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Preseason Top 200 Batters

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the top 200! Once every few weeks, leading up to the start of the 2014 MLB season, I'll be posting rankings for hitters, pitchers and an overall top 250. What is in front of you now is my first edition of the top 200 hitters. These are strictly going to be rankings, but if you're looking for projections, links to my projections can be found on the very last slide.

Before you dive right into the ranks, I've found that they're much more helpful if you know exactly how they're developed.

First, we start with a projection. I have gone through and developed a projection for every single statistically significant major league player (for hitters, the total was 239 players, and if you want to learn more about the projection process, I explained it in minor detail in my catcher projections). In fantasy baseball, for the most part, all we're concerned about with batters are the five standard roto categories (runs, home runs, RBIs, steals and batting average). So after I finish my projections, I find the projected league averages for all five of those categories. After I get those averages, I compare how a player is going to do relative to those means and then using a standard deviation, I can get a number that represents how much value that player presents over the mean for each category. After I get a value for all five categories, I add them together and that gives me a player's overall projected value using standard fantasy scoring.

For example, I have projected Miguel Cabrera to hit 39 home runs in 2014. To figure out what his value is in the home run category, I take his 39 and then subtract the league average (which is 16.4862), which tells me he's projected to hit just over 22 home runs over the league average. Next, I take that difference and divide it by the categories standard deviation, which tells me that Cabrera is projected to be 2.89 (with a really long decimal) standard deviations over the league average for home runs. In essence, it shows us his projected value in that category.

After a total value is given to each player, they are sorted in descending order, and that is exactly how they are ranked. Because these rankings compare all hitters against each other evenly, they do not take position eligibility into account whatsoever. The purpose of these are to compare hitters based purely on production, regardless of what position they play.

If you have any questions as to how the process works, as always feel free to reach out to me on twitter @william_moy6. You can also "like" me on Facebook or add me to your network on Google

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Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

200. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B Cleveland Indians

199. Jurickson Profar, 2B Texas Rangers

198. Rafael Furcal, SS Miami Marlins

197. Justin Ruggiano, OF Chicago Cubs

196. Kolten Wong, 2B St. Louis Cardinals

195. Mike Moustakas, 3B Kansas City Royals

194. Trevor Plouffe, 3B Minnesota Twins

193. Juan Uribe, 3B Los Angeles Dodgers

192. Jose Iglesias, 3B Detroit Tigers

191. Alexander Guerrero, 2B Los Angeles Dodgers

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

190. Kelly Johnson, 2B/3B/OF New York Yankees

189. Juan Francisco, 1B/3B Milwaukee Brewers

188. Matt Davidson, 3B Chicago White Sox

187. Stephen Drew, SS Free Agent

186. Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF Seattle Mariners

185. Cody Asche, 3B Philadelphia Phillies

184. Dan Uggla, 2B Atlanta Braves

183. Peter Bourjos, OF St. Louis Cardinals

182. Yunel Escobar, SS Tampa Bay Rays

181. Lorenzo Cain, OF Kansas City Royals

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

180. Jackie Bradley Jr, OF Boston Red Sox

179. Michael Saunders, OF Seattle Mariners

178. Yan Gomes, C Cleveland Indians

177. Anthony Rendon, 2B Washington Nationals

176. James Loney, 1B Tampa Bay Rays

175. Rajai Davis, OF Detroit Tigers

174. Derek Jeter, SS New York Yankees

173. Adam Dunn, 1B Chicago White Sox

172. Nate Schierholtz, OF Chicago Cubs

171. Jason Castro, C Houston Astros

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

170. Jonathan Villar, SS Houston Astros

169. Miguel Montero, C Arizona Diamondbacks

168. Ike Davis, 1B New York Mets

167. David Freese, 3B Los Angeles Angels

166. Marco Scutaro, 2B San Francisco Giants

165. Gerardo Parra, OF Arizona Diamondbacks

164. Alcides Escobar, SS Kansas City Royals

163. Chris Johnson, 3B Atlanta Braves

162. Matt Joyce, OF Tampa Bay Rays

161. Brian Dozier, 2B Minnesota Twins

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

160. B.J. Upton, OF Atlanta Braves

159. Justin Morneau, 1B Colorado Rockies

158. Michael Morse, OF San Francisco Giants

157. Brett Lawrie, 3B Toronto Blue Jays

156. Zack Cozart, SS Cincinnati Reds

155. Omar Infante, 2B Kansas City Royals

154. Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF Detroit Tigers

153. Yonder Alonso, 1B San Diego Padres

152. Marlon Byrd, OF Philadelphia Phillies

151. Matt Wieters, C Baltimore Orioles

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

150. Michael Brantley, OF Cleveland Indians

149. Oswaldo Arcia, OF Minnesota Twins

148. Wilson Ramos, C Washington Nationals

147. Jhonny Peralta, SS St. Louis Cardinals

146. Christian Yelich, OF Miami Marlins

145. Matt Dominguez, 3B Houston Astros

144. Denard Span, OF Washington Nationals

143. Garrett Jones, 1B/OF Miami Marlins

142. Andre Ethier, OF Los Angeles Dodgers

141. Jed Lowrie, SS Oakland Athletics

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

140. Ryan Howard, 1B Philadelphia Phillies

139. Chase Utley, 2B Philadelphia Phillies

138. Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies

137. Josh Willingham, OF Minnesota Twins

136. Erick Aybar, SS Los Angeles Angels

135. Melky Cabrera, OF Toronto Blue Jays

134. Jonathan Lucroy, C Milwaukee Brewers

133. Joe Mauer, C/1B Minnesota Twins

132. Andrelton Simmons, SS Atlanta Braves

131. Josh Rutledge, 2B/SS Colorado Rockies

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

130. Neil Walker, 2B Pittsburgh Pirates

129. Chris Carter, 1B/OF Houston Astros

128. Dexter Fowler, OF Houston Astros

127. Adam Lind, 1B Toronto Blue Jays

126. Evan Gattis, C/OF Atlanta Braves

125. Brandon Belt, 1B/OF San Francisco Giants

124. Mike Napoli, 1B Boston Red Sox

123. Jose Abreu, 1B Chicago White Sox

122. Jimmy Rollins, SS Philadelphia Phillies

121. Carl Crawford, OF Los Angeles Dodgers

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

120. Alexei Ramirez, SS Chicago White Sox

119. Brad Miller, SS Seattle Mariners

118. Xander Bogaerts, 3B/SS Boston Red Sox

117. Howie Kendrick, 2B Los Angeles Angels

116. Adam Eaton, OF Chicago White Sox

115. Leonys Martin, OF Texas Rangers

114. Nick Markakis, OF Baltimore Orioles

113. Avisail Garcia, OF Chicago White Sox

112. Colby Rasmus, OF Toronto Blue Jays

111. Chase Headley, 3B San Diego Padres

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

110. Todd Frazier, 3B Cincinnati Reds

109. Manny Machado, 3B Baltimore Orioles

108. Eric Young Jr, OF New York Mets

107. Jedd Gyorko, 2B San Diego Padres

106. Will Middlebrooks, 3B Boston Red Sox

105. Kendrys Morales, 1B Free Agent

104. Adam LaRoche, 1B Washington Nationals

103. Daniel Murphy, 2B New York Mets

102. Corey Hart, 1B/OF Seattle Mariners

101. Mark Teixeira, 1B New York Yankees

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Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

100. Ben Revere, OF Philadelphia Phillies

99. Pablo Sandoval, 3B San Francisco Giants

98. Jose Altuve, 2B Houston Astros

97. Austin Jackson, OF Detroit Tigers

96. Matt Adams, 1B St. Louis Cardinals

95. Brett Gardner, OF New York Yankees

94. Carlos Santana, C/1B Cleveland Indians

93. Brian McCann, C New York Yankees

92. Salvador Perez, C Kansas City Royals

91. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Cleveland Indians

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Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

90. Jason Heyward, OF Atlanta Braves

89. Norichika Aoki, OF Kansas City Royals

88. Nick Swisher, 1B/OF Cleveland Indians

87. Angel Pagan, OF San Francisco Giants

86. Yadier Molina, C St. Louis Cardinals

85. Jayson Werth, OF Washington Nationals

84. Josh Reddick, OF Oakland Athletics

83. Kole Calhoun, OF Los Angeles Angels

82. J.J. Hardy, SS Baltimore Orioles

81. Albert Pujols, 1B Los Angeles Angels

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

80. Michael Bourn, OF Cleveland Indians

79. Starlin Castro, SS Chicago Cubs

78. Martin Prado, 2B/3B/OF Arizona Diamondbacks

77. Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF Tampa Bay Rays

76. Anthony Rizzo, 1B Chicago Cubs

75. Coco Crisp, OF Oakland Athletics

74. Will Venable, OF San Diego Padres

73. Alejandro De Aza, OF Chicago White Sox

72. Brandon Moss, 1B/OF Oakland Athletics

71. Khris Davis, OF Milwaukee Brewers

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David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

