Our 2012 keeper rankings focus on leagues that must gage the value of players for at least the next 3-5 years.
I’ve broken down the hitter keeper rankings by position, but now it’s time to merge them all together. Below is out 2012 top 100 keeper list for position players. I take into consideration long-term value, positional value and risk vs. rewardAll players listed have spent time in the big leagues. For prospect analysis, check out our 5x5 prospect rankings.
1. Troy Tulowitzki, 27 – I’ll start my team with a .300/30 SS any day.
2. Mike Trout, 20 - Could go 2A, 2B with Kemp, but Trout is only 20 with huge upside.
3. Matt Kemp, 27
4. Justin Upton, 24
5. Miguel Cabrera, 29 – Will he stick at 3B? Color my skeptical.
6. Ryan Braun, 28
7. Joey Votto, 28
8. Evan Longoria, 26
9. Carlos Santana, 25 – Should develop into one of the best hitting catchers we have seen in some time.
Hanley Ramirez, 28
10. Mike Stanton, 22
11. Desmond Jennings, 25
12. Adrian Gonzalez, 29
13. Brett Lawrie, 22 – I’m not convinced he’ll stick at 3B long term, but he’ll at least get a chance with the Jays to improve defensively.
14. Robinson Cano, 29
15. Jason Heyward, 22 – Patience with the young Heyward should pay off. I believe he’ll learn to lift the ball for more power as he enters his mid-20s.
16. Carlos Gonzalez, 26
17. Andrew McCutchen, 24
Dustin Pedroia, 28
18. Jacoby Ellsbury, 28
19. Jose Bautista, 31
20. Buster Posey, 25
21. Prince Fielder, 27 – Not-as-friendly of a home park now in Detroit and body-type might cause an early decline. For the new few years, however, he should continue to be a monster.
22. Ian Kinsler, 29
23. Albert Pujols, 32
24. Eric Hosmer, 22
25. Matt Weiters, 25
26. Pablo Sandoval, 25
27. Starlin Castro, 22
28. Jose Reyes, 28
29. Ryan Zimmerman, 27 – Health track record is the only issue here.
30. Jay Bruce, 25
31. David Wright, 30
32. Carl Crawford, 30
33. Adrian Beltre, 33
34. Jesus Montero, 22 – Legit concerns over whether or not he’ll consistently earn C eligibility.
35. Shin-Soo Choo, 29
36. B.J. Upton, 27
37. Mark Teixeira, 32
38. Josh Hamilton, 30
39. Brian McCann, 28
40. Mike Napoli, 30
41. Asdrubal Cabrera, 26
42. Alex Gordon, 28
43. Matt Holiday, 32
44. Brandon Belt, 24 – SF needs to give him at least 500 PAs of regular playing time. Unfortunately, they seem content not to.
45. Dee Gordon, 24 – Stolen base totals will be high, but there is some risk in his AVG.
46. Billy Butler, 25
47. Drew Stubbs, 27
48. Cameron Maybin, 24 – Still time to improve below average plate discipline and contact rates.
49. Hunter Pence, 28
50. Chris Young, 28
51. Logan Morrison, 24
52. Curtis Granderson, 31
53. Freddie Freeman, 22
54. Corey Hart, 30
55. Mike Morse, 30
56. Alex Avila, 25
57. Joe Mauer, 28
58. Devin Mesoraco, 23 – I’m confident he’ll develop into a top 5 offensive catcher in time.
59. Dustin Ackley, 24
60. Ben Zobrist, 30
61. Rickie Weeks, 29
62. Jason Kipnis, 25
63. Ben Revere, 23 – No power, but should find plenty of room in spacious home outfield to hit for AVG and steal a ton of bases.
64. Dan Uggla, 32 – His power should age well, but AVG is obviously a risk.
65. Adam Jones, 26
66. Nelson Cruz, 31
67. Miguel Montero, 28
68. Howie Kendrick, 28
69. Brandon Phillips, 30
70. J.J. Hardy, 29 – Just needs to stay healthy for power contributions to continue.
71. Andre Ethier, 30
72. Aramis Ramirez, 33
73. Alexei Ramirez, 30
74. Alex Rodriguez, 36
75. Mike Moustakas, 23 – Needs to prove he can hit lefties at the big-league level, but power upside is considerable at valuable position.
76. Domonic Brown, 24 – I’m not the biggest believer in Brown, but he deserves a shot at extended playing time in the bigs. Could turn into a medium AVG, 20/20 bat.
77. Peter Bourjos, 25
78. Michael Bourn, 29
79. Paul Goldschmidt, 24 – He can hit the ball a mile, but I’ve never liked his long swing. Upside is 30-plus HRs along with low AVGs.
80. Ike Davis, 25
81. Anthony Rizzo, 22 – Move to the Cubs organization helps his chances of putting up good power numbers in the bigs. Few see him as a start-level 1B though.
