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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Player Rankings

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings

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The month of March is almost here, and with that comes spring training baseball. Even better, it means that the fantasy baseball season is right around the corner.

This season will once again bring a handful of new talent. We saw Matt Harvey, Shelby Miller, Gerrit Cole, Tony Cingrani, Zack Wheeler, Wil Myers, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Rosenthal, and several other top prospects earn starting spots last season. It is simply the nature of the sport.

Hot prospects like Xander Bogaerts, Billy Hamilton, Taijuan Walker, Jose Abreu, George Springer, and Oscar Taveras will all be looking to do the same in 2014. These youngsters will be popular targets on draft day and will be circled on nearly everyone’s cheat sheet.

And then there’s Japanese sensation, Masahiro Tanaka. The fireballer finished with a flawless 24-0 record in 2013 with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to go along with a sizzling 1.27 ERA and 0.943 WHIP. The right-hander will instantly become a hot commodity in fantasy drafts this spring and will see a major uptick in value in any type of dynasty league.

So for those of you getting an early start this fantasy season, here are my complete 2014 fantasy baseball player rankings.

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Catcher Rankings

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1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

2. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

3. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

4. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

5. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

6. Brian McCann, New York Yankees

7. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

8. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies

9. Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals

10. Jason Castro, Houston Astros

11. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

12. Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves

13. A.J. Pierzynski, Boston Red Sox

14. Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds

15. Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians

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First Base Rankings

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

2. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

3. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers

4. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

5. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

6. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

7. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers

8. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

9. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks

10. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

11. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

12. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals

13. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

14. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

15. Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals

16. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

17. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

18. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees

19. Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics

20. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants

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Second Base Rankings

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1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

3. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

4. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

5. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds

6. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

7. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

8. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

9. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels

10. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks

11. Daniel Murphy, New York Mets

12. Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

13. Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers

14. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

15. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

16. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

17. Alexander Guerrero, Los Angeles Dodgers

18. Kelly Johnson, New York Yankees

19. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

20. Omar Infante, Kansas City Royals

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Third Base Rankings

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

4. David Wright, New York Mets

5. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

6. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

7. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates

8. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

9. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics

10. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants

11. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

12. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners

13. Aramis Ramierz, Milwaukee Brewers

14. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres

15. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

16. Chris Johnson, Atlanta Braves

17. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

18. Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays

19. Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox

20. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

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Shortstop Rankings

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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

3. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays

4. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers

5. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres

6. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

7. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

8. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

9. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

10. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

11. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

12. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves

13. Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

14. Alexi Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

15. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

16. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

17. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

18. Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners

19. Jonathan Villar, Houston Astros

20. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

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Outfield Rankings

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

2. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

3. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

4. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

5. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

6. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

7. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees

8. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

9. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

10. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

11. Alex Rios, Texas Rangers

12. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

13. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers

14. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds

15. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics

16. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

17. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

18. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates

19. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

20. Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

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Starting Pitcher Rankings

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

2. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

4. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

5. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

6. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

7. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

8. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

9. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

10. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

11. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

12. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

13. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

14. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

15. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

16. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

17. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds

18. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers

19. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals

20. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

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Closer Rankings

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

2. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Bengals

3. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers

4. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals

5. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox

6. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals

7. Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers

8. Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates

9. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants

10. Addison Reed, Arizona Diamondbacks

11. David Robertson, New York Yankees

12. Jim Johnson, Oakland Athletics

13. Steve Cishek, Miami Marlins

14. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins

15. Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies

16. Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals

17. Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays

18. Huston Street, San Diego Padres

19. Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays

20. Ernesto Frieri, Los Angeles Angels