Evan Longoria

The MLB Network is working their way through their annual list of the top 100 players in Major League Baseball and even though the top 40 have yet to be revealed it seems safe to say that there won’t be any Rays among them and it appears that just two Rays will be in the top 100.

Evan Longoria comes in at No. 51 and Alex Cobb is No. 77.

In other words, the average MLB team has nearly one or two players who are better than anybody on the Rays roster.

Former Rays utility man Ben Zobrist is No. 94. David Price is not on the list yet and presumably will be among the top 40.

Here are the 10 players ranked directly in front of Longoria.

41. Jhonny Peralta
42. Carlos Gonzalez
43. Jon Lester
44. Jason Heyward
45. Yu Darvish
46. Matt Holliday
47. Hisashi Iwakuma
48. Hunter Pence
49. Edwin Encarnacion
50. Cole Hamels
51. Evan Longoria

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6 Comments

  1. Gus says:

    About right until he cures his vulnerability to the slider away. Swings and missed at that every time. You always know when Longo is going to be on a good stretch when he is going the other way, sometimes late on stuff, sometimes staying back. But those stretches seem to be a little fewer and further between these days, maybe because he has to cheat to get to the fastball.

    Baseball is the ultimate team game, I'm not worried about not having a bunch of guys on the list. And any list (at least one looking forward) that doesn't have Chris Archer in the Top 100 is a list that seems pretty shaky to me.

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  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Can't lump pitchers and position players together, and DH shouldn't even be considered...

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  3. LaneMeyer says:

    Rankings like these are ridiculous, especially in baseball. There are so many ways to stratify players and teams and much of it is subjective. As a 3rd baseman, he'd certainly be in my top 5 if I were putting together a team based on the number of things he does well.

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  4. Gus says:

    BTW -- Another Debbie Dower Friday post from Cork. Cheer up big fella -- it is spring training. Happy Days are here again.

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  5. J 2.0 says:

    I wish the Rays would have signed Johan. With Hickey guiding his comeback he could have been a very effective 5th starter for us this year. A minor league deal with a salary of 2.5 if in majors would have been doable and would have given us the opportunity to not have to try and rush Moore back before he is ready.

    On the subject at hand. there is no way I would consider Jason Heyward a better player than Longo. That is ridiculous. I'm hoping Longo can get back in the .280 30 HR range this year. I have a feeling RBI will be tough to come by though.

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