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March 13, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 40 Fantasy Relievers

24

Paul Singman

Craig Kimbrel leads off a list that includes all 30 projected closers and 10 setup men who could threaten their teams' incumbents.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and this edition concludes the process. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders, starting pitchers, and relief pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Here are the previous rankings lists:

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Paul and Jason take you from Homer Bailey to A.J. Griffin, with 38 other pitchers in between.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and this edition concludes the process. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Here are the previous rankings lists:

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A fantastic foursome stands above the rest, but there are plenty of upside plays in the middle rounds.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Here are the previous rankings lists:

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The second half of our outfield rankings takes you from Carl Crawford through Chris Davis.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with the second half of our outfielders list, featuring the players ranked 26-50. We released our top 25 outfielders on Wednesday, and you can view that article here.

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Ryan Braun and Mike Trout top a list that is teeming with high-upside talent.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player's specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 25 outfielders. Comments on the outfielders ranked 26-50 will follow on Friday.

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February 25, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Third Basemen

8

Bret Sayre

There are plenty of home runs to go around at the hot corner, but plan to get your steals elsewhere.

It seems like in a matter of one season, third base went from a brutally thin position to one that is deceptively strong—especially at the top. Of course, you’d expect this to happen when studs at other positions, like Miguel Cabrera and Hanley Ramirez, gain eligibility at third base. And as you move down the ranks from there, you’ll also see 2012 breakout star Chase Headley comfortably in the top 10, and AL East rookie representatives Manny Machado and Will Middlebrooks at the back end of the list or just off of it. On the other side, the position lost Edwin Encarnacion to first base and Chipper Jones to retirement, but neither was drafted among the top-15 options at the position last spring.

When you look across these names, you’ll notice a consistent theme—they are mostly similar types of players, in terms of the categories in which they are strong and those in which they can hurt your team. By that, I mean they are mostly power bats. In fact, PECOTA only projects six third basemen to even reach double digits in steals during 2013—Hanley Ramirez, Brett Lawrie, David Wright, Chase Headley, Todd Frazier and Mike Aviles.

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February 20, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Shortstops

5

Paul Singman

The elite players at this position are tantalizing, but each of them carries significant risk.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out its positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 shortstops.

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February 18, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Second Basemen

15

Josh Shepardson

The keystone features a terrific trio, but questions cloud the dozen players that follow.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out our positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 second basemen.

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February 14, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy First Basemen

29

Paul Singman

Albert Pujols rests atop the first-base list, in which Paul forecasts rebounds for Adrian Gonzalez and Eric Hosmer.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out our positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 first basemen.

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February 13, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Catchers

39

Paul Sporer

National League MVP Buster Posey leads off a deep crop of high-upside backstops this year.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out our positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today we kick off the rankings with a look at our top 15 catchers.

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