Friday, March 29, 2013

Reds boast healthy presence in ESPN's top 500 player rankings


Slowly but surely, day-by-day, the ESPN Baseball Tonight crew has been unveiling its rankings for the top 500 players in Major League Baseball for 2013. The series began on March 20 and concluded on Friday, with the unveiling of the top 10 players.

As you might imagine, several Reds made the cut. After all, there are only so many active MLB players they can choose from. And why not cherry pick guys from a team whose expected to defend its division title?

Without further ado, here is the list of Reds players who made the grade, accompanied by their 2013 ranking (their 2012 ranking is in parenthesis)...

499 - J.J. Hoover (NR)
408 - Mike Leake (286)
334 - Zack Cozart (444)
320 - Bronson Arroyo (391)
293 - Ryan Hanigan (415)
284 - Ryan Ludwick (437)
250 - Jonathan Broxton (281)
248 - Todd Frazier (NR)
192 - Sean Marshall (160)
128 - Homer Bailey (368)
97 - Shin-Soo Choo (120)
79 - Brandon Phillips (77)
73 - Mat Latos (76)
55 - Jay Bruce (68)
46 - Aroldis Chapman (231)
41 - Johnny Cueto (101)
9 - Joey Votto (19)

How about the jump that Frazier made this year? He went from unranked to the top 250 in no time. Meanwhile, Chapman also experienced a meteoric surge from 231 to 46.

Another observation I want to point out is the fact that 14 of the 17 Reds upped their position in the rankings from 2012. Only Leake, Marshall, and Phillips experienced declines.

In case you're curious, two Detroit Tigers topped the list at one and two: Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, respectively.

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