Hitter Rankings: Pujols, Utley Reign Supreme


Aug 15, 2009

All rankings assume 5×5 format (average, runs, homers, RBIs, steals).

* = check status

Last Update: 8/14

Next Update: 8/28

First Base

1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals

2. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
3. Justin Morneau, Twins
4. Ryan Howard, Phillies
5. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
6. Prince Fielder, Brewers
7. *Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
NOTE: Great player, but what's with the helmet throw?
8. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
9. Joey Votto, Reds
10. Carlos Pena, Rays
11. Derrek Lee, Cubs
12. *Lance Berkman, Astros
13. Jorge Cantu, Marlins
14. Billy Butler, Royals
15. Kendry Morales, Angels
NOTE: Power a surprise, but pedigree was always here.
16. Paul Konerko, White Sox
17. James Loney, Dodgers
18. Russell Branyan, Mariners
19. Jim Thome, White Sox
20. Aubrey Huff, Orioles
21. Travis Hafner, Indians
22. David Ortiz, Red Sox
NOTE: Probably shouldn't be playing every day.
23. Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays
NOTE: He's taken off in cleanup spot.
24. Nick Johnson, Marlins
25. Nick Swisher, Yankees
26. Mike Jacobs, Royals
27. Ryan Garko, Giants
28. Adam LaRoche, Braves
29. Randy Ruiz, Blue Jays
NOTE: Crash Davis-type story will be fun to follow along.
30. Todd Helton, Rockies
31. Andy Marte, Indians
32. Casey Kotchman, Red Sox
33. Travis Ishikawa, Giants

Second Base
1. Chase Utley, Phillies
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3. *Ian Kinsler, Rangers
NOTE: Should rejoin the club Friday.
4. Aaron Hill, Blue Jays
5. Brian Roberts, Orioles
6. Brandon Phillips, Reds
7. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
8. Robinson Cano, Yankees
9. Jose Lopez, Mariners
10. Clint Barmes, Rockies
11. Dan Uggla, Marlins
12. Placido Polanco, Tigers
NOTE: Plate coverage is unreal.
13. Howie Kendrick, Angels
14. Freddy Sanchez, Giants
NOTE: More juice in the new city.
15. Felipe Lopez, Brewers
16. Martin Prado, Braves
17. Kazuo Matsui, Astros
18. *Orlando Hudson, Dodgers
19. Willie Bloomquist, Royals
20. Alberto Callaspo, Royals
21. Delwyn Young, Pirates
NOTE: Don't look past his position flexibility.
22. Mark Ellis, Athletics
NOTE: A sneaky power and speed grab.
23. Casey McGehee, Brewers
24. Luis Castillo, Mets
25. *Chris Getz, White Sox
NOTE: Oblique injury knocks him down for August.
26. Jamey Carroll, Indians
27. Skip Schumaker, Cardinals
28. Mike Fontenot, Cubs
29. Nick Punto, Twins
30. Alexei Casilla, Twins
31. Joe Inglett, Blue Jays
32. Kelly Johnson, Braves
33. *David Eckstein, Padres

1. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
NOTE: Here comes the MVP run.
2. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
3. Derek Jeter, Yankees
4. Jason Bartlett, Rays
NOTE: Finally gets the leadoff spot.
5. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
6. Yunel Escobar, Braves
7. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
8. Ryan Theriot, Cubs
NOTE: Quietly producing across the board.
9. Miguel Tejada, Astros
10. Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks
11. Rafael Furcal, Dodgers
12. Jhonny Peralta, Indians
13. Orlando Cabrera, Twins
14. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
15. Everth Cabrera, Padres
16. Alcides Escobar, Brewers
NOTE: Speed demon gets his recall.
17. Cristian Guzman, Nationals
18. Julio Lugo, Cardinals
19. Edgar Renteria, Giants
NOTE: Contract made no sense, then and now.
20. Jerry Hairston, Yankees
21. Maicer Izturis, Angels
22. Yuniesky Betancourt, Royals
23. Cesar Izturis, Orioles
24. Brendan Ryan, Cardinals
25. Jack Wilson, Mariners
26. Erick Aybar, Angels
27. Alex Cora, Mets
28. Nick Green, Red Sox
29. Adam Everett, Tigers
30. Ramon Santiago, Tigers
31. *J.J. Hardy, Brewers
32. *Jose Reyes, Mets
NOTE: It's doubtful we see him in 2009.

