|Cueto just missed cracking the top 100|
#239 Drew Stubbs (5.23)
#231 Aroldis Chapman (5.28)
#221 Scott Rolen (5.34)
#160 Sean Marshall (5.81)
#101 Johnny Cueto (6.38)
#99 Ryan Madson (6.38)*
#79 Brandon Phillips (6.59)
#76 Mat Latos (6.63)
#68 Jay Bruce (6.75)
#19 Joey Votto (8.50)
* Out for the season.
How do you feel they did at ranking Reds players? Fair or foul? Tell us what you think by dropping your thoughts in the comments section.
Personally, I think Phillips got slighted a bit. MLB Network recently rated him as the 40th best player overall in their "Top 100 for 2012". And I'd beg to differ that there are 18 current MLBers who are better at their profession than Votto, but oh well. It just goes to show you how much of a crapshoot these preseason rankings can be. It'll be interesting to take a look back at these rankings at the end of the year.
And for the record, just 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.
You can the entire rankings from no. 500 to no. 1 by clicking here.