2014 Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Values at Every Position

By Jake Ciely

As we reach the final drafting week of the 2014 Fantasy Baseball Season, it’s time to give you a value pick at every position. These players deserve more attention than most are giving, and it’s why I rank them highly.

Catcher

 

1 Buster Posey SF
2 Joe Mauer MIN
3 Carlos Santana CLE
4 Wilin Rosario COL
5 Yadier Molina STL
6 Jonathan Lucroy MIL
7 Brian McCann NYY
8 Salvador Perez KC
9 Matt Wieters BAL
10 Wilson Ramos WSH
11 Evan Gattis ATL
12 Jason Castro HOU
13 Yan Gomes CLE
14 Miguel Montero ARI
15 A.J. Pierzynski BOS
16 Jarrod Saltalamacchia MIA
17 Devin Mesoraco CIN
18 Russell Martin PIT
19 Travis d’Arnaud NYM
20 Alex Avila DET
21 Dioner Navarro TOR
22 Carlos Ruiz PHI
23 Mike Zunino SEA
24 Welington Castillo CHC
25 Yasmani Grandal SD
26 Ryan Doumit ATL
27 A.J. Ellis LAD
28 Josmil Pinto MIN
29 John Jaso OAK
30 J.P. Arencibia TEX

Wilin Rosario, COL – Even with just 117 and 121 games the past two seasons, Rosario still mashed 49 homers. The strikeouts are concerning (BB/K of 0.25 and 0.14), but Rosario has a real shot at 30 home runs if he reaches 140-plus games. That’s hard to ignore at catcher.

First Base

1 Paul Goldschmidt ARI
2 Chris Davis BAL
3 Prince Fielder TEX
4 Edwin Encarnacion TOR
5 Joey Votto CIN
6 Freddie Freeman ATL
7 Eric Hosmer KC
8 Adrian Gonzalez LAD
9 Albert Pujols LAA
10 Buster Posey SF
11 Allen Craig STL
12 Mark Trumbo ARI
13 Jose Abreu CWS
14 Carlos Santana CLE
15 Brandon Belt SF
16 Joe Mauer MIN
17 Matt Adams STL
18 Anthony Rizzo CHC
19 Brandon Moss OAK
20 Mike Napoli BOS
21 Mark Teixeira NYY
22 Adam Lind TOR
23 Nick Swisher CLE
24 Justin Morneau COL
25 Corey Hart SEA
26 Mitch Moreland TEX
27 Justin Smoak SEA
28 Ryan Howard PHI
29 Kendrys Morales
30 Chris Johnson ATL
31 Chris Carter HOU
32 Ike Davis NYM
33 Adam LaRoche WSH
34 Adam Dunn CWS
35 Yonder Alonso SD
36 James Loney TB

Jose Abreu, CHW – We have not seen Abreu play MLB ball outside of Spring Training. So far, things look good, as Abreu is hitting over .300 with a .600-plus slugging percentage. The power and talent is for real, and if Abreu carries his success into the regular season, we’re looking at a .270-.280 hitter with 30-plus home runs. Sure, there is risk, but can you guarantee those same numbers from Albert Pujols at this point?

Second Base

1 Robinson Cano SEA
2 Jason Kipnis CLE
3 Dustin Pedroia BOS
4 Matt Carpenter STL
5 Ian Kinsler DET
6 Aaron Hill ARI
7 Jose Altuve HOU
8 Ben Zobrist TB
9 Jedd Gyorko SD
10 Brandon Phillips CIN
11 Martin Prado ARI
12 Chase Utley PHI
13 Daniel Murphy NYM
14 Jed Lowrie OAK
15 Howie Kendrick LAA
16 Neil Walker PIT
17 Brian Dozier MIN
18 Brad Miller SEA
19 Anthony Rendon WSH
20 Alexander Guerrero LAD
21 Omar Infante KC
22 Kolten Wong STL
23 Kelly Johnson NYY
24 Jurickson Profar TEX
25 Gordon Beckham CWS
26 Dustin Ackley SEA
27 Marco Scutaro SF
28 Nick Franklin SEA
29 Josh Rutledge COL
30 Dan Uggla ATL
31 DJ LeMahieu COL
32 Scooter Gennett MIL
33 Jordy Mercer PIT
34 Brian Roberts NYY
35 Logan Forsythe TB
36 Rickie Weeks MIL

Aaron Hill, ARI – Over the last two seasons, Hill has an ISO of .203. That ranks only behind Robinson Cano and his 37 home runs are good for third behind Cano and Dan Uggla… in just 243 games. If Hill makes it through a full season, he’ll finish better than sixth.

