Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward ranked on MLB Network’s Top Ten Right Now
St. Louis Cardinals outfielders Matt Holliday and Jason Heyward were recently ranked on MLB Network’s Top Ten Right Now.
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Heyward, acquired during the offseason from the Atlanta Braves, was ranked fourth on MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now! program that aired last night. Holliday, who is entering his seventh season with the Cardinals, was ranked seventh when the players on the Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now! were announced. No former Cardinals were ranked in either outfield position.
The rankings took a number of offensive and defensive metrics into account, both advanced and traditional, as well as projections for the upcoming 2015 baseball season. For the last five years, the MLB Network has been ranking players after the new year and before the start of Spring Training. The full lists for both right and left field can be found below.
MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now!:
1. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
2. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
4. Jason Heyward, St. Louis Cardinals
5. Michael Cuddyer, New York Mets
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
7. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
8. Brandon Moss, Cleveland Indians
9. Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres
10. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
MLB Network’s Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now!:
1. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
2. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals
3. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
4. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
5. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
6. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
7. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
8. Corey Dickerson, Colorado Rockies
9. Justin Upton, San Diego Padres
10. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins
For the last five years, the MLB Network has been ranking players after the new year and before the start of Spring Training. Brian Kenny hosts and he is joined by Boston Red Sox senior advisor of baseball operations and renowned sabermetrician Bill James, President of SABR Vince Gennaro and FanGraphs.com writer Mike Petriello. Next Thursday, the top ten starting pitchers and first basemen are revealed. Hall of Famer John Smoltz and analyst Sean Casey will provide their analysis.