Friday, February 26, 2016

February, 26 2016 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder Mike Trout ranked 1st on MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now! program last night in the annual ranking of the best players in baseball. Trout, who ranked 2nd on last year’s list, finished one spot ahead of the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper.

In five episodes across three consecutive nights, MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Ron Darling and Bill Ripken counted down the top 100 players in Major League Baseball based on player performance over the past several seasons, with an emphasis on 2015.  This year’s ranking also weighted projected 2016 performance, taking into account players returning from injury and young players expected to break out, as well as base-running, defensive value and award finishes.

Top 100 Players Right Now!, 20-1:

1. Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

2. Bryce Harper, RF, Washington Nationals

3. Clayton Kershaw, P, Los Angeles Dodgers

4. Andrew McCutchen, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates

5. Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays

6. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

7. Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants

8. Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles

9. Jake Arrieta, P, Chicago Cubs

10. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers

11. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds

12. Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros

13. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros

14. Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Miami Marlins

15. Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners

16. Zack Greinke, P, Arizona Diamondbacks

17. David Price, P, Boston Red Sox

18. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs

19. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs

20. A.J. Pollock, CF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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