Third Base

1. Evan Longoria, Rays
2. David Wright, Mets
3. Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks
NOTE: A fantasy season for the ages.
4. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
5. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
6. Chone Figgins, Angels
7. Chipper Jones, Braves
8. Michael Young, Rangers
NOTE: Fielding has slipped, but bat is fine.
9. *Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
10. Mike Lowell, Red Sox
11. Hank Blalock, Rangers
12. Mark DeRosa, Cardinals
13. Gordon Beckham, White Sox
14. Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres
NOTE: Sorry to leave Milwaukee (11-for-13 series).
15. Casey Blake, Dodgers
16. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
17. Alex Gordon, Royals
18. Melvin Mora, Orioles
19. Andy LaRoche, Pirates
20. *Joe Crede, Twins
21. *Scott Rolen, Reds
NOTE: Post-concussion issues knock him out.
22. Mark Teahen, Royals
23. Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks
24. Pedro Feliz, Phillies
25. Ian Stewart, Rockies
NOTE: Legit power, solid glove, needs time to develop.
26. Willy Aybar, Rays
27. Emilio Bonifacio, Marlins
28. Ty Wigginton, Orioles
29. Garrett Atkins, Rockies

1. Ryan Braun, Brewers
2. Carl Crawford, Rays
3. Curtis Granderson, Tigers
4. Raul Ibanez, Phillies
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
NOTE: When he wants a bag, he takes it.
6. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
7. Manny Ramirez, Dodgers
8. Carlos Lee, Astros
9. Grady Sizemore, Indians
NOTE: He'll play hard even in lost season.
10. Jason Bay, Red Sox
11. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
12. *Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
13. *Nelson Cruz, Rangers
14. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
NOTE: Come on, Joe, give him a decent slot.
15. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
16. Nick Markakis, Orioles
17. Adam Jones, Orioles
18. Shane Victorino, Phillies
NOTE: Not even Wrigley fans could stop him.
19. Andre Ethier, Dodgers
20. Bobby Abreu, Angels
21. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
22. Johnny Damon, Yankees
23. Adam Lind, Blue Jays
24. *Torii Hunter, Angels
NOTE: Should be back this weekend.
25. Ben Zobrist, Rays
26. Jermaine Dye, White Sox
27. Jayson Werth, Phillies
28. Nate McLouth, Braves
29. Alexis Rios, White Sox
30. Hunter Pence, Astros
31. Brad Hawpe, Rockies
32. B.J. Upton, Rays
NOTE: All messed up at plate, demoted to ninth in order.
33. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
34. Carlos Quentin, White Sox
35. Michael Bourn, Astros
NOTE: Spring ultimatum turned into summer supremacy.
36. Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals
37. Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
38. Jason Kubel, Twins
NOTE: Knees hate him, but what a swing.
39. Juan Rivera, Angels
40. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays
41. Adam Dunn, Nationals
42. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
43. Michael Cuddyer, Twins
44. Nyjer Morgan, Nationals
45. Denard Span, Twins
46. Mike Cameron, Brewers
47. Dexter Fowler, Rockies
NOTE: Four hit Thursday, knee is fine.
48. Hideki Matsui, Yankees
49. Chris Coghlan, Marlins
NOTE: Line-drive bat backs up recent run.
50. Milton Bradley, Cubs
51. Randy Winn, Giants
52. Josh Willingham, Nationals
53. Colby Rasmus, Cardinals
54. *Carlos Guillen, Tigers
NOTE: Isn't ready to bat righty yet, or play the field.
55. Luke Scott, Orioles