Third Base

1 Miguel Cabrera DET
2 Adrian Beltre TEX
3 Evan Longoria TB
4 David Wright NYM
5 Ryan Zimmerman WSH
6 Matt Carpenter STL
7 Josh Donaldson OAK
8 Pedro Alvarez PIT
9 Manny Machado BAL
10 Brett Lawrie TOR
11 Kyle Seager SEA
12 Pablo Sandoval SF
13 Martin Prado ARI
14 Aramis Ramirez MIL
15 Nolan Arenado COL
16 Chase Headley SD
17 Xander Bogaerts BOS
18 Will Middlebrooks BOS
19 Nick Castellanos DET
20 Mike Moustakas KC
21 Todd Frazier CIN
22 David Freese LAA
23 Chris Johnson ATL
24 Kelly Johnson NYY
25 Trevor Plouffe MIN
26 Matt Dominguez HOU
27 Matt Davidson CWS
28 Cody Asche PHI
29 Juan Francisco MIL
30 Lonnie Chisenhall CLE
31 Juan Uribe LAD
32 Mark Reynolds MIL

Mike Moustakas, KC – Remember, Eric Hosmer and Moose were the two big prospects that were supposed to lead the Royals into the future. Moustakas looked good with 20 homers in 2012 but had a poor .242 AVG. Last year, he fell off with just 12 home runs and a .233 AVG. Two promising factors make Moose a late-round target: first, his poor BABIP (.257) points to some luck improvement. Second, Moustakas worked on his swing in winter ball, and if Spring Training is any indication, boy has it worked. He is raking! Moustakas has four home runs, five doubles, 16 RBI, a .450 AVG and .875 SLG% as of March 20. Take the late-round flier, as the breakout could be here.

Shortstop

1 Hanley Ramirez LAD
2 Troy Tulowitzki COL
3 Ian Desmond WSH
4 Jean Segura MIL
5 Jose Reyes TOR
6 Elvis Andrus TEX
7 Everth Cabrera SD
8 Ben Zobrist TB
9 Starlin Castro CHC
10 J.J. Hardy BAL
11 Asdrubal Cabrera CLE
12 Andrelton Simmons ATL
13 Jed Lowrie OAK
14 Xander Bogaerts BOS
15 Jonathan Villar HOU
16 Alexei Ramirez CWS
17 Jimmy Rollins PHI
18 Jhonny Peralta STL
19 Erick Aybar LAA
20 Brad Miller SEA
21 Derek Jeter NYY
22 Alcides Escobar KC
23 Zack Cozart CIN
24 Javier Baez CHC
25 Dee Gordon LAD
26 Stephen Drew
27 Josh Rutledge COL
28 Chris Owings ARI
29 Yunel Escobar TB
30 Jordy Mercer PIT
31 Didi Gregorius ARI
32 Brandon Crawford SF
33 Rafael Furcal MIA
34 Eduardo Nunez NYY

Jonathan Villar, HOU – Villar does strikeout a bit too much, and his average will never help. However, as he’s currently doing in Spring Training, carrying a .240-.250 AVG won’t kill you, especially when you steal close to 40 bags. For all of the love Everth Cabrera is getting for his 50 stolen base potential, Villar will cost you a late round pick and only fall short of Cabrera by dozen or so. He’ll also make up for that difference with more home runs (low double digits).

