first three years, Evan Longoria has torn up the league, which is especially hard to do in the AL East.

    Not only is Longoria a Silver Slugger, he's also got a good glove to go along with it.

7: Joey Votto, First Baseman, Cincinnati Reds

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    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 14:  Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds against the Colorodo Rockies during the spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 14, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Imag
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    The reigning NL MVP, Joey Votto put up incredible numbers with 37 HR's and 113 RBI.

    In the year of the pitcher, Votto was killing the ball and is sure to again this year.

6: Robinson Cano, Second Baseman, New York Yankees

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees hits a solo homerun in the third inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New Yor
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    There's no doubt in my mind right now that Robinson Cano is the best second baseman in baseball.

    He's a great hitter, can get base hits or home runs and is now the best on this Yankees team.

    He also has a great glove and you'll see him several times on "Web Gems."

5: Ryan Howard, First Baseman, Philadelphia Phillies

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello
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    A big power hitter and the cleanup man for the Phillies, Ryan Howard got the contract extension that he deserved.

    Howard is always in the MVP race as long as he's healthy and has a decent glove.

4: Carl Crawford, Outfielder, Boston Red Sox

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    BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 11:  Carl Crawford answers questions during a press conference announcing his signing with the Boston Red Sox on December 11,  2010 at the Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    The newest member of the Red Sox may be the most complete person in this Top 10.

    He's a good hitter, a great fielder and is one of the best base stealers in the league.

3: Josh Hamilton, Outfielder, Texas Rangers

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers bats against the Cincinnati Reds during the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    The story of Josh Hamilton is amazing, and now it's come full circle with him winning MVP.

    I see no problem with Hamilton winning MVP again, as his hitting is the best in the league.

2: Joe Mauer, Catcher, Minnesota Twins

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins gives signs during game two of the ALDS game against the New York Yankees on October 7, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    One of the best defensive catchers in the league, Mauer is unquestionably one of the best in all of baseball.

    After being hurt for part of last season, Mauer should be back and healthy this season and could win his second MVP award.

1: Albert Pujols, First Baseman, St. Louis Cardinals

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals prepares to swing against the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Was there any question Albert Pujols was going to be number 1?

    Pujols is a three-time MVP and if he stays healthy for the rest of his career, he should find himself in the Hall of Fame.