Friday, March 2, 2012

3 Reds on MLBN's top 100 list


MLB Network just finished unveiling the last of their Top 100 Players "Right Now" list, and three Cincinnati Reds made the cut.

The criteria they used in determining these rankings are as follows:

-Emphasized stats from last 3 seasons, weighting 2011
-Projected 2012 performance
-Defensive position
-Intangibles
-Accolades

Basically, if every player was available for a draft prior to the 2012 season, this is the predicted order they would go in.

Here are the three Reds that made the list accompanied by their ranking. You will find my comments below.
Votto occupied the 15th
spot for the second year
in a row

#92 - CL Ryan Madson
#40 - 2B Brandon Phillips
#15 - 1B Joey Votto

Quick comments: All in all, I guess one can't argue with these rankings too much. I would have placed Votto in the top 10 for sure, but obviously the guys at MLBN felt differently. I was also a little surprised not to see either Mat Latos or Johnny Cueto on the list. Perhaps it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise though? The feeling of getting "snubbed" has been known to tremendously motivate athletes in the past -- I'm sure these guys aren't any different.

Also of note is the fact that the team placed three guys on last year's list as well: Aroldis Chapman (#100), Phillips (#61), and Votto (#15). As I sit here and compare the 2012 rankings vs. the 2011 ones I realize that the list is about as stable as the stock market. Need proof? Here are some notable examples:

-The Dodgers' Matt Kemp shot up from 65th to the top spot
-Boston's Carl Crawford slipped 77 spots from 22nd to 99th
-White Sox slugger Adam Dunn fell out of the rankings altogether (#48 in '11)
-Toronto's Jose Bautista rocketed up to 6th from 50th
-The Tribe's Asdrubal Cabrera scored the highest-debut at #32
-Philadelphia's Hunter Pence wasn't far behind with a debut of 36th

To view the list in its entirety, please follow this link.

What are your thoughts on the rankings, especially regarding the Reds?

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