MLB Network is rolling out their top-100 players in the MLB. Tuesday, they released players 100-61, and the Dodgers had four players on the list
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The Dodgers have a ton of talent, and were well-represented on day one of MLB Network’s top-100 list.
The list was made by the network, and they had four main criteria. They looked at stats over the last three seasons with extra weight on last year, projected 2016 performance, defensive position and accolades
Tuesday night, MLB Network released players 100-61, and right away they got into the Dodgers. They started the show with the oldest and one of the youngest players on the list, as Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez was ranked 100, and Corey Seager was ranked 99.
Seager is one of 20 players under 25 years old on the list, and Bill Ripken raved about the Dodger shortstop. Co-host Greg Amsinger seemed to be astonished that a guy with so few plate appearances could already be considered a top-100 player, but Ripken defended the selection by saying Seager could challenge for the NL MVP.
Ripken broke down the trust the Dodgers had in Seager, hitting him third down the stretch and in the postseason. He also broke down a 10-pitch walk that Seager drew against Padres’ reliever Marc Rzepczynski, that he said impressed him because Seager doesn’t face guys like Rzepczynski in the minors. Ron Darling raved about Seager’s approach in that at bat against a tough lefty, pointing out how comfortable Seager was. He likened Seager to Cal Ripken and Rodriguez, who were can’t miss prospects, and claimed they would be doing the show in the future and Seager would be a top-five player.
Yasiel Puig was also featured on Tuesday, coming in at number 85 just ahead of fellow outfielders Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun. Darling called Puig “unfettered chaos” on the field and wonders if Puig could get his act together and become one of the better players in the league. Ripken called Puig’s talent top-100 worthy, but was unsure if the total package was worthy of the list. Ripken also cited new manager Dave Roberts as a potential key to unlocking Puig’s potential. All three of the MLB Network analysts felt that at the very least, Gomez and Braun should have been ranked ahead of Puig.
Justin Turner came in between Puig and Gonzalez, ranking 84th on the list.
Adrian Gonzalez was listed 79th. Darling called him one of the most intelligent hitters in the game with his ability to adjust mid-game and mid-at bat. Gonzo is tied for the most games played since 2007 with 1,433 and his consistency prompted the analysts to wonder how he was rated so low.
MLB Network will reveal players 60-21 on Wednesday starting at 6:00 PM PST.