An Early Look at the Top 12 for 2013

August 11, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) goes over the center field fence to rob a home run off Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

I was having an email conversation with a friend a few days ago, when he made the statement that Anibal Sanchez probably wishes he was back in the National League after the way he has pitched since his trade to the Tigers. I responded saying he wasn't pitching well even before he was traded, as I owned him in one of my NL-only leagues. The response I received back was something to the affect that the AL has better hitters than the NL. Well, the AL does have the designated hitter, so that helps his argument, but I turned this into a Top 5 fantasy player discussion. I asked my friend to name the top 5 fantasy players right now. His response:

Miguel Cabrera

Joey Votto

Mike Trout

Andrew McCutchen

Ryan Braun

I don't disagree with any of the names he listed, but one name is missing-Matt Kemp.

Anyway, that lead me to thinking about who my Top 12 fantasy players are for 2013. So, here is my early look at who the Top 12 fantasy players will be on draft day 2013.

1. Mike Trout, LAA

2. Matt Kemp, LAD

3. Ryan Braun, MIL

4. Miguel Cabrera, DET

5. Andrew McCutchen, PIT

6. Joey Votto, CIN

7. Robinson Cano, NYY

8. Troy Tulowitzki, COL

9. Josh Hamilton, TEX

10. Carlos Gonzalez, COL

11. David Wright, NYM

12. Justin Verlander

Some guys just missing the cut are: Albert Pujols, Giancarlo Stanton, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Evan Longoria, and Jose Bautista.

So, let me hear your thoughts on my early Top 12 for 2013. Did I miss anyone? Did I rank someone too high? Let's hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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