Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto ranked among baseball's elite

On Tuesday, Dayn Perry over at CBS Sports published a list of the top 10 hitters and the top 10 pitchers for the 2013 MLB season. And two Reds deservedly were included in the rankings.

Joey Votto took the No. 3 spot among hitters, while Johnny Cueto finally received some respect from a national columnist by coming at No. 6 among pitchers.

An important note to remember about this list is the Perry took only the 2013 season in consideration when compiling the rankings. There was no regard for past or future performance. Essentially, Perry aimed to rank who the best players at this moment in time are.

Here is what Perry had to say about each of them...


He's paid like a superstar because he is a superstar. His career OPS+ of 155 ranks second only to Albert Pujols among active players, and he already has an NL MVP award to his credit. Last season, Votto paced the league in walks and tallied 44 doubles despite playing in only 111 games. When he's healthy, there's no one better at the plate.

If you don't already think of Cueto as certifiable ace, then please do start now. He's notched ERAs of 2.31 and 2.78 in the last two seasons, and in 2012 he proved capable of an ace's workload (217 innings pitched, good for fifth in the NL). At 27, Cueto should keep it going for the foreseeable future.

For Votto, the recognition really comes as no surprise, as he's been considered a superstar for a few years now. But it's nice to see Cueto receive the recognition he deserves. It's been long overdue.

Click here to see the rest of the top 10 lists. 

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