Top 100 Hitters for 2014

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Ray updates his top 100 hitters for 2014, with some thoughts on a few players who made moves in the top 100.

Now that we have completed our consensus position rankings for 2014, it is time to address rankings for those of you in AL only and NL only leagues. I will publish league specific position rankings each day, addressing one position at a time, starting with the NL only position rankings.

In case you missed them, below you will find links to all of our consensus position rankings and projections that we have published to date:

CatcherPart 1Part 2

First BasePart 1Part 2

Second BasePart 1Part 2

ShortstopPart 1Part 2

Third Base: Part 1Part 2

Outfielders: Part 1Part 2Part 3

Starting PitcherPart 1Part 2Part 3

Top 30 Closers for 2014

2014 Closers in Waiting

Recently, one of our readers asked when I would be publishing my updated Top 100 hitters for 2014, so here you go. I may have some hitters ranked higher than other sites, and some guys lower than other sites, but this is how I would draft these players on draft day. Other sites may rank some of the second and third tier first baseman higher than I do, but as you will see below, the focus in my rankings are on outfielders, as I see the position as thinner than in recent memory. Maybe I am wrong, but you will see an emphasis on outfielders early.

Couple Thoughts

As you can see, I ranked Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano at #24, much lower than you will see elsewhere and in drafts. As you know, I am down on Cano this year, as I see his numbers being hurt by the move to Safeco Park. He may hit for a high average, but I see his home runs, runs scored and RBI dropping.

I have moved Orioles outfielder Adam Jones into the top 10, ranking him at #7 overall. I moved him up due to his consistency as a hitter, hitting for a .280+ batting average and has now hit 30 or more home runs and scored 100+ runs in each of the last two seasons. He hits in a hitter-friendly park and has seen his HR/FB% rise in each of the last three seasons.

I moved a few other outfielders up in my rankings as well, including Bryce Harper, Shin-Soo Choo and Matt Kemp. Harper reported to camp with more muscle than last season, and I can see a 25-30 home run season from him in 2014, and that could prove to be conservative. Choo moves from Cincinnati to Texas where I could see him challenging Mike Trout for the runs scored title in MLB this season. Kemp also moves up in the rankings as reports on him indicate his shoulder is back to being 100% and his ankle looks healthy. I saw highlights of him running out ground balls in intra-squad games yesterday and he was not jogging down the first base line. His ankle appears 100% healthy as well, so I expect him to be the old Matt Kemp this season, just not the Matt Kemp who stole 40 bases a few seasons ago.

I won't go through all of the changes, as there were many, but I will tell you who I will target this season: Ian Desmond, Kemp, Eric Hosmer, Matt Hollday, Josh Hamilton, Jayson Werth, Carlos Beltran, Starlin Castro and Brandon Belt, to name a few.

Now let's get to the Top 100 Hitters for 2014:

Rank

PLAYER

1

Mike Trout

2

Miguel Cabrera

3

Paul Goldschmidt

4

Andrew McCutchen

5

Ryan Braun

6

Carlos Gonzalez

7

Adam Jones

8

Prince Fielder

9

Bryce Harper

10

Hanley Ramirez

11

Troy Tulowitzki

12

Chris Davis

13

Adrian Beltre

14

Edwin Encarnacion

15

Shin-Soo Choo

16

Joey Votto

17

Jay Bruce

18

Carlos Gomez

19

Evan Longoria

20

David Wright

21

Freddie Freeman

22

Jason Kipnis

23

Ian Desmond

24

Robinson Cano

25

Yasiel Puig

26

Dustin Pedroia

27

Alex Rios

28

Hunter Pence

29

Giancarlo Stanton

30

Matt Kemp

31

Jose Bautista

32

Albert Pujols

33

Adrian Gonzalez

34

Justin Upton

35

Yoenis Cespedes

36

Jose Abreu

37

Jean Segura

38

David Ortiz

39

Buster Posey

40

Matt Holliday

41

Mark Trumbo

42

Allen Craig

43

Jason Heyward

44

Will Myers

45

Eric Hosmer

46

Alex Gordon

47

Ryan Zimmerman

48

Jacoby Ellsbury

49

Starling Marte

50

Joe Mauer

51

Desmond Jennings

52

Josh Hamilton

53

Billy Hamilton

54

Matt Carpenter

55

Brian McCann

56

Wilin Rosario

57

Carlos Santana

58

Jayson Werth

59

Josh Donaldson

60

Jose Reyes

61

Elvis Andrus

62

Pedro Alvarez

63

Domonic Brown

64

Carlos Beltran

65

Ian Kinsler

66

Kyle Seager

67

Starlin Castro

68

Brandon Phillips

69

Aaron Hill

70

Brandon Belt

71

Anthony Rizzo

72

Alfonso Soriano

73

Michael Cuddyer

74

Ben Zobrist

75

Pablo Sandoval

76

Aramis Ramirez

77

Brandon Moss

78

George Springer

79

Adam Eaton

80

Xander Bogaerts

81

Billy Butler

82

Jedd Gyorko

83

Everth Cabrera

84

Coco Crisp

85

Yadier Molina

86

Jonathan Lucroy

87

J.J. Hardy

88

Brett Lawrie

89

Chase Headley

90

Chase Utley

91

Austin Jackson

92

Jose Altuve

93

Mike Napoli

94

Martin Prado

95

Victor Martinez

96

Curtis Granderson

97

Shane Victorino

98

Kole Calhoun

99

Chris Carter

100

B.J. Upton


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