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2009's Top Position Players

Just because I think it's cool, let's take a look at the top position players from 2009, using their real '09 stats and my own valuation methods.  I've added the player's average draft round from March '09 drafts.

Top Ten Catchers:

  1. Joe Mauer (5)
  2. Victor Martinez (7)
  3. Brian McCann (4)
  4. Kurt Suzuki (22)
  5. Jorge Posada (18)
  6. Miguel Montero (N/A)
  7. Bengie Molina (15)
  8. Mike Napoli (14)
  9. Miguel Olivo (28)
  10. A.J. Pierzynski (22)

Top Ten First Basemen:

  1. Albert Pujols (1)
  2. Prince Fielder (3)
  3. Ryan Howard (1)
  4. Mark Reynolds (22)
  5. Miguel Cabrera (1)
  6. Mark Teixeira (2)
  7. Derrek Lee (7)
  8. Kendry Morales (27)
  9. Kevin Youkilis (4)
  10. Pablo Sandoval (18)

Top Ten Second Basemen:

  1. Chase Utley (2)
  2. Aaron Hill (27)
  3. Ian Kinsler (1)
  4. Brian Roberts (4)
  5. Ben Zobrist (N/A)
  6. Robinson Cano (7)
  7. Dustin Pedroia (2)
  8. Brandon Phillips (3)
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera (28)
  10. Jose Lopez (13)

Top Ten Shortstops:

  1. Hanley Ramirez (1)
  2. Derek Jeter (9)
  3. Troy Tulowitzki (9)
  4. Ben Zobrist (N/A)
  5. Jason Bartlett (19)
  6. Jimmy Rollins (1)
  7. Miguel Tejada (10)
  8. Asdrubal Cabrera (28)
  9. Yunel Escobar (16)
  10. Marco Scutaro (N/A)

Top Ten Third Basemen:

  1. Mark Reynolds (22)
  2. Evan Longoria (2)
  3. Ryan Zimmerman (8)
  4. Chone Figgins (7)
  5. Kevin Youkilis (4)
  6. Alex Rodriguez (2)
  7. Pablo Sandoval (18)
  8. David Wright (1)
  9. Michael Young (7)
  10. Jorge Cantu (13)

Top 25 Outfielders:

  1. Ryan Braun (1)
  2. Carl Crawford (3)
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury (5)
  4. Matt Kemp (4)
  5. Jason Bay (3)
  6. Matt Holliday (2)
  7. Jayson Werth (12)
  8. Bobby Abreu (6)
  9. Adam Lind (22)
  10. Justin Upton (19)
  11. Ichiro Suzuki (3)
  12. Michael Bourn (27)
  13. Shin-Soo Choo (25)
  14. Ben Zobrist (N/A)
  15. Andre Ethier (10)
  16. Johnny Damon (10)
  17. Michael Cuddyer (26)
  18. Torii Hunter (10)
  19. Raul Ibanez (10)
  20. Denard Span (19)
  21. Adam Dunn (6)
  22. Nelson Cruz (11)
  23. Nick Markakis (3)
  24. Jason Kubel (28)
  25. Carlos Lee (3)

Top Two Designated Hitters:

  1. Hideki Matsui (16)
  2. David Ortiz (5)

The best position players you could've reasonably gotten off the waiver wire: Montero, Olivo, Morales, Hill, Zobrist, Asdrubal Cabrera, Scutaro, Bourn, Choo, Cuddyer, and Kubel.  Suzuki, Posada, Pierzynski, Reynolds, Sandoval, Bartlett, Yunel Escobar, Lind, Upton, Span, and Matsui were had late in drafts, so take those last ten rounds seriously!

42 position players drafted in the 15th round or later, or not at all, returned at least $10 in rotisserie value.  About 60% of these players were under 30 years old.  The "young" group averaged $19.35 in value vs. $15.09 for the old.  The top ten from the entire 42 were all under 30.

A year ago, what did we know about the valuable late picks? 


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