Outfield

1 Mike Trout LAA 52 Alejandro De Aza CWS
2 Carlos Gonzalez COL 53 Michael Brantley CLE
3 Ryan Braun MIL 54 Nick Swisher CLE
4 Andrew McCutchen PIT 55 Avisail Garcia CWS
5 Adam Jones BAL 56 Ben Revere PHI
6 Bryce Harper WSH 57 Josh Reddick OAK
7 Justin Upton ATL 58 Marlon Byrd PHI
8 Carlos Gomez MIL 59 Evan Gattis ATL
9 Giancarlo Stanton MIA 60 Will Venable SD
10 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY 61 Nick Markakis BAL
11 Alex Rios TEX 62 Colby Rasmus TOR
12 Jose Bautista TOR 63 Chris Carter HOU
13 Jay Bruce CIN 64 Angel Pagan SF
14 Starling Marte PIT 65 Melky Cabrera TOR
15 Shin-Soo Choo TEX 66 B.J. Upton ATL
16 Hunter Pence SF 67 Gerardo Parra ARI
17 Yasiel Puig LAD 68 Michael Bourn CLE
18 Yoenis Cespedes OAK 69 Denard Span WSH
19 Wil Myers TB 70 Josh Willingham MIN
20 Jason Heyward ATL 71 A.J. Pollock ARI
21 Matt Holliday STL 72 Nick Castellanos DET
22 Billy Hamilton CIN 73 Oscar Taveras STL
23 Allen Craig STL 74 George Springer HOU
24 Mark Trumbo ARI 75 Rajai Davis DET
25 Alex Gordon KC 76 Kelly Johnson NYY
26 Matt Kemp LAD 77 Dustin Ackley SEA
27 Josh Hamilton LAA 78 Peter Bourjos STL
28 Jayson Werth WSH 79 Carlos Quentin SD
29 Carlos Beltran NYY 80 Lorenzo Cain KC
30 Michael Cuddyer COL 81 Michael Morse SF
31 Domonic Brown PHI 82 Oswaldo Arcia MIN
32 Curtis Granderson NYM 83 Junior Lake CHC
33 Shane Victorino BOS 84 Chris Young NYM
34 Nelson Cruz BAL 85 Ichiro Suzuki NYY
35 Desmond Jennings TB 86 Andre Ethier LAD
36 Alfonso Soriano NYY 87 Nate Schierholtz CHC
37 Norichika Aoki KC 88 Lucas Duda NYM
38 Brandon Moss OAK 89 Michael Saunders SEA
39 Ben Zobrist TB 90 Daniel Nava BOS
40 Coco Crisp OAK 91 Robbie Grossman HOU
41 Leonys Martin TEX 92 Eric Young NYM
42 Martin Prado ARI 93 Ryan Doumit ATL
43 Brett Gardner NYY 94 Garrett Jones MIA
44 Austin Jackson DET 95 Justin Ruggiano CHC
45 Dexter Fowler HOU 96 Ryan Ludwick CIN
46 Christian Yelich MIA 97 Dayan Viciedo CWS
47 Khris Davis MIL 98 David Murphy CLE
48 Adam Eaton CWS 99 Matt Joyce TB
49 Kole Calhoun LAA 100 Corey Dickerson COL
50 Torii Hunter DET 101 Jackie Bradley BOS
51 Carl Crawford LAD 102 Marcell Ozuna MIA

Alex Rios, TEX – Pop quiz, hotshot: who had the fifth most stolen bases last year? Okay, so putting Rios’ name first spoils that, but nevertheless, Rios finished with 42 SBs; only 10 behind league leader Jacoby Ellsbury. In fact, Rios increased his thieving ways in Texas, as he would have swiped 50 at his Rangers pace. Rios’ power slipped a bit from 2012, but if we’re even talking about a 20-homer, 40-plus SB outfielder with a .280 AVG, we’re talking about one of the best.

Billy Hamilton, CIN – I said prior to Spring Training that all Hamilton had to do was hit and he’d be a Top 30 outfielder. Well, so far so good. In 14 games, Hamilton is hitting .325, which has led to nine steals already. Okay, nine steals in 14 games? Let’s do the math. If Hamilton plays in 158 games, he’ll steal 101 bases! The last player to top 100 was Vince Coleman in 1987 (109). Now, Hamilton won’t hit .325 and won’t steal 100-plus, but I projected him for mid 60s with a .250 AVG. You push that up to .270-.280, and we have a real chance for 80-plus.

Starting Pitcher

1 Clayton Kershaw LAD 52 CC Sabathia NYY
2 Yu Darvish TEX 53 Hiroki Kuroda NYY
3 Adam Wainwright STL 54 Tim Lincecum SF
4 Felix Hernandez SEA 55 Marco Estrada MIL
5 Stephen Strasburg WSH 56 Chris Tillman BAL
6 Cliff Lee PHI 57 Corey Kluber CLE
7 Jose Fernandez MIA 58 Yovani Gallardo MIL
8 Max Scherzer DET 59 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL
9 Madison Bumgarner SF 60 Taijuan Walker SEA
10 Chris Sale CWS 61 Ian Kennedy SD
11 Justin Verlander DET 62 Ricky Nolasco MIN
12 Zack Greinke LAD 63 Rick Porcello DET
13 Gerrit Cole PIT 64 Jake Peavy BOS
14 Matt Cain SF 65 Dan Haren LAD
15 Mat Latos CIN 66 Alex Wood ATL
16 Gio Gonzalez WSH 67 Tyson Ross SD
17 David Price TB 68 Daniel Straily OAK
18 Jordan Zimmermann WSH 69 Nathan Eovaldi MIA
19 Homer Bailey CIN 70 Martin Perez TEX
20 Mike Minor ATL 71 A.J. Burnett PHI
21 Shelby Miller STL 72 Ivan Nova NYY
22 Anibal Sanchez DET 73 John Lackey BOS
23 Alex Cobb TB 74 Bartolo Colon NYM
24 James Shields KC 75 Travis Wood CHC
25 Julio Teheran ATL 76 Scott Kazmir OAK
26 Michael Wacha STL 77 Jose Quintana CWS
27 Masahiro Tanaka NYY 78 Michael Pineda NYY
28 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD 79 Mike Leake CIN
29 Cole Hamels PHI 80 Archie Bradley ARI
30 Doug Fister WSH 81 Wily Peralta MIL
31 Zack Wheeler NYM 82 Tim Hudson SF
32 Jered Weaver LAA 83 Wade Miley ARI
33 Matt Moore TB 84 A.J. Griffin OAK
34 Danny Salazar CLE 85 Jonathon Niese NYM
35 Jeff Samardzija CHC 86 Phil Hughes MIN
36 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 87 Kyle Lohse MIL
37 Sonny Gray OAK 88 Kevin Gausman BAL
38 Andrew Cashner SD 89 Dillon Gee NYM
39 Jon Lester BOS 90 Erasmo Ramirez SEA
40 Tony Cingrani CIN 91 Brandon Morrow TOR
41 Francisco Liriano PIT 92 Jhoulys Chacin COL
42 Justin Masterson CLE 93 Derek Holland TEX
43 Lance Lynn STL 94 Alexi Ogando TEX
44 R.A. Dickey TOR 95 Hector Santiago LAA
45 Ervin Santana ATL 96 Henderson Alvarez MIA
46 Johnny Cueto CIN 97 Jake Odorizzi TB
47 Matt Garza MIL 98 Tyler Skaggs LAA
48 C.J. Wilson LAA 99 Trevor Cahill ARI
49 Chris Archer TB 100 Bronson Arroyo ARI
50 Yordano Ventura KC 101 Josh Beckett LAD
51 Clay Buchholz BOS 102 Josh Johnson SD

