The Top Players in MLB Right Now

The first two months of the 2017 season are behind us, and it’s time for our monthly look at the top players in baseball.

20
Clayton Kershaw L.A. DODGERS SP
And the excellence continues. At this writing, Kershaw has an ERA in the low-2.00s, and he leads the majors in innings and the NL in K/BB ratio.
19
Nolan Arenado COLORADO 3B
The Rockies have been one of baseball’s best teams in 2017, and Arenado with his power and elite defensive skills is a major part of that success.
18
Antonio Senzatela COLORADO SP
The 22-year-old rookie has been an important fixture in the Colorado rotation and has put up excellent run-prevention numbers through 11 starts.
17
Kris Bryant CHI. CUBS 3B
The reigning NL MVP got off to a bit of a slow start in 2017, but now he’s actually putting up stronger numbers than he did last season. He’s bumped up his walk rate, and he’s hit into only one double play all year.
16
Corey Seager L.A. DODGERS SS
The 23-year-old shortstop is once again producing at a high level while capably manning a premium defensive position.
15
Justin Turner L.A. DODGERS 3B
Turner’s having one of the best seasons of his career, but it’s a season very much unlike what he’s done in recent years. The home run power hasn’t been there in 2017, but everything else has.
14
Anthony Rendon WASHINGTON 3B
Rendon remains an asset with the glove, and he’s working toward the best offensive season of his career.
13
Miguel Sano MINNESOTA 3B
Few hit the ball as hard as Sano does when he lays into one. His combination of power and patience has made him one of the most productive hitters in baseball thus far in 2017.
12
Francisco Lindor CLEVELAND SS
Lindor remains one of the top defensive shortstops in baseball, and this season he’s putting up impressive power numbers.
11
Buster Posey SAN FRANCISCO C
Maybe it’s been overlooked because of the Giants’ disappointing season to date, but Posey’s putting up his best offensive numbers since his MVP season of 2012. He also remains an elite defender behind the plate.
10
Carlos Correa HOUSTON SS
An absolutely scorching May has put the 22-year-old Houston shortstop back where he belongs: high on this list.
9
Mike Leake ST. LOUIS SP
Leake boasts an NL-leading 2.24 ERA, and he’s backing it up with the best command-and-control numbers of his career. He can also hit a little, at least as pitchers go.
8
Ryan Zimmerman WASHINGTON 1B
Decline phase? The 32-year-old first baseman is putting up what will easily be the best numbers of his (very good) career. Right now, he leads the bigs in doubles.
7
Chris Sale BOSTON SP
He’s got the innings, and he’s got the run-prevention numbers, even though his performance slipped a bit in May. Sale’s already at 110 strikeouts for the year.
6
Bryce Harper WASHINGTON RF
On a rate basis, Harper’s numbers are very similar to what he put up in 2015, when he was the unanimous choice as NL MVP.
5
Dallas Keuchel HOUSTON SP
The 2015 AL Cy Young winner endured a disappointing 2016 season, but this year he appears to be back to ace form for Houston, brief trip to the DL notwithstanding.
4
Zack Cozart CINCINNATI SS
To say that the veteran shortstop is thus far enjoying a career year at the plate is a sizeable understatement.
3
Ervin Santana MINNESOTA SP
Santana’s shin-deep into a career year. At this writing, he leads the majors in ERA and ERA+. If the season ended today, he’d likely be the AL Cy Young winner.
2
Aaron Judge N.Y. YANKEES RF
The 25-year-old colossus boasts an OBP north of .400, and he’s leading the majors in home runs. He’s also deceptively good with the glove.
1
Mike Trout L.A. ANGELS CF
As great as Trout’s been over the course of his career, the 2017 campaign was shaping up to be his best yet before the thumb injury. He’ll drop as misses more time, but for now he’s still the best player of 2017.

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