56. J.D. Drew, Red Sox
57. Jack Cust, Athletics
58. *Corey Hart, Brewers
59. Garrett Jones, Pirates
NOTE: Four whiffs Thursday, coming back to earth.
60. *Cody Ross, Marlins
61. Lastings Milledge, Pirates
62. Rajai Davis, Athletics
NOTE: Speed is legit, walk spike, order promotion, buy in.
63. *Jay Bruce, Reds
64. Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs
65. Willy Taveras, Reds
66. Jeff Francoeur, Mets
67. Kyle Blanks, Padres
68. Jonny Gomes, Reds
NOTE: Belongs in the American League, hitter-only.
69. *Carlos Beltran, Mets
70. Aaron Rowand, Giants
71. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers
72. Scott Hairston, Athletics
73. Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks
74. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
NOTE: Line-drive machine deserves a full-time shot.
75. Danny Murphy, Mets
76. Marlon Byrd, Rangers
77. Ryan Church, Braves
78. Laynce Nix, Reds
79. Andruw Jones, Rangers
NOTE: A few homers, but not much else here.
80. Chase Headley, Padres
81. Carlos Gomez, Twins
82. Delmon Young, Twins
83. Marcus Thames, Tigers
84. Seth Smith, Rockies
NOTE: Caught up in a numbers game.
85. *Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
86. Pat Burrell, Rays
87. Matt Diaz, Braves
88. Garret Anderson, Braves
89. David Murphy, Rangers
90. *Cameron Maybin, Marlins
91. *Brett Gardner, Yankees
92. David DeJesus, Royals
NOTE: Not every speedy player can steal bases.
93. Clete Thomas, Tigers
94. Rick Ankiel, Cardinals
95. Scott Podsednik, White Sox
96. *Gary Sheffield, Mets
97. Nate Schierholtz, Giants
98. *Jose Guillen, Royals
99. *Chris Dickerson, Reds
100. Fernando Tatis, Mets
101. Jeremy Hermida, Marlins
NOTE: Another year of letting us down.
102. Ryan Spilborghs, Rockies
103. *Matt LaPorta, Indians
104. Juan Pierre, Dodgers
105. Tony Gwynn, Padres
106. *Chris Young, Diamondbacks
107. Wladimir Balentien, Reds
108. Ryan Langerhans, Mariners
109. Ben Francisco, Phillies
NOTE: Useful fourth outfielder but no longer a starter.

1. Joe Mauer, Twins
NOTE: The AL's best player, next question.
2. Pablo Sandoval, Giants
3. Victor Martinez, Red Sox
4. Brian McCann, Braves
5. Jorge Posada, Yankees
6. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox
7. Matt Wieters, Orioles
NOTE: World domination will have to wait.
8. Mike Napoli, Angels
9. Benjie Molina, Giants
10. *Brandon Inge, Tigers
NOTE: Nagging knee injury is taking its toll.
11. Ryan Doumit, Pirates
12. *Geovany Soto, Cubs
13. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
NOTE: Post-hype sleeper on a roll.
14. Chris Iannetta, Rockies
15. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
16. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
17. Miguel Olivo, Royals
NOTE: Power is legit but expect some valleys.
18. Russell Martin, Dodgers
19. Rod Barajas, Blue Jays
20. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rangers
21. John Baker, Marlins
22. Kelly Shoppach, Indians
23. Ryan Hanigan, Reds
24. *Ramon Hernandez, Reds
25. Omir Santos, Mets
26. Gregg Zaun, Rays
NOTE: Pushed Navarro out of the way.
27. Ivan Rodriguez, Astros
28. Chris Snyder, Diamondbacks
29. Jason Jaramillo, Pirates
30. *Jeff Clement, Pirates
31. Jason Varitek, Red Sox
NOTE: Just a part-timer with Victor around.
32. Josh Bard, Nationals
33. Kenji Johjima, Mariners
34. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
35. Gerald Laird, Tigers
36. Alex Avila, Tigers

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