MLB Network counts down the top MLB players overall, taking into account players in their prime who are coming back from injuries, younger players expected to break out and veteran players with proven track records. The ranking includes World Series MVPs, Cy Young Award winners, A.L. and N.L. MVPs, Rookies of the Year, Gold Glove Award winners and All-Stars. MLB NETWORK
The Nats had 7 players on the list, up from 4 during the 2012 offseason:
92. Jordan ZimmermannNot sure how Bryce Harper is #54 when they describe the list as considering "younger players expecting to break out".
75. Ian Desmond
73. Adam LaRoche
54. Bryce Harper
49. Gio Gonzalez (Last Season #88)
29. Ryan Zimmerman (Last Season #22)
26. Stephen Strasburg (Last Season #98)
A few notable things:
- Michael Morse was #95 last year and #85 now on the Mariners
- They put Mike Trout as #1 after basically 1 season in the majors, and Bryce didn't crack the top 50. Can't wait for Bryce to see that, he will not take it lightly.
- They put RA Dickey the NL Cy Young winner at #50, 1 behind Gio Gonzalez who lost.
- Stephen Strasburg, who wasn't the Nationals best pitcher last season finished almost 25 spaces ahead of Gio, who was.
- No Jayson Werth
- This is just a list, and I don't think it was done very well
The Nationals tied for the lead with 7 players on the list with the St. Louis Cardinals, and I swear I'm not lying, the Philadelphia Phillies. WHAT? The Phillies!? In case you forgot they finished 17 games behind the Nats last season.
And your top 5:
5. Clayton Kershaw
4. Matt Kemp
3. Miguel Cabrera
2. Justin Verlander
1. Mike Trout
Keep ranking the Nats players low...