Ultimate Top 10 Right Now

This is the last in our 2019 Top 10 Right Now series highlighting the Top 10 players at each position, as well as, taking the number one player from each position to create a Top 10, Top 10 list. Ok, actually, this is a Top 11 list based on each position including the top reliever and DH.

This is the ultimate Top 11 list, taking each of the adjusted number one’s from each position to create the best of the best based mostly on how much they can affect their team’s success.  Don’t mistake this for a list highlighting the Top 11 players overall in the game, however, simply because other positions may have runners up that are better than a top player at his position.  This simply attempts to rank each player that finished first at their respective position in our previous lists.

Here’s a list of what’s to come and already been published:
Nov. 12 – Executives
Nov. 19 – Managers
Nov. 26 – Catchers
Dec. 3 – Left Fielders
Dec. 10 – First Basemen
Dec. 17 – Starting Pitchers
Dec. 24 – Designated Hitters
Dec. 31 – Third Basemen
Jan. 7 – Right Fielders
Jan. 14 – Relief Pitchers
Jan. 21 – Second Basemen
Jan. 28 – Center Fielders
Feb. 4 – Shortstops
Feb. 11 – Ultimate Top 10

Here is how the top player from each position stack up against each other:

11.) Edwin Diaz, New York Mets, RP
10.) JT Realmuto, Miami Marlins, C
9.) Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers, LF
8.) JD Martinez, Boston Red Sox, DH
7.) Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves, 1B
6.) Jose Altuve, Houston Astros, 2B
5.) Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies, 3B
4.) Jacob deGrom, New York Mets, SP
3.) Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians, SS
2.) Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox, RF
1.) Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, CF

Notes: Trout, Lindor, Arenado and Altuve all keep their “best at the position” status from a year ago… Betts got serious consideration for number one, but I think when both healthy, Trout still edges him… just couldn’t get Martinez over the guys in front of him who also produce big numbers but play a position regularly (and well). He is the highest I’ve ranked a DH, though, on the “Ultimate” lists… if Yelich can do it again, he probably moves up the list (assuming he stays a LF, otherwise he has to pass Betts, Aaron Judge and the like in RF)… Diaz would have a good argument to be ahead of Realmuto but going with a great catcher over closer since many times a strong relief arm can be found elsewhere.

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