Fantasy Baseball Top 150

With Fantasy Baseball drafts soon to take place all across the country, here are my top 150 players for 2014:

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1. Mike Trout, OF, Angels

2. Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Tigers

3. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates

4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks

5. Robinson Cano, 2B, Mariners

6. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies

7. Chris Davis, 1B, Orioles

8. Adrian Beltre, 3B, Rangers

9. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Yankees

10. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers

The Dot Dot Dots: Mike Trout’s durability and speed give him the edge of Cabrera… All four outfielders in the top 10 have the potential to steal 30 bases… Robinson Cano finds a way into the top 5 because of position scarcity… Kershaw is the only pitcher that belongs anywhere close to the top 10… Beltre is the only third baseman to have managed at least a .275 batting average, 25 home runs and 75 RBIs in each of the past three seasons.

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11. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Dodgers

12. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Blue Jays

13. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers

14. Prince Fielder, 1B, Rangers

15. Adam Jones, OF, Orioles

16. Troy Tulowitski, SS, Rockies

17. David Wright, 3B, Mets

18. Yu Darvish, SP, Rangers

19. Carlos Gomez, OF, Brewers

20. Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals

The Dot Dot Dots: Don’t get too low on Braun because he’s now off PED’s, he homered in his first Spring Training at bat this year… Adam Jones and Edwin Encarnacion aren’t household names but they are absolutely deserving of a top 15 pick… Darvish’s strikeouts aren’t going away anytime soon… Can Carlos Gomez improve upon his one-year wonder? Expect regression… Prince Fielder should love the advantageous dimensions of his new ballpark.

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21. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds

22. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox

23. Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians

24. Cliff Lee, SP, Phillies

25. Ian Desmond, SS, Nationals

26. Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals

27. Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners

28. Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers

29. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays

30. Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins

The Dot Dot Dots: Despite the massive amount of walks he draws, Votto falls out of the top 20 because of the lack of RBI’s (just 73 last season)… Pedroia gets the slight edge over Kipnis because of his consistency and ability to hit for average… Wainwright had more strikeouts, more wins, a better ERA, better WHIP and a better K/9 percentage than King Felix in 2013… Evan Longoria played 160 games for the first time in his career; don’t expect that to happen again.

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31. Jose Reyes, SS, Blue Jays

32. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves

33. Max Scherzer, SP, Rangers

34. Stephen Strasberg, SP, Nationals

35. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Tigers

36. Chris Sale, SP, White Sox

37. Justin Upton, OF, Braves

38. David Price, SP, Rays

39. Shin Soo Choo, OF, Rangers

40. Jose Fernandez, SP, Marlins

The Dot Dot Dots: If Jose Reyes can stay healthy, expect a bounce-back season… Ian Kinsler will score buckets of runs behind Miguel Cabrera… The 5 pitchers in this group are so close with the 2013 AL Cy Young winner edging out the young guns… Shin Soo Choo is an on base machine and will thrive in a loaded Rangers lineup… Justin Upton hit 12 home runs last April and then 15 for the rest of the season.

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41. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox

42. Alex Rios, OF, Rangers

43. Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays

44.  Jay Bruce, OF, Reds

45. Buster Posey, C, Giants

46. Zack Grienke, SP, Dodgers

47. Madison Bumgarner, SP, Giants

48. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals

49. Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers

50. Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals

The Dot Dot Dots: David Ortiz hit 30 HR’s, 109 RBI’s, and batted .309 last season. If he regresses to 25/90/.290 (and I doubt that happens) then he still belongs in the top 5 rounds… Alex Rios swiped a career high 42 bags last year… Jose Bautista has hit 152 homers since 2010, second only to 156 by Miguel Cabrera… Believe it or not, Madison Bumgarner has already played 5 seasons in the big leagues. He’s 24 years old… 2013 was an odd year, and all Giants fans know that means that Buster Posey (and the rest of the team) will bounce-back in 2014.

