Friday, March 1, 2013

Mat Latos, Joey Votto projected to be top 30 players in 2018


If you are a fan of trying to predict the future five years down the road, this post is for you.

Dan Szymborski of ESPN Insider recently got the bright idea to compile a list of the 30 best players in 2018. It's an impossible task to accurately accomplish, but the results serve as a fun topic for discussion, nonetheless. He used ZiPS projected WAR to rank the players.

As the headline suggests, the Reds placed two players in the rankings: Mat Latos and Joey Votto.

Latos occupied the No. 14 slot just ahead of Chicago Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo at No. 15.

Johnny Cueto got more press, but for the second half of the season, it was Latos who was truly the staff ace. Still just 25 years old, Latos made his miserable April seem like a distant memory.

That is what Szymborski had to say about Latos. However, he didn't write anything about players ranked 16-30, and Votto nestled in at No. 26, which was one spot better than Tampa Bay Rays third basemen Evan Longoria.

The list includes a healthy mix of current stars and relative unknown prospects. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

Latos will still only be 31 years of age come 2018, while Votto will be pushing 35.

Via ESPN Insider

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