As our regular readers know, we’re just finishing up our midseason baseball rankings right now by position. Certainly, it will be great to see how accurate our predictions were, and we will definitely be looking back on them at the end of the year to see how we did.
But some of our calls—for better or for worse—deserve a special mention. Of course, our rankings are based on how we believe the players will perform from the moment we submit them onward. And we’re talking about half a season here. Some insane things happen in half a season. If you had said to me before the season Alex Rios was going to be a top 5 outfielder in the first half—I’d have called you crazy. But you would have been right. So we’re going to go over, some of our gutsiest calls—where we’re either very high or very low on one player compared to the group. A quick shout out to acr, this article was his idea.
Although I haven’t posted our starting pitcher rankings yet—they’re in. So you’ll get a sneak preview of some of those.
And just to be clear, I solely determined which picks to include in here, so there may be some personal bias toward/against players I like/don’t like.
Carl Crawford at 8 in OF. Behind Justin Upton. Wow.
Brian: Jay Bruce at 16. To be honest, I could totally see it happening, despite my personal ranking of him at 45.
Ichiro Suzuki at 6. Didn’t realize I was alone on this one until everyone else’s rankings came in.