Position rankings for the top 100 overall, and what they say about drafting, building a team...

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

I’m taking a brief siesta before picking back up with Nos. 101-120 overall. In the meantime, I wanted to get started with position rankings through the first 100 players overall. It’s a good exercise to see how the value plays out in the early rounds, and projects moving forward. Before a few thoughts on what the position rankings taught me, the lists:


CURRENT POSITION RANKINGS THROUGH THE FIRST 100 OVERALL RANKINGS:

C 1 - J.T. Realmuto – Phillies (No. 66 overall) 2 - Gary Sanchez – Yankees (No. 79 overall)

1B 1 - Cody Bellinger – Dodgers (No. 7 overall) 2 - Freddie Freeman – Braves (No. 21 overall) 3 - Pete Alonso – Mets (No. 33 overall) 4 - D.J. LeMahieu – Yankees (No. 35 overall) 5 - Anthony Rizzo – Cubs (No. 48 overall) 6 - Max Muncy – Dodgers (No. 58 overall) 7 - Matt Olson – A’s (No. 65 overall) 8 - Jose Abreu – White Sox (No. 67 overall) 9 - Paul Goldschmidt – Cardinals (No. 76 overall) 10 - Josh Bell – Pirates (No. 77 overall) 11 - Yuli Gurriel – Astros (No. 98 overall)

2B 1 - Ozzie Albies – Braves (No. 24 overall) 2 - Ketel Marte – Diamondbacks (No. 26 overall) 3 - Gleyber Torres – Yankees (No. 32 overall) 4 - D.J. LeMahieu – Yankees (No. 35 overall) 5 - Jose Altuve – Astros (No. 43 overall) 6 - Jonathan Villar – Marlins (No. 45 overall) 7 - Keston Hiura – Brewers (No. 49 overall) 8 - Max Muncy – Dodgers (No. 58 overall) 9 - Whit Merrifield – Royals (No. 61 overall) 10 - Jeff McNeil – Mets (No. 95 overall)

3B 1 - Anthony Rendon – Angels (No. 10 overall) 2 - Rafael Devers – Red Sox (No. 13 overall) 3 - Alex Bregman – Astros (No. 18 overall) 4 - Nolan Arenado – Rockies (No. 20 overall) 5 - Jose Ramirez – Indians (No. 25 overall) 6 - D.J. LeMahieu – Yankees (No. 35 overall) 7 - Yoan Moncada – White Sox (No. 42 overall) 8 - Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. – Blue Jays (No. 52 overall) 9 - Josh Donaldson – Twins (No. 56 overall) 10 - Max Muncy – Dodgers (No. 58 overall) 11 - Matt Chapman – A’s (No. 68 overall) 12 - Kris Bryant – Cubs (No. 75 overall) 13 - Jeff McNeil – Mets (No. 95 overall) 14 - Eugenio Suarez – Reds (No. 96 overall) 15 - Yuli Gurriel – Astros (No. 98 overall)

SS 1 - Francisco Lindor – Indians (No. 5 overall) 2 - Trevor Story – Rockies (No. 14 overall) 3 - Trae Turner – Nationals (No. 15 overall) 4 - Alex Bregman – Astros (No. 18 overall) 5 - Fernando Tatis, Jr. – Padres (No. 19 overall) 6 - Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox (No. 27 overall) 7 - Javier Baez – Cubs – (No. 30 overall) 8 - Gleyber Torres – Yankees (No. 32 overall) 9 - Adalberto Mondesi – Royals (No. 38 overall) 10 - Bo Bichette – Blue Jays (No. 39 overall) 11 - Jonathan Villar – Marlins (No. 45 overall) 12 - Tim Anderson – White Sox (No. 73 overall) 13 - Manny Machado – Padres (No. 74 overall) 14 - Marcus Semien – A’s (No. 82 overall) 15 - Carlos Correa- Astros (No. 90 overall) 16 - Jorge Polanco – Twins (No. 91 overall)

