Friday, March 23, 2012

Nine Reds rank in bottom half of ESPN 500 list

It's a dubious honor to be recognized among Major League Baseball's Top 500 players, but it's an honor nonetheless. ESPN has made its way through half of its #ESPN500 rankings and here are the Reds players who have appeared on the list so far...

#286 Mike Leake (4.94)
#368 Homer Bailey (4.62)
#391 Bronson Arroyo (4.53)
#413 Chris Heisey (4.42)
#415 Ryan Hanigan (4.42)
#431 Bill Bray (4.35)
#437 Ryan Ludwick (4.34)
#444 Zack Cozart (4.32)
#450 Devin Mesoraco (4.30)

Just for the record, how did ESPN compile such a massive list? Take a look...

To compile a top-500 ranking, 34 ESPN experts started with a list of the top 600 players projected to play in the majors in 2012. Using a 0-to-10 scale, they evaluated only the quality of each player for the 2012 season. Players who are expected to miss 2012 with an injury, like Victor Martinez, were not included. But Arodys Vizcaino (No. 376) was included because he was injured after the voting. Ages are listed as of July 1, 2012.

And here's when the rest of the rankings will be unveiled...

Monday, March 26
Players ranked Nos. 201-250

Tuesday, March 27
Players ranked Nos. 151-200

Wednesday, March 28
Players ranked Nos. 101-150

Thursday, March 29
Players ranked Nos. 51-100

Friday, March 30
Players ranked Nos. 26-50

Monday, April 2
Players ranked Nos. 11-25

Tuesday, April 3
Players ranked Nos. 1-10

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