The time has come – ESPN fantasy baseball is open. Along with ESPN’s first 2015 prerank/projection list for draft day.
This is their projected Top 10 players for fantasy baseball in 2015:
On the flip side, of the 4 contributors who participated in MHB’s Top 10 projection breakdown, I had Miguel Cabrera the lowest on my list at 6. ESPN doesn’t even have him in the Top 10 (he’s actually 11 on their list)… Which might lend to say that I’m not too far off base with my thoughts on Cabrera.
Let’s see how we compare!
|Name, Position (Age entering 2015 season)|
|Clark Meshey||Matt Riggleman||Doug Nilsen||Matt Horn|
|Mike Trout, OF (23)||Mike Trout, OF (23)||Clayton Kershaw, SP (27)||Mike Trout, OF (23)|
|Andrew McCutchen, OF (28)||Andrew McCutchen, OF (28)||Miguel Cabrera, 1B (32)||Clayton Kershaw, SP (27)|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B (32)||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (27)||Mike Trout, OF (23)||Andrew McCutchen, OF (28)|
|Giancarlo Stanton, OF (25)||Miguel Cabrera, 1B (32)||Robinson Cano, 2B (32)||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (27)|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (27)||Jose Bautista, OF (34)||Jose Bautista, OF (34)||Jose Abreu, 1B (28)|
|Clayton Kershaw, SP (27)||Giancarlo Stanton, OF (25)||Carlos Gomez, OF (29)||Miguel Cabrera, 1B (32)|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS (30)||Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (32)||Troy Tulowitzki, SS (30)||Troy Tulowitzki, SS (30)|
|Yasiel Puig, OF (24)||Clayton Kershaw, SP (27)||Adrian Beltre, 3B (36)||Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (32)|
|Jose Bautista, OF (34)||Jose Altuve, 2B (24)||Giancarlo Stanton, OF (25)||Carlos Gomez, OF (29)|
|Victor Martinez, 1B (36)||Jose Abreu, 1B (28)||Jonathan Lucroy, C (28)||Jacoby Ellsbury, OF (31)|
ESPN matched 6 names on Clark’s list with:
8 names with Riggleman’s projections:
5 names with Mr. Nilsen:
And 7 names from my projections:
Of the 4 of us, I was the only one to have all 5 of my projected Top 5 to be included by ESPN in their Top 10 thanks to Miguel Cabrera’s omission. If you read the post from September (and the stuff in the comment section), I was so very close to including Bautista instead of Ellsbury in my Top 10. Which would have tied me with Rigg for the most hits comparing with ESPN. So congrats to Mr. Riggleman for getting his horseshoes (or hand grenades) the closest. It was his birthday yesterday, after all… Again – Happy 3-2 to ya!
Here’s the interesting part…
This is the list the players not included in ESPN’s Top 10 that each of us thought should be there. Along with ESPN’s current prerank for those players. Thought it would be fun to get a gauge of how loco we are, or how loco ESPN is… Lol!!
ESPN ranks (in parenthesis) from highest to lowest of players MHB & Co. thought were Top 10 deserving:
- Miguel Cabrera (11)
- Robinson Cano (12)
- Troy Tulowitzki (14)
- Yasiel Puig (16)
- Adrian Beltre (17)
- Jose Altuve (19)
- Jacoby Ellsbury (25)
- Victor Martinez (58)
- Jonathon Lucroy (74)
I think injuries and age (elder statesman or youth) can be attributed to all of these dudes, and why they land where they landed on ESPN’s 2015 preranks. Especially with V-Mart. When Clark included him on his list, he wasn’t hurt. So he didn’t need a surgery. And no speculation on how he might bounce back was even a real thought.
Which leaves Ellsbury and Lucroy as the only other dudes on our lists that ESPN excluded from their Top 20.
Not bad guys… not bad.