Zack Wheeler, NYM – For all of the attention Matt Harvey received, Wheeler was the higher rated prospect in the minors. Harvey’s dominance overshadowed Wheeler’s fairly successful rookie campaign. The main issue holding Wheeler back was walks (4.1 BB/9) but it appears Wheeler is on the road to fixing that. Not only did he improve some towards the end of the season but Wheeler has been even better this spring with a 1.7 BB/9 in 16.0 IP. If his new found control carries into the season, Wheeler could crack the Top 25.

Yordano Ventura, KC – The good news just keeps coming for Ventura. The original good news was that only four pitchers averaged a higher fastball velocity than Ventura’s 97.1 mark (Aroldis Chapman 98.4, Bruce Rondon 97.9, Carlos Martinez 97.6 and Kelvin Herrera 97.2) and they are all relievers. The added good news is Ventura winning a spot in the rotation and then Ned Yost saying he could go 180-200 innings this year. Sign me up. Ventura has a 1.76 ERA and 15 Ks in 15.1 IP this spring, and he could easily post a sub-4.00 ERA with a K/9 near 9.0. If he does hit 180-plus IP, we’re easily talking about a Top 25 pitcher with those numbers and his ranking is way too low.

Relief Pitcher

1 Craig Kimbrel ATL
2 Kenley Jansen LAD
3 Trevor Rosenthal STL
4 Greg Holland KC
5 Koji Uehara BOS
6 Joe Nathan DET
7 Glen Perkins MIN
8 Sergio Romo SF
9 David Robertson NYY
10 Addison Reed ARI
11 Steve Cishek MIA
12 Jason Grilli PIT
13 Ernesto Frieri LAA
14 Jonathan Papelbon PHI
15 Grant Balfour TB
16 Jim Johnson OAK
17 Aroldis Chapman CIN
18 Bobby Parnell NYM
19 Rafael Soriano WSH
20 Casey Janssen TOR
21 Fernando Rodney SEA
22 Jim Henderson MIL
23 Huston Street SD
24 Nate Jones CWS
25 Drew Smyly DET
26 Tommy Hunter BAL
27 J.J. Hoover CIN
28 Rex Brothers COL
29 Sergio Santos TOR
30 Neftali Feliz TEX
31 Cody Allen CLE
32 Jose Veras CHC
33 John Axford CLE
34 Joaquin Benoit SD
35 Joakim Soria TEX
36 Chad Qualls HOU
37 Danny Farquhar SEA
38 LaTroy Hawkins COL
39 Mark Melancon PIT
40 Jake McGee TB
41 Tyler Clippard WSH
42 Carlos Martinez STL
43 Joshua Fields HOU
44 Brian Wilson LAD
45 Pedro Strop CHC
46 Heath Bell TB
47 Ryan Cook OAK
48 Edward Mujica BOS
49 Jason Motte STL
50 Tanner Scheppers TEX
51 Darren O’Day BAL
52 Jesse Crain HOU

Steve Cishek, MIA – Cishek struggled a bit to start 2013, but from May 18 on, he allowed just eight ERs. Eight. In 50.1 IP, Cishek also struck out 57 over that span, which alone would have seen him tied with Jonathan Papelbon and ahead of Jim Johnson, Mariano Rivera (Yankees saves just won’t be the same), Rafael Soriano, Casey Janssen, Huston Street… okay, you get the picture. The only concern with Cishek is that the Marlins might trade him and he ends up as a setup man. If not for that risk, I’d move Cishek even higher.

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