OF 1 - Mike Trout – Angels (No. 1 overall) 2 - Ronald Acuna, Jr. - Braves (No. 2 overall) 3 - Christian Yelich - Brewers (No. 3 overall) 4 - Mookie Betts – Red Sox (No. 4 overall) 5 - Cody Bellinger – Dodgers (No. 7 overall) 6 - J.D. Martinez – Red Sox (No. 11 overall) 7 - Juan Soto – Nationals (No. 12 overall) 8 - Bryce Harper – Phillies (No. 17 overall) 9 - Aaron Judge – Yankees (No. 23 overall) 10 - Starling Marte – Diamondbacks (No. 31 overall) 11 - George Springer – Astros (No. 36 overall) 12 - Charlie Blackmon – Rockies (No. 37 overall) 13 - Austin Meadows – Rays (No. 44 overall) 14 - Eloy Jimenez – White Sox (No. 51 overall) 15 - Whit Merrifield – Royals (No. 61 overall) 16 - Tommy Pham – Padres (No. 63 overall) 17 - Ramon Laureano – A’s (No. 69 overall) 18 - Eddie Rosario – Twins (No. 70 overall) 19 - Michael Brantley – Astros (No. 71 overall) 20 - Kris Bryant – Cubs (No. 75 overall) 21 - Marcell Ozuna – Braves (No. 78 overall) 22 - Giancarlo Stanton – Yankees (No. 80 overall) 23 - Andrew Benintendi – Red Sox (No. 92 overall) 24 - Victor Robles – Nationals (No. 93 overall) 25 - Franmil Reyes – Indians (No. 94 overall) 26 - Jeff McNeil – Mets (No. 95 overall) 27 - Max Kepler – Twins (No. 99 overall) 28 - Luis Robert – White Sox (No. 100 overall)

UT 1 - Yordan Alvarez – Astros (No. 40 overall) 2 - Nelson Cruz – Twins (No. 84 overall)

SP 1 - Jacob deGrom – Mets (No. 6 overall) 2 - Gerrit Cole – Yankees (No. 8 overall) 3 - Justin Verlander – Astros (No. 9 overall) 4 - Max Scherzer – Nationals (No. 16 overall) 5 - Walker Buehler – Dodgers (No. 22 overall) 6 - Jack Flaherty – Cardinals (No. 28 overall) 7 - Mike Clevinger – Indians (No. 29 overall) 8 - Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox (No. 33 overall) 9 - Stephen Strasburg – Nationals (No. 34 overall) 10 - Blake Snell – Rays (No. 41 overall) 11 - Shane Bieber – Indians (No. 46 overall) 12 - Lucas Giolito – White Sox (No. 47 overall) 13 - Tyler Glasnow – Rays (No. 50 overall) 14 - Patrick Corbin – Nationals (No. 54 overall) 15 - Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers (No. 55 overall) 16 - Luis Castillo – Reds (No. 57 overall) 17 - Noah Syndergaard – Mets (No. 59 overall) 18 - Charlie Morton – Rays (No. 60 overall) 19 - Yu Darvish – Cubs (No. 62 overall) 20 - Luis Severino – Yankees (No. 64 overall) 21 - Zack Greinke – Astros (No. 72 overall) 22 - Trevor Bauer – Reds (No. 85 overall) 23 - Zack Wheeler – Phillies (No. 86 overall) 24 - Chris Paddack – Padres (No. 87 overall) 25 - Aaron Nola – Phillies (No. 88 overall) 26 - Sonny Gray – Reds (No. 97 overall)

RP 1 - Josh Hader – Brewers (No. 53 overall) 2 - Kirby Yates – Padres (No. 81 overall) 3 - Roberto Osuna – Astros (No. 83 overall) 4 - Aroldis Chapman – Yankees (No. 89 overall)


A FEW THOUGHTS:

--- After Shane Bieber at SP10, ranking 11-25 was pretty difficult, and many arms include more than just traditional risk. If you nail those picks and/or rankings, it will likely be the difference between competing for a league title and trying to pull out of the bottom tier. Depending on how you build your pitching early, it will directly impact what you can or can’t do later. Good luck taking a chance on someone like Jesus Luzardo if you don’t either nail projections or snag a couple dependable arms early.

--- Grabbing a first baseman early seems especially important given Abreu (age), Goldschmidt (declining numbers and age), Bell (terrible team that could hurt his counting stats), and Gurriel (age) all present danger and potential big drop-offs from the top tier.

--- Drafting purely from ADP will put you in the bottom of your league in hitting and cause you to miss out on some breakout candidates and significantly undervalued players.

--- Speed is likely inflating the value of some of the highest ADP players currently, but if you’re smart, there’s still some to find before the first 10 rounds. But initially, I think being aggressive with speed in the right spots early allows for more wiggle room late with the available power at OF, 3B, and even SS.

--- I’m never in favor of taking a catcher early, and while I’m confident in J.T. Realmuto producing that value, I’d rather have someone like Ramon Laureano, Tommy Pham, Yu Darvish, Tim Anderson or Manny Machado; too many upside options capable of impacting your team more over a full season still available where Realmuto is being picked.


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