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51. Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels

52. Josh Donaldson, 3B, A’s

53. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Dodgers

54. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds

55. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers

56. Yoenis Cespedes, OF, A’s

57. Craig Kimbrel, RP, Braves

58. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals

59. Allen Craig, 1B/OF, Cardinals

60. Joe Mauer, C/1B, Twins

The Dot Dot Dots: Angels Manager Mike Scoscia said that Pujols looks the best he’s seen in 4-5 years from the 1st baseman… Josh Donaldson was a legit MVP candidate last year but I doubt he can fully repeat… Justin Verlander had abdominal surgery this offseason but was still able to spend plenty of time with Kate Upton… Allen Craig will have to stay healthy (134 games played was his career high last year), but if he does, I see a special season… The move to 1st base should help Mauer play more games and thus helping your fantasy team… As you can tell by the abnormally low ranking for Kimbrel, I dislike closers in fantasy and highly advise waiting for your saves.

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61. Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF, Rays

62. Aroldis Chapman, RP, Reds

63. Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners

64. Anibal Sanchez, SP, Tigers

65. Kenley Jansen, RP, Dodgers

66. Starling Marte, OF, Pirates

67. Hunter Pence, OF, Giants

68. Cole Hamels, SP, Phillies

69. Mike Minor, SP, Braves

70. Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs

The Dot Dot Dots: In addition to being able to play 3 positions, Ben Zobrist is the only player in baseball to have at least 75 home runs, 75 stolen bases and 400 walks in the past five seasons combined… Kyle Seager has raw power to boot, boasting 22 homers in the large confines of Safeco Field last year… Cole Hamels is slated to miss a start or two this April, but other than that he should be his usual dominant self… While Anibal Sanchez is a fine pitcher, I don’t see him leading the AL in ERA and finishing 4th in Cy Young voting again. Expect a good amount of regression here.

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71. Carlos Santana, C/1B, Indians

72. Matt Carpenter, 2B/3B, Cardinals

73. Homer Bailey, SP, Reds

74. Wil Myers, OF, Rays

75. Jean Segura, SS, Brewers

76. Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals

77. Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers

78. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros

79. Matt Cain, SP, Giants

80. Greg Holland, RP, Royals

The Dot Dot Dots: Carlos Santana will most likely play DH this year (while still being catcher eligible) which should improve his batting totals… Jean Segura batted a robust .294 last season while also swiping 44 bags… Matt Kemp has missed 145 games over the past 2 seasons but don’t forget he was an MVP candidate just 2 years ago… Matt Cain had a 4.00 ERA last season… Matt Holliday once again batted .300 in 2013… I’ve talked about a player named “Matt” in each of the last three sentences.

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81. Gerrit Cole, SP, Pirates

82. Mat Latos, SP, Reds

83. Gio Gonzalez, SP, Nationals

84. Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF, Angels

85. James Shields, SP, Royals

86. Jason Heyward, OF, Braves

87. Alex Gordon, OF, Royals

88. Carlos Beltran, OF, Yankees

89. Masahiro Tanaka, SP, Yankees

90. Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Mariners

The Dot Dot Dots: This section is heavy on starting pitchers, with Gerrit Cole providing the most upside, James Shields providing the safest pick, and Masahiro Tanaka providing the excitment. Carlos Beltran should post great numbers in Yankee Stadium except I’m not sure he can avoid the DL all year long… Mark Trumbo should love playing with the Diamondbacks in Chase Field… If Jason Heyward is ever going have a breakout year, it’s going to be this year. Time is running out.

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91. Shelby Miller, SP, Cardinals

92. Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays

93. Willin Rosario, C, Rockies

94. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers

95. Michael Cuddyer, OF, Rockies

96. Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers

97. Jordan Zimmerman, SP, Nationals

98. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates

99. Jayson Werth, OF, Nationals

100. Doug Fister, SP, Nationals

The Dot Dot Dots: Shelby Miller was ignored by the Cardinals in the playoffs last year, but was very productive over the course of the regular season… Doug Fister has a chance for a career year now playing in the softer hitting National League… Desmond Jennings provides 20+ steals and double digit homers for you. Now if only he could get that average up… Pedro Alvarez and Willin Rosario swing for the fences every at bat, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing depending on who else you have on your team… Michael Cuddyer led the NL in batting last season.