70. Victor Martinez, DH Detroit Tigers

69. Jean Segura, SS Milwaukee Brewers

68. Kyle Seager, 3B Seattle Mariners

67. Curtis Granderson, OF New York Mets

66. Wilin Rosario, C Colorado Rockies

65. Desmond Jennings, OF Tampa Bay Rays

64. Everth Cabrera, SS San Diego Padres

63. Aaron Hill, 2B Arizona Diamondbacks

62. Domonic Brown, OF Philadelphia Phillies

61. Giancarlo Stanton, OF Miami Marlins

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

60. Elvis Andrus, SS Texas Rangers

59. Pedro Alvarez, 3B Pittsburgh Pirates

58. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Washington Nationals

57. Nelson Cruz, OF Free Agent

56. Josh Donaldson, 3B Oakland Athletics

55. Josh Hamilton, OF Los Angeles Angels

54. Yoenis Cespedes, OF Oakland Athletics

53. Billy Butler, DH Kansas City Royals

52. Buster Posey, C/1B San Francisco Giants

51. Michael Cuddyer, OF Colorado Rockies

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Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

50. Matt Kemp, OF Los Angeles Dodgers

49. Billy Hamilton, SS/OF Cincinnati Reds

48. Shane Victorino, OF Boston Red Sox

47. Jose Reyes, SS Toronto Blue Jays

46. David Wright, 3B New York Mets

45. Aramis Ramirez, 3B Milwaukee Brewers

44. Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF Arizona Diamondbacks

43. Starling Marte, OF Pittsburgh Pirates

42. Alfonso Soriano, OF New York Yankees

41. Ian Kinsler, 2B Detroit Tigers

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

40. Alex Rios, OF Chicago White Sox

39. Shin-Soo Choo, OF Texas Rangers

38. Eric Hosmer, 1B Kansas City Royals

37. Brandon Phillips, 2B Cincinnati Reds

36. Alex Gordon, OF Kansas City Royals

35. Hanley Ramirez, SS Los Angeles Dodgers

34. Evan Longoria, 3B Tampa Bay Rays

33. Ian Desmond, SS Washington Nationals

32. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Los Angeles Dodgers

31. Wil Myers, OF Tampa Bay Rays

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

30. Yasiel Puig, OF Los Angeles Dodgers

29. Matt Carpenter, 2B/3B St. Louis Cardinals

28. Bryce Harper, OF Washington Nationals

27. Justin Upton, OF Atlanta Braves

26. Jason Kipnis, 2B Cleveland Indians

25. Carlos Beltran, OF New York Yankees

24. Dustin Pedroia, 2B Boston Red Sox

23. Jose Bautista, OF Toronto Blue Jays

22. Freddie Freeman, 1B Atlanta Braves

21. David Ortiz, DH Boston Red Sox

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

20. Matt Holliday, OF St. Louis Cardinals

19. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B/3B Toronto Blue Jays

18. Jay Bruce, OF Cincinnati Reds

17. Allen Craig, 1B/OF St. Louis Cardinals

16. Robinson Cano, 2B Seattle Mariners

15. Joey Votto, 1B Cincinnati Reds

14. Hunter Pence, OF San Francisco Giants

13. Troy Tulowitzki, SS Colorado Rockies

12. Adrian Beltre, 3B Texas Rangers

11. Prince Fielder, 1B Milwaukee Brewers

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Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

10. Adam Jones, OF Baltimore Orioles

9. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF New York Yankees

8. Carlos Gomez, OF Milwaukee Brewers

7. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks

6. Carlos Gonzalez, OF Colorado Rockies

5. Chris Davis, 1B Baltimore Orioles

4. Andrew McCutchen, OF Pittsburgh Pirates

3. Ryan Braun, OF Milwaukee Brewers

2. Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

1. Miguel Cabrera, 3B Detroit Tigers

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