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On ESPN, they've been ranking the best 500 players in MLB. Today is 11-25, tomorrow is the top ten.

 

Here's where they've ranked the Angels not in the top 25, from 26-500.

 

101 CJ Wilson

142 Mark Trumbo

145 Ernesto Frieri

161 Howie Kendrick

175 Erick Aybar

287 Alberto Callaspo

288 Peter Bourjos

306 Sean Burnett

307 Tommy Hanson

327 Scott Downs

335 Jason Vargas

347 Chris Iannetta

428 Joe Blanton

459 Kevin Jepsen

 

Likely Top 25: Pujols, Hamilton, Trout, Weaver.

 

Likely Unranked: Ryan Madson, David Carpenter, Garrett Richards, Hank Conger, Chris Snyder, Kole Calhoun, & Andrew Romine. Also anyone else I forgot.

 

I'm guessing the top 25 to be: 

 

1-3. M. Trout

1-3. M. Cabrera

1-3. R. Braun

4. R. Cano

5. B. Posey

6. J. Verlander

7. C. Kershaw

8. A. McCutchen

9. F. Hernandez

10. A. Beltre

11. D. Price

12. M. Cain

13. M. Kemp

14. J. Votto

15. S. Strausberg

16. E. Longoria

17. A. Pujols

18. J. Hamilton

19. J. Bautista

20. P. Fielder

21. G. Stanton

22. C. Hamels

23. J. Weaver

24. C. Lee

25. P. Konerko

 

Some of these guys may already have been listed, but I can't find them.

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Well, we have four top 25s, but still are a question mark to make the post-season.

Not something for this org to hang their hats on

 

 

To paraphrase the late Clara Keller:  "Where's the pitching (after Weaver)?"

Our hitting is like the big hamburger buns, and the pitching is like the tiny hamburgers, in those 1980's Wendy's commercials.

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Top 500?

 

Wth 32 teams with 25 man rosters, that means that there are about 800 players total to choose from, more when you start to include those players on the DL.  So let's put the total at 850, which means that any player listed above #425 is a below average player (ie. Blanton and Jepson).  On top of that, I'd be curious to see how many of the players left off the list are relief pitchers (who typically represent about 2/3 of the staff).

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Well, we have four top 25s, but still are a question mark to make the post-season.

Not something for this org to hang their hats on.

Every team at this point is a question mark to make the playoffs you dimbulb.

 

According to Las Vegas odds the Over Under for games won

 

Angels 89.5

Rangers 87

Athletics 83

Mariners 76.5

Lastros 59.5

 

The Angels are currently tied with Detroit with a 4:1 odds to with the AL Pennant.

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I think you have 30 teams with about 40-45 major league players each year due to injury / trades  etc.

 

That's 1200-1350 players. The average point is not likely to be at 600, but 500 allows for the ranking of the top players, the regulars. I'd have rather they ranked the top 300 hitters (10 per team basically) and the top 300 pitchers but they just picked the top 500.

 

The list was based on how well they'll do in 2013, not what they did in 2012.

 

Only 25 of the 26-100 players were pitchers, roughly 1/3 of the players. I projected 8 guys to be top 25 pitchers, also roughly 1/3 of the players. That makes CJ Wilson the 34th best pitcher in the game, or basically right at the bottom of the top 10% of all pitchers. Vargas was in the 130-140th place range which is the top 40%.

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I'm guessing the top 25 to be: 

 

1-3. M. Trout

1-3. M. Cabrera

1-3. R. Braun

4. R. Cano

5. B. Posey

6. J. Verlander

7. C. Kershaw

8. A. McCutchen - RANKED #12

9. F. Hernandez

10. A. Beltre - RANKED #22

11. D. Price 

12. M. Cain - RANKED #19

13. M. Kemp - RANKED #13

14. J. Votto

15. S. Strausberg - RANKED #11

16. E. Longoria - RANKED # 15

17. A. Pujols - RANKED #18

18. J. Hamilton- RANKED #20

19. J. Bautista - RANKED #24

20. P. Fielder - RANKED #17

21. G. Stanton - RANKED #16

22. C. Hamels - RANKED #21

23. J. Weaver - RANKED #22

24. C. Lee - RANKED #25

25. P. Konerko - RANKED #98 

 

C. Kimbrel #14 - I missed him. They must've listed Konerko way lower. (Edit. Yep he was #98…players on the lists by team didn't show up if they were ranked between 50-100 so I ranked him but I thought that was really high)

 

So the top ten will be 

 

Trout, Cabrera, Braun, Cano, Price, Verlander, Kershaw, Hernandez, Votto and Buster Posey. (not in any order).

 

It's a pretty good top ten.

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Actually (and I wouldn't have a couple of these guys in my top 10)

 

 

SportsNation Rankings

1.Miguel Cabrera

2.Justin Verlander

3.Mike Trout

4.Ryan Braun

5.Robinson Cano

6.Felix Hernandez

7.Buster Posey

8.Joey Votto

9.Clayton Kershaw

10.David Price

Points

72,219

63,414

60,057

46,667

42,167

40,542

38,074

36,233

33,611

28,477

#1 Votes

3,620

1,099

1,586

689

383

223

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428

102

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