MLB: Ranking The Best National League Players By Position

MLB: Ranking The Best AL Players By Position

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From the young guns to the old dogs, we've been given another great summer of baseball from the National League. Here are the best players that the league has had to offer so far, listed by position.

C: Jonathan Lucroy

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C: Jonathan Lucroy

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A case could easily be made for Lucroy being the NL MVP. A good game away from a .300/.400/.500 slash line (his OBP is .396), the Brewers' backstop has 30 doubles, 40 extra-base hits and 44 RBIs. Behind the plate, he's handled one of the top staffs in the game.

1B: Paul Goldschmidt

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1B: Paul Goldschmidt

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It's been a down year in Arizona, as the D'Backs have been in the basement of the National League all season. The one bright spot has been Goldschmidt, who has continued to build off what was a breakout 2013 season. Through 90 games, the first baseman is hitting .313 with a league-leading 33 doubles, 16 home runs and 59 RBIs.

2B: Dee Gordon

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2B: Dee Gordon

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Gordon has exploded onto the scene in 2014, giving the Dodgers a legitimate leadoff man. As the table setter, he's hit .302 with a .356 OBP, leading the league with nine triples and 42 stolen bases. He's tied with Yasiel Puig for the team lead with 50 runs scored.

3B: Todd Frazier

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3B: Todd Frazier

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In his third season in the majors, Frazier is having his best season yet. The Reds' third baseman is hitting .293 with 17 home runs and 48 RBIs in 87 games. Primarily a third baseman, Frazier has played at the opposite end of the diamond for Cincinnati, which has been without their premier asset Joey Votto for much of the 2014 season.

SS: Troy Tulowitzki

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SS: Troy Tulowitzki

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Tulowitzki's season channels memories of the explosion of offensive shortstops like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra around the turn of the millennium. In 2014, when the numbers have regressed back to the shortstop norm, the Rockies' shortstop has put up astronomic numbers, hitting .349 with a 1.044 OPS, 36 extra-base hits, 18 home runs and 47 RBIs.

LF: Justin Upton

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LF: Justin Upton

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Along with Freddie Freeman, Upton has been the center of the Atlanta lineup in 2014, hitting .275 with a .855 OPS. He has 17 home runs and 50 RBIs, both of which lead the Braves.

CF: Andrew McCutchen

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CF: Andrew McCutchen

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A slam dunk top-five player in all of baseball, McCutchen has been the poster boy for the baseball revival in Pittsburgh. The 2013 NL MVP is putting together another standout campaign with an OBP (.418) that is nearly 100 points higher than his batting average (.319), a byproduct of his league-leading 56 walks. Meanwhile, he's struck out just 69 times while hitting 13 home runs and 54 RBIs to go along with 13 steals.

RF: Giancarlo Stanton

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RF: Giancarlo Stanton

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Baseball's premier power hitter, Stanton leads the league in home runs (21) and RBIs (62). He's raised the Marlins lineup to different level, keeping the team in contention despite ace pitcher Jose Fernandez going down with an elbow injury early in the season.

SP: Clayton Kershaw

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SP: Clayton Kershaw

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The best player in baseball (Mike Trout) plays on one end of L.A. The best pitcher (Kershaw) plays on the other. The 26-year-old has continued his run of dominance in 2014 that brings back memories of Sandy Koufax in the minds of Dodger fans. Despite being held to just 13 starts and 87.1 innings, Kershaw been the game's best, going 10-2 with a 1.85 ERA, striking out 115. He could be on the way to his fourth consecutive ERA title.

RP: Craig Kimbrel

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RP: Craig Kimbrel

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With Mariano Rivera having rode off into the sunset, Kimbrel is the undisputed best closer in the game. The Braves' ninth inning man has saved 27 of 31 opportunities, striking out 60 over 35.1 innings and holding opposing batters to a .143 average.

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