82. Brett Gardner, 28
83. Shane Victorino, 31
84. Nick Markakis, 28
85. Kendrys Morales, 28
86. Kevin Youkilis, 32
87. Martin Prado, 28
88. Erick Aybar, 28
89. David Freese, 29 – Injury issues have plagued his career so far, but upside is considerable for his position.
90. Jimmy Rollins, 33
91. Colby Rasmus, 25 – Opinions seem split on Rasmus, but the underlying skills remain at the young age of 25.
92. Mark Reynolds, 32
93. Dayan Viciedo, 23 – Could hit for some power, but free swinging ways might lead to consistently mediocre AVGs.
94. Jayson Werth, 32
95. Jose Tabata, 23
96. Delmon Young, 26
97. Gaby Sanchez, 28
98. Adam Dunn, 32 – Was 2011 the end for Dunn? I’ll bet on his track record.
99. Justin Morneau, 30 – Could rocket up this list if concussion symptoms don’t return.
100. Dexter Fowler, 26 – A tremendous athlete taking a little longer to develop than most thought he would. I’ll continue to bet on his tools. 15/30 potential.
hahahah TROUT #2 OVERALL HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Guess I can ignore the rest of these rankings after seeing that... CMON MAN trout hasnt done anything yet to justify the 2nd overall ranking!!!
I wish i was in a league with you and you gambled that much with the #2 pick. Kemp is a no brainer to pick ahead of Trout. Ryan Braun, Justin Upton, Mike Stanton, etc... Are you really going to sacrifice the first 3 years of your league because you want to gamble on a 20 year old kid who hasn't done anything at the major league level??? Take a stud and try to win for the next 3-5 years. Youre crazy to look further ahead than that.
also if you have Trout #2 you need to include Bryce and other prospects on your list for consistency. albeit consistently inaccurate, but consistent nonetheless.
This is the worst rankings list ive ever seen!! hahahaha
@begsler WOW what a moronic statement that turned out to be begsler. you'd have lost your ass betting against this guy--TROUT is all he was projected to be and more
@begsler Trout #2 overall doesn't look too bad now...does it big guy?
@begsler If you're basing keeper rankings, or general fantasy baseball rankings for that matter, on what a player HAS done and not what he WILL do, then my friend, you are the sucker. Trout has seven years on Kemp and has MLB experience, which is why he made the list and not Harper. As I wrote at the top of the article, "All players listed have spent time in the big leagues. For prospect analysis, check out our 5x5 prospect rankings."
Besides, Trout has every chance to be a superstar within the next three years and to maintain that status for the next decade.
Also, as started in the very first sentence of the article, these rankings focus on 3-5 years down the road, not for 2012 alone.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Tuesday that Mike Trout is likely to begin the season in the minors unless there's an injury.
Vernon Wells is still owed $63 million over the next three seasons, so he figures to be the starting left fielder by default. Meanwhile, Peter Bourjos and Torii Hunter are projected to play center and right, respectively. With Bobby Abreu and potentially Kendrys Morales (ankle) and Mark Trumbo (foot) also looking for at-bats, it only makes sense for Trout to continue his development in the minors. "You never know where you are at the end of spring training - somebody could be banged up, and an opportunity presents itself," said Scioscia. "Mike is certainly on the depth chart.. We're excited about his potential. He's advanced for his age, but he's not the finished product."
@CharlieSaponara gotcha, in that case good call having one of the most injury prone players in the league at the top of your "long-term" list. dude this list is a joke, straight amateurish by leaving off upton, pedroia and hanley. I'm sure there are others left off, but this craps to thick to go through with a fine knit comb. Last you'll hear from me, but seriously you should apoligize in advance to anyone stupid enough to use this list! He's sorry everyone he has a learning disability
@begsler Again, read the intro to the rankings. These are not rankings for 2012 only, but rather for the long-term.
@CharlieSaponara What do Trout do with his time in the majors to justify being #2 overall? hahaha. Your rankings are based first on age then on skill? ridiculous lol
@CharlieSaponara haha trout at #2 overall HAHAHAHA. Kemp is 27 man he isnt 40! he's at the beginning of his prime!! This is exactly when you want him! I'm not even going to argue because anyone who ranked Trout #2 overall clearly aint dealing with a full deck lol. Just sayin
@raybos1918 Man-o-man. Left him off both the SS and 3B rankings too (though I left him off of SS on purpose).
One of these days I'll get everyone who belongs on the list on the list. Promise.
@justinthill Damn. Another one that slipped through the cracks. Updated. Thanks for the heads-up.
@CharlieSaponara worst ranking ive ever seen, hahaha
@JedSerby The list is comprised of only players that have played in the big leagues. If Harper reaches the bigs this season, he'll appear toward the very top of this list next year. You can check out our Nationals prospect rankings here: http://fantasybaseball365.com/2012-articles/february/nationals-5x5-2012-prospect-rankings.html