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101. Jered Weaver, SP, Angels

102. Kris Medlen, SP, Braves

103. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies

104. Josh Hamilton, OF, Angels

105. Aaron Hill, 2B, Diamondbacks

106. Shane Victorino, OF, Red Sox

107. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs

108. Nelson Cruz, OF, Orioles

109. Brett Lawrie, 3B, Blue Jays

110. JJ Hardy, SS, Orioles

The Dot Dot Dots: Anthony Rizzo has a chance to finish the season much higher than 107th, but the .233 batting average last year scares me… Nelson Cruz finally finds a new team, and while he will make an occasional trip to the DL, I think he is a good low-risk/high-reward option… Josh Hamilton can’t be much worse than last years .250 batting average indicates… Aaron Hill is awfully injury prone, but if he can put together a healthy season, he’s a premium player at a scarce position.

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111. Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies

112. Brian McCann, C, Yankees

113. Alex Cobb, SP, Rays

114. Mike Napoli, 1B, Red Sox

115. Everth Cabrera, SS, Padres

116. Billy Butler, DH, Royals

117. Will Venable, OF, Padres

118. Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox

119. Martin Prado, 2B, 3B, OF, Diamondbacks

120. Trevor Rosenthal, RP, Cardinals

The Dot Dot Dots: Brian McCan switches from the NL to the AL but the durability questions remain… Billy Butler was shopped this offseason by Kansas City, only to find no suitors… Everth Cabrera was suspended 50 games for PED use last season but he managed to steal 37 bases before missing time… Martin Prado is born from the versatile Gods (brother of Ben Zobrist)… Mike Napoli should continue striking out and hitting home runs… Jose Abreu is a bit of a wildcard but well worth the gamble in my opinion.

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121. Matt Moore, SP, Rays

122. Koji Uehara, RP, Red Sox

123. Joe Nathan, RP, Tigers

124. Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals

125. Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants

126. Jeff Samardzija, SP, Cubs

127. Glen Perkins, RP, Twins

128. Sergio Romo, RP, Giants

129. Julio Teheran, SP, Braves

130. Alexie Ramirez, SS, White Sox

The Dot Dot Dots: Now is when we get to the majority of the relief pitchers. All 4 guys mentioned above have the chance to give you the same amount of saves as someone like Kimbrell while not having to spend a 5th round pick… Julio Teheran is coming off a shiny new contract extension… Brandon Belt is coming off a quietly productive season where he batted .289… Jeff Samardzija will get you tons of strikeouts (214 last year) but also will have a high ERA (4.34 last year).

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131. Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, A’s

132. Daniel Murphy, 2B, Mets

133. Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Dodgers

134. Michael Wacha, SP, Cardinals

135. Jon Lester, SP, Red Sox

136. Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants

137. David Robertson, RP, Yankees

138. Victor Martinez, DH, Tigers

139. Matt Wieters, C, Orioles

140. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox

The Dot Dot Dots: Brandon Moss quietly hit 30 home runs last season… Pablo Sandoval lost a ridiculous amount of weight this offseason that he will surely put back on at some point in the next few months… Michael Wacha had an insanely good postseason run, but I’m not convinced he can carry that effectiveness over 25+ starts during the regular season… Xander Bogaerts is going to be an absolute stud one day, but will that be this year?

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141. Jurickson Profar, 2B, Rangers

142. Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox

143. Alfonso Soriano, OF, Yankees

144. Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Phillies

145. Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds

146. Coco Crisp, OF, A’s

147. Andrew Cashner, SP, Padres

148. Jim Johnson, RP, A’s

149. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees

150. Wilson Ramos, C, Nationals

The Dot Dot Dots: Jurickson Profar needs to be able to hold his own after being touted as the best prospect in baseball a few years ago… Billy Hamilton can legitimately steal 100 bases if he gets on base 100 times… Andrew Cashner has the potential to finish the season much higher on this list… Jim Johnson could get lots of saves for the A’s; a team that struggles to score runs… Alfonso Soriano has hit the 9th most home runs in baseball over the past 3 seasons.