MLB Network announces top 3rd and 2nd basemen

MLB Network Press Release



  January 16, 2017 – Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy was ranked 3rd on MLB Network’s Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now! program yesterday, while Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was ranked 9th on the Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now!. Murphy finished one spot ahead of the Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia and one spot behind the Mariners’ Robinson Cano. Rendon finished one spot ahead of the Rays’ Evan Longoria and one spot behind the Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang.

Taking into account player performance over several seasons with an emphasis on 2016, a number of offensive and defensive metrics both advanced and traditional, and projected performance for the upcoming season, MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now! series ranks the top players at each position heading into the 2017 season.

Embeddable video recaps of Murphy’s and Rendon’s rankings, along with the complete rankings for second basemen and third basemen, listed below, can be seen here and here:

Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now!

1.    Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

2.    Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

3.    Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

4.    Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

5.    Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

6.    Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

7.    DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

8.    Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

9.    Logan Forsythe, Tampa Bay Rays

10.  Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs

Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now!

1.    Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

2.    Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

3.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

4.    Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

5.    Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

6.    Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

7.    Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners

8.    Jung Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates

9.    Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

10.  Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Now in its seventh season, MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now! series is hosted by Brian Kenny with contributing analysis from MLB Network on-air personalities, Boston Red Sox senior advisor of baseball operations and renowned sabermetrician Bill James, President of SABR Vince Gennaro and analyst Mike Petriello. The rankings will continue next Sunday, January 22 with MLB’s top ten starting pitchers unveiled at 9:00 p.m. ET, featuring analysis from MLB Network’s John Smoltz, and the top ten left fielders at 10:00 p.m. ET, with analysis from MLB Network’s Eric